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Meijer launches summertime fuel savings program

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is helping its customers save money on gas this summer, the retailer said.

The new discount program, which was made available to Meijer credit customers and runs Sept. 3, provides customers with a 10-cent-per-gallon discount on fuel at all Meijer gas stations, with no minimum fuel purchase required. Customers who don’t already have a Meijer credit card can apply at any Meijer store, online at Meijer.com/creditcard or via QR link with their smartphone.

"Meijer is always looking for ways to save our customers money," Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "Gasoline prices have a major impact on family budgets, so we are pleased to be able to offer these savings to all Meijer credit card holders in time for their summer travels."

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Duracell Powermat brings 24-hour system to New York market, online

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — The joint venture between Procter & Gamble’s Duracell brand and Powermat Technologies is bringing its Duracell Powermat products to major retail outlets in the New York market, along with select online retailers and DuracellPowermat.com.

The Duracell Powermat 24-hour power system, available for iPhone 4 and 4S products, includes three components: a sleek charging mat that serves as a wireless power transmitter, a smartphone case and portable backup battery serves as your personal portable charger, providing one full charge while on the go.

Earlier this year, Duracell Powermat unveiled its lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and confirmed rapper and business mogul Shawn "Jay Z" Carter as the venture’s investment partner and spokesman.

"Today’s smartphones are our right hand: evermore powerful, but at the same time ever quicker to run out of power, barely lasting through the afternoon. With the Duracell Powermat 24-hour power system, users can now fully utilize their phone throughout the day without having to worry about the battery life," Duracell Powermat CEO Ron Rabinowitz said. "And, with our upcoming Wireless Power Nation, this will get even easier. People will be able to charge wirelessly on embedded ‘wireless power hot spots’ in public venues where they travel and interact throughout their day. All they will need to do is put their phone on the table, same thing they normally do. The only difference is that now, their smartphones will get charged from the table."

Later this fall, Duracell Powermat 24-hour power system will be available in retail outlets nationwide and will support not only the iPhone, but also an array of other leading smartphones.

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Heinz makes foray into cleaning category

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH — Heinz has introduced a multipurpose vinegar-based cleaner.

Heinz all-natural cleaning vinegar is 20% stronger than traditional distilled white vinegar, the company said. Available in a one-gallon jug, the new product carries a suggested retail price of $3.79.

"For more than 140 years, people have trusted Heinz to bring them only the very best quality in vinegar for a wide range of uses, from cooking and canning to cleaning and household remedies," said Jennifer McGurrin, senior brand manager for Heinz Vinegar. "Now we’re happy to offer a formula that¹s specially designed for household cleaning, yet is still a safe, all-natural solution."

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