Kmart brings back The Giving Hat™ along with other special gifts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Kmart brings back The Giving Hat™ along with other special gifts to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Kmart brings back The Giving Hat™ along with other special gifts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Retailer will donate a portion of sales from patient-inspired holiday gifts to support St. Jude’s mission to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giving back this holiday season is easy thanks to Kmart’s long-standing collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kmart is bringing back The Giving Hat™ along with a suite of other special gifts to benefit this charitable organization. These symbols of support will drive awareness and raise money to help in the fight against childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.

Cancer is diagnosed in approximately 175,000 children under the age of 14 every year, and thanks to ground-breaking research and therapies, more than 80 percent of U.S. childhood cancer patients are now long-term survivors. Kmart’s participation in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving®campaign helps ensure that no patient receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Kmart shoppers and associates have given back through the purchase of limited edition gifts and in store donations since 2006 – making Kmart the No. 1 supporter of St. Jude with more than $92.8 million raised over the past decade.

“In our 10th year of partnership, we are thankful and humbled to support St. Jude in its mission of finding cures and saving children,” said Alasdair James, Kmart president. “Kmart’s customers and associates are constantly inspired by the patients, families and medical staff at St. Jude and our commitment is fueled by their determination, love and unbelievable courage that they exude every day. If you would like to join us in supporting this endeavor, please go to Kmart.com or visit us in store to make a donation. Together we really can defeat childhood cancer.”

This year, Kmart presents five exclusive products that will benefit St. Jude and are perfect for gifting this holiday season:

  • 2016 The Giving Hat: A fashionable, one-size fits all, beanie-style winter hat, embroidered with a message inspired by St. Jude patients, #LOVE.
  • 2016 Holiday Bear Ornaments: Collectible holiday keepsake ornaments available in two colors, pink and blue, are inscribed with “2016” to commemorate this year’s ornament style.
  • “Glow Green for St. Jude” Light Bulb: Small gestures can make a big impact. With this LED lime green bulb, change a light at the office or at home to drive awareness of the powerful mission of St. Jude.
  • St. Jude Bear Necklace and Earrings: Limited edition necklace and earrings that feature the St. Jude signature Bear are an elegant way to show support for the children and families at St. Jude. (Necklace and earrings sold separately.)

A portion of the proceeds for each of these items will be donated to St. Jude, adding to the millions of dollars Kmart stores are raising this holiday season.* All items are available exclusively at Kmart and Kmart.com now through Dec. 24 or while supplies last.

Kmart shoppers can also donate in stores through a $1, $5 or $10 add-on program at check-out in all Kmart stores or online at Kmart.com.

“Kmart is an incredible partner to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “As a result of their incredible employees and Shop Your Way members they have raised more than $92 million to date for the St. Jude mission, more than any other company in the history of St. Jude. Those funds enable our doctors and scientists to continue to pursue lifesaving research and treatments while allowing us to keep my father’s founding promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food.”

*Kmart will donate $1 from the sale of The Giving Hat, 2016 holiday bear ornaments and Glow Green light bulb and will donate $5 from the sale of the bear jewelry items to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital between 11/8/16– 12/31/16 with a minimum guaranteed donation of $50,000 to St. Jude from The Giving Hat, $100,000 from the 2016 holiday bear ornaments, $25,000 from the Glow Green light bulb and $50,000 from the bear jewelry.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

Media Contacts:

Hallie Herrmann
Zeno for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Hallie.Herrmann@zenogroup.com

Tricia Perotti
Kmart
551-226-0488
Tricia.Perotti@searshc.com

SOURCE: Kmart

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Kmart celebrates the re-opening of its revitalized and refreshed store in Des Plaines, Illinois

CHICAGO, 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sat., Aug. 27th, Kmart unveiled a revitalized and refreshed store at the grand re-opening of the iconic retailer’s store in Des Plaines, Ill. The refreshed store is part of an ongoing strategic marketing and rebranding initiative to provide enhanced, new and exclusive offerings to long-standing and loyal members, as well as a new Millennial Kmart audience.

