GameStop survey reveals gamers’ top “I’ve gotta have it” video games for this holiday season

GameStop has games for everyone and for all budgets

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Still wondering what to get the gamer on your gift list this year? GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, can help take the guesswork out of gift giving. The top gaming retailer recently polled its PowerUp Rewards™ members to discover their must-have game gifts this holiday season. The gamers have spoken, and the top five “I’ve gotta have it” video games are:

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

3. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

2. Battlefield 1

and the No. 1 most wanted game this holiday: Final Fantasy XV

Other titles on gamers’ wish list, include Madden NFL 17, Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2, and Watch Dogs 2.

Whether buying for a family member, a friend or yourself, GameStop has these games and more and deals that you’re looking for. Starting December 4 and running through the rest of the year, buy Grand Theft Auto V and get a FREE Whale Shark Card, a $50 value, worth $3.5 Million in Grand Theft Auto Online game currency. Also, on December 10, and only at GameStop, PowerUp Rewards Pro members can buy two get one free on all pre-owned products.

GameStop has more than 2,500 pre-owned games priced at under $20 and PowerUp Rewards Pro members save an additional 10 percent on all pre-owned games and accessories. Customers can ask a store associate for details on how to become a Pro member to take advantage of these offers.

Customers can also give more for less this holiday season and trade in their pre-owned video games, consoles and accessories to receive credit that can be applied when purchasing holiday gifts at GameStop.

Finally, GameStop is making it easier for customers to purchase gifts through its holiday layaway program. Now through December 16, customers have the option to reserve and pay for over time their holiday gifts. A $25 minimum deposit is all that is needed to start a layaway today. All layaways must be paid off and picked up at the store location where the original deposit was made by the end of operating hours on December 21.

For more gift ideas for the holidays and information on products deals, please visit a GameStop store location, or GameStop’s online Holiday Hub.

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 70 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,429 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

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Contact:
Kyle Stephenson
GameStop – Public Relations
kylestephenson@gamestop.com

Source: GameStop Corporation

National Coffee Day: Staples survey reveals office workers take their reliance on coffee to the extreme

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Some office workers take their reliance on coffee to the extreme. In fact, nearly one-third of employees said they would rather streak naked through the main street of their town than give up coffee for a year, according to a Staples survey released in advance of National Coffee Day, celebrated on September 29.

Not only would some shed their clothes for coffee, more than half of those polled also confessed they would give up sweets over coffee forever. Coffee even rivals our reliance on technology, as a quarter of employees said they would go without their smartphone for eternity if that meant they could keep coffee. Not even annual vacation time is safe – as 24 percent would relinquish their yearly time off in favor of access to coffee.

The survey revealed that, on average, employees consume two cups of coffee each day. It makes sense, then, that according to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index, three quarters of those polled wished that employers provided free coffee and snacks.

“Drinking coffee is engrained in the daily routine of the U.S. workforce – 59 percent drink at least two cups daily – and many consider it essential for them to do their work at a high level,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice president, Staples Business Advantage, which offers customers a robust coffee lease program that includes brewers at no extra charge, brewer maintenance and access to a team of field experts. “Taking the initiative to provide free coffee options and a welcoming breakroom can go a long way toward keeping employees happy and productive.”

According to the coffee survey, 35 percent of employees need at least one cup to feel productive or alert during the day; otherwise, it’s not pretty. When employees were asked which tasks they can’t handle before their first cup of the day, top answers included thinking, talking to anyone and commuting to work.

Win Staples Business Advantage Coffee for a Year

Fancy a shot at free coffee? Look no further. From now through 12:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, September 28, all employees in the 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C. are eligible to discover their “coffee personality” by taking a short quiz administered by Staples Business Advantage and MARS Drinks. Completing the quiz yields one entry into a sweepstakes that will award ten lucky businesses a MARS DRINKS™ Flavia Creation® 150 coffee brewer and coffee for their office for one year! To enter and view the Official Rules, please visit staplesadvantagecoffeepersonality.com. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Mug Shot Social Contest

Still not satisfied? Beginning on Friday, September 23, Staples is bringing back the Office MugShot Sweepstakes – giving all employees in the 50 U.S. and Washington D.C. the chance to share an original photo with their favorite mug used at work to Twitter using #OfficeMugShot, #Sweepstakes and mentioning @Staples, or by entering on Facebook to receive one entry into the sweepstakes. Winners will receive a coffee prize pack, including a Keurig Brewer. More entry details (including Official Rules) can be found here. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Staples has the coffee solutions that employees and organizations – no matter the size – need to stay productive, whether through Staples stores, Staples.com or Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. Customers have access to a variety of coffee and coffee supply items including creamers, sweeteners and cups/lids.

Resources:
Follow Staples on Twitter @Staples and Staples Business Advantage @StaplesB2B to learn more.

About the survey
This survey was conducted using SurveyMonkey.com and was live from July 21, 2016 – August 4, 2016.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Contact:
Mark Cautela
508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@Staples.com

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National Coffee Day: Staples survey reveals office workers take their reliance on coffee to the extreme
National Coffee Day: Staples survey reveals office workers take their reliance on coffee to the extreme

 

Source: Staples, Inc.

FMI survey reveals that only 57% of American parents eat dinner with their children every night

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As families send their children back to school, some parents are forgetting the most important school supply: the family meal.  A recent consumer survey of American grocery shoppers, conducted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Rodale Inc., underscores the infrequency of family meals in the U.S. and the critical need for more.  The findings revealed that only 57% of parents eat dinner with their children every night.

“We already know the many benefits of family meals,” said Sue Borra, RD, executive director of the FMI Foundation.  “Just as notebooks and art supplies prepare our children for school, so does the family meal.  Academic research shows that kids and teens who eat meals with their family four or more times a week earn better test scores and perform better in school.”

However, 71% of parents in the survey say in their “ideal” world they would want to eat with their children every night.  Borra added, “With such busy lives, it’s easy to understand how American households struggle to make family meals a reality.”

The good news is that the survey also identified solutions.  For parents who did not eat dinner with their children nightly, the top-two recommendations were not surprising:  1) Serve more meals their kids enjoy (47%); 2) Ensure that everyone is home at dinner time (42%).

Parents also are looking to their grocery stores to provide solutions.  The top three requests were:  1) Provide more kid-friendly recipes in store; 2) Display foods together than can be combined for an easy meal; 3) Provide more ready-to-eat foods that kids like.

Food retailers are responding – not only with individual offerings at a local level, but as an industry too.  To help American families achieve the goal of one more meal at home each week, the food retailer industry has developed a website, www.NationalFamilyMealsMonth.org. It is filled with tools, tips, and meal-planning ideas to make it easier for families to have one more meal together per week – not just during National Family Meals Month, but all year long.  The website also includes links to numerous partners – primarily food retailers and manufacturers – also committed to helping consumers achieve their increased family meals goal.  In short, families can find support from their favorite local supermarket and food brands.

The FMI Foundation also is encouraging Americans to join the National Family Meals Month movement by pledging to one more breakfast, lunch or dinner at home per week.  Shoppers can post pledge photos, mealtime pictures, favorite recipes and shopping tips or even post a selfie wearing a favorite oven mitt with the hashtag #FamilyMealsMonth.

A copy of the study is available here http://www.fmi.org/industry-topics/health-wellness or by contacting hgarlich@fmi.org

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute