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Kmart aims to reach $100M mark for children’s hospital

BY Gina Acosta

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is striving to hit a major milestone on #GivingTuesday: raising $100 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

To support #GivingTuesday, shoppers are encouraged to head to Kmart or Kmart.com to purchase from the suite of St. Jude gifts, including the popular "Giving Hat," which is embroidered with the inspiring message of #LOVE. Another way shoppers can show their support this holiday season is by purchasing a piece of St. Jude bear jewelry, which is inscribed with encouraging messages like "you are somebody's reason to smile." Shoppers can also donate at checkout to help achieve the goal of raising $100 million in donations to help the great kids at St. Jude.

"I am so excited that we are about to hit the $100 million mark in donations to St. Jude," said Kelly Cook, Kmart's chief marketing officer. "St. Jude's mission to help find a cure for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases is one that is very near and dear to our hearts. We hope everyone can head out to Kmart stores this Giving Tuesday to give back to St. Jude and help us achieve this incredible milestone in our effort to help sick children beat cancer."

Over the past 10 years, with the help of Kmart shoppers and associates, the retailer has shattered donation records as St. Jude's No. 1 corporate partner. Kmart's contributions aided the quest to help ensure that patients at St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food so that families can focus on helping their child live.

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Bartell Drugs urges consumers to ‘shop local’

BY Gina Acosta

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is encouraging consumers to “Shop Local” with Bartells on Black Friday weekend by hosting a special event on Nov. 26.

The retailer announced it will host a Shop Local event chain-wide, with special sampling events at some stores: vendor sampling at Bartells' Downtown store at Fifth and Olive streets and the Lower Queen Anne store.  Sampling as well as special giveaways and face-painting will be held at the Magnolia and Crossroads locations. Sampling at all four stores takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bartells has also made available its famous Gift Guide in stores and online at bartelldrugs.com/giftguide. In addition, Amazon Prime Now members can now order Gift Guide items and more than 85% of Bartell’s merchandise through the Prime Now website, Prime Now app, or at bartelldrugs.com/primenow.

The Magnolia and Crossroads stores will also feature opportunities to win custom Gift Guide baskets featuring holiday items from the Gift Guide.

 

 

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Target CIO talks deep discounts for Cyber Monday

BY Gina Acosta

In a new post on Target's A Bullseye View blog, Target CIO Mike McNamara explains the reasoning behind the retailer's decision to offer an unprecedented Cyber Monday promotion: 15% off site-wide and store-wide from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28.

McNamara says the retailer's move to combine stores and online for a more seamless holiday shopping experience marks a new chapter in Cyber Monday history.

The sitewide, storewide 15 percent discount – which will go live online early Sunday morning, Nov. 27 – will simply be applied at checkout both online and in stores during the two-day sale. No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required. New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch. And, as always, all online orders on Target.com ship for free throughout the holidays.

In addition, guests can visit Target.com/WeeklyAd beginning Sunday, Nov. 27, to view a selection of week-long Cyber Week deals, available only at Target.com from Nov. 27 through Dec. 3. Guests will find discounts on gifting items across electronics, toys, home and more. Top deals include:

  • Samsung 43” Ultra HD TV, $399.99 plus $50 Target GiftCard (Reg. $599.99)
  • Free Xbox Live Gold three-month membership ($24.99 value) with purchase of Xbox One S 500GB console with Battlefield 1 digital download, $249.99 (Reg. $299.99) (console sale price available Nov. 27-28)
  • Free $100 Target GiftCard with purchase of any Swagtron T1/T3 Hoverboard (Reg. $349.99/$449.99)
  • Up to 25 percent off K’NEX, Mega Bloks, Magformers, and select LEGO toys
  • KitchenAid Professional 5-qt. Stand Mixer, $199.99 (Reg. $449.99)
  • iRobot Roomba 880 robotic vacuum, $449.99 (Reg. $599.99)
  • Save $10 when you spend $50 and save $25 when you spend $100 on trees, lights, décor, ornaments and more (offer available in-store and online)

Read more about Target's latest strategy shift by clicking here.

 

 

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