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Publix kicks season off with annual Food For All fundraiser

BY Gisselle Gaitan

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets has launched the company’s annual fundraiser, Food For All. Running from Nov. 1 through Nov. 22, the campaign works with customers and associates to raise money in support of nonprofit organizations serving individuals within the local community.

Food For All is a charitable organization of Making a Change, which partners with thousands of grocery retailers nationwide. Since beginning in 1985, more than $105 million has been collected by the charity to fund nonprofit organizations across the United States, and around the world.

“Each year, we are humbled by the kindness and giving spirit of our customers and associates to help their neighbors that may be facing food insecurity and other challenges,” Maria Brous, director of media and community relations of Publix said. “The Food For All campaign provides our customers and associates with a simple way to help and we’re looking forward to another successful program.”

Themed campaign boards are displayed at checkout counters and customers participate by asking the cashier to add a $1, $3, or $5 contribution to the grocery bill. In the last year, more than 15 organizations were represented and more than $5 million in grants were awarded to charities across the U.S.

“We are honored to partner with Publix and help facilitate the Food For All fundraiser each year,” Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change said. “Publix’s determination and commitment to this fundraiser continues to successfully help nonprofit organizations feed communities all across the southeast.”

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BJ’s Wholesale Club brings savings to consumers with new mobile app

BY Gisselle Gaitan

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club has announced a new mobile app. Customers are able to check gas prices, access digital coupons, shop the thousands of products within the store and check annual savings.

A new feature to the app is Add-to-Card, where members can digitally select and save coupons directly to their BJ’s membership card. These coupons will be automatically applied during the checkout process. The Add-to-Card coupon gallery will feature all the coupons found in The Little Book of Big Savings in addition to those from manufacturers. 

"The new BJ's mobile app and Add-to-Card coupons give members access to BJ's unbeatable value and assortment anytime, anywhere," Rafeh Masood, senior vice president and Chief Digital Officer, BJ's Wholesale Club said. "At BJ's, we're committed to offering our members the most convenient ways to shop and save, and we're excited to launch these new features. Our new app lets members check prices at the nearest BJ's Gas location and track their annual savings or My BJ's Perks Awards depending on membership level."

For a limited time, club members who download the app will be able to save $.05 cents per gallon at the nearest BJ’s Gas location. The company previously launched new desktop and mobile sites as well as two new websites dedicated to exclusive brands Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms. 

The BJ’s app is available on both iOS and Android devices. 

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Dollar General names head of its digital operations

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General has appointed its first-ever digital leader.

Rob Scruggs

The extreme-value discounter has appointed Rob Scruggs to the newly created position of chief digital and customer engagement officer. In this new role, Scruggs will lead the strategy for customer engagement, including digital experience and tools.

Most recently, Scruggs served as global director of client experience for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for the end-to-end client experience for global commercial clients. Prior to that, he held customer experience roles at Asurion, E-Trade and J.P. Morgan Chase.

“Rob brings a strong record of successful innovation in developing customer experience strategies across complex industries,” Dollar General EVP and chief merchandising officer Jason Reiser said. “At Dollar General, Rob’s experience will help accelerate our digital strategy as we continue to focus on developing digital resources that can help our customers save time and money.”

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