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Jackery releases powerful, rechargeable external batteries for mobile devices

BY Rebecca Haughey

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jackery, a provider of premium rechargeable battery products for mobile devices, announced on Thursday the launch of the Jackery Bar and Jackery Mini batteries.

With 120 hours of extra operation time and a weight of only 5.4 oz., the Jackery Bar is the world’s smallest power bank with 2.1A output operating at 5600 mAh. The bar is fast-charging, and ideal for users that need a powerful and compact mobile charging solution. It retails for $39.95 on Amazon.com.

The 2600 mAh Jackery Mini weighs less than three oz. and is currently the smallest external device battery in the world. Measuring only 3.7 by 0.9 in., the Mini fits easily into a pocket or purse, and offers up to 50 extra hours of operational time for device users. The Mini is capable of fully charging an iPhone 5 on one full cycle and currently retails for $29.95

Each Jackery device features a durable aluminum case, which can sustain the rigors of frequent travel. The products hold their charge for up to six months due to the company’s unique power lock technology, which allows the batteries to operate in a standby mode for up to six months.

"The Bar and Mini are powerful and fast-charging external batteries that give users on the go the peace of mind to know their devices can remain operable for extended periods," said Julie Wang, COO of Jackery. "With our products, users get an immediate power boost that does not require scrambling to find an outlet."

In addition to iOS and Android devices, Jackery’s products are also compatible with Windows phones, various smartphone and tablet platforms, multiple gaming devices and MP3 players.

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Safeway reports Q4 sales, projects Q1 comps of 2% based on strong uptake in loyalty program

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday reported a sales increase of 1.3% to $44.2 billion in 2012 for its fiscal year ended Dec. 29, driven by increased fuel sales and a same-store sales increase of 0.5% (excluding fuel), the grocer reported. Safeway chairman and CEO Steve Burd projected identical sales as high as 2% in the first quarter of 2013, in part because of the success Safeway has had with its loyalty program Just 4 U. 

"As Just 4 U matures … our volume, our marketshare and our ID sales should only continue to improve," Burd said. Safeway currently has 5.4 million active Just 4 U cardholders who represent 45% of the grocer’s sales. Burd expects Just 4 U customers will one day be responsible for 65% of Safeway sales. Burd noted that Safeway is signing some 50,000 Just 4 U cardholders each week. Burd wasn’t sure if that adoption rate was sustainable through the rest of the year, "but if we do, we should cross over 55%-plus of our sales covered by Just 4 U households."

"Mobile users [participating in the program] are higher than we have predicted," noted Robert Edwards, Safeway president. Mobile users’ contribution to incremental sales is higher and their trips are more frequent, he added.

"[Contribution] is higher by about 40%," Burd said. 

And Safeway is not concerned about any reduction in disposable income from the increase in Social Security tax and delay in income tax returns. In fact, the change in disposable income "plays to the strength of Just 4 U," Edwards noted, because Safeway can target those customers with personalized promotions. 

"Longer term, you will see others try to personalize their efforts with consumers," Burd said. "The retailer that comes to mind that’s done more of this than anyone is actually Nordstrom," he added. "The wave of the future is personalization. We will come to a point where the shelf pricing will become irrelevant."

Safeway plans to gravitate more and more toward personalized promotions through Just 4 U, Burd said. "There is an opportunity to get out of paper ads and make the ad itself personalized for every household." 

And in the second quarter, Safeway will be launching its much-anticipated wellness initiative. Initially, Safeway’s wellness program was to have launched in the fourth quarter of 2012. However, Safeway’s technology partner had delayed that launch to ensure the infrastructure was in place to support a full roll-out, Burd said.  

Net income for the fiscal year 2012 increased to $596.5 million, to $2.40 per diluted share, up from net income for 2011 of $516.7 million or $1.49 per diluted share. Safeway’s fiscal year 2011 ended on December 31, 2011 and therefore captured New Year’s holiday sales. Safeway’s fiscal year 2012 ended on December 29, 2012 and therefore did not capture all New Year’s holiday sales.

Safeway invested $240.4 million in capital expenditures in the fourth quarter of 2012. The company opened three new Lifestyle stores, completed two Lifestyle remodels and closed six stores. For the year, Safeway invested $927.6 million in capital expenditures, opened nine new Lifestyle stores, completed four Lifestyle remodels and closed 46 stores (including 25 Genuardi’s stores sold or closed during the year).

 

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Women, baby boomers supplement more often

BY Michael Johnsen

Almost 3-in-4 women surveyed supplement their diets (74%) versus 65% of men, and 81% of consumers older than 55 years reported supplementing versus 72% of consumers between the ages of 35 years and 54 years, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in late 2012. As many as 70% of the generation of respondents between the ages of 18 years and 34 years reported they take vitamins and/or supplements.

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