Barnes & Noble announces three free holiday shipping offers to help shoppers this holiday season

Free Shipping and Cut-Off Dates to Ensure Holiday Gifts Are Delivered in Time for That Special Holiday Moment

New York, NY, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (December 11, 2017) announced three free holiday shipping offers to help shoppers get the most out of this holiday season. The free shipping offers include Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Gift Guide, where customers can get the best last-minute gift ideas anywhere.

“We understand the holiday shopping season is a stressful time for all, and we want to make it as easy as possible for our customers,” said Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer.  “With our specially curated Holiday Gift Guide, which includes an exclusive assortment of books, toys, games and more, coupled with our free shipping, every shopper can find what they’re looking for at Barnes & Noble.”

Barnes & Noble’s free shipping will be available on all items purchased online.*

Free Shipping Offers:

  • Free Shipping Day (no code required): Begins on December 15, 2017, and ends December 16, 2017 at 2:59 am EST
  • Free Shipping Day (code required): Begins December 16, 2017, and ends December 18, 2017 at 2:59a m EST
  • Free Expedited Shipping on Orders $75.00+: Begins December 20, 2017, and ends December 21, 2017 at 11:59 am EST

Shipping Cut-Offs:

  • Standard: December 18, 2017 at 11:59 am EST
  • Express: December 19, 2017 at 11:59 am EST
  • Expedited: December 21, 2017 at 11:59 am EST

From the season’s biggest books to the top toys and dedicated trend shops for major properties such as Harry Potter, Star Wars and FAO Schwartz, shoppers will find what they’re looking for at Barnes & Noble this holiday season in stores and online, while supplies last.

Customers are invited to Barnes & Noble’s 632 stores nationwide and browse the online Holiday Gift Guide at BN.com to discover the hottest books and other great gift items available this holiday season. And for even greater value, customers are invited to join the Barnes & Noble Member program. Designed for Barnes & Noble’s most loyal customers, the Barnes & Noble Membership program gives Members 40 percent off all hardcover bestsellers and 10 percent off virtually everything else in Barnes & Noble stores throughout the year.

Customers are encouraged to join the conversation about all the great gifts available at Barnes & Noble this holiday season on their social channels by using the hashtag, #ALLIWANT.

*Some exclusions apply.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
aortolani@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

GameStop Helps Shoppers Take the Guesswork out of Holiday Game-Giving

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Holiday shopping is now in full swing, and as parents can attest, video games will be on most wish lists this year. With so many options to choose from, deciding exactly which games are right for kids can be intimidating. To help gifters feel confident about the games they put under the tree this holiday, GameStop is offering a few tips for selecting fun, age-appropriate titles, geared toward learning and development.

1. Understand Ratings

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide guidance about video games and apps, so parents can make informed choices about the best titles for their family. ESRB and GameStop work together to make sure parents understand and check the ratings when buying games for their children, and GameStop’s associates are among the best in providing insight about what to expect in a game.

The following ratings outline the basic qualifiers for each category, but parents can learn more about games and their content using ESRB’s game rating summaries.

  • E (Everyone): Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
  • E 10+: Appropriate for gamers, ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
  • T (Teen): Suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
  • M (Mature): Generally appropriate for 17 and up and may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

2. Ask the Experts

Most GameStop associates eat, sleep and breathe video games, so they can serve as an extremely knowledgeable resource for gifters. From the best titles for a specific age to which games are great for learning, parents can get all the information they need to make the best game selections at their local GameStop.

3. Find Brain Games

Kids love video games because they’re fun, but the benefits of video gameplay go far beyond entertainment. A recent GameStop survey found that 71 percent of parents believe that playing video games can help kids develop strategic thinking skills. With the right, age-appropriate games, children can hone a variety of skills, including problem solving, creativity and team work. Gaming can also boost confidence and motivate kids to set and achieve new goals. Titles that require active play can even improve hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.

4. Save Time with Proven Picks

With hundreds of games to choose from, GameStop associates strive to make life a little easier for time-strapped gifters with age-appropriate recommendations. This list includes many of the hottest, kid-tested games of the year—alongside their parent-approved benefits.

Tiny Gamers (ages 3-7)

  • Minecraft Story Mode The Complete Adventure: Creativity, problem solving
  • Lego Ninjago: Team work, problem solving
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Problem solving, strategic thinking

School-Age (ages 8-12)

  • Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!: Problem solving, strategic thinking
  • Super Mario Odyssey: Team work, problem solving
  • Splatoon 2: Team work, strategic thinking

Teens (13+)

  • Zelda Breath of the Wild: Problem solving, strategic thinking
  • Just Dance 2018: Active play, fun for the whole family
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Problem solving, strategic thinking

5. Make it a Family Affair

Families that play together, stay together! Playing video games as a family can be a great way for parents to show interest in their kids’ favorite activities, which in turn, can improve and increase frequency of parent-child communication. Family gaming also fosters healthy competition and a “team mentality” at home.

