Dollar General tackles Big 12 sponsorship
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Wednesday partnered with the Big 12 Conference and ESPN Events to serve as the Official Discount Retail Sponsor for the Big 12 Conference for the 2017-2018 academic year. Additionally, the major discount retailer will serve as the Conference’s Official Homegating and Tailgating Headquarters and exclusive sponsor of the Dollar General Big 12 Championship Tour, which plans to host events at each of the 10 Big 12 Conference collegiate campuses during the 2017 fall football season.
“Given our understanding of how college sports resonate with our shoppers, Dollar General is excited to partner with the Big 12 Conference and ESPN Events to serve as the Conference’s Official Discount Retail Sponsor," stated Jason Reiser, Dollar General's EVP and chief merchandising officer. "We are excited to bring the first-ever Tailgate Tour to campuses across the conference this fall,” he said. "With more than 14,000 stores, many of which are near the Big 12 universities, it’s certainly going to be an electrifying and fun year in Big 12 homegating and tailgating celebrations.”
The Dollar General Big 12 Championship Tour will visit a Big 12 Conference football game each week beginning on Sept. 16. Each week’s Tour stop is scheduled to include a former Big 12 Conference player to meet customers and sign autographs, a celebrity grill master, tailgate games, giveaways and prizes and the opportunity to see the new Big 12 Football Championship trophy. Festivities are in partnership with major Dollar General vendor partners and brands including Pringles, Cheez-It crackers, DiGiorno pizza, Bounty paper towels, Reese’s chocolate, Dixie paper products and Kingsford charcoal.
“The Big 12 appreciates the association with Dollar General,” said Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “The Championship Tour provides a unique opportunity to build upon the game-day energy at each of our campuses to promote the return of our football championship game – the only conference championship game that guarantees a matchup featuring its top two teams.”
Retailers step in with donations in wake of Hurricane Irma
As communities in Florida begin to recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma, retailers have begun stepping in to provide funds to help ease the process. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation on Tuesday committed $125,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with relief efforts.
"We are dismayed by the effects of Hurricane Irma across Florida and the impact it's having on our customers and colleagues in the community," CVS Health Foundation president and CVS Health SVP corporate social responsibility and philanthropy Eileen Howard Boone said. "We will continue to do all we can to ensure that residents affected by this natural disaster have continued access to the support and supplies they need to recover and rebuild."
The CVS Health Foundation will donate $50,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund, and it will match employee donations to the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund up to $25,000. It also has donated $25,000 worth of water to the American Red Cross. In areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, CVS Pharmacy and CVS Caremark are allowing pharmacists to provide on-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for plan members. The company had previously donated more than $400,000 in cash and in-kind donation in response to Hurricane Harvey.
Also stepping in with money and in-kind donations was Target, which announced a commitment of up to $1 million for Target team members, as well as national local and international relief organizations. This commitment is on top of Target’s previously committed $3.5 million in Hurricane Harvey relief resources.
“In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, I have been moved by the remarkable outpouring of support and commitment from people around the country,” Target CEO and chairman Brian Cornell said. “While we’re in the earliest stages of relief along the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States, we’ll stand with our Target team and be there to support the community on the long road to recovery. Similar to Hurricane Harvey, we know that providing the financial resources and products that families need is the greatest impact Target can make. Target today is proud to commit up to $1 million to be there for our team, guests and communities through this difficult time.”
The company set up a disaster relief fund administered by Global Impact to support Target team members, matching employee donations up to $1 million. It also is offering affected team members shifts at neighboring Target stores and offering to pay eligible team members while their locations are closed. Other beneficiaries include the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, Save the Children and such local relief organizations as the Salvation Army.
Target closed more than 120 stores and four distribution centers in the lead-up to Hurricane Irma, with stores in affected areas reopening on a case-by-case basis. Also ahead of the storm, it shipped almost three million bottles of water, 45,000 packages of batteries and almost 20,000 flashlights to stores.
Walmart pledges additional $10 million to hurricane-hit communities
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is stepping up its hurricane relief efforts.
The discount giant announced that it will donate up to $10 million in additional support for 2017 hurricane relief efforts in the United States, a move that will bring Walmart’s total commitment to hurricane relief efforts this year to $30 million. This additional support comes on the heels of donations already provided in response to Hurricane Harvey that hit the Gulf region less than three weeks ago.
To raise funds for those affected by the devastating storms and flooding hitting the United States, Walmart is launching a new customer campaign with the American Red Cross. Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one with cash and product donations of up to $10 million. These donations will provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency assistance to those impacted by hurricanes in 2017.
The discounter is accepting donations at Walmart and Sam’s Clubs stores, online and via text through September 16, 2017. Donations will be distributed to the areas of greatest need throughout the country during this year’s hurricane season, according to Walmart.
In addition, Walmart has shipped more than 1,700 truckloads of emergency merchandise and water to customers in need. This includes cleaning supplies, pet food, batteries, diapers, baby formula, hand sanitizer, first aid supplies, fans, generators, candles, flashlights, propane, rainwear, tarps, gas cans, and related items.
Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will also provide prescriptions and immunizations during and after the emergency, including working with displaced patients or those who have previously received prescriptions from another pharmacy.
The discounter is also taking steps to ensure the safety of its associates in affected areas. In addition to reinforcing emergency procedures and what to do during and after the storm among store and club location management teams, Walmart is supporting affected associates with access to earned-wage and disaster-support assistance, support centers, hot meals and wellness checks. Through Walmart’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which tracks storm impacts and supports associates needs and well-being, the chain will also ship emergency supplies to multiple shelter operations.
Meanwhile, Walmart is activating emergency support teams dedicated to stores and club locations, including subject-matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist local emergency operations centers.