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Exclusive: Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: Who won the buzz?

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — The sales figures are in for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Using a sophisticated social media analytics platform, SAP tracked consumer sentiment on these critical shopping days via Facebook, Twitter and 165 million other sites across the social web to identify patterns and uncover revealing shopper insights.

View SAP’s sentiment-tracking infographic on our sister publication’s Chain Store Age by clicking here.

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Giant-Landover donates $25,000 to Toys for Tots

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food of Landover, Md., donated $25,000 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to support children in need across the Mid-Atlantic region this week, the Ahold-owned chain said.

Giant, also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish it from Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. — also owned by Ahold — said it would collect toys at all of its 170 stores during the holiday season.

Giant-Landover operates stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The announcement, made Tuesday, follows the chain’s Nov. 20 donation of 1,000 turkeys to local food banks ahead of Thanksgiving. 

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L&R Distributors acquires SAJ Distributors and rights to the Select Brand private-label line from Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — L&R Distributors on Wednesday acquired the assets of SAJ Distributors, along with the private-label line Select Brand, from Walgreens. Walgreens had acquired SAJ earlier this year when it purchased USA Drug from Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings and members of the LaFrance family.

L&R will operate the existing SAJ Distribution Center and offices located in Pine Bluff, Ark., operating under the SAJ name and retaining many existing SAJ staff who work in customer service, accounting, purchasing and operations, the company stated. L&R will also maintain the existing SAJ sales staff, delivery methods and inventory mix. 

Coming on the heels of L&R’s recent acquisition of UNFI’s Non Foods Division — previously known as Millbrook — the SAJ acquisition will layer an additional 1,000 points of distribution into L&R’s client base, continuing L&R’s strategic growth within the independent grocery class of trade.

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