“At GameStop, our associates are experts in all things gaming,” said Eric Bright, GameStop’s senior director of merchandising. “Armed with that level of expertise, we work hard to ensure that every guest leaves our stores with the best game for themselves, their friends, their children or the whole family.”

About GameStop
GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The company operates thousands of locations nationwide, and fans can find their local GameStop using the store locator tool.

To get the latest news on video gaming and gear, follow GameStop on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania is part of GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a global specialty retailer that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple.

Contact:
Alexis Barsalou
GameStop Corp.
(817) 424-2117
AlexisBarsalou@GameStop.com

Source: Gamestop Corporation/globenewswire

BRC analysis spells out potential cost to shoppers of leaving the EU without a tariff-free trade deal

London, 2017-Sep-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The outcomes of the Brexit negotiations are hugely important to the UK’s retail and food production industries. The UK is a net importer of food – 40 per cent of the food we eat comes from outside the UK, with around a third from the EU-27 alone. In comparison, only 12 per cent of the UK’s non- food imports come from the EU. People in the UK spend around £201 billion a year on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

In April the BRC’s Tariff Roadmap highlighted the need to put UK consumers at the heart of the Brexit negotiations to protect them from the costs of unwanted new tariffs, particularly when it comes to food bills.

Modern food retail relies on complex but responsive supply chains to ensure that customers get the products they want year round, at consistently good quality, and at competitive prices. This is dependent upon us being able to source food across national borders to supplement food production in the UK, without tariffs and unaffected by non-tariff barriers to trade. The alternative, a no-deal Brexit, would mean defaulting to a system which could raise food tariffs by 22 per cent on average.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC said:

“At a time when household income is already squeezed by inflation and wage growth moving in opposite directions, it’s of the utmost importance that the Government does all it can in the trading negotiations, to limit any further cost increases that could further adversely impact the finances of the UK’s consumers.”

The Tariff Roadmap makes the case for transitional measures to ensure that tariff-free trade continues after the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019. This is important to avoid rising costs and provide greater certainty for consumers and businesses. Achieving as frictionless trade as possible with the EU will help to keep prices down and maintain greater choice and food security for consumers. Perishable food has a short shelf-life and getting it through the food supply chain in a timely manner requires as little disruption as possible at every stage of the process, including at our ports.

Avoiding a no deal Brexit is key. The BRC will work with government to secure a fair Brexit for consumers by ensuring prices remain low and choice and confidence remains high.

Read IFS Study: How might Brexit affect food prices?

Source: BRC

Lulu hypermarket announces special initiatives to help shoppers save on their shopping during Ramadan

Lulu hypermarket announces special initiatives to help shoppers save on their shopping during Ramadan

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earmarks Dhs. 40 million to subsidize various products.

With an aim to help shoppers save on their shopping during the holy month of Ramadan, Lulu hypermarkets has announced special initiatives. As part of the initiative, subsidized Ramadan baskets comprising of various essential products were launched this morning by Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the Customer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy at Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi.

The baskets come in two variants, one containing 12 and other 20 essential products at a very nominal price of AED 85 and AED 120 respectively. These baskets contain cooking oil, rice, lentils, water, dates, oats, sugar, etc., and are discounted up to 32. Last year Lulu sold close to 500,000 such baskets and this bigger numbers are expected.

Elaborating about the Ramadan initiatives, Saifee Rupawala, CEO of Lulu Group said, “we have always taken special care to see that the shoppers are not unduly burdened during the holy month of Ramadan, when there is a tendency to hike the prices by the suppliers. We have earmarked a budget of Dhs. 40 million to be used for subsidizing various products in all categories. Last week we started by launching a 3-day promotion at Lulu Hypermarket in Khalidiyah Mall, where more than 50 discount were offered in all categories”.

“We will be heavily publicizing our special offers & promotions all throughout the holy month, mainly focusing on essential food products while also covering other categories such as garments, home linen, household, etc.” added Saifi Rupawala.

Lulu, which has its own sourcing and food processing facilities in UK, USA, India and the far East recently opened another one in Sri Lanka to secure uninterrupted supply of fresh produce for their 134 stores across various countries at most competitive prices, by eliminating “middle men”.

Speaking at the launch of RAMDAN BASKET, Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi said “LULU has always supported all our initiatives and have been a role model for CSR activities. These subsidized Ramadan Baskets will be available in all their hypermarkets in the UAE from today. I glad to note that LULU has increased their subsidy budget from Dhs. 25 million last year to Dhs. 40 million this year, which will benefit larger segment of society. Also, Lulu in cooperation with ministry of economy has locked the price of 140 products throughout the year 2017”.

Contact:

Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716
headoffice@ae.lulumea.com marketing@ae.lulumea.com

Source: Lulu Group

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“Take A Walk Down First Street” Sweepstakes Offers Shoppers A Chance To Donate To Their Choice of Nonprofit Organizations

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS) – the neighborhood warehouse grocery store – today (April 26, 2017) announced it will transition the full line of Tradewinds Spices & Seasonings under its signature First Street private label brand, expanding its national brand equivalent or better tier of products by more than 140 items. The transition comes as the company aims to expand its First Street product portfolio, which makes up 75 percent of Smart & Final’s private label sales.

