Bartell Drugs teams up with Amazon to offer Prime Now one-hour delivery service in Seattle

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today (Nov. 15, 2016) its Prime Now one-hour delivery service adds its first drugstore to the service with local, family-owned store, Bartell Drugs. Prime members in Seattle can now shop thousands of health, beauty, grocery, snacks, local products and much more from Bartell Drugs and have those items conveniently delivered right to their door for free in two hours.

Starting today through 11:59 p.m. on November 21, Amazon Prime members will get $10 off their first orders of $20 or more with the promo code BARTEL10.

“Bartell Drugs has always stressed convenience as well as quality of products and service,” says Brian Unmacht, President/CEO of Bartell Drugs. “We are excited to leverage Prime Now’s unparalleled delivery speeds to meet customers’ day-to-day needs while honoring the exemplary service and products that our customers have come to know and love.”

Bartell Drugs delivery is available in select zip codes and expanding rapidly. The service is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“We’re proud to team up with fellow Seattle-based company, Bartell Drugs, to offer more than 85% of its inventory for superfast delivery right to the customer’s door,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Amazon Prime Now. “Whether you don’t want to leave your couch to get cold medicine, need a last-minute beauty fix, or want to embrace the holiday spirit with festive seasonal supplies, Bartell Drugs’ wide selection of local merchandise adds to the growing variety of product offerings available for one-and two-hour delivery in our home town.”

About Bartell Drugs:

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Carrefour teams up with three new app partner start-ups to do away with queueing at the checkouts

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is revolutionising the checkout experience. This innovative service developed in partnership with a selection of partner start-up companies is designed to do away with queueing at the checkouts with the help of 3 smartphone apps. The aim is to improve the customer experience and get people moving through the check-outs faster.

Three solutions are currently being tested:

Carrefour is working with three new app partner start-ups, testing two new solutions:
a single virtualized queue – make an appointment at the check-out.

  • “LineBerty”: With this app, customers can book a slot for paying for their shopping – from home or in the store – via a digital ticket. A few minutes before they are scheduled to check out, they receive a notification. They can then either accept the slot or postpone it.
  • “Minut’Pass”, the second application, works in the same way
  • “Je File”: With this third application, customers can get in the queue for the checkout virtually, from the store. They do this via a virtual queue – they can see how much it has moved at any time from their smartphone. Then, similar to the way in which the other two apps work, customers receive a notification and they can then either accept or postpone paying for their shopping at the check-out.

“Je File” is currently being tested at the Bercy 2 hypermarket. “Lineberty” will be tested in early October in the Paris region, while “Minut’Pass” will be tested in the Aix-en-Provence hypermarket in November.

Checkout employees in these stores have been told about these new systems and given training in how to use them so they can provide customers with the best possible service.

Carrefour – at the cutting edge of innovation in order to reinvent the check-out experience

This new service is part of the retailer’s innovation policy and is designed to provide customers with a fast and easy shopping experience. Carrefour was already breaking new ground back in 2012 when it launched the single queue concept in its stores. A solution welcomed by customers. In 2016, new contactless payment solutions were introduced with Apple Pay. Available throughout France, customers can use this app to pay for shopping – quickly and securely – with their iPhone

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

Hollister teams up with social media personality Brent Rivera for its 2016 anti-bullying campaign, All Equal

 

New Albany, OH, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today (September 29, 2016 ) revealed its 2016 anti-bullying campaign, All Equal. Now in its fourth year, this campaign and educational program aim to raise anti-bullying awareness globally and provide resources for those in need. Since launching the initiative in 2013, the Company has donated more than $1,000,000 to supporting philanthropic efforts, reached over 1,750,000 students, and awarded scholarships to 30 deserving students who have overcome bullying in their own lives.

Brent Rivera, a social media personality, teamed up with Hollister to produce and star in this year’s educational video. At 18 years old, Brent has experienced bullying in school, as well as cyberbullying on social media, and wants to help bring awareness to the important issue. Using relatable situations teens likely experience, Brent’s energetic and engaging video scenarios show examples of how teens today can help prevent bullying. The video also features hit single “Mama Said,” the latest from breakout artist Lukas Graham, which recounts the singer’s upbringing in a marginalized community in Denmark, and how positive and encouraging messages helped him through tough times.

“This partnership and campaign mean a lot to me. ALL EQUAL helps create much needed awareness for the issue of bullying and I was honored to not only help support this initiative, but to have direct input in the type of content that is sent out to schools,” said Brent Rivera. “I think the video will be interesting to middle and high school students and I hope that more teens will start to stand up for what is right and help end bullying.”

