Ahold USA brands strengthen their digital capabilities and optimize their eCommerce offerings with new initiatives

Ahold USA brands strengthen their digital capabilities and optimize their eCommerce offerings with new initiatives

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2017-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Are you looking for more savings, faster shopping and a more transparent connection with your local grocer? The Ahold USA brands are working hard to make it happen.

Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and Peapod have launched a series of initiatives to strengthen their digital capabilities and optimize their eCommerce offerings. With investments in digital coupons, new websites, mobile app improvements and a new recipe center, the brands are further improving the customer experience in the digital age.

Here are some of the milestones:

  • One million new digital users (and counting) over the last year
  • More than 179 million digital coupon activations so far this year — a 179% increase compared to the previous year
  • New responsive brand websites, leading to 20% growth in web traffic over the last year
  • A 76% increase in monthly app users and tripling of mobile app downloads
  • Over one million social media followers across platforms

The brands have improved the digital circular experience, letting customers quickly clip relevant items, browse bonus buys, add items to their shopping lists, and even load coupons directly onto their loyalty cards.

To help customers with meal planning, more than 3,700 recipes featured in Ahold USA’s monthly Savory consumer magazine are available in an online shopping tool and customers can transfer ingredients directly into their Peapod shopping carts.

Knowing that connecting digitally can create a stronger relationship with customers, this year the Ahold USA brands launched a new YouTube video campaign, “Fresh Stories,” with engaging videos about their fresh product suppliers, and expanded their social media presence by launching on Instagram.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Ahold: Stop & Shop to acquire 25 stores in Greater New York from The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company for $146 million

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced its Stop & Shop division has entered into an agreement with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company to acquire 25 A&P stores in Greater New York for $146 million.

Upon completion, Stop & Shop plans to convert the Waldbaums, Pathmark and A&P stores that are part of the agreement into Stop & Shop stores. The transaction is currently expected to close in the second half of 2015.

The agreement is subject to further terms and conditions set forth therein and relating to A&P’s (chapter 11) bankruptcy proceedings filed on July 19, 2015, which include the potential of a subsequent auction under which other higher bid or bids could be received and accepted by A&P for these stores. The agreement is also conditioned on regulatory requirements including anti-trust approval, and the fulfillment thereof.

Stop & Shop, established in 1914, currently employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the closing of the transaction. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

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Stop & Shop donates $930,000 to schools through its simple school fundraiser A+ School Rewards for the 2014-15 school year

Purchase, NY, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC today announced a $930,000 donation to 1,702 public and private schools through its simple school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards for the 2014-15 school year. Since launching the program in 2007, Stop & Shop has donated more than $4 million to local schools throughout the communities it serves.

“We are proud to support educational initiatives and know that this year’s participating schools will be able to use these monies to enhance their students’ learning experience,” said Arlene Putterman, Manager of Public and Community Relations for Stop & Shop NY Metro Division. “We recognize that these students are our future leaders and we’re proud to make this investment in the communities where we operate.”

Through Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards program, participating schools earn cash for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds and other educational needs. After customers designated the school(s) of their choice last fall, A+ School Rewards points were accrued with each purchase made using a Loyalty Card from October 5, 2014 through March 21, 2015. Customers can sign up and designate up to two local schools to participate in next year’s A+ School Rewards this fall.

St. Charles School in Staten Island, New York was the top earning school this year, receiving $23,532. The other top earning schools included:

  • Nathan Hale Middle School (Norwalk, CT) – $10,709
  • St. Clare Elementary School (Staten Island, NY) – $8,078
  • Mohegan School (Shelton, CT) – $7,007
  • St. Padre Pio School (Ridgefield, CT) – $6,833
  • Blind Brook School (Rye Brook, NY) – $6481

For a complete list of participating schools and the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards donation they earned for the 2014-15 school year, visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contacts:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Stop & Shop Triple Winner® Game’s 25th anniversary: nearly $57 million raised for pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Stop & Shop has raised nearly $57 million for pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Quincy, MA, 2015-4-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stop & Shop continues its partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Boston Red Sox with the 25th anniversary of its Triple Winner Game to help cure childhood cancer. The organizations are inviting Stop & Shop customers to participate in the Triple Winner Game at the cash registers. Beginning April 10 and while ticket supplies last, customers can help cure childhood cancer by making a $1 contribution* to the Jimmy Fund to receive a Triple Winner scratch ticket. The ticket could be an instant winner of a free product or a cash prize up to $10,000 or provide the customer with a product coupon.

Stop & Shop, in partnership with the Boston Red Sox, has raised $56.5 million through the Triple Winner Game since 1991. This year, the company aims to raise $2.5 million for The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its in-store campaign, “Help Cure Childhood Cancer”.

