Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program enters its 6th year

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gift cards are a great idea. They solve the problem of trying to figure out what to give someone with a simple answer: give them a choice. But then you’re faced with a different question – which card to give? Sure, you could give them one for an online retailer, but then much of the card’s value would probably go toward paying shipping costs and handling fees.

What to do?

Here’s an idea: get them a commissary gift card! Authorized shoppers can then pick out what they want, knowing they’re getting the biggest bang for every dollar spent by shopping at the commissary and taking advantage of the best prices in town. And from meat and potatoes to hanging plants, commissaries sell a surprising variety of everyday needs.

“The cards can be used to purchase anything sold in the commissary,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “And we do about $5 million a year in gift card sales.” The program, which enters its 6th year in June, has seen just shy of 660-thousand cards worth more than $22.5 million snapped up by givers. And unlike most gift cards, shoppers actually use the commissary gift cards they receive. “Our redemption rate is really phenomenal,” said Bunch, adding that almost 90 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed. “The industry average redemption rate for a gift card is about 75 percent.”

The cards are available to anyone online at commissaries.com and in-store for authorized commissary shoppers.

Here are some commissary gift card quick facts:

  • Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as the website. Just use the “Place your order” button on the Gift Cards page.
  • Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
  • Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
  • There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 at a time.
  • The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the United States.
  • To check card balances, use the “Check Your Balance” button on the Gift Cards page.

Customers who still have unused gift vouchers, the precursor to the gift card, may still redeem them through Aug. 31, regardless of the expiration date printed on it. After that date, DeCA will no longer accept the vouchers as a form of payment.

For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.

Note: To watch a video about commissary gift cards on DeCA’s YouTube page, go tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM2pdI9z06Y.

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. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to 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

Hy-Vee statement on fraudulent grocery giveaway on social media

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A fraudulent grocery giveaway is circulating on social media. We want you to know that this giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by Hy-Vee. We urge our customers to not engage with the website or provide personal information.

We are diligently working to get the website taken down. In the meantime, we recommend that you ignore the post and not share it. We want your personal information to stay safe. Thanks for your help.

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Harris Teeter will launch its fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign

Company Contributes Over $2.8 Million Since 2012

MATTHEWS, NC, 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sunday, May 1, Harris Teeter will launch its fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign. This campaign, which benefits the USO, helps support active duty military and their families, as well as wounded service members, those transitioning back to civilian life, and families of the fallen.

During the month of May, Harris Teeter shoppers and associates will be invited to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to Support Our Troops at checkout, or during their expresslane online order. The company gives 100 percent of these donations directly to the USO to help connect America’s service members and their families to their family, home and country throughout their journey in the military. The USO acts as an extended family for our nation’s military by delivering valuable programs, morale-boosting services, engaging entertainment and a touch of home through more than 180 locations worldwide.

“This Military Appreciation Month, we are thrilled Harris Teeter associates and shoppers will be able to show our men and women in uniform that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for our country,” said Michael Hoar, USO Vice President of Corporate Alliances. “Partnerships like this are paramount for the USO to support our nation’s military, as we have for the past 75 years.”

“Harris Teeter is proud to partner with the USO to show support of our brave servicemen and women, as well as their families,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are thankful for the involvement of our valued associates and loyal shoppers who continuously support the good works of the USO.”

In 2015, the Support Our Troops campaign raised over $759,000 to benefit our service men and women; bringing the total donated to more than $2.8 million since 2012.

Click here for more information.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Harris Teeter will launch its fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign

Harris Teeter will launch its fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign

365 by Whole Foods Market opens 2nd location in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Portland-based Next Level Burger and Canteen to be next ‘Friends of 365’

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — 365 by Whole Foods Market™, the new evolution of grocery stores by Whole Foods Market, announced today that its second location, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, will open July 14.

The store will host two new Friends of 365 partners that both originate from Portland, Oregon: Next Level Burger, a plant-based take on the classic American burger joint and Canteen, a fresh and healthy café and juice bar. Both ‘friends’ will establish shops within the new 365 by Whole Foods Market location and will feature specially curated menus that will further enhance the store experience. Next Level Burger will be serving up plant-based burgers, fries, shakes, hot dogs and organic salads alongside craft soda, local beer and kombucha. Canteen will feature design elements from its flagship store in Portland and will serve an innovative menu of organic juices and smoothies as well as a few other select items.

“Oregon is known throughout the country for an extremely creative and diverse food scene and we wanted to find partners that would be reflective of those qualities. We’ve made it a point to keep an open mind during the selection process, considering anything and everything. This time it was the team in the Pacific Northwest that helped us discover friends for this new store,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “They were huge fans of Next Level Burger and Canteen and suggested they would be a great fit. We’re really excited to welcome both and anticipate this 365 by Whole Foods Market location will become a Portland-area destination for healthy, fast casual eating as well as convenient grocery shopping.”

The Lake Oswego store will also offer shoppers the convenience of online ordering and delivery with Instacart, through its longstanding relationship with Whole Foods Market.

365 by Whole Foods Market stores are designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing fresh, healthy foods to a broader audience with a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience. Stores feature thoughtfully selected partners and products that adhere to Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s fun and easy for shoppers. The Friends of 365 program is an opportunity for innovative businesses and entrepreneurs that align with the mission and quality standards of Whole Foods Market to transform the traditional grocery shopping experience and expand their reach by establishing independent retail spaces inside of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store location will open May 25, 2016 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. A third location will open in Bellevue, Washington, later this fall and up to 10 additional 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are expected to open in 2017.

EXPERTS
Jeff Turnas
President – 365 by Whole Foods Market
Jeff Turnas is president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. He was appointed to lead Whole Foods Market’s new retail store brand in June 2015.

Former Family Dollar and Giant Eagle Executive Mary Winston joins SUPERVALU Board

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today announced that experienced financial executive and corporate board member Mary Winston has been appointed to SUPERVALU’s Board of Directors effectiveApril 27, 2016.

Ms. Winston joins the Board having most recently served from 2012 through August 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a discount retailer with more than 8,300 stores and nearly $11 billion in revenues prior to its acquisition by Dollar Tree in July 2015. Before joining Family Dollar, from 2008 to 2012, Ms. Winston served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Giant Eagle, Inc., a regional grocery and fuel retailer. In addition to her corporate executive leadership experience, Ms. Winston also has over ten years of experience serving on public company boards and audit committees where she brings extensive financial management and leadership experience. Ms. Winston currently serves on the boards of directors for two public companies, Dover Corporation and Domtar Corporation, and from 2008 throughFebruary 2016 was a director for Plexus Corporation.

Commenting on Ms. Winston’s appointment, SUPERVALU’s Non-Executive Chairman Gerald Storch said, “I’m very pleased that Mary has accepted our offer to join the SUPERVALU Board of Directors. Her experience in senior level financial positions and on executive management teams, along with her many years of service on public company boards, makes her a highly-qualified addition who will help to lead our organization into the future.”

With the addition of Ms. Winston, SUPERVALU’s Board now has twelve members.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. 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 3,588 stores composed of 1,796 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,360 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 897 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of February 27, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

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