Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

 

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 1, 2018), Harris Teeter launched a donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Cashiers in Harris Teeter stores will ask shoppers and associates to purchase a $1, $3, and $5 “Live Unlimited” donation card. The sales of the donation cards will directly benefit MDA in raising funds to continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases.

The company has donated over $1.5 million to MDA thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter customers and associates over the last 10 years.

“Each donation card sold is a symbol of strength, independence and life for kids and adults with life-threatening diseases who count on MDA to find answers and provide support,” said Amy Meyers, Executive Director of MDA: Charlotte.  “Thanks to the generosity of Harris Teeter associates and shoppers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals so they can live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.”

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s commitment to help MDA in the fight against neuromuscular disease, please click here.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals, and the families who love them, from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. MDA uses their collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Source: Harris Teeter

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The fourth annual NRF Foundation Gala raised more than $2.8 million to support its educational and inspirational initiatives

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fourth annual NRF Foundation Gala took place Sunday, January 14, at Pier Sixty in New York City, featuring an uplifting awards program and formal dinner that included both silent and live auctions. The star-studded event raised more than $2.8 million to support the Foundation’s programs, including educational and inspirational initiatives, student scholarships and RISE Up, a powerful, industry-backed credentialing program.

“We are so grateful for the retailers and partners who made 2018 another record-breaking year for the Gala,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Our work is made possible through generous contributions from companies and individuals who believe in the future of retail and see it as the industry that powers America’s workforce. We look forward to putting these funds to work by continuing to execute programs and initiatives that shape retail’s future.”

The Gala was attended by more than 800 retail CEOs and senior executives, industry insiders, celebrities and students who came together to support the future of retail talent and to celebrate The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. In addition, four-time NBA champion and ESPN sports analyst Shaquille O’Neal presented NRF’s “The Visionary” award to Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, a recognition for an inspiring leader with a record of spearheading change in the industry.

At the Gala, the NRF Foundation also announced the recipients of its Student Challenge and Next Generation scholarships. Courtney Nash, a senior at the University of Arizona, was the top recipient of the 2018 Next Generation Scholarship. Nash, one of five finalists, was awarded a $25,000 scholarship. In addition, the NRF Foundation named Ashley Cairns, Blake Fortin and Kendall McDermott from Columbia College Chicago as the top team in the Student Challenge competition; each was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

In addition to members of the National Retail Federation’s Board of Directors and the NRF Foundation’s Board of Directors, other notable guests included Omar Miller from the HBO hit series “Ballers,” super model Niki Taylor, Dorinda Medley and Kristen Taekman from the Bravo hit series “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and E! News celebrity correspondent Alicia Quarles.

The Gala capped off the first day of NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show, welcoming 36,000 retailers and their business partners from around the world at the Javits Center in New York City, January 15-16, 2018.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

About NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Inditex continues its support to Médecins Sans Frontières’ medical and humanitarian relief works with €2.3 million contribution

Inditex continues its support to Médecins Sans Frontières’ medical and humanitarian relief works with €2.3 million contribution

 

Arteixo, Spain, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ —

  • Inditex has renewed its support for Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) work with Syrian refugees in the Turkish province of Kilis, on Syrian border, for the fifth consecutive year
  • Inditex’s support also extends to the Al Salamah Hospital in Aleppo, northern Syria.
  • The contribution to the two projects in this region totals €900,000
  • In addition, Inditex is funding medical care and a project to supply clean drinking water to refugees from the Rohingya community in Bangladesh, reaching around 120,000 refugees. Funds have also been earmarked to support the fight against acute malnutrition in children in Jharkhand, north-east India
  • Inditex is also reiterating its long-standing support for MSF’s Emergency Desk, financing its logistics and personnel in full through a €1 million contribution
  • Since 2008, Inditex has set aside over €21.5 million in support for MSF under the scope of their Framework Collaboration Agreement, which has directly benefitted more than 2.2 million people
  • Inditex is also reiterating its long-standing support for MSF’s Emergency Desk, financing its logistics and personnel in full through a €1 million contribution
  • Since 2008, Inditex has set aside over €21.5 million in support for MSF under the scope of their Framework Collaboration Agreement, which has directly benefitted more than 2.2 million people

Inditex has renewed its commitment to the medical and humanitarian relief work carried out by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with Syrian refugees in the Turkish province of Kilis. It has also reiterated its long-standing support for the Emergency Desk operated from MSF’s headquarters in Spain.

Thanks to this agreement, and a total contribution of €2.3 million, Inditex’s support will also extend to the Al Salamah Hospital in the Azzaz district of the Syrian province of Aleppo. In addition, the agreement covers care for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and a programme for combatting acute malnutrition in children in India.

The agreement was signed by the chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, and the managing director of MSF Spain, Joan Tubau, at Inditex’s headquarters in Arteixo (La Coruña), at a ceremony also attended by the president of the medical-humanitarian organisation in Spain, David Noguera.

Projects in Turkey and Syria

Since it was set up in 2013, the Syrian refugee project in Kilis, Turkey, has become one of the leading initiatives in providing care to over 130,000 people who fled the war in their home country and are currently living in this province. In 2017, the MSF teams on the ground centred their efforts on providing mental health and psychosocial support to the refugee population affected by the scarcity of resources in the region.

Inditex has provided financial support to this project from the outset, along with aid for other initiatives designed to ease the consequences of the war in Syria. Under the new annual agreement, the Kilis refugee care programme will be given €500,000.

In addition, Inditex will provide €400,000 of financing to the Al Salamah Hospital in the Azzaz district in the province of Aleppo in northern Syria. The goal is to provide primary and secondary medical care – in the form of both emergency and regular outpatient care – to those suffering from chronic and severe illness among the 400,000 people living in the district.

MSF’s Al Salamah project has lent support to three hospitals and five health centres in Aleppo since 2012. For the last five years, the organisation’s efforts have focused on ensuring medical and surgical care; primary, paediatric and reproductive care; emergency relief; and assistance with food scarcity.

Support for the Emergency Desk

With the new annual agreement, Inditex has also renewed its financial support for the medical-humanitarian organisation’s Emergency Desk, earmarking €1 million this year. Part of this sum will be set aside to finance two of the Desk’s regional missions, specifically those in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

MSF’s Emergency Desk is responsible for monitoring and managing the emergency interventions carried out and overseen by the mission’s emergency response teams on the ground. This readiness capability has a team of experts both in the head office in Spain, largely funded by Inditex, and in different countries around the world, and specialises in humanitarian crises.

Support for this unit is therefore vital to enable emergency intervention by MSF around the world, so that it can carry out an essential component of its mission: saving lives.

Care for Rohingya refugees

The exodus of the Rohingya from Myanmar has emerged as a new challenge for the international community. Over 582,000 people have fled to Bangladesh since violence in the region intensified last August.