“We are grateful for the support we receive from our customers, associates and friends to help raise the funds needed to save lives and bring hope to families who are battling cancer,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop Divisions. “Together as a community we can raise even more money to support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in their efforts to fund pediatric cancer research and patient care.”

“The future is here,” said Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, director of the pediatric medical neuro-oncology program at Dana-Farber. “Thanks in part to the incredible support of the Stop & Shop family, we have reached our goal of identifying some of the underlying genetic pathways that give rise to pediatric brain tumors. We have opened the first clinical trials that will provide important research from which to base treatment. With clinical trials available in New England, across the country and around the world, the generosity of Stop & Shop will benefit children locally and globally as we learn more about tailoring treatment strategies that will improve outcomes for these special patients.”

About the Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund (www.JimmyFund.org) solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. The Jimmy Fund is the official charity of the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children’s Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Follow the Jimmy Fund on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thejimmyfund and on Twitter: @TheJimmyFund.

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is world renowned for its leadership in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of NCI and National Institutes of Health grant funding. For more information, go to www.dana-farber.org.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

* No purchase/contribution necessary. Legal U. S. residents 18 or older are eligible. Valid from 4/10/15 to 7/9/15 (or when all tickets are distributed/termination announced). Odds of winning an instant prize are 1 in 8. Odds of winning 2nd Chance Sweepstakes depends on number of entries. Restrictions apply. See stores for details or go to www.stopandshop.com.

Triple Winner® is a registered trademark of The Hutton Company, Inc.

Contacts:
Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com

Cathleen Genova
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
(617) 632-5655
cathleen_genova@dfci.harvard.edu

White’s Bakery & Cafe, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy open at the Hingham, MA Stop & Shop

Customers Can Sit and Eat In Daily or Purchase Meals To Go From White’s Bakery, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy

Quincy, MA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is now offering customers an exciting, varied assortment from three well-known local restaurants at the Hingham, MA Stop & Shop. Customers will have a place to sit and eat in or can order food to go from favorite local restaurants White’s Bakery & Cafe, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy. “This is a great opportunity to offer our customers a better shopping experience through a broader selection of restaurant quality foods prepared for our customers on the spot.” says Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. “We’ve been local for 100 years and are excited to partner with other local brands that customers know and love.”

The café area is located near the front of the store and is open daily from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. White’s Bakery is open at 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

All three restaurants will offer a variety of specialties:

  • White’s Bakery & Cafe, with stores in Brockton, Mansfield and Hingham, will offer muffins, cupcakes and pastries as well as calzones, pasta salads and dinners to go to satisfy any sweet or savory craving.
  • The Sausage Guy, a well-known Fenway Park vendor brings sandwiches of sausage, peppers and onions.
  • Salsa’s in South Boston and Hingham, will offer favorite Mexican dishes.

Store Hours

The Hingham Stop & Shop, located at 400 Lincoln Street, Lincoln Plaza (RTE 3A), is open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., six days a week (7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sundays). For additional information please visit Stop & Shop’s web site atwww.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:
Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com

The Super Stop & Shop stores in Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland, Mass. received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland, MA stores Awarded LEED Silver Status As the Company Continues its Commitment to the Environment

Quincy, MA, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop and Shop Supermarket Company LLC and its parent company Ahold USA recently achieved another milestone in their commitment to building greener sustainable stores. The Super Stop & Shop stores in Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland, Massachusetts have each received Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the national accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Stop & Shop has 13 superstores which are LEED certified, with 4 of these having received LEED Silver certification.

There are four levels of LEED certifications; Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. The three Super Stop & Shop stores received innovative credits in the LEED certification process and were able to obtain the distinguished LEED Silver rating based upon increased environmental benefits.

Starting with the site design, all three stores implemented storm water management techniques to treat storm water runoff and remove pollutants. The Hyannis, MA store used permeable pavers and bio filtration islands in the parking areas to reduce and treat runoff. The Wayland, MA store was able to significantly reduce the quantity of storm water runoff leaving the site by using Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, thereby reducing runoff impacts to surrounding areas. The site lighting design for the Hyannis, MA store achieved the Light Pollution Reduction credit reducing light trespass and minimizing negative impacts of nighttime light pollution.

The Wayland, MA store is the first store to achieve the LEED credit for On-Site Renewable Energy. 627 photovoltaic panels on the roof use the sun’s energy to generate electricity for the store. The panels generate renewable energy that offsets 12.6% of the store’s total energy costs and reduces carbon emissions as well.

The Wayland, MA store is also the second store to install a CO2 refrigeration system and thereby achieve a LEED Innovation credit for ‘Innovative Refrigeration for Food Storage and Display. The state-of the-art refrigeration system improves energy efficiency of this equipment by about 40% and reduces global warming impacts by nearly 50%.