The educational video along with a peer-to-peer curriculum, developed by renowned anti-bullying expert and clinical psychologist, Dr. Joel Haber, will be distributed to more than 20,000 schools across the United States, and for the first time, in the United Kingdom. The program is designed to promote inclusivity and respect and provides students with tools they need to prevent and overcome bullying and cyberbullying. The materials are also available on Hollister’s YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/hollisterco.

Additionally, Hollister has designed a line of graphic t-shirts that feature inspirational messaging to help raise awareness around anti-bullying. Starting today, September 29th, the t-shirts will be sold in all Hollister locations globally, and online at http://www.HollisterCo.com. All sales from the All Equal collection tees will be donated to efforts that support the health and wellness of kids and teens, with the first $150,000 of sales benefitting No Bully (http://www.nobully.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that leverages student empathy to stop bullying and cyberbullying. In addition, customers will be able to make a donation or round up their purchase at the register in all US Hollister stores.

Another component of the initiative is a college scholarship program that honors outstanding students around the world who have persevered academically while experiencing bullying, as well as those who have led the fight against bullying in their schools and communities. Through a partnership with the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Foundation, the company will award 10 renewable scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to students starting college in the 2017 school year. Interested applicants can find out more information at
http://www.nshssfoundation.org.

“As we continue to focus on the teen consumer, we know that bullying and cyberbullying have become an epidemic on a global scale. The profound and lasting impact bullying can have on that demographic can be catastrophic and our hope is that with our program, we can continue to raise awareness and provide students with the tools and resources they need to stand up against bullying around the world,” said Fran Horowitz, President & Chief Merchandising Officer for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “We are excited to have Brent Rivera join the movement and we know his engaging content will resonate well with our customers. As we enter our fourth year in support of National Bullying Prevention month, we are as passionate as ever about reaching as many students as possible.”

Follow @HollisterCo to stay up to date on campaign details and exciting announcements featuring Brent Rivera throughout October.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a leading global specialty retailer of high-quality, casual apparel for Men, Women and kids with an active, youthful lifestyle under its Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister Co. brands. At the end of the second quarter, the company operated 744 stores in the United States and 182 stores across Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company also operates e-commerce websites at http://www.abercrombie.com, http://www.abercrombiekids.com and http://www.hollisterco.com.

About Brent Rivera
Brent Rivera, a social media personality, has amassed over 23,000,000 supporters over various platforms as a result of his relatable and engaging content. At 18 years old, Brent has experienced and overcome bullying and wants to help bring awareness to the important issue. Through past philanthropic efforts, he raised over $150,000 for anti-bullying campaigns and for education in third world countries. For International Peace Day in 2015, he was appointed Youth Ambassador by the United Nations and teamed up with Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres, reaching over 300 million people. Brent has been a supporter of All Equal in previous years and is excited for the opportunity to impact students around the world.

About No Bully
No Bully® is a US based non-profit organization that trains schools how to activate student compassion to stop bullying and cyberbullying. The non-punitive No Bully System® has created bully-free campuses for over 100,000 students.

Media Contact:

Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations(at)abercrombie(dot)com

Investor Contact:

Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations(at)abercrombie(dot)com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

Levi Strauss & Co. teams up with Scholastic and Project WET Foundation to teach students become water ambassadors

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 27, 2016)  Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced it is partnering with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and the Project WET Foundation to provide water impact education to an estimated 1.5 million elementary school children across the U.S.

Scholastic adapted an educational program created by the Project WET Foundation in partnership with LS&Co. to teach students in grades three through five how to become water ambassadors at school, at home and in their communities. Consisting of three in-classroom lessons, the “Our Watery World” program will introduce students to the concept of a water footprint and provide them with a deeper understanding of how their daily actions affect the planet’s scarce resources. Students will learn where usable water on Earth is located, who the biggest users of Earth’s water resources are and how important water is to people, plants and animals across the globe. They’ll also learn how much water every day items use throughout their lifecycle.

“Scholastic National Partnerships is very excited to be launching the ‘Our Watery World’ program with Levi Strauss & Co. and Project WET. Our collective goal is for this program to educate and inspire millions of young people around the country to help conserve water,” said Ann Amstutz-Hayes, SVP Scholastic National Partnerships,

In addition to the instructional program, students have an opportunity to submit their watersaving solutions in the “Conserve Water at Your School Sweepstakes” for a chance to receive a $10,000 grant from LS&Co. to bring their water-saving idea to life at their school. Students can answer the question, “What would you do to conserve water at your school?” and submit their response by February 1, 2017.