Given the current scale of this humanitarian crisis, Inditex’s €300,000 contribution will help fund two key activities that MSF has been working on to help the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: the provision of medical care to adults, children and pregnant women; and access to drinking water and sanitation in Jamtoli, Hakimpara, Unchiparang and Putibunia. According to MSF’s calculations, the assistance provided to these refugee camps could reach around 120,000 people.

Combatting severe malnutrition in children in India

Over the last ten years, MSF has looked after over 17,000 children in India, in line with the international guidelines for community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM). MSF has recently set up a project to combat malnutrition in the West Singhbhum district of the state of Jharkhand.

The programme will run for three years – until the end of 2019 – and is intended for children aged six months to five years. The ultimate goal is to bring down the mortality rate and according to MSF’s calculations, this initiative will directly benefit 411 patients.

The project will also encompass the provision of training for local nurses and education about healthy habits to members of the local community. Inditex is providing a total of €100,000 to fund this initiative.

Inditex’s aid strategy for refugees and forced migrants

One of the cornerstones of Inditex’s community investment strategy is the provision of care to refugees and migrants forced to start a new life away from home.

To tackle this situation from a range of perspectives, in addition to its collaboration with MSF, Inditex is working on a series of initiatives with other non-profit entities, particularly in four different areas:

  • Clothing donations: throughout 2017, Inditex has donated more than half a million garments to these causes through entities such as the Red Cross, Caritas, ACCEM, CEAR and World Vision.
  • The On the Colombian Borders Programme, with Entreculturas and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS): this initiative is aimed at providing opportunities and support for the people displaced by the armed conflict in Colombia in countries such as Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
  • The EPGO Programme: the goal of this programme is to assist people in need of international protection. These include forced migrants in countries such as Mexico, and refugees who have had to abandon their home countries, including South Africa and Lebanon.
  • The Chair for Refugees and Forced Migrants with Comillas Pontifical University: the aim is to foster academic research into migration issues as well as a collaboration between the university and non-profit organisations.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Inditex

MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation with a presence in over 70 countries and roughly 500 live projects underway. Its overriding mission is to assist populations in distress, victims of natural or man-made disasters and victims of armed conflict all around the world.

These annual collaboration agreements are part of the Framework Agreement signed by the two entities in 2008. This Framework Agreement has materialised in contributions of €21.5 million by Inditex to the work carried out by MSF in 35 countries, directly benefitting more than 2.2 million people.

Inditex’s partnership with MSF is part of the Group’s broader social investing strategy which encompasses a series of community initiatives carried out with a number of non-profit entities with expertise in the various projects’ respective spheres of geographic influence. Specifically, in 2016, Inditex invested €40 million in social initiatives, directly benefitting over 1.1 million people.

Detailed information about each project can be found here.

Contact:

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

Source: Inditex

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Colruyt partners with the Belgian NGO to support cooperative of small coffee growers in North Kivu

Colruyt partners with the Belgian NGO to support cooperative of small coffee growers in North Kivu

 

Halle, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A container of green coffee arrived today (13 October 2017) at Colruyt Group’s roasting centre in Ghislenghien. It comes from North Kivu, a region plagued by many difficulties, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Colruyt Group has joined forces with the Belgian Vredeseilanden (Rikolto) NGO to support Kawa Kabuya, a cooperative of 2,200 small coffee growers. How? By guaranteeing a significant purchase volume for 3 years, 60% of which is paid for by pre-financing the harvest. Thanks to this financial lifeline, the cooperative can maintain its exports and invest in its activities. Colruyt Group and Vredeseilanden (Rikolto) prove once again that a long-term trade agreement is a real added-value for small Third World producers.​

A long-term supply agreement
This delivery of green beans from Kivu is the first to be made under the terms of the new supply agreement signed in March 2017 between Colruyt Group and Kawa Kabuya. The agreement covers a period of at least three years. It guarantees the cooperative an outlet for 28.5 tonnes of green coffee beans per year, about 20% of its production, at a price higher than the market rate (+$0.50 per pound). Beyond the commercial agreement, Colruyt Group wants to support the cooperative in its development efforts. Made possible notably thanks to the pre-financing of the harvest.

Pre-financing the harvest
Philippe Toussaint, project manager sustainable purchases Colruyt Group explains, “Like many Third World cooperatives, Kawa Kabuya pays its small producers when they deliver their crops, in other words several months before the coffee is sold. As it doesn’t have liquid reserves, it has to use bridging loans to finance this operation. However, in this troubled region, credit is very expensive. We remove the financial obstacle to progress by settling 60% of the amount of our purchase before the harvest.”

Sector project
The origin of this agreement goes back to 2016 when Vredeseilanden (Rikolto) put Colruyt Group in touch with Kawa Kabuya. After a test at the end of 2016, Colruyt Group decided in March 2017 to integrate the cooperative’s Arabica into its range. Already on the shelves in Colruyt Best Prices and OKay, this coffee will also be available in Spar from January 2018. This involves giving this quality product the very best commercial opportunities around which Colruyt Group can develop one of its sector projects. The objective is to get the cooperative’s 2,200 small growers into a virtuous circle of economic strengthening.

The best coffee in the Congo
The financial boost provided by pre-financing the harvest aims to give the cooperative the means to invest. For example, by applying for certifications which will enable it to position its coffee better on the international market. It must be said that Kawa Kabuya has strong reasons for targeting this outlet: it produces the best coffee in the Congo. It won the African Fine Coffees Association’s Taste of Harvest competition in 2105, 2016 and 2017. Recognition of the efforts undertaken by the cooperative’s small growers who are working resolutely to revive quality coffee growing in the Kivu highlands.

Technical support
This revival has been supported by Vredeseilanden (Rikolto) since 2011. The NGO is conducting an extensive capacity-building programme in Kivu. Its objective is to add value to this region in order to develop the culture of more profitable coffee export,  and thus help to eradicate poverty in this region which has been plagued by many problems. It acts to support and train coffee growers with a view to high quality production, to organise them into cooperatives and connect them to international buyers.

Objective: quality
Kawa Kabuya was created within this context in 2014 in Butembo. Its coffee growers are scattered across the western heights of Lake Edward and gathered around 45 micro-washing stations (MWS). The MWS is at the heart of the of the system set up by Vredeseilanden (Rikolto). Each one ensures the initial treatment of the harvest. So these operations, essential to the quality of the beans, are carried out centrally in each sector by a well-trained workforce with the proper equipment. This guarantees optimum quality.

Collibri Foundation
Colruyt Group will not just stay there in Kivu. Wherever it is involved in a sector, it launches complementary training projects through its educational fund, the Collibri Foundation, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation. The foundation is currently in contact with potential partners to set up training for young people in the region.

CONTACT:
Hanne Poppe
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

SOURCE: Colruyt Group

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RILA announces support for the Financial CHOICE Act

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( 6/8/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced its support for the Financial CHOICE Act, urging lawmakers to take an important first step in addressing regulatory reform in the financial services sector. Austen Jensen, vice president for government affairs, issued the following statement regarding the retail community’s support for the House vote.

