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Kmart.com looks to help customers save some ‘green’

BY Allison Cerra

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart.com customers have the opportunity to save up to 70% across popular categories on Dec. 12.

The day, dubbed Green Monday by parent company Sears Holdings, provides more than 500 deals that are as good as Cyber Monday prices, the company reported.

The promotion also is being held on Sears.com.

"Sears is committed to delivering great values online for last minute shoppers," Sears Holdings SVP and president of marketing, online and financial services Imran Jooma said. "With the holidays just around the corner, we want to make sure our customers have access to the kind of deals they need to make those last-minute purchases for everyone on their lists while also delivering a best-in-class online and multichannel experience."

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Head of Energizer household products division to retire

BY Gail Hoffer

ST. LOUIS — Joe McClanathan, president and CEO of the Energizer household products division, will retire in the first half of 2012, Energizer Holdings announced Friday. He will be succeeded by Alan Hoskins, VP Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East.

"We appreciate Joe McClanathan’s many contributions to Energizer," Energizer Holdings president and CEO Ward Klein said. "During the past 37 years, Joe has played an integral role in growing the household products division and in making Energizer the number one battery and flashlight company in the world. Over that time, he led major improvements in our household products division sales, marketing, technology and operations. Furthermore, Joe has played a key role at the corporate level in assisting the successful integration of our personal care acquisitions into our international household products division structure. Finally, Joe’s leadership has been an exemplary model of the team-based culture Energizer has become. We are grateful for Joe’s leadership and effectiveness and wish him the very best."

Previously, Hoskins held numerous leadership positions at Energizer, including serving as VP North America household products division; VP sales and chief customer officer; and VP customer business development.

Hoskins earned a B.S. in business administration and marketing from Western New England College, a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University.

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Weis Markets expands loyalty program with gold preferred customer membership

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets recently expanded its loyalty card program with a gold preferred customer offering that customizes offers for regular shoppers who spend at least $3,500 in a calendar year.

"Once a calendar year Weis will send out gold cards to qualifying customers based on their shopping habits the previous year," the grocer stated on a website explaining the deal. "The gold card will have an expiration date printed on it, and if you qualify again the next year you’ll automatically be sent a new card."

With gold preferred status, customers will receive personalized coupon offers through the mail and through e-mail on a regular basis. Those offers will be good only for the intended gold preferred shopper, according to the website.

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