The First Street line of spices and seasonings carry the same formula and quality, but are updated with a new First Street label and packaging. Sold in Smart & Final, Smart & Final Extra! and Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice stores, products will be stocked as stores run out of individual Tradewinds items, with a full First Street spices and seasonings product reset to be completed in stores by mid-May.

“Since we introduced First Street, we have continued to see a positive shift in consumer perception about the quality and value of private label products,” said Raymond Swain, Vice President of Corporate Procurement, Smart & Final. “We want to assure our customers that the consolidation of Tradewinds to the First Street private label will not compromise the taste and formula of the spices and seasonings. This is just another way we continue to streamline our product inventory to deliver our customers high-quality products at the right price,” he added.

Same Product, New Look
As part of the brand transition, Smart & Final has introduced an updated First Street logo that features a contemporary look and acknowledges the company’s 146-year history. The consolidation of Tradewinds to the First Street brand will not impact the formula or quality of the spices or seasonings. Customers will still enjoy the same product, simply packaged in the updated First Street logo and labels. As part of the re-brand, customers can participate in a special sweepstakes for the opportunity to win a prize and donate to a charity of their choice.

Smart Giving
Beginning April 26 through May 16, Smart & Final customers can participate in a special sweepstakes for a chance to win and a chance to give back to their communities – a nod to Smart & Final’s First Street, First Percent charitable donation program.

With the purchase of any First Street brand product, shoppers will receive a code to enter to win a grand prize of $1,000 Smart & Final gift card and nominate their favorite nonprofit to receive one of 15 $5,000 charitable donations. Additionally, there will be 240 winners of a $100 Smart & Final gift card.

The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation will select from the charities nominated based on the company’s focus on health and wellness, education, hunger relief, and team sports and youth development initiatives in the cities it serves. In total, the company will award $25,000 to customers and the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation will donate $75,000 to nonprofit organizations, for a total of $100,000 in prizes.

The History of First Street – Community First
Giving back to local communities remains a priority at Smart & Final, and is realized in several ways, including its First Street, First Percent program. With the purchase of any First Street branded item, Smart & Final donates the first percent of net profit to the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation. The First Street private label brand includes more than 2,000 products across most categories throughout the store, including: grocery, frozen, dairy, packaging and cleaning products – and now seasonings and spices.

“The First Street private label name was coined as a nod to the days when every town had a grocery store on Main Street,” said Eleanor Hong, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Smart & Final. “However, Smart & Final also wanted the name to reflect the company’s commitment to putting customers and community first. The combination of both ideas was how the First Street name was born.”

In addition to the flagship First Street private label brand, Smart & Final sells a variety of diverse private label brands including: Sun Harvest (natural and organic), La Romanella (Mediterranean-inspired foods), Montecito (Hispanic foods), Ambiance (coffee) and Simply Value (value offering).

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of January 1, 2017, the Company operated 305 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for over 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

Media Contact:
Marcus Moreno
Burson-Marsteller for Smart & Final
(310) 309-6611
press@smartandfinal.com

SOURCE: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Fashion needs customers – customers want to be impressed

MUNICH, Germany, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — To survive in the fiercely competitive fashion market, retailers must be able to impress their customers. Customer loyalty has evolved along with technological advancements, products and their prices can be compared at any time, and only businesses who stand out will be able to secure sales and retain their customers.

However, modern technologies have not only shaped what’s now being demanded of fashion companies, but, when implemented properly, can strengthen customer relations. attune provides retailers with the technological foundation and real-time insights to facilitate a personalised and seamless shopping experience across all channels.

Nowadays, being able to differentiate between different types of shoppers is no longer enough. To engage with modern shoppers, data such as shopping history, location, behavioural patterns and style must be collected and leveraged at every possible touchpoint.

“The right offer or promotion at the right time will not only generate more sales, but will also help retain customers,” says Gerald Reiser, Regional Director, Europe of attune.

attune knows how to motivate customers to buy: “Upsell by offering a matching bag to go with the jacket that was recently purchased. Weeks before a sale, bargain hunters are sent a discount voucher for 20-30% off certain products, allowing for a higher margin before the markdowns begin. Customers who live further away receive offers to shop online. And vice versa, targeted promotions drive local customers to the store, increasing footfall and allowing shop assistants to make the sale.”

A prerequisite for a successful customer retention strategy is an efficient, integrated IT infrastructure that delivers real-time data, enabling fashion retailers to engage with each customer individually and increase their purchase frequency.

attune’s integrated solution offering to strengthen customer loyalty:

> SAP Fashion Management
> SAP Customer Activity Repository
> SAP Hybris Commerce

Get in touch at bahtiyar.can@attuneconsulting.com or visit www.attuneconsulting.com to schedule a demo of an integrated landscape consisting of the above solutions.