Water is one of the planet’s most precious resources, and it is going to take more than just one company or individual to ensure its future,” said Michael Kobori, vice president of sustainability, LS&Co. “The ‘Our Watery World’ program will help shape the future generation to not only be aware of water’s scarcity, but their role in changing it.”

LS&Co. has long been committed to understanding and reducing the company’s water impact across all aspects of its business. In 2015, the company partnered with the Project WET Foundation – a non-profit that develops action-oriented education to enable every child to understand and value water – to create a water program for LS&Co. employees. Employees are trained in the program and encouraged to go into their local community to teach students how to save water. This past March on World Water Day, the company committed to the White House to train 100 percent of its corporate employees in the LS&Co. Project WET Foundation program.

The Our Watery World program is currently available to teachers at scholastic.com/conservewater.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

LS&Co. Contact:
Andrea Hicklin
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Scholastic Contact:
Michael Barrett
Scholastic
212-343-6570
mbarrett@scholastic.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Shopify teams up with Export Development Canada to support continued growth of Shopify Capital

Ottawa, Canada, 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today (September 20, 2016) announced that it has entered an agreement with Export Development Canada (“EDC”) to insure merchant cash advances offered by Shopify Capital.

“Our partnership with EDC supports the continued growth of Shopify Capital,” stated Brett O’Grady, Head of Treasury and Risk for Shopify.

“Shopify is a dynamic, globally minded Canadian exporter and a national tech champion,” said Stephen Callaghan, Regional Vice-President, Ontario, Export Development Canada.  “Shopify’s innovative services and products make it easier for small Canadian businesses to engage in trade and manage their cash flows.”

Shopify Capital was launched earlier this year to help entrepreneurs secure financing and accelerate their business growth.  Many entrepreneurs and online businesses have a hard time securing financing through traditional sources. Shopify is able to tailor cash advances to a merchant’s needs, based on data processed through the Shopify platform. Accessing this financing is designed to be as simple as a few clicks, with money in the merchant’s account within a few days of acceptance.  As of June 30, Shopify Capital has advanced over $5 million to participating merchants since the program’s inception.  For more information on Shopify Capital, please visit shopify.com/capital.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 300,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries and is trusted by big brands including Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Red Bull, the LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

About EDC

EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.  For more information about EDC, visit www.edc.ca.

Source: Shopify

Kroger teams up with Great American Milk Drive to encourage customers to donate milk to families in need

CINCINNATI, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — September is Hunger Action MonthTM, the Feeding America® nationwide initiative that asks Americans to take action and fight hunger in their community. For the third year in a row, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is teaming up with The Great American Milk Drive to make it easy for shoppers to donate nutrient-rich milk to help get kids ready to learn as they head back to school this fall.

More than 46 million Americans – including 12 million children are served by Feeding America network food banks each year. Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated, items at food banks.  This means children in need may be missing out on the 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8-ounce serving that milk supplies.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person, per year. But this September, Kroger family of stores customers have the ability to help change that in their communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out. Every donation will help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. All donations collected go directly to Feeding America food banks that service the local community where the donation was made.

“Our customers care deeply about hunger in their local communities and this initiative will provide our customers with a simple way to provide perishable goods to their communities,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We are honored to partner with Feeding America for the third year in a row. The ‘Feed a Childhood’ program makes it so simple to give hope by the gallon and provide milk to families in need across the country.”

Over the last two years, Kroger shoppers have donated more than 1 million servings of milk to children and families in need. Overall, the national partnership between Feeding America and The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 13 million servings of milk since the program began in 2014.

Feed a Childhood
The Kroger Co. has a rich history of fighting hunger, including Bringing Hope To The Table, an ongoing hunger relief program that helps bring much needed funds to Feeding America network food banks. Funds from Bringing Hope To The Table help food banks purchase new trucks, refrigeration equipment, computers and other resources critical to their mission. This year, Kroger’s third annual milk drive encourages shoppers to ‘Feed a Childhood’ and help get kids ready to learn with nutrient-rich milk as they head back to school.

What You Can Do Today
Now through the end of September, the Kroger family of stores is inviting customers to ‘Feed a Childhood’ by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to help local families get the nutrient-rich milk they’re missing. Customers should check with their local stores for details. Donations are also collected at BringingHopeToTheTable.com. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community.

From August 15, 2016 to April 1, 2017 The Little Clinic and Feeding America are also partnering to fight influenza and hunger. Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at the Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a 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.  Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About MilkPEP
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Lowe Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council® (NDC), the non-profit organization founded by dairy farmers, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC is committed to promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.

Contact:

(513) 762-4000

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.