Chief exec of Safeway receives SPIRIT Award from Department of Labor
PLEASANTON, Calif. The Department of Labor Wednesday presented Steve Burd, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway, with the 2008 SPIRIT Award, reports have said. Burd was named for the award because of his mission to create opportunities for people with disabilities.
Former Major League Baseball player Jim Abbott was there to present the award. Abbott has had a successful baseball career, overcoming a condition at birth that left him with just one hand.
SPIRIT is the acronym for “strength in leadership, perseverance in unyielding commitment to achieving success, integrity, serving as a role model, independence and acting as a trailblazer.” The award was presented to Burd at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“I am deeply honored and proud to be among the Department’s SPIRIT award winners and particularly pleased to be sharing the recognition with Jim Abbott,” Burd said. “Assisting people with disabilities has long been an important part of what Safeway stands for in the community. We have worked hard to ensure that our company is a place where people with disabilities can find rewarding opportunities.”
Meijer adds bulk groceries to its list of online shopping items
HOLLAND, Mich. Meijer grocery chain has announced the start of its Grocery By The Case bulk shopping program online.
More than 2,000 dry goods and groceries have been added to the Web site and free delivery is offered for orders over $150, the company has said.
Meijer said it is expanding its bulk offerings to better compete with bulk chain stores, such as Costco and Sam’s Club. It will offer a special discounted delivery charge to elderly customers every other Friday for $3.
Pringles creates customized snack cans in time for holidays
CINCINNATI You may find that Pringles replaced the candy in your stocking this season. Procter & Gamble launched a new application on the Pringles Web site Monday that allows visitors to personally design a Pringles can. Beginning Oct. 27, the company will donate $1 for every submitted creation to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises money through U.S. and Canadian corporate partners and directly distributes its funds to participating hospitals.
The site allows Pringles fans to create their own background, choose one of the application’s many colors, gradients and pre-made templates or upload personal photos. Text can also be added. The designs can be saved to the site for all visitors to view and vote on, with the three categories being Funniest, Most Creative and Best Design. Print, wrap around the can and glue or tape where the ends meet for a customized can that can serve as a holiday cookie container, gift box or stocking stuffer.
“The Can Creator is a great opportunity for people to make a difference, said Children’s Miracle Network. “During the holidays, people are looking for ways to donate time or money to charitable causes, and Pringles has offered visitors the unique opportunity to easily give back.”
The money raised—up to $20,000—will be awarded on or before June 30, 2009.