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Kmart’s decision to open Thanksgiving morning sparks consumer backlash

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — From Sears Holdings’ perspective, opening Kmart stores on the morning of Thanksgiving gives customers a convenient way to shop for holiday gifts. But many customers see things differently, and the retail giant is taking some flak for the decision.

Since the announcement Monday that Kmart stores would open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday, the retailer’s Facebook page has been flooded with critical comments from users, saying that opening on Thanksgiving deprives employees of the ability to spend the holiday with their families. Sears stores will also open on Thanksgiving, but not until 8 p.m.

"I am a loyal Kmart customer. In fact, I drive past Target to go to Kmart. That will change now that Kmart will be open on Thanksgiving. You will be responsible for turning Thanksgiving into just another day instead of the hallowed American day on which our nation gives thanks … Good bye Kmart," wrote Sarah Scova Klug in a comment on a post from the retailer advertising its Personal Shopper service for members of the Shop Your Way loyalty program.

Kmart has responded to the negative reaction by saying it will staff stores with volunteers and seasonal employees whenever possible, though according to the Huffington Post, an employee of the retailer in the Chicago area posted a photograph of a flier at the store saying that no requests for time off would be given for Nov. 27-29 or Dec. 22-24.

 

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r.allende says:
Nov-09-2013 02:26 am

The employee that submitted the picture is right, there is no such thing as volunteers and seasonal employees to only work during holidays. Signs are really posted for employees to see and to restrain from requesting time off during the dates specified. Other then that schedules are done in advance and employees are expected to follow them. Very sad, but true.

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Meijer to match donations to program for food pantries 2-to-1

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will match donations to a program to provide food for poor families later this month to mark the program’s fifth year, the mass merchandiser said.

The Midwestern retailer said it would match two-to-one every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 to celebrate the program’s five years of existence. The program has generated more than $6.5 million for local food pantries, equal to 39 million meals. One-in-six families in the country is considered food-insecure, according to Feeding America.

"This holiday season marks a milestone for the Simply Give program," co-chairman Doug Meijer said. "We’ve been feeding hungry families in the communities we serve for five years, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners. We are pleased this program has helped fill a void by providing 39 million meals to our hungry neighbors."

 

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Touro College of Pharmacy appoints Zvi Loewy as interim dean

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The Touro College and University System has appointed an interim dean for its school of pharmacy, the New York-based school said Thursday.

Touro announced the appointment of Zvi Loewy, professor and chairman of the Touro College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. Stuart Feldman stepped down as dean last week. Loewy’s experience includes more than 30 years in academia, pharmaceutical companies and biotech start-up companies; he also is published widely and holds more than two dozen patents.

"I am pleased that Dr. Loewy has agreed to undertake this significant assignment at this time," Touro president and CEO Alan Kadish said. "With his experience in the biological sciences and pharmacy education, research and private industry, as well as his proven commitment to the school and its mission, the college is well-served to have Dr. Loewy take the lead at this time. I wish him every success as he collaborates with the campus provost and CEO, Dr. Jay Sexter, in carrying out this new assignment." 

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