Kroger in 2017 to celebrate 30 years supplying Kentucky Derby’s annual Garland of Roses
CINCINNATI – In celebration of Kroger's 29-year history of providing the Kentucky Derby's annual Garland of Roses, the company released a new video Friday that showcases the 'Journey of the Roses' – from a Rainforest Alliance-certified grower in Bogota, Columbia to the Winner's Circle at Churchill Downs– and highlights the humanity and passion embedded in every step along the way.
"We are committed to conscientiously driving sustainability and innovation into our supply chain," stated Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger's director of sustainability. "We are honored to support the Kentucky Derby, and our partnerships with the Rainforest Alliance and Passion Growers ensure that the flowers used to create the iconic Garland of Roses are produced responsibly."
Kroger supplier Passion Growers produces the "Freedom" roses featured in the garland on their farm in Bogota, Columbia. The roses – which are Rainforest Alliance certified based on Passion Growers' ongoing commitment to their employees and a sustainable environment – are transported directly to Louisville, where a team of master florists stands ready at a local Kroger store to hand-sew more than 400 roses onto the garland.
This annual process, which takes place on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, can last up to 12 hours and is open for the public to watch.
Kroger has been the official florist of the famous garland since 1987. The Kentucky Derby, also referred to as the "Run for the Roses", is the most famous horse race in America. Filled with history and tradition, the race attracts over 150,000 spectators annually. The Garland of Roses, which is presented to the derby winner, is one of the world's most-recognized floral arrangements.
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Walmart, MoneyGram partner on new online money transfer platform
DALLAS – MoneyGram and Walmart on Tuesday announced the launch of a new state-of-the-art online money transfer platform that offers customers new features and a streamlined experience when sending money through Walmart.moneygram.com.
"We are pleased to be a part of this exciting opportunity to help Walmart deliver a true omni-channel experience. For nearly 20 years MoneyGram and Walmart have worked together to provide our customers with the highest quality and most convenient financial services," stated Juan Agualimpia, MoneyGram's chief marketing officer and Walmart senior leader. "This new offering is a testament to our combined commitment to our customers."
"Improving the customer experience to save time as well as money is a priority for Walmart," added Kirsty Ward, senior director of financial services, Walmart U.S. "This new digital experience for MoneyGram transfers at Walmart.com is another example of delivering seamless solutions for customers wherever they choose to shop."
The upgraded Walmart.Moneygram.com site is built on MoneyGram's new cutting-edge MTaaS platform (Money Transfer as a Service). MTaaS extends the same convenient services as MoneyGram's website, moneygram.com to third party allies through a co-branded experience.
"We are pleased to build upon the investments we are making to our innovative online capabilities," said Alex Hoffmann, MoneyGram's chief product officer. "MTaaS offers a third party solution to our strategic business partners looking for a powerful online site to connect with customers that can also be branded and updated easily."
For customers, the site provides innovative features such as guest sending and MoneyGram's "Track a Transfer" tool when they need to send money to any of MoneyGram's estimated 350,000 locations as well as bank accounts around the globe through Walmart.Moneygram.com.