 

WEBCOLLAGE ANNOUNCES MONTAGE AND OPENS ITS PLATFORM TO GLOBAL PARTNERS

Rich product content publishing platform integrates exciting new content options to enhance its offering to leading global manufacturers and retailers

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Webcollage, the rich product content publishing platform used by the world’s leading brands and retailers, has today announced Montage – a community of carefully selected Webcollage partners that will combine the brand-approved rich product content that shoppers demand, with a new generation of content that is now an integral part of the path-to-purchase.

Webcollage CEO John Federman says of today’s shopper: “There is no doubt that enhanced content — including images, videos, interactive tours, comparison charts, 360 views and other key product attributes – has created a more engaging experience for shoppers. It’s been measured to increase sales anywhere from 12-36%. But, now, shoppers have even more kinds of content that have been shown to drive conversion rates. User Generated Content (UGC) in the form of photos, videos and reviews from users and influencers are increasingly relied upon. So, it only makes sense for our new initiative, Montage, to respond.”

Montage will provide brands and retailers with access to an ecosystem of best in class technology companies, creative agencies and content service providers. This ecosystem can provide new and exciting content options including video, images, user generated content and reviews, that enhance the rich product detail pages already being syndicated by the Webcollage® syndication platform.

Webcollage CEO John Federman goes further to speak to the benefits of the initiative, “Montage is a win-win for partners, brands and retailers. Our Montage partners can access the Webcollage® syndication platform and global retailer network, which is trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide; our manufacturer brands can syndicate other types of content at scale with no incremental development required; and our retail partners can add some of the most exciting new content technologies out there to their existing rich product content to further increase conversions and boost sales.”

Webcollage, has already teamed up with software vendors (ISVs) including Reevoo, Olapic and Gen Video.

Reevoo CEO Jonathan Callcut says: ” “Reevoo is very excited about partnering with Webcollage. They have a great platform, and through them we’ll have access to over 600 global retail partners. We know user-generated content in all its forms is conversion gold dust – so anything we can do to help brands to squeeze even more value out of what they’re already collecting is good news. And because the content is already there and ready to go, we should start seeing some good results really quickly.”

“Visual user-generated content has changed the way people shop online because it provides valuable, real-world context and creates a more meaningful brand experience,” said Pau Sabria, co-founder of Olapic. “Leveraging Webcollage’s syndication capabilities is a great way for brands to showcase their top customer photos consistently across multiple retail sites and influence the customer’s path to purchase.”

gen.video President, Jessica Thorpe says: “Working with social media influencers to create compelling branded video content is a top tactic for most marketers because of the proven impact influencers have to build trust, drive traffic and impact sales. Our partnership with Webcollage is a great way for gen.video to help brands and retailers tap into the power of influencer marketing and engage shoppers with the right video content, to inform and inspire their shopping journey. The turnkey nature of the Webcollage platform makes it very easy for authentic, engaging influencer video to be made available to shoppers to drive higher sales conversions.”

Webcollage established the industry standard for publishing rich product information to retailer websites. More than 1,000 manufacturers use the Webcollage platform to syndicate rich product content to a network of global retailer partners that includes more than 600 ecommerce websites, including Walmart.com.

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For more information about Montage visit http://www.webcollage.com/montage/

For partners: Bringing large scale distribution opportunities to ISV’s across the globe. For technology companies, independent software vendors, creative agencies and content service providers, Montage creates an opportunity to quickly, significantly boost distribution and grow their business.

  • Expand distribution: Webcollage’s strong client relationships connect partners with new distribution opportunities. Brands and retailers are always looking for new ways to energize their product pages.
  • Streamline and connect: Webcollage’s network of top brands and retailers is already in place. There’s no need for partners to negotiate or manage relationships. Montage is powered by the Webcollage® syndication platform and global retailer network, trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide.
    • Maximize reach at the right moment: Content gets in front of shoppers while they shop.
    • Easy integration: The content distribution mechanism is already in place. It’s a simple feed-based approach — an API-based partnership where Webcollage does all the engineering.
    • Scalable & automated: The Webcollage platform is architected for growth and innovation.
  • Quick time to market: Get live on more sites, fast!
  • Deepen relationships: Agencies and service providers enjoy a greater level of integration with retailer sites.

For retailers: Bringing exciting new content options to help retailers sell more. Knowledge is power, and it also sells products. Montage gives retailers the chance to add excitement to the shopper journey with a combination of the brand-approved rich product content that converts, and new content of their choice from Webcollage’s network of partners, including:

  • User-generated content and digital assets
  • Influencer content
  • Shopper reviews *

*Shoppers trust a personal recommendation above anything else.

Nielson, 2015

This powerful combination is seamlessly delivered within existing content packages to product detail pages on a retailer’s site – creating a shopper experience that’s richer, more relevant and more compelling than ever before.

For manufacturers: Montage helps manufacturers rich content become even richer. Montage combines the brand-approved rich content that shoppers demand with a new generation of content: video, images, reviews and more, curated or created by our partners. This content is made even more compelling because it is displayed at the top of the product detail page.