“In the wake of the financial crisis it was vital for Congress to act to assure the American people that our financial markets were stable and that a new regulatory apparatus would prevent another systemic problem. While well intended, several of these regulations have had a negative impact on community banks and other financial institutions that were never at the root of the financial collapse in 2008. The CHOICE Act takes the first step toward reconciling the need to treat mega-banks and Wall Street differently than Main Street financial institutions.

“Preserving swipe fee reform was a big win for retailers and consumers across the country. No retailer—big or small—received a bailout during the Great Recession, and we support provisions of the CHOICE Act that seek to ensure that Americans are never again forced to bail out failing financial institutions.”

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:
Jason Brewer
Executive Vice President, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2044
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Source: RILA

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $2 million donation

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $2 million to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. As a part of this commitment, the Walmart Foundation is allocating $500,000 specifically toward CARE and Team Rubicon Global for relief efforts in Haiti. In the United States, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been working closely with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and Feeding America, coordination efforts are being made with elected officials and governmental entities to meet the needs of those affected.

With widespread wind damage and flooding, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have coordinated efforts as part of the $2 million donation to send bottles of water, food and sheltering supplies to affected areas.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “Both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to see how each can use its strengths to help.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

Commissary patrons and employees to support Feds Feed Families campaign

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary patrons and employees again stepped up in a big way in the annual Feds Feed Families campaign, accounting for a third of DOD’s total donation in this year’s drive.

“It all comes down to the great support we had from our customers and commissary personnel participating in this year’s campaign, which ran from June through August” said Randy Eller, the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy director of logistics.

This year DeCA employees and patrons donated over a million pounds of food and personal hygiene items for local food banks and pantries. It amounted to 34 percent of DOD’s total donation of 3.3 million pounds. In 2015, the commissaries collected 1.6 million pounds of DOD’s 3.2 million total.

To make donating simpler for commissary patrons, workers in the stores put together prepackaged donation bags of various sizes. These packages were then placed around the stores where patrons could easily pick them up as they shop and then donate them after checking out.

“Commissary patrons and employees know that it’s important to give back to the communities surrounding their installations,” Eller said. “The proof is in the thousands of pounds of donated items we collect every year for this worthy cause.”

Feds Feed Families was created as a part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” campaign in 2009. The program was started to help food banks stay stocked throughout the summer, when they typically see fewer donations and increased demand. As of last year the program donated almost 57.2 million pounds of food and other items have been donated by federal employees from all across the federal government

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

PVH’s to support Save the Children’s Youth Employment Training and Early Childhood Care and Development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH) today (Sep. 20, 2016) announced that it will be earmarking $1 million of its 2014 commitment to Save the Children to support programs in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years.

The investment comes as part of PVH’s recent business focus on the Sub-Saharan Africa region, including a woven shirt factory under construction in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park to be operated as part of a joint venture, sourcing in Kenya and branded product sales through various partners in the region.

PVH’s funding will support programs on Youth Employment Training and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD). Save the Children is supporting the national efforts to increase youth employment, entrepreneurship and skills development by implementing education and livelihood programs focusing on vulnerable young people. The organization is targeting disadvantaged children and youth aged 15-24 years old. Save the Children’s ECCD programs strengthen and sustain early learning and school readiness for children aged 4-6 years old.

“Our philanthropic mission is to support the needs of women and children around the world. We are working to drive positive impacts through our efforts to create a ‘best-in-class’ apparel manufacturing industry inEthiopia, improve access to high quality early childhood education and provide essential employment training,” said PVH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel Chirico. “Today’s children will be our future CEOs, employees and customers, and this investment allows us to better support Save the Children’s efforts to create lasting changes in the lives of children in need.”

“PVH has been a committed partner to Save the Children for more than a decade,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children “We are so grateful for their support of children from preschoolers to young adults.”

PVH & Save the Children

In December 2014, PVH announced a worldwide partnership with Save the Children supporting their programming with a multi million dollar commitment over five years from The PVH Foundation. PVH associates around the word are passionate about supporting the organization through a global Sponsor-A-Child program, associate volunteer site visits and other initiatives. PVH Chairman and CEO Manny Chirico also joined Save the Children’s Board of Trustees, furthering support of their efforts.

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH Corp. has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.

About Save the Children

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements in this press release, including, without limitation, statements relating to its plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy, and some of which might not be anticipated, including, without limitation: (i) the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the Company may be considered to be highly leveraged and uses a significant portion of its cash flows to service its indebtedness, as a result of which the Company might not have sufficient funds to operate in the manner it intends or has operated in the past; and (iii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media / Investors:
PVH Corp.
Dana Perlman
212-381-3502
investorrelations@pvh.com

Source: PVH Corp.

Metro to showcase local cheeses in support of Sélection Caseus

Montréal, 2016-Sep-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third straight year, Metro is proud to support Sélection Caseus, the annual competition intended to showcase the know-how of Quebec cheese makers. As a result, Metro will carry out a major program to showcase local cheeses in its stores throughout the province.

“Our consumers’ interest in Quebec products continues to grow. Our latest survey shows that the availability of local products is important to 66% of Metro customers. We are particularly pleased to highlight local cheese makers and their exceptional products in an original and sustained way” said Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Metro. “We are proud to contribute to their growth and to help our customers discover the fruits of their labour by providing more opportunities to showcase them, which is at the very foundation of our Local Purchasing Program.”

Les Producteurs de lait du Québec (Quebec milk producers) are honoured that they can count on Metro’s loyal support in their efforts to showcase local cheeses. “Metro grocers have always been very unified in promoting our featured products and our 2016 fall partnership enables us to broaden our mutual desire to better identify and select Quebec cheeses at the point of purchase” commented Julie Gélinas, Marketing Director for PLQ. “Our new delicious promotional initiative, developed in concert with the Metro team, is entirely focused on the wonders of our artisan cheese makers and will surely improve the experience of consumers who are always eager for high quality local products”.

A choice spot awaits delicious local cheeses and everything is set up to make it easy for customers to see them. From the very first glance, consumers will be able to pick out Quebec cheeses, thanks to Fromages d’ici stickers on the packaging. Moreover, 23 cheeses will have a card on which customers will be provided with a description and an ideal wine pairing. Ten of chose cheeses were 2016 Sélection Caseus finalists or winners that set themselves apart in a particular category. Four recipe cards will also be offered in-store, to inspire consumers and encourage them to choose local cheeses. One of those is devoted to pairings of local cheeses and local apples, focusing on the harmonies to be discovered between their respective tastes. Finally, the flyer will feature several local cheeses, as well as a few that carved out a spot for themselves at Sélection Caseus.

This initiative is in keeping with Metro’s Local Purchasing Program, launched in May of 2013, intended to promote local products and increase access to them, and of which one of the three guiding principles is to make Metro a privileged partner of Aliments du Québec and of the sectorial agri-food associations that promote Quebec products.

You can view Metro’s Local Purchasing Policy and the 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report at metro.ca/responsibility

METRO INC.
With annual sales of over $12 billion, METRO INC. (TSX: MRU), founded in 1947, is the only major Canadian food distribution company to have its head office in Quebec. Along with its affiliates and franchisees, METRO INC. employs in Quebec and Ontario over 65,000 people, whose mission is to exceed their customers’ expectations every day to earn their-long term loyalty. METRO INC. operates a network of almost 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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Media Information:
Geneviève Grégoire
Communication Advisor
(514) 643-1000 ext. 2055

Source: METRO INC.

The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana

The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana
The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the relief efforts in response to the devastating rain and flooding in southern Louisiana. In addition, the company has made an in-kind donation of packaged food, which American Red Cross staffers and volunteers will distribute to impacted residents and first responders.

“We continue to keep those impacted by the flooding in our thoughts and prayers,” said Derrick Pratt, Starbucks regional vice president. “We will support disaster relief efforts and help the people in the region during this difficult time.”

Customers and partners (employees) who wish to aid in the recovery may text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit the American Red Cross website.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

 

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 19, 2016 ), Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced via Twitter that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana.

Earlier this week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a $500,000 commitment to provide support through cash and in-kind donation to organizations helping with flood relief efforts. The total commitment of $1.5 million will be used to provide additional food, water, cleaning supplies and other essential items to those in critical need. Funds will also be used towards longer term recovery efforts.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “We have been working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to learn how we can use our strengths to help. We will continue to be there for our friends, family, fellow associates, customers and neighbors in Louisiana.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster in Louisiana, working hand in hand with the people of the Gulf Region during and after Hurricane Katrina. Walmart continues to help communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Contact: Call 1-800-WALMART (925-6278)

Source: Walmart

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Kohl’s announces $100,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross to support flood victims in Louisiana

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a $100,000 cash donation toward flood relief efforts in Louisiana. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much needed emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s encourages its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its Associates in Action volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s associates.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to those families, including many of our Associates, who are impacted by the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Our dedicated Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers are offering assistance and are committed to helping the area recover,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “Our business is rooted in these communities which is why we partner with the American Red Cross to provide critical support when it is needed most.”

Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers help a range of youth-serving nonprofit organizations year-round. Through the Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated more than 3.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which is committed to supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

To inquire about coordinating a Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer event, contact your local Kohl’s store and ask to speak with the store manager about Associates in Action. Find your nearest Kohl’s by visiting www.KohlsCorporation.com.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s:
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)
Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+Kohls)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls)
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

Contacts:

Ale DesJean
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com
262-703-2985

Lyra O’Brien
Lyra.Obrien@Kohls.com
262-703-5186

Source: Kohl’s

Southeastern Grocers to work with American Red Cross to support Louisiana flood victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fl, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As communities across Louisiana and Mississippi struggle through historic flooding, Southeastern Grocers would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to those fighting during this flood, working in recovery and to those who have lost loved ones.

Southeastern Grocers’ 4,400 Winn-Dixie associates in Louisiana are working hard to keep as many stores in the region open as possible to serve customers. Beginning Wednesday, August 17th, and lasting through August 23rd, all Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys customers will be able to contribute to the flood relief efforts in stores throughout the entire footprint in the Southeast. With every dollar donated by customers, Southeastern Grocers will match this through the Southeastern Grocers Foundation.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Winn-Dixie has been a part of the Louisiana community for 60 years. During that time, the strength and resilience of the community has been tried time and time again, and we are proud to have the people of Louisiana as our customers, our associates, and our neighbors, as their bravery and perseverance has been an inspiration as we begin our recovery efforts.”

“We are encouraging all our customers across the Southeast to rise up and support the great states and communities of Louisiana and Mississippi. We will continue to work tirelessly on the ground and with the American Red Cross to direct all available resources to help the people affected by the flooding.”

Anna Trefethen, Vice-President for the Southeast and Caribbean Division of the American Red Cross said, “Southeastern Grocers plays an integral role in helping communities when disaster strikes across the Southeast. We are extremely grateful for the support of their stores, employees and customers here in Louisiana and across the Southeast. Our response to this disaster is only made possible when partners like Southeastern Grocers step forward and respond.”

Winn-Dixie operates 47 stores in the state of Louisiana. As of Tuesday, August 16th, all stores are open for business, with the exception of three that took significant impact from the flooding. Every effort is being made to quickly and safely re-open the following stores: • Winn-Dixie Store 1490 – 2004 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526 • Winn-Dixie Store 1591 – 28145 Walker South Road, Walker, LA 70785 • Winn-Dixie Store 1467 – 13555 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 79816

Updates on stores can be found via social media and the Winn-Dixie Facebook and Twitter pages.

Customers may also go online to donate at the follow web addresses:
http://www.redcross.org/harveys-pub
http://www.redcross.org/winndixie-pub
http://www.redcross.org/bilo-pub

All customer contributions go directly to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and are used to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of the flooding.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

Contact:

Joe Caldwell Manager
Corporate Communications
904-318-7197
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocer

John Lewis launches new initiative ‘Locally Made’ to enhance its support of local UK suppliers and manufacturers

London, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has today ( 14 August 2016) announced ‘Locally Made’, a new initiative to enhance its support of local UK suppliers and manufacturers. The project will see the retailer bring together locally designed and made products from across the country in a dedicated area in its shops.

The project will kick-start in John Lewis Leeds (opening 20 October 2016) which will stock over 120 products from 11 local Yorkshire suppliers including Masons Yorkshire Gin and the Harrogate Candle Company. All of the suppliers are based within a 30 mile radius of Leeds. The products will also be available on the John Lewis website, broadening their exposure and making them available to shoppers across the country.

Over the next few months, John Lewis shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff will also increase their range of locally made products, followed by new shops opening next year in Oxford and Westfield London.

The project is in partnership with Harrogate-based The Great British Exchange (GBE) which launched in 2014 and sources artisanal products from new designers, established makers, independent businesses and British-based factories from across the UK. It provides direct support for independent suppliers, making their products available in national retailers and easily accessible for shoppers.

Anna Rigby, Head of Buying for Home Accessories and Gifts at John Lewis, said: ‘We know that our customers are interested in the provenance of products and as a British retailer, we’re proud to support British design and quality by sourcing locally. Our Made Locally campaign, in partnership with The Great British Exchange, will help us strengthen our existing local supplier base and inevitably champion more British designers and manufacturers.’

Matthew Hopkins, Managing Director at The Great British Exchange, said: ‘The essence of The Great British Exchange is to provide a stepping stone into retail for British manufacturers and it’s a one-stop-shop for retailers looking for British made products. We work hard to provide a route to market for new British manufacturers and designers. I’m very proud of our partnership with John Lewis, which creates fantastic ongoing opportunities for more locally sourced products to be sold in one of the UK’s most prestigious retailers.’