All three stores achieved several Materials and Resources LEED credits by utilizing an average of 26% recycled content materials, 45% regional materials and nearly 90% certified wood. In addition to the standard Ahold palette of environmentally-friendly interior materials that achieve a number of the credits for materials and healthy indoor air quality, two of these stores, Hyde Park and Hyannis, achieved a credit for installing ceiling and wall systems that meet stringent indoor air quality standards.

In addition to building LEED certified stores, Stop & Shop is also committed to reducing its energy consumption in all its stores as part of its goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015 using 2008 as a base line. The company is also focused on reducing its cardboard, plastic, organic and food waste and has set a goal to reach zero waste by 2020. This means that at least 90% of its total waste will be diverted from landfills.

Joe Kelley, president of the Stop &Shop New England Division commented, “We are utilizing innovative green building technologies, and building our new stores according to the LEED standards, this is part of our commitment to environmental stewardship and our promise to be a Better Neighbor. We are very proud to have achieved the distinguished LEED Silver certification status in our Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland stores. Stop & Shop has been building energy efficient stores for over 15 years and we are committed to using less energy in our operations. We are constantly working at reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of our operations on the communities we serve.”

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contacts:
Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com

Carol Ann’s Bake Shop, Fisherman’s Net, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy open at Stop & Shop McGrath Highway Somerville Store

7 Days a Week Customers Can Sit and Eat In or Purchase Meals To Go From Carol Ann’s Bake Shop, Fisherman’s Net, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy

Quincy, MA, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is now offering customers an exciting, varied assortment from four well-known local restaurants at the Somerville, MA Stop & Shop. Customers will have a place to sit and eat in or can order food to go from favorite local restaurants Carol Ann’s Bake Shop, Fisherman’s Net, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy.

“This is a great opportunity to offer our customers a better shopping experience through a broader selection of restaurant quality foods prepared for our customers on the spot.” says Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. “We’ve been local for 100 years and are excited to partner with other local brands that customers know and love.”

The restaurant area is located near the front of the store and is open seven days a week from 11am – 7pm.

All four restaurants will offer a variety of specialties:

  • Carol Ann Bake Shop, with a storefront at Faneuil Hall in Boston, will offer fresh pastries,
  • The Sausage Guy, a well-known Fenway Park vendor brings sandwiches of sausage, peppers and onions.
  • Fisherman’s Net, with a storefront at Faneuil Hall in Boston, will sell fried seafood, fresh cut fries, and chowder.
  • Salsa’s in South Boston and Hingham, will offer favorite Mexican dishes.

Store Hours

The Somerville Stop & Shop, located at 779 McGrath Highway, is open 6 a.m. – Midnight, seven days a week. For additional information please visit Stop & Shop’s web site at www.stopandshop.com orwww.facebook.com/stopandshop

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:
Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com

Progressive Grocer named Stop & Shop and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year

Recognized for company’s better neighbor efforts

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2014-11-14— /EPR Retail News/ — Progressive Grocer, a leading retail food industry trade publication, has named Stop & Shop and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year. The recognition was given for the company’s exceptional philanthropic contributions and community outreach efforts. Stop & Shop is profiled in the October 2014 issue which can be found at www.progressivegrocer.com.

“Stop & Shop is enormously proud of this award,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. “It is our honor and privilege to be able to give back to each and every community that we do business in. It is essential that Stop & Shop set an example of what it means to be a responsible corporate citizen. The support we receive in our efforts from our customers and associates to make a difference is a source of great pride to Stop and Shop.”

Progressive Grocer’s profile highlights Stop & Shop’s community efforts related to charitable giving, health and wellness initiatives and associate engagement. In 2013, Stop & Shop New York and New England divisions donated over $20 million to help the communities they serve.

“This is the highest honor to be bestowed on a retailer and we are humbled yet honored to receive the Retailer of the Year award,” said Joe Kelley, President of Stop & Shop New England Division. “We would not have achieved this without the support and hard work from our associates who do an outstanding job serving our customers and of course our customers who support us on a daily basis to further emphasize that we are a great place to work and shop. The award is also a testament to our better neighbor programs and we are grateful to be able to give back to the communities in which we serve on a continued basis.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing commitment and vital role Stop & Shop’s family of stores and associates play not only as a better neighbor but also as an exceptionally responsible retailer in countless meaningful ways,” said Progressive Grocer’s Editor-in-Chief Jim Dudlicek. “Their caring culture and commitment to good corporate citizenship have been at the forefront of the company’s success through the years.”

As the voice of the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer’s core audience targets top management at headquarters and key decision makers at store-level from chain supermarkets, to regional and local independent grocers, supercenters, wholesaler distributors, manufacturers and other supply chain training partners.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contacts:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com