  • User-generated content and digital assets *
  • Influencer content*
  • Shopper reviews

*Nielsen research shows that 92% of shoppers trust recommendations made by friends and family, and 70% of people trust online reviews and recommendations.

About Webcollage

Webcollage is the leading cloud-based content management platform for managing rich product information, and syndication across retail sites globally. Webcollage provides brands with the tools they need to deliver consistent content — from rich product detail pages, comparison charts, images galleries, interactive tours and product selectors – to power online sales conversions and improve the customer experience. Webcollage’s® syndication platform and global retailer network is trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide. Webcollage is headquartered in New York City with offices in Ann Arbor, Cleveland, New York City, Silicon Valley, Rotterdam, Warsaw and Tel Aviv. For more information, visit www.webcollage.com.

Twitter: @webcollage

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New Research: Consumers Expect to Spend $422 on Holiday Gifts in 2016

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NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 — /EPR Retail News/ — New research undertaken by Fit Small Business has revealed trends around projected holiday spending this year. The study included questions on how much consumers expected to spend, their willingness to shop at small businesses, and reasons they may choose larger companies. The findings identified room for growth in marketing initiatives for the small business space, as well as overall support for local business.

Some of these findings included:

  • 52% of consumers plan to shop the weekend following Thanksgiving. Of those aged 35-54 surveyed, over 60% expect to spend $300 or more on gifts this holiday season.
  • Supporting local business emerged as the #1 reason consumers shop small, with 50% of respondents listing it as a major reason they would do so.
  • However, consumers are unaware of Small Business Saturday: over half (54%) said they had never heard of it, and only 15% said they planned to shop on Small Business Saturday.

David Waring, co-founder of Fit Small Business, commented on the findings, saying, “This research illustrates the work small businesses need to put in to make sure Small Business Saturday is a success for them this holiday season. While consumers are happy to support small, local business, they’re not always aware of initiatives to boost spending here. With marketing strategy from business owners it can be a successful and lucrative holiday season.”

This is a huge marketing opportunity for small businesses: Small Business Saturday offers small businesses the context to encourage consumers to shop small, allowing them to emphasize the most pertinent reason people do so – to support small businesses. The full results of the research can be found here.

For further information, please contact:
Katie Biggs, Digital Marketing
133399@email4pr.com
+1 718-709-4697

Fit Small Business: Marc Prosser and David Waring launched Fit Small Business in 2013 to help small business owners navigate the questions and difficulties that arise when running a business. Fit Small Business covers topics ranging from small business financing to managing employees to finding customers and building relationships.

David Waring: David Waring served as a top executive at Forex Capital Markets LLC, which he joined as an initial employee and grew to a publicly traded company with over 700 employees. Since then, David has launched several successful websites including Fit Small Business, which offers small businesses the advice and information they need to make the best decisions possible.

Commissary in partnership with Military OneSource offers free reusable shopping bags to shoppers

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers can get free reusable shopping bags imprinted with important contact information about services available to them thanks to a partnership with Military OneSource. Beginning Oct. 28, commissary patrons worldwide will receive the free shopping bags, distributed one-per-customer while supplies last. Military OneSource distributed 4,800 cases of bags to the Defense Commissary Agency.

The bags are one way the program reaches out where the military community lives, works, plays and shops. Serving over 7 million patrons per month worldwide, the commissary is a great resource to get the bags in the hands of military members and their families.

Military OneSource is a program funded by the Defense Department that provides free confidential help, tools and information to active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their immediate family members and survivors anytime. DeCA, along with Military OneSource and National Industries for the Blind, which is providing the bags, is honored to take part in such an important endeavor.

“Military OneSource is a valued resource for our military community,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “Increasing the awareness of this resource through the distribution of bags will serve to remind seasoned military members that support is just a phone call away and perhaps, introduce the support program to new military members.”

Note: For photos on DeCA’s Flickr page, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/commissary/sets/72157675155342745.

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. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save 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

Source: Commissary

Kmart makes it easy for Shop Your Way® members and shoppers to celebrate this Halloween in spooky style

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Halloween, Kmart makes it easy for Shop Your Way® members and shoppers to celebrate the holiday in spooky style. From candy, costumes, décor and more, Kmart keeps it real with all the essentials at scary good prices.

“We love Halloween at Kmart! Did you know ‘samhainophobia’ is actually the fear of Halloween?! Well – there’s nothing to be afraid of here. Our prices on costumes and candy are unbelievable,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “The countdown to October 31st is on. I’m totally going as a Hipster Mermaid – which I got at Kmart, of course, for $10 after I redeemed my Shop Your Way points. We are the destination for all your Halloween memories!”

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF), almost half of shoppers (47 percent) will visit discount retailers to buy their Halloween-related items this year. Shoppers are also planning to spend more this Halloween than they have in at least the last 11 years.