The grand re-opening involved an exciting day of events including a ribbon cutting ceremony with members of the Des Plaines city council; a celebrity meet and greet featuring basketball legend,Scottie Pippen; Bluelight Specials; The Rise™ Challenge and mega-prize giveaways every 20 minutes. Thousands of members and customers turned out throughout the day to participate in the activities.”We are excited about the re-launch of the Des Plaines store because it exemplifies our dedication to our members and it’s in our own backyard,” says Alasdair James, president of Kmart. “We want our members to know we are listening to their feedback and bringing them new products, deals and experiences they’ll love!”The “Whole Lotta Awesome” store initiative is based on customer insights and feedback and, as a result, Kmart is providing improved and brag worthy product offerings, an enhanced shopping experience and a reinvigorated store environment for members.

“Awesome” highlights of the Des Plaines store that members experienced first-hand on Saturday included:

  • “Happy to Help” Center – an improved customer service center designed to better meet the needs of every customer, including a kid’s shop where they can get toys, candy and more with their parent’s Shop Your Way points – no money required!
  • The launch of the Kmart new Brand Guarantee – every member is guaranteed a minimum of$100 in coupons in their app. Every single day.
  • Shoparazzi – a free personal concierge service that when provided a member’s list, will do the shopping for you. And if Kmart doesn’t carry the product, they will find it at another store and it will be waiting for you at checkout.
  • Our “Super 6” shop featuring six outrageously priced items and a fully stocked grocery section packed with local, fresh produce, all backed by Kmart’s “It’s FRESH or it’s FREE” guarantee.*
  • A brand new beauty bar – stocked with well-known beauty brands and experts readily available to provide hair and skincare advice.
  • “Aisle of WOW!,” – a special section of the store dedicated to low-priced items, limited-time only ‘Real Deals’ and “Dollarpalooza” offering a wide selection of items, all priced at $1.
  • Upgraded pharmacy – staffed with a wellness consultant to provide health advice and product recommendations.
  • Enhanced brand apparel shops – popular Kmart brands you already know and love, including Joe Boxer®, Jaclyn Smith® and Attention®.
  • A “sweet” candy section – showcasing local Chicago brands such as Ferrara®, Trolli®, Fannie May® and Pez®.
  • Expanded pet care center – offering premium dog and cat food brands., tantalizing toys and treats for your pets, and fashionable accessories.
  • Full-service paint shop – featuring over 1,500 colors.
  • Enhanced aesthetics – including new signage and wider aisles designed to make shopping easier and more engaging.

Kelly Cook, Kmart’s chief marketing officer, said “In an effort to evolve the Kmart brand to better serve our members, we will continue these efforts to test and learn at our stores. Our goal is to deliver the best value, price, product and experience, and in doing so, we believe our members will keep coming back for more of A Whole Lotta Awesome!”

*100% Guaranteed Fresh. If you find the product you purchased is not fresh, return product along with original receipt within three days of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Applies to bakery, dairy, meat, and produce departments only. Available only at select Kmart stores.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Elyse Segall
PR Revolution
elyse@prrevolution.com
516-901-9095

SOURCE: Kmart

Kmart’s Strategic Merchandising Group to actively source extreme-value deals by purchasing the inventory of liquidated companies

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — With an ongoing vision to make shopping fun again and offer members and customers unique deals, Kmart’s Strategic Merchandising Group announced it is actively sourcing extreme-value deals by purchasing the inventory of liquidated companies and other opportunistic situations.

“The path to making Kmart great again starts with sourcing truly brag-worthy deals,” said Kmart President Alasdair James. “Just as when we brought back Bluelight Specials last year, we continue to find innovative ways to provide our Shop Your Way® members with an extreme value proposition that can only be found at Kmart.”

These purchases provide unique opportunities to obtain outstanding products and offer unbeatable value while providing higher recoveries to sellers in need of inventory monetization. For example, Kmart will soon offer truly brag-worthy deals in-store, at Kmart.com and via the Kmart app on outdoor cookers, smokers, outdoor lighting and hand-held lighting manufactured by The Brinkmann Corporation. Brinkmann was a leading manufacturer of premier products under the Brinkmann, Malibu Lighting and Q-Beam brands. Kmart will soon sell these products as Bluelight Specials and also at closeout prices that are brag-worthy deals.

Kmart offers Bluelight Specials every single day at every single store, online at Kmart.com and via the Kmart app. Members who download the Kmart app can receive real-time push notifications announcing Bluelight Specials exclusive to Kmart.com. As soon as a Bluelight Special is available online, users who opt in for push notifications will receive item details and can make a purchase directly from the app. “The Kmart app is another fantastic way for our Shop Your Way members to be the first to know about a truly brag-worthy deal,” said James.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands, including Jaclyn Smith,Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

 

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