Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Walmart Canada Mobilizes Distribution Network to Support Alberta Floods Relief

Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Walmart Canada Mobilizes Distribution Network 
to Support Alberta Floods Relief 


    --  Retailer donates logistics expertise to move supplies needed
        for flood relief
    --  Retailer donates and raises $260,000 to date in funds and
        products including household cleaning supplies, pillows and
        towels to help support flood relief efforts

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - With cleanup underway after the 
unprecedented flooding in Alberta, Walmart Canada is actively working with the 
Canadian Red Cross to ensure those communities and families affected by the 
disaster receive the services they need. Walmart Canada has mobilized its 
distribution network to support the Red Cross' Alberta Floods Appeal. The 
retailer has donated the use of its trucks and expert volunteers skilled in 
logistics and supply chain management to move a variety of supplies, including 
cots and rescue blankets for the Red Cross. The retailer is moving goods from 
distribution centres across the country, some product coming from as far east 
as Quebec.

In addition, the retailer has donated a wide range of products including 
pillows, towels and household cleaning supplies for thousands of cleaning kits 
to be distributed to Calgary area residents on Saturday, June 29, 2013. To 
date, all of these product donations represent a commitment of more than 
$100,000 of in-kind donations to the Canadian Red Cross. In addition, the 
retailer's Alberta in-store fundraising cash register campaign to support 
flood relief has raised more than $160,000. The retailer also launched an 
online appeal to help create awareness for the Red Cross' appeal with banners 
on walmart.ca and walmartcanada.ca.

What:    Volunteers distribute cleaning kits and other household
         supplies
         to thousands of families to assist with the Calgary clean-up
         efforts  

When:    Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time:    7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:   Avalon Warehouse - Bay A123
         7139 44th Street SE
         Calgary, AB

"Walmart Canada's support in the mass distribution of relief supplies has been 
instrumental in helping us provide services to those affected by the flooding 
in Alberta," said Tim Hoswitschka, director of national corporate relations 
for the Canadian Red Cross. "Their support means when families or entire 
communities are impacted by natural disaster, our team can respond quickly and 
effectively."

"Walmart is committed to helping Canadian families in need," said John 
Lawrence, director of corporate social responsibility for Walmart Canada. "We 
immediately reached out to the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional 
support and mobilized our distribution network to help victims of the floods 
in Alberta. We will continue to work with the Red Cross and assist them 
however we can."

Including its annual month-long fundraiser last August, Walmart Canada raised 
and donated over $2.8 million to the Canadian Red Cross in 2012, and more than 
$21 million since 2003, to support emergency and disaster relief response. 
Last year alone, the Canadian Red Cross responded to 2,321 disasters and more 
than 46,719 people were directly assisted following various emergencies and 
disasters across the country.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing network of 380 stores, employing 95,000 
Canadians, and serving more than one million customers each day. The company's 
vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the ecological 
impact of its operations through company-wide programs focused on waste, 
energy and products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance 
local environments. Visit www.walmartcsr.ca for more company information or 
follow Walmart Canada on Twitter at www.twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Contact:corporateaffairscanada@wal-mart.com

Image with caption: "Walmart Canada mobilizes its distribution network. 
Retailer donates trucks and expert volunteers skilled in logistics and supply 
chain management to move a variety of supplies to support flood relief. (CNW 
Group/Walmart Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130628_C4280_PHOTO_EN_28639.jpg

SOURCE: Walmart Canada

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CO: Walmart Canada
ST: Ontario
NI: RET MED 

-0- Jun/28/2013 14:16 GMT


 
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