John Lewis has a rich heritage when it comes to working with British manufacturers. The retailer has already established relationships with local suppliers at several of its existing shops, including John Lewis Cardiff which has 80 Welsh product lines and its shop in Birmingham which has several ‘Made in the Midlands’ products including suppliers from the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter.

John Lewis own-brand furnishing fabrics, duvets and pillows are also manufactured at its own textiles mill, Herbert Parkinson, founded in 1934 in Lancashire. Its own-brand mattresses are produced by Spink & Edgar, a family-owned business based in Yorkshire.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

General enquires:
For further information please contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger

SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger
SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives for Feeding America were on hand last evening at SUPERVALU’s 2016 National Expo to accept a $100,000 donation in support of the organization’s mission to end hunger. The donation was made possible through the collective efforts of SUPERVALU, and the independent grocery retailers and consumer packaged goods companies attending and exhibiting at this year’s Expo.

“All of the grocery retailers and companies involved in this effort know how important it is to give back to their communities,” said Mike Stigers, SUPERVALU Executive Vice President, Wholesale. “With this in mind, we thought the Expo provided the perfect opportunity to join together for the first time to make a difference for hunger relief in the communities where we live and work.”

The donation was presented to Bob Chatmas, chief operating officer of Second Harvest Heartland, a Minneapolis-St. Paul Feeding America member food bank, prior to a Wednesday night celebration featuring a performance by singer, songwriter and platinum record producer Andy Grammer, who has partnered with Feeding America to raise awareness for hunger relief as a member of its Entertainment Council.

Joining Stigers in the check presentation were National Grocers Association President and CEO Peter Larkin, Todd Tillemans, Executive Vice President of Customer Development at Unilever, and Brian Audette, Senior Vice President, Sales, Merchandising and Marketing at SUPERVALU.

“One in seven Americans struggles to get enough food to eat,” said Audette, who is also a Second Harvest Heartland board member. “This donation will make a tangible impact by providing food for those in need. For every $1 received, Feeding America is able to help provide 11 meals to people facing hunger. We are so grateful to the collective efforts of SUPERVALU and all of the independent grocery retailers and companies at the National Expo who helped to make this donation possible.”

Feeding America is the nation’s leading hunger relief organization with 200 member food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Together, they provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,342 stores composed of 1,773 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the company’s food distribution business; 1,368 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 896 are operated by licensee owners; and 201 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 18, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU, visit www.supervalu.com

About Feeding America:
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Contact:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

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Office Depot survey reveals only 23 percent of educators have sufficient tools to Support Early Education Preparation

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the results of an early education preparation survey whose findings uncovered that while almost all educators feel support of parents with children younger than school age is important, only 23 percent of educators have sufficient tools to do so.

The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot, Inc.’s “Committed to Learning” initiative recently surveyed more than 3,000 educators regarding their perceptions of family readiness to prepare children for kindergarten, and the tools available to educators to support them in communicating and working with families.

A few key findings from the survey:

  • 97 percent of educators felt that communication between districts and parents before students were school aged was important or very important as part of school readiness preparation.
  • 77 percent of educators felt that parents had some of the tools they needed to prepare their children for school yet needed help from educators in those critical years before kindergarten, while 23 percent of educators felt that parents did not know how to prepare their children for kindergarten.
  • 23 percent of educators reported having sufficient tools to effectively reach out to parents, while nine percent of educators reported having nearly no tools to support their work in parent communication.
  • For those educators who have some support in communicating with parents, 69 percent indicated the need for help in using those tools to be effective in their work.

“The survey findings show the increased demand for learning initiatives that equip educators with tools to more effectively work with families,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “We are proud to partner with school districts around the country to address the critical unmet needs of students and affect positive change at home and in the classroom.”

As part of its “Committed to Learning” initiative, Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts to solve the challenge of reaching parents of children who aren’t yet registered for school. The company conducts research and provides targeted mailing lists, and facilitates the creation and mailing of educational information, including tips, encouragement and other materials, to help education begin at home.

“Committed to Learning” has led the company to convene a national team of education experts and partners across disciplines. Having worked with thousands of school districts for more than two decades, Office Depot, Inc. has solidified a belief in the principles of equity, mastery and collaboration for successful student outcomes, and adopted a student-centric approach that maximizes district budgets while delivering solutions and expertise to meet the changing needs of students today.

Find out about Office Depot, Inc.’s education solutions at business.officedepot.com/education.

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications
In April 2016 the Center for College & Career Readiness conducted a survey of educators on behalf of Office Depot Inc.’s “Committed to Learning” initiative. A total of 5,208 educators (including Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs, Teachers and more) participated in the survey.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Contact:

Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Edelman
Abby Van Uum
512-200-5341
abigail.vanuum@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

SpartanNash Direct launches Your Dollars™ program to support local charities

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Store guests will soon have a new way to support their favorite local charities, schools and other nonprofit organizations through the SpartanNash program, Direct Your Dollars™. The receipt-based program makes it easier than ever for eligible nonprofit organizations to earn $1,000.

Direct Your Dollars launched on Aug. 1 in more than 160 SpartanNash-owned retail stores and fuel centers in nine states.

“Our Direct Your Dollars™ program is built on the concept of shopping with purpose, meaning our store guests can use their purchasing power to support their favorite nonprofits,” said Dennis Eidson, president and CEO of SpartanNash. “The Direct Your Dollars program allows local nonprofit organizations to turn receipts into dollars for computers, textbooks, field trips, athletic and band equipment, food and meal supplies and much more – just by shopping at any one of our retail stores. For many, it’s a familiar program with a new name, and we’re excited to expand our corporate responsibility to our communities through Direct Your Dollars.”

Direct Your Dollars™ replaces the Support Our Schools program offered in some of the company’s west stores and the Michigan-based Cash for Class program.

For store guests, earning money through the Direct Your Dollars program is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Shop any of SpartanNash’s corporate-owned stores.
  2. Turn in your store receipts to your favorite participating nonprofit organization – and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
  3. When the participating nonprofit collects $150,000 in eligible receipts, they can turn them in for a $1,000 check from SpartanNash.

Participating groups must have a valid 501(c)(3) determination to be eligible. Preschool and K-12 schools are eligible to participate, as well as school-sponsored groups and clubs. Faith-based and community service organizations can also participate in the Direct Your Dollars program.

A section titled “Direct Your Dollars” will be included on all receipts to make it easier for organizations to compute their Direct Your Dollars receipt totals. Some purchases are excluded from the Direct Your Dollars program, such as tobacco, postage, fuel, gift cards and lottery, and will not be included in the “Direct Your Dollars” tally.

Receipts from any SpartanNash-owned store – including Family Fare Supermarket, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fresh Market, Forest Hills Foods, VG’s, SunMart, Supermercado Nuestra Familia, Bag n Save, No Frills, Prairie Market, Pick N Save, Germantown Fresh Market, Dillonvalle IGA, Econofoods, Dan’s Supermarket and ValuLand – will be accepted and must total $150,000 before a check will be issued.

