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PopShoppe gourmet popcorn debuts in regional Sam’s Club locations

BY Ryan Chavis

LAS VEGAS — Opportunity Village announced the arrival of PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn in regional Sam’s Club locations from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30.

The item was previously available at select locations in the Las Vegas area, but positive reception for the product resulted in a wider distribution. The popcorn will available in 30 clubs, including seven locations within the Las Vegas area as well as locations in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

"Opportunity Village is thrilled to offer its products at regional Sam’s Clubs," stated Ed Guthrie, Executive Director of Opportunity Village and 40-year veteran philanthropist for people with disabilities. "Our clients, who we call OVIPs, take great pride in being able to share the fruits of their labor with friends and local communities. This has the potential to provide revenues for our organization that we could have never imagined years ago."

Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of adults with disabilities and is one of the most respected community rehabilitation programs in the U.S.

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Kroger contributes $3.2 million to USO

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday announced a cumulative contribution to the USO of $3.2 million for 2013.

The funds were raised through the company’s Honoring Our Heroes sales event in May and customer contributions collected at check stands through the summer and fall.

"Kroger is honored and privileged to support our service men and women through our partnership with the USO," stated Lynn Marmer, Kroger’s group VP corporate affairs. "And we are humbled by the generosity our customers have shown through their participation in Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign and by donating spare change or rounding up their purchases at cash registers."

The Kroger family of stores, in partnership with customers, associates and vendors, has donated a total of $8.4 million to the USO since 2010.

All of the funds raised support the programs and services the USO provides to service members, their families, wounded, ill and injured troops, and our veterans.  A private, nonprofit organization, the USO provides programs, services and entertainment events to enhance the quality of life for America’s military personnel and their families wherever they serve. 

Kroger also is committed to hiring veterans, the company noted. Since 2009, more than 21,200 veterans have joined the company. Last year, Kroger joined more than 90 other companies in the "100,000 Jobs Mission."  The program has a collective goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. 

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Amazon, USPS enter deal for Sunday package delivery

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Customers of Amazon living in New York and Los Angeles can get their packages delivered on Sundays, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

The online retailer announced the new service Monday, directed at members of the premium Amazon Prime service living in the New York and Los Angeles areas. Next year, the retailer will also roll it out to members in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities.

"If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for them Sunday night," Amazon VP worldwide operations and customer service Dave Clark said. "We’re excited that now every day is an Amazon delivery day, and we know our Prime members, who voraciously shop on Amazon, will love the additional convenience they will experience as part of this new service."

Customers of the retailer can add items to their cart and will see the Sunday delivery promise at checkout, when it’s available in their region. Amazon isn’t providing too many details about the deal, but the USPS is on board.

"As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday," USPS postmaster general and CEO Patrick Donahoe said. "With this new service, the Postal Service is now delivering packages seven days a week in select cities. Customers can expect the same reliable and valued service that the Postal Service currently provides."

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