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Delhaize America retailers support service men and women with Veterans Day discounts

BY DSN STAFF

SALISBURY, N.C. — In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s stores will offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who currently are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the retailers, which are part of Delhaize Group, reported.

To receive the discount, active military, reservists and veterans should request the discount at check-out along with their MVP card.

"We proudly support the men and women who have served our country," said Cathy Green Burns, president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s. "On this day when Americans will pay tribute to those who protect the freedoms we enjoy every day, we wanted to take meaningful action by giving back to our associates and customers who have courageously defended our country and made many sacrifices through their military service."

In addition to the 10% discount for active military and veterans, 1,283 Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s stores, along with the company’s corporate offices, and distribution and transportation centers, will sign the United States Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Statement of Support on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Delhaize Group also is making a $134,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization with the single mission to honor and empower our wounded heroes.

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Rite Aid reminds holiday shoppers — heartburn relief only an aisle away

BY Michael Johnsen

PALMYRA, Pa. — Retailers are gearing up for the holiday seasons, and have every intent of coaxing their shoppers into filling a shopping cart, such as this one at a central Pennsylvania Rite Aid. But with the coming holiday shopping season comes over-indulgent, belt-loosening meals and the stress that comes with hoping Grandma doesn’t get your nine-year-old a wallet … for the third straight year. So it can’t hurt to remind shoppers that a little store brand omeprazole can go a long way toward relieving any heartburn generated by that over-indulgence or holiday stress.

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Sears Holdings enters the future of shopping with mobile walls

BY Gail Hoffer

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears and Kmart have entered the future of staying connected to consumers introducing mobile shopping walls in high-traffic areas.

The shopping walls, which will feature top toys that customers can purchase from their smartphones by scanning the products’ QR code, will be available in select malls across the United States, and, for Kmart only, in movie theater lobbies in major markets. Additionally, shoppers can find the Sears and Kmart mobile walls in airports in Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Puerto Rico, and at bus shelters nationwide.

“With the hectic holiday season, we know how important it is to make shopping as convenient as possible, which is why we are bringing the Sears and Kmart shopping experience to places that correspond with our customers’ everyday routines,” said Hugo Malan, SVP and president fitness, sporting goods and toys. “As more shoppers head online to do their holiday shopping, consumers are now able to be more productive during their wait time. For example, customers can literally do all their holiday toy shopping while they wait for the bus or a delayed flight home.”

Shopping for items via a virtual wall may be a new concept for Americans, but as Retailing Today pointed out in Walmart News Now issue in August, it already is a popular way to shop in Asian markets. For example, Tesco has developed an interesting shopper marketing solution that appeals to time-starved Korean commuters. To see how it works, check out the video here.

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