Organizations interested in participating in the Direct Your Dollars program can visit SpartanNash.com/DirectYourDollars for promotional materials, receipt submission forms and more.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Econofoods, and SunMart.

Contact:

Meredith Gremel
Vice President
Corporate Affairs & Communications
616-878-2830

Source: SpartanNash

Cold Stone Creamery® launches nationwide fundraising campaign in support of nonprofit organization Best Buddies® International

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) is partnering with Best Buddies® International and hosting a nationwide fundraising promotion during the month of August in all domestic Cold Stone Creamery stores to support the organization. Best Buddies is a nonprofit that is dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Beginning August 1, customers can purchase a Best Buddies sticker, designed by renowned artist Keith Haring, for a minimum donation of $1 each. Keith Haring was an artist, philanthropist, and friend of Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. Haring incorporated his incredible energy and vibrant style into the now iconic Best Buddies logo. One hundred percent of proceeds from the stickers will be donated to the Best Buddies International organization.

“Cold Stone Creamery is honored to work together with Best Buddies and help support their mission to end the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing for Kahala Brands™, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery. “Customers have the chance to share the message of friendship and empowerment when they purchase a Best Buddies sticker along with their favorite ice cream Creation™.”

In addition to the nationwide fundraising program, Cold Stone Creamery will be implementing a jobs program later this fall. This integrated employment program will pair members of Best Buddies with their local Cold Stone Creamery store. There, they will receive professional handson training in the art of creating the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®.

Cold Stone Creamery is also working on a mentoring program in which members of Best Buddies will have the chance to shadow an employee at the brand’s corporate headquarters and training center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

About Cold Stone Creamery®
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 27 countries.

About Best Buddies®
International Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

For more information about Best Buddies, please visit www.BestBuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.

CONTACT:

Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

Source: Cold Stone Creamery

TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership initiative to support retail-specific startups

LONDON, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership has joined forces with TrueStart, Europe’s only independent retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund, to find and fund the products, services and technologies which will define how we live in the future.

The Eureka Initiative – a partnership between TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership – will enable startups within TrueStart’s own accelerator programme, The Collection, to gain exposure to the Partnership’s market-leading retail capabilities, with the aim of bringing the best ideas to commercial reality.  It will build on the spirit of experimentation upon which the John Lewis Partnership was founded and nurture never-seen-before products and services – from the drawing board to customers via the shop floor and website.

One startup that will benefit from the Eureka Initiative is TrueStart-backed, Photospire.  A technology platform that enables retailers and brands to create real-time, personalized video content for its customers, Photospire is in discussions with the John Lewis Partnership regarding activation activities that target the brand’s customers with product recommendation videos tailored to individual customers.

Tom Athron, Group Development Director at the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘The John Lewis Partnership began life as a brave entrepreneurial experiment. By collaborating with TrueStart we will be supporting the future growth of our company by partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs and fast tracking their ideas. I firmly believe that all businesses focused on growth in a rapidly changing world will need a few eureka moments to thrive.’

Matt Truman, CEO at True Capital, the retail and consumer sector-specialist private equity firm which owns TrueStart, said: ‘TrueStart looks to work with genuinely disruptive businesses that have the potential to inform real change in the retail sector. I am delighted to welcome the John Lewis Partnership on board as our latest strategic partner. By joining forces we can lean on our joint expertise to ensure that the retail industry keeps innovation at its core, transforming the fashion, home and technology sectors in these rapidly changing times.’

Ger O’Meara, Co-Founder and CEO of Photospire, said: ‘Working with the John Lewis Partnership will allow us to use real-time data and tell a story to each of its customers in a targeted, personalized and engaging way. Having access to the right people was only possible because of the partnership between TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership. This is the very definition of ‘accelerator’, and highlights the value of TrueStart and its retail network.’

The Eureka Initiative between the John Lewis Partnership and TrueStart will complement the highly successful incubator currently run by John Lewis, JLAB, which aims to deliver a broader range of new products and services across the department store portfolio and has already uncovered technology-based solutions to some of John Lewis’s operational challenges.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership
The John Lewis Partnership operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 350 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,500 staff are Partners in the business.

About TrueStart
TrueStart (www.truestart.co.uk) is Europe’s only retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund. TrueStart adds value to the startup businesses by providing access to its comprehensive retail and consumer network, mentorship, investment support, and 4,300 ft of dedicated office space in its retail innovation hub in London.

TrueStart is backed by True Capital (www.truecapital.co.uk), the retail and consumer sector specialist investment firm.

General enquiries:
For further information please contact:

Siân Grieve
Senior Communications Manager (Corporate), John Lewis
Telephone: 0207 592 6887
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk

Kim Visser
Head of Marketing and Communications, Truestart
Telephone: 0203 740 6943
Email: kim.visser@truecapital.co.uk

Source: John Lewis Partnership

Starbucks’ One Tree for Every Bag commitment raised 15 million trees to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador

Seattle, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — In countries across Latin America, coffee rust is a plague, making it harder for farmers to produce high-quality coffee. In the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, coffee rust forced Rolando Lopez to downsize his farm, which is at 50-70 percent of its typical productivity.

“We didn’t know that it was going to be this destructive,” Lopez said. “Within a year, we saw the effect of the coffee rust in the plants. It was very hard for coffee producers.”

Starbucks is helping farmers like Lopez tackle coffee rust, a fungus that has damaged millions of coffee trees around the world, through the company’s One Tree for Every Bag commitment. Launched in September 2015, the program helps donate one rust-resistant coffee tree for each bag of packaged coffee purchased in U.S. Starbucks stores. In the first 10 months of the One Tree for Every Bag commitment, Starbucks customers have purchased 15 million bags of coffee to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Lopez, a third-generation coffee farmer, is grateful for the rust-resistant trees that are helping him recover his coffee yields. “This is all I know how to do – produce coffee,” he said. “This tree initiative is a relief because we know we have security for our coffee production.”

One Tree for Every Bag was inspired by the Todos Sembramos Café program, which means “We All Grow Coffee,” in more than 500 stores in Mexico. The efforts help ensure farmer livelihoods and the stability of the coffee supply for the industry for generations to come.

Starbucks is working with Conservation International (CI) to ensure coffee trees are successfully distributed, planted and thriving. The distribution of each coffee tree will be supported by Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, developed over a decade ago with CI to safeguard responsible purchasing practices and economic, social and environmental standards, globally. These sourcing standards are then augmented by Starbucks Farmer Support Centers that provide on-the-ground agronomy services.

The One Tree for Every Bag commitment not only lays the groundwork to revitalize coffee farms, but also uplifts surrounding communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. According to ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. – a global commodity merchant and sustainable supply-chain management company – nearly 800 jobs will be generated in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. Many of them will be seasonal and long-term opportunities at the three Guatemalan, four El Salvadoran and three Mexican nurseries producing most of the 15 million rust-resistant seedlings that will be delivered this year. The total includes an initial Starbucks donation of 1 million coffee trees.