Be sure to make all things spooky with these top deals:

TRICK OR TREAT YO’ SELF EATS

  • $5 assorted medium Halloween bags (24.5-56 oz.)*
  • $4.99 assorted Halloween small bags (15.9-20.8 oz.)**
  • 15% off assorted Halloween larger bags (51.2-76.2 oz.)**
  • $19.99 assorted Halloween largest bags (70-96 oz.)**

HALLOWUUUT?! KMART HAS MORE THAN 5,000 COSTUMES ON KMART.COM

  • $7.99 Totally Ghoul children’s costumes, reg. $15.99*
  • 50% off all Halloween costumes, reg. $9.99-$49.99**
  • 25% off all Halloween wigs, reg. $7.99-$11.99**
  • 25% off all Halloween masks, reg. $3.99-$19.99**

DIG YOUR DÉCOR

  • 25%-50% off Halloween décor, reg. $1.99-$34.99*
  • $8.99Halloween doormats and pillows, reg. $12.99-$14.99*
  • 30% off Crazy Bonez™ and realistic skeletons, reg. $6.99-$69.99**
  • 30% off airblowns and outdoor décor, reg. $1.99-$99.99**
  • 30% off projection, strobe lights and fog machines, reg. $2.49-$39.99**

Plus, Shop Your Way® members get $5 in points when you spend $25 on both candy and a Halloween costume.***

FREEBIE Saturday
Don’t forget to bring the family to Kmart and take advantage of FREEBIE Saturdays. The youngest monsters [children 12 years of age and under] can receive fun treats during the month of October for free+:

  • Saturday, Oct. 15: Halloween stickers and 4pk. Halloween pencils
  • Saturday, Oct. 22: Halloween Giant coloring book and 4pk. crayons
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Halloween pail

For more information, visit your local Kmart store, Kmart.com/Halloween or use the Kmart Mobile App

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.

*Prices effective Sunday, October 16 thru Saturday, October 22, 2016, unless otherwise specified.
**Prices effective Sunday, October 23 thru Saturday, October 29, 2016, unless otherwise specified.
***Points valid for seven days. Members earn points on qualifying purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees. Subject to full program terms available at www.shopyourway.com. Extra points are inclusive of, and not in addition to, any base points earned on qualifying purchases. When extra points offers are combined, total points earned will be less than the combined point totals for each individual offer. See www.shopyourway.com for details. Excludes role play costumes sold in Toys.
+Available at participating stores for kids 12 and younger while supplies last.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andrea Abate
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Andrea.Abate@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

Rite Aid shelves all stocked up to help shoppers prepare the spookiest Halloween ever

CAMP HILL, Pa, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the spookiest holiday of the year fast approaching, Rite Aid locations nationwide are transforming into a Halloween headquarters. Whether decorating for fall or planning for the perfect Halloween, at Rite Aid, customers will find items from charming to trendy costumes, classic chocolate and candy treats, new décor and more, to help them prepare for a hauntingly good time this October 31.

Trick-or-Treat
Rite Aid shelves are stocked with a large assortment of trick-or-treat and candy dish favorites from top brands that mom and children are looking for this holiday. With great deals varying each week, large variety bags are available in candy classics such as chocolate pumpkins, Kit-Kat, Reese’s, Twix, Snickers, M&M’s and more. For the candy dish, Rite Aid carries Brach’s Candy Corn and a wide selection of chocolate items to satisfy everyday cravings like Russell Stover, Whitman and Dove. And don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags available in Halloween inspired themes or a plastic pumpkin, perfect for collecting candy.

#DIY
Rite Aid has all the accessories shoppers need to create their own costume this Halloween, including animals, superheroes, masquerade and other funfilled masks, to animal tails, capes, face paint and bowtie kits. From toddlers to adults, Rite Aid also carries costumes in licensed favorites including Darth Vader, Iron Man and Batman, and classics such as bumblebee, ladybug, pirate, and the Grim Reaper.

Create Your Own Haunted House
In addition to the returning animated jack-o-lanterns and haunted books, Rite Aid added new characters this year, including animal figures. Decorate inside and outside the home for a party with strobe lights, door covers, cobweb, caution tape and wall art. For the punchbowl and treats, don’t forget the Halloween-inspired plates and cups.

Fall Essentials
Rite Aid has expanded its selection of classic fall décor with the addition of new wall art designs, artificial floral arrangements, pumpkin, owl and scarecrow table tops. Choose from a variety of fall-inspired artificial foliage, sunflower or berry wreaths and an indoor/outdoor welcome mat.

Rite Aid Social
Follow Rite Aid on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for spooky treat ideas and safety tips for a fun and festive Halloween this year. For the beauty enthusiast, master the perfect Halloween beauty look with video tutorials and deals on this season’s hottest beauty products at www.riteaid.com/beauty.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media:
Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

SOURCE: Rite Aid

Shoppers to receive $2 Instant Discount on Same-day Binder Purchase at Office Depot and OfficeMax

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of its Binder Recycling Program, encouraging shoppers to help preserve the environment by recycling old binders. Starting today, shoppers can bring any old empty binder to an Office Depot or OfficeMax retail location and receive a $2 instant discount off a same-day binder purchase.

