Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics team reviews iPhone health apps
CHICAGO — A group of dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has conducted a review of smartphone applications for weight management, diabetes and gluten-free eating, the organization said.
The AND — formerly the American Dietetic Association — said the purpose of the review, which includes 30 of the most popular, free iPhone apps, was to help consumers sift through the numerous apps available.
"Americans are increasingly turning to apps to support them in achieving their health goals, especially for New Year’s resolutions," AND spokeswoman Marisa Moore said. "While the right app can keep you on track to meeting these goals, the wrong app could be filled with misinformation and dangerous fads."
Post-Christmas savings at Target
MINNEAPOLIS — Dec. 26 could be a big savings day for Target shoppers, the retailer said.
Target announced that beginning next Monday, customers can save up to 50% off on such items as women’s and kids’ apparel, as well as home and holiday decor, in stores and online at Target.com. Doors will open at Target stores nationwide at 7 a.m. on Monday.
What’s more, Target gift card holders also can find deep discounts on items. For example, guests who want to redeem their gift cards on Target.com on Christmas Day will receive $10 off purchases of $50 or more via a promotional code. The deals can be found in the Sunday weekly advertisement and on Target.com beginning Christmas Day.
“Target gift cards are a popular Christmas gift, and with a sale of this magnitude, there’s no better time to use them than on Dec. 26,” Target EVP merchandising Kathee Tesija said.
ShopperTrak report: Holiday sales increase nearly 22% for week ended Dec. 17
CHICAGO — A report released Wednesday by ShopperTrak found that holiday shoppers boosted sales 21.7% over the previous week and 1.3% over the same week last year.
According to ShopperTrak, sales increases during the week ended Dec. 17 made this December on pace to have higher retail sales than last year. Month-to-date figures are up 0.5% over December 2010.
“December’s retail gains will likely continue all the way through Christmas and the end of Hanukkah,” ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin said. “As the weather gets colder and these important days get closer, retailers should be ready to service customers looking to buy.” Despite the high week-over-week returns, the weekend of Dec. 16-Dec. 18 showed slight year-over-year declines in sales. Super Saturday, the last Saturday with regular shopping hours before Christmas, had a 0.7% sales decline over the same day in 2010 and consumers spent $7.5 billion, compared with $7.55 billion spent last year.
According to ShopperTrak, the additional Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year may have led more shoppers to procrastinate finishing their holiday shopping. Impulse or “add-on” purchases also may be lower this season, as many of holiday shoppers make purchasing decisions before walking into a store, due to online research and planned shopping outings. Despite weekend sales declines, week-over-week gains continued from the previous week ended Dec. 10, which had a 10.6% increase in sales, and reversed the year-over-year losses for that week.
ShopperTrak expects the upward sales trend to continue.
“This week holds an extra shopping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas compared to past years,” Martin said. “Shoppers will be ready to spend the rest of their holiday budgets. Stores that monitor hourly foot traffic, staff appropriately to the number of shoppers in the store and prepare inventory for additional traffic will be most successful.”