About One Tree for Every Bag Commitment
Starbucks has committed to planting a coffee tree for every bag of coffee purchased in participating U.S. stores through September 2016. Starbucks contributes 70 cents, the average cost of a tree, to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold from participating stores in the United States. Starbucks works with Sustainable Management Services in the export and delivery of green coffee, and to germinate the seedlings and distribute the trees.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

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Starbucks' One Tree for Every Bag commitment raised 15 million trees to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador
Starbucks’ One Tree for Every Bag commitment raised 15 million trees to support farming communities in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador

 

Source: Starbucks

British Land to support the UK entry at the inaugural London Design Biennale to be designed by Barber & Osgerby

London, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has today announced that it will be supporting the UK entry at the inaugural London Design Biennale, which will be designed by internationally renowned design studio, Barber & Osgerby. The event, taking place at Somerset House from 7th-27th September, will bring together over 30 countries who are presenting new works that explore the theme of Utopia by Design, to mark the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s influential book.

This follows the recent announcement of British Land as the Headline Partner at the London Design Festival. British Land acknowledges the important role design plays in creating a sense of place. The company also has a long history of working with leaders in architecture, art and design, to create distinctive landmarks and public art installations. Its continued commitment to innovative and inspired design to create Places People Prefer forms an integral part of British Land’s approach to placemaking, creating places where people want to work, shop and live.

The UK entry, entitled Forecast, is being designed by award winning London design studio, Barber & Osgerby, and is curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum. The wind-powered installation will be located in the courtyard at Somerset House, and is inspired by weather measuring instruments to reflect the UK’s development in sustainable energy. Barber & Osgerby, who were behind the London 2012 Olympic Torch, won the Design Medal at the British Land Celebration of Design in 2015, which awards outstanding contribution to the design industry.

To continue the legacy of the first ever London Design Biennale, British Land will donate the installation to a new location in the UK to ensure it can be viewed and enjoyed by a wider community.

British Land CEO, Chris Grigg, comments: “Design is key to our ambition to create Places People Prefer; places where people want to work, shop and live. Our partnership with the V&A and the London Design Biennale, to deliver the UK’s stunning installation by Barber & Osgerby, demonstrates our commitment to innovative and engaging design which has a positive impact on local communities.”

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby comment: “We are honoured to be designing the UK pavilion in London’s first ever design biennale and so pleased for it to be supported by British Land. British Land’s commitment to furthering design and innovation is significant and we feel fortunate to have had this platform to represent the UK.”

Notes to Editors

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £19.7 billion (of which British Land share is £14.4 billion), as valued at 30 September 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

UK Retail assets account for 51% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 49% of our portfolio is focused on London. We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

We were awarded the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, for our continued economic, social and environmental achievements over five years. Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long-term returns. Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

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About the London Design Biennale
More than 30 countries have confirmed their participation in the first London Design Biennale; a prestigious global event at which the world’s nations will present newly commissioned works in contemporary design, design-led innovation, creativity and research.

A new highlight of the cultural calendar, the Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in the capital for a major exhibition that will explore the role of design in our collective futures.

The London Design Biennale is a new independent production from the team behind the London Design Festival. The three-week long Biennale, comprising of an exhibition and collateral talks programme, will overlap the Festival, complementing its citywide programme of commissions and partner events every two years.

Sir John Sorrell, Ben Evans and Dr Christopher Turner are president, executive director and director of the London Design Biennale. The London Design Biennale’s International Advisory Committee and Jury includes: Paola Antonelli, Adelia Borges, James Lingwood, Jeremy Myerson, Jonathan Reekie, Martin Roth,
Victor Lo, Ana Elena Mallet, Kayoko Ota, Richard Rogers and Paula Scher.

The London Design Biennale is supported by the Mayor of London and UK Trade & Investment.

For further information and the full line-up of international entries visit:
www.londondesignbiennale.com | @londonbiennale | #LDB16

For further press information about the London Design Biennale please contact Brunswick Arts on ldb@brunswickgroup.com

About Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby founded their London studio in 1996. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with leading global manufacturers including Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Venini, and Flos. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2001 Barber & Osgerby established Architecture design practice Universal Design Studio, and in 2012 they founded Map, a company specializing in research and strategy-led design.

In 2007 they were awarded Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 the designers were honoured with OBEs for their services to the design industry. In 2015 they were awarded The Panerai London Design Medal .

www.barberosgerby.com
Instagram: @barberosgerby #barberosgerby #forecast

For further press information about Barber & Osgerby please contact Valentina Giani at Camron PR on 020 7420 1700 valentina.giani@camronpr.com

Press Contact:

Pip Wood, British Land
020 7467 2838

Anita Gryson
LUCHFORD APM
020 7631 1000

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British Land to support the UK entry at the inaugural London Design Biennale to be designed by Barber & Osgerby
British Land to support the UK entry at the inaugural London Design Biennale to be designed by Barber & Osgerby

 

Source: British Land

London & Cambridge Properties owned The Arcadian to support the Birmingham Comedy Festival

LONDON, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Arcadian owned by LCP is lending its support to the Birmingham Comedy Festival for the fifth consecutive year.

One of the city’s most popular annual arts events, the festival runs from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 16, 2016, and will see a host of established and fast-rising names taking to stages across the city.

The Arcadian, which is owned and managed by leading commercial property company London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), is home to the multi-award-winning Glee Club – renowned as one of the country’s top comedy venues.

A spokesperson for the Birmingham Comedy Festival said: “We’re delighted that The Arcadian is again supporting the Birmingham Comedy Festival. As home to The Glee, it’s at the core of the festival, while its varied range of restaurants, cafes and bars make it an ideal destination for a night out.

“The Glee is also the host of our official launch event, the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award.”

It is the fifth consecutive year that The Arcadian has signed up as official sponsor for the ten-day event.

Lina Higuita, centre manager at Arcadian centre manager, said: “We are only too pleased to lend our support once again to this excellent event that takes place on our doorstep. It always attracts a great crowd of visitors from across the country.”

This year’s festival line-up will be officially announced over the summer. For more information, visit www.bhamcomfest.co.uk

The Arcadian, which is owned and managed by West Midlands-based LCP, is a unique entertainment venue in Birmingham city centre, located in the heart of vibrant South side, Chinatown and the Theatre District.

For more information about The Arcadian visit ww.thearcadian.co.uk

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London & Cambridge Properties

Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southern California-based Food 4 Less is pleased to announce that it is raising funds at the checkstands in its supermarkets to support after-school education programs. In addition, the supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division is collecting donations for after-school programs.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers and associates can support after-school programs through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Food 4 Less stores in Southern California and greater Chicago, and Foods Co supermarkets in Central and Northern California. The after-school program fund-raising campaign will run from July 20 through October 11, 2016.