The program is in partnership with TerraCycle, a company whose primary objective is to recycle waste that is typically considered non-recyclable. Consumers find recycling to be the most easily understood component of sustainability, and Office Depot is partnering with TerraCycle to help consumers participate in the movement for a more sustainable planet.

“We’re excited to partner with TerraCycle this back-to-school season as parents, teachers and students prepare for the school year with new supplies,” said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “The program provides a way to recycle binders in an environmentally conscious way while also offering a discount to shoppers who are looking for new ones.”

Customers can recycle as many binders as they wish and can receive instant discounts for up to six binders per day*. The offer is only valid in-store at Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations.

To learn more about the Binder Recycling Program, please visit officedepot.com/recyclebinders.

*Get $2 off the purchase of any new binder when you recycle any binder in the same transaction. Discount applies only to binders purchased and will not be applied to any free binders with a purchase. Multipacks count as 1. Discount excludes tax. No cash/credit back. Binder to be recycled must be empty. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Store Purchasing, Procurement or Retail Connect Cards. Limit 6 per household/business.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Contact:

Office Depot, Inc.
Sarah England, 561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot

Price comparison study reveals Giant’s prices were lower relative to Safeway, Shoppers and Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland

Price Comparisons Show Giant Prices Lower for Frequently Purchased Products

Landover, Md., 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. is committed to providing customers with the highest quality products at great prices. Today, Giant announced the results of a price comparison study revealing that Giant’s prices were lower relative to Safeway, Shoppers and Harris Teeter, several of our top competitors in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

In its continuing efforts to ensure low, everyday prices for customers, Giant selected frequently purchased national and private label brand products and compared its prices against those of other leading supermarkets.

For a selection of groceries, which included store brand sugar, cucumbers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, store brand shredded cheese, Barilla Pasta, Tide Liquid Detergent, Folgers Coffee, and ten other popular items, Giant prices were 23 percent lower than Safeway and 13 percent lower than Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C. (See flyer for the list of items and prices compared.)

“We know that customers have many options when it comes to shopping for groceries, and getting the best value for their hard-earned money is a top priority,” said Dean Wilkinson, vice president of sales and merchandising, Giant Food. “These price comparisons are just one example demonstrating how Giant is helping customers save. Giant has also lowered prices on thousands of items. We encourage them to compare for themselves and save.”

For more than 79 years, Giant has placed customer satisfaction at the heart of its business. Giant helps customers watch their savings stack up by offering Low Everyday Prices on thousands of their favorite everyday products;Bonus Buy Savings, featuring time-limited promotions that offer customers outstanding value; and our Gas Rewards promotions where customers can save up to $2.20 per gallon for up to 35 gallons per fill-up at participating gas stations. Giant is constantly improving the customer experience with enhanced offerings across the store including fresh, organic, local, and ethnic product lines, as well as quality own brand products that are a great value and rival national brands in quality.

Customers can find the best deals in Giant’s weekly circular—and, of course, at your local Giant store.

To learn more about Giant’s initiatives and how you can “Watch Your Savings Stack Up,” visit www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Petrol Price Hike Presents High Street Christmas Shoppers with £78 Million Bill – Before They Have Even Hit the Shops

Soaring fuel prices are forcing more consumers to shop on their computers rather than on the high street this Christmas, according to independent price comparison and switching service, uSwitch.com. A 15% rise in petrol prices since last November has pushed the bill for driving to the shops and parking the car up to a staggering £78 million – and that’s before any presents have been bought. As a result, despite the postal strikes that were widely predicted to drive consumers back onto the high street, research amongst uSwitch.com’s consumer panel reveals that over 7 out of 10 (72%) people are doing their Christmas shopping online this year.

The price of petrol, which has climbed from 95p to 109p per litre over the last 12 months has done nothing to help consumers struggling through a tough year. While pressure remains on oil companies to lower prices, the situation is not set to improve imminently. The AA has warned that end of the VAT cut will add an estimated 2.4p per litre to pump prices from January. As a result, shoppers heading onto the high street this Christmas could face fuel bills of up to £8million.

However, it is the cost of car parking that is really set to send shoppers in a spin this Christmas. With the average trip costing £9 in parking fees, consumers will be spending a staggering £70 million parking their cars to go Christmas shopping this year – nearly 10 times the cost of the fuel they use for their round trip. Of the UK’s top ten largest cities it comes as no surprise that Londoners are stung the most, paying an average of £18 for up to four hours parking, while shoppers in Bradford are charged a fifth of the price – a meagre £3.50.

In total, uSwitch.com estimates that Christmas shoppers are set to spend £78 million driving to the shops this Christmas– a bill that could be cut by staying at home and buying gifts on the internet. According to research amongst uSwitch.com’s consumer opinion panel, the recession has given rise to a new generation of online shoppers. And, contrary to speculation that postal strikes and high street discounts are preventing people from logging on, 1 in 5 (19%) consumers say they have increased the amount of web-based purchases made since the downturn began. A further quarter (26%) are planning to increase the amount of purchases they make via the web this Christmas and 6 out of 10 (59%) believe there are better bargains to be had online than on the high street.

According to the research, internet shopping has varied appeal. 75% appreciate the ease and convenience of surf-shopping compared with trudging the high street, whilst 44% cite the ability to purchase specialist items that aren’t available anywhere else as the web’s main plus point. In addition, nearly three quarters of consumers (72%) state that they find it easier to stick to a budget when shopping online – as they are more aware of the mounting totals and are less likely to succumb to the temptation of browsing. Books are the most popular items purchased on the web – hardly surprising considering the top ten bestselling paperbacks are currently offered online with a 55% discount on the recommended retail price.

Online retailers have seen a 14% growth in year on year sales with UK consumers spending an estimated £31 billion online between January and August. Amazon ranked as the number one online retailer last Christmas, and with new initiatives such as free delivery on almost all orders, looks set to hit the 36% sales growth forecast for Q4 this year.

London and Northern Ireland lead the way when it comes to online bargain hunting, spending an average of 1.48 hours shopping online every week. This is closely followed by Wales (1.46 hours), the South West (1.43), and Scotland (1.41 hours). Web users in the North East are the least frequent online shoppers, spending just 1.23 hours a week browsing for bargains.

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, says: “Consumers are fighting an ongoing battle to make their money go further. This year they have had no choice but to take a hard look at their spending and adapt their lifestyles to cope.

“Christmas shoppers heading onto the high streets are being stung not once but twice, with high prices at the pump and astronomical car park fees. It’s no wonder that many are ditching the high street and choosing to shop from the comfort of their own home. Nearly 17 million homes now have broadband – a massive jump from 7 million just three years ago – and it’s getting cheaper and faster to use. With broadband as cheap as £5.99 a month it’s easy to see why we as consumers have wholeheartedly embraced online shopping.”

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New Research Reveals That 31 Million (73%) Shoppers Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands By Opting For Supermarket Own Brand Labels In Order to Save Money

As food price increases start to slow down, it’s not just the supermarkets that are busy battling the pricing war. New research from uSwitch.com reveals that 31 million (73%) shoppers are taking matters into their own hands by opting for supermarket own brand labels in a bid to save money on the weekly shop. This figure has tripled since August 2008 when just a quarter (25%) of shoppers were ditching premium labels to lighten the financial load of the weekly trolley dash.

Much of this increase can be attributed to supermarkets expanding their own brand products in a bid to stop consumers switching to cheaper chains. This includes the launch of the Waitrose ‘Essentials’ own label range, Tesco’s ‘Discounter’ range and Sainsbury’s ‘switch and save campaign’ which calculates own brand savings. Not only has this activity secured repeat visits from existing customers, according to the recent TNS Worldpanel report it has also slowed the rapid growth of overseas competitors such as Aldi, Iceland and Lidl over the past few months.

Overall, this research has revealed that nine out of ten (90%) UK adults now use recession-busting shopping strategies when they do the weekly shop. Money off vouchers have also reached the top of the shopping list with the number of frugal consumers’ regularly using these has also shot up to 74%, compared with 26% last year. In addition, a fifth of shoppers (20%) now compare prices online before taking a trip down the aisles, this has more than tripled from just 6% in August 2008.

When it comes to shopping online 6.4 million consumers now claim to avoid the hustle bustle of their local supermarket by carrying out their weekly food shop online. Again, this has tripled from just 5% of consumers in August 2008. In fact, this is becoming so popular with consumers, industry commentators predict that the value of online food sales could hit £8 billion by 2011.

These recessionary cut backs could also have positive lifestyle implications for many savvy shoppers as they revert to the good life. Almost a fifth of consumers have now taken to growing their own fruit and vegetables, up from just 8% in August 2008. This has created a waiting list for allotments across the country amongst those who do not have the option at home. Just this week, Tesco has applied for planning permission to create allotments for rent at its Dobbies Garden Centre – they also plan to sell allotment starter kits.

As a result of ‘pinching the pennies’ becoming very much the new ‘splashing the cash’, figures suggest supermarkets may turn out to be one of the few winners in the recession. For example, Morrisons has just surprised the market with an unscheduled trading update indicating full year profits would be £70 million ahead of expectations. Share prices in Sainsbury’s and Tesco have also experienced a rise.

Rumina Hassam, personal finance expert at uSwitch.com, says: “In the face of uncertain economic forecasts, continued volatility in the housing market, and worrying increases in national unemployment, Brits are making savvy cutbacks to their fundamental spending routine to beat the recession at its own game.

“The number of Brits making basic changes to their weekly food shopping patterns has increased dramatically since last year, as the effects of the recession continue to amplify. However, despite the economic outlook remaining uncertain, consumers may find they have the last laugh – as the lessons learnt from the schooling in savviness they are currently experiencing as a result of the recession will remain vital, even long after the economy recovers.”

About uSwitch:
uSwitch.com is a free, impartial online and telephone-based comparison and switching service, helping consumers compare prices on gas, electricity, water, heating cover, home telephone, broadband, digital television, mobile phones, personal finance products and car insurance.

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