“The support of after-school programs is an important cause to Food 4 Less, Foods Co and our customers,” said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less/Foods Co. “By simply donating their spare change into the donation canisters located at each checkstand in our stores, Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers will be able to make a huge difference in supporting after-school programs that inspire and empower young people in our communities.”

Together with their customers, Food 4 Less and Foods Co contributed more than $70,000 in 2015 to programs focused on educating our youth, including after-school enrichment programs, in communities served by Food 4 Less stores in Southern California and the greater Chicago area, and those served by Foods Co stores in Central and Northern California.

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Last year, Food 4 Less and Foods Co combined to contribute more than $4 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

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Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs
Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs

 

Source:  The Kroger Co.

 

Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Let your light shine this summer as Argos launches its exclusive pendant for The Irish Cancer Society.

The sunshine-themed pendant is available in Argos stores and online from 16 July retailing at €41.99. Of this, €5 from every sale will help fund the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centres, which support people affected by cancer in Ireland by providing cancer information, support and advice in local communities.

The pendant will add a little sparkle to any outfit and features an uplifting message, making it a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Stephanie Wilkes, Jewellery Buyer at Argos, said: “This gorgeous pendant is the perfect way to light up the lives of your loved ones, and with €5 from each sale going straight to The Irish Cancer Society, you’ll be helping to fund Cancer Nurses in Daffodil Centres around Ireland.

“We’re so proud to be supporting The Irish Cancer Society, and hope the sales of these pendants will help make a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.”

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, added: “The money Argos customers will raise with every pendant sold goes towards funding vital support provided to cancer patients and their families through Daffodil Centres. These are walk-in cancer information and support centres managed by experienced cancer nurses, and in 2015 the 13 centers in Ireland dealt with 42,478 enquiries.

“We couldn’t support the 170,000 people living with and beyond cancer in Ireland today without your help, and we’re really grateful to every single person who purchases a pendant whether for themselves, a loved one or a friend. Together, we won’t give up until cancer does.”

Since voting to support The Irish Cancer Society as their Irish charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers have raised nearly €80,000, funding over 3,000 hours of vital Irish Cancer Society nursing care to support people affected by cancer in Ireland.

To buy a pendant for your loved one visit your local Argos store, or check and reserve on www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

About Irish Cancer Society
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. The Society is almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receives less than 2% government funding.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

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Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society
Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society

Source: Argos

Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, today announced the start of its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Between now and September 11, 2016, the famed pretzel twisters hope to raise more than $500,000 to help fund childhood cancer research.

Guests who visit Auntie Anne’s during the fundraising window can show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer by purchasing paper pretzel ribbon icons for $1. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ribbons will be donated to ALSF. As a token of appreciation to guests who help “give hope” via the ribbon campaign, Auntie Anne’s will provide a $1 off coupon for their next purchase of any pretzel product or drink.

“From the start, Auntie Anne’s has been rooted in a culture of caring for others. Auntie Anne and Jonas Beiler founded the company in 1988 to raise funds for a family counseling center that they later opened, and this tradition of giving back continues today with our amazing Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation partnership,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “We are proud and honored to partner with ALSF and support the mission of the foundation’s founder, Alex Scott – a cure for childhood cancer.”

Both based in Southeastern Pennsylvania and known for their lemonade, Auntie Anne’s and ALSF began their partnership in 2011. Since then, Auntie Anne’s has helped ALSF raise more than $2.4 million through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local events, and the annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. These donations have funded more than 48,000 hours of cancer research.

About Auntie Anne’s®:
At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Media Contact:

Chas Kurtz
Public Relations Manager
ckurtz@auntieannes.com
(717) 435-1561

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Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

 

Source: Auntie Anne’s

The Bon-Ton Stores to support bullying and cyberbullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition “Blue Shirts”

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the fifth consecutive year of their partnership, STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national bullying and cyber bullying prevention organization for children and teens in the U.S., and The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., (NASDAQ:BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, are coming together to support bullying and cyber bullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition “Blue Shirts.”

Now available for the back to school season, the limited edition shirts are worn in support of Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™, to be observed this year on Monday, October 3rd. The day marks a time for children, teens, families, schools and communities to join together to drive awareness about anti-bullying programs around the world. Sold exclusively in Bon-Ton stores and online at bonton.com through October 3rd, the Blue Shirt has gradually become a symbol for promoting friendship, compassion and kindness. All net profits from the t-shirt sales are donated to STOMP Out Bullying™.

“We are thrilled to partner with Bon-Ton Stores to raise awareness of this pervasive issue of bullying and help give students a voice where they might otherwise be unheard,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying™. “With Bon-Ton’s continued partnership and generosity, we can make a difference in the lives of so many children and teens who experience bullying with no place to turn.”

Each year, messages of bullying prevention are heard around the world on Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ as hundreds of thousands of students create a “sea of blue” to help spread the word on putting an end to all forms of bullying. The movement continues throughout the remainder of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn more about how you can join this critical call for action at www.stompoutbullying.org/.

“For the fifth consecutive year, Bon-Ton is pleased to partner with STOMP Out Bullying™ in an effort to raise awareness and support for bullying prevention in our communities and schools,” said Kathryn Bufano, President and CEO, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “With families and children getting ready for Back to School this is an ideal time for our company to share the message of friendship and caring.”

Customers can also support the campaign by making a donation in Bon-Ton stores – for every $3 donation, Bon-Ton Stores will give you a $10 off coupon, valid on any $25 or more Back to School purchase. This offer will be available July 20 through August 6.

For more information and official rules, please visit www.bonton.com/STOMPOutBullying.

About STOMP Out Bullying™
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national bullying and cyber bullying prevention organization for kids and teens and is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyber bullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools.  It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educates kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide; raises awareness; supports peer mentoring programs in schools; provides public service announcements by noted celebrities, and engages in social media campaigns. To learn more, visit us at www.stompoutbullying.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.


CONTACTS:

Jill Metzger
RF|BINDER
212-994-7542
jill.metzger@rfbinder.com

Christine Hojnacki
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

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The Bon-Ton Stores to support bullying and cyberbullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition "Blue Shirts"
The Bon-Ton Stores to support bullying and cyberbullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition “Blue Shirts”

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association welcomed the passage of two bills to support innovators

Arlington , VA, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today welcomed the passage of two bills from the House Financial Services Committee designed to help ensure businesses access to capital in the startup phase. Austen Jensen, RILA’s vice president, government affairs issued the following statement.

“By alleviating some of the financial challenges entrepreneurs face when trying to jump start their businesses, these bills provide a greater platform for innovation and promote increased investment in new technology. Particularly within the payments ecosystem, we look forward to seeing the industry disruptive technology that enters the marketplace as a result of these doors opening. We’re glad to see the House taking a proactive approach to these issues and look forward to working with them to move this legislation through Congress.”

The Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016 (H.R. 4854) and the Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) were approved by the Financial Services Committee in June and passed the House by bipartisan votes on July 5.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications & Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Source: RILA