Safeway raises $1M for wounded warrior project
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced that its stores raised $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that exists to honor and empower military men and women who incurred service-related injuries on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
The money was raised during Veteran’s Day weekend by all Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Randalls, Genuardi’s, Tom Thumb and Carrs stores in the United States
"Our customers enthusiastically showed their support and respect not only for the work of the Wounded Warrior Project, but for veterans," said Larree Renda , Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "This was an opportunity for our company and customers to help the heroes who risk their lives to defend the freedoms that we hold dear."
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Survey: More shoppers turning to Internet for coupon-driven deals
AUSTIN, Texas — RetailMeNot.com, an online coupon aggregator, found that online coupon usage was up 23% on its site in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season, the company announced Wednesday.
The company’s recently released "Shoppers Trend Report," a consumer survey conducted by Ipsos, identifies retail purchase patterns and consumer trends leading up to the holiday shopping season. According to the report, merchant sales driven by coupon usage on RetailMeNot.com were up by 82% year over year in the three months prior to the November launch of the 2011 holiday shopping season. More than half of consumers surveyed (51%) said that they intended to spend about the same this holiday season as they did last year; with only 11% saying they intended to spend more.
Adults ages 35 years and older are more likely than younger adults to be trimming their holiday budgets this shopping season (41% vs. 30%), and parents are more likely to be spending more on holiday shopping this year than are adults without a child under 18 (15% vs. 10%).
"With the significant uptick in merchants sales driven by RetailMeNot.com, it is clear that consumers are stretching their dollar by utilizing coupons and promotional codes to get more for their money while shopping online this holiday season," stated Josh Harding, director of business intelligence for WhaleShark Media, the operator of RetailMeNot.com. "In an environment where the economy continues to create uncertainty, both merchants and consumers are looking for coupon promotions, like free shipping, to drive demand and increase the value of each purchase.”
According to the Ipsos survey, clothing and accessories will likely continue as the most likely items to be on one’s gift list (54%). Other popular items include books, movies and music (44%); consumer electronics, such as TVs, e-readers and video games (37%); toys (34%); and bath and beauty products/treatments (26%).
Women are more likely than men to have clothing and accessories (61% vs. 47%); books, movies and music (49% vs. 39%); toys (41% vs. 26%); and bath and beauty items (35% vs. 16%) on their holiday shopping lists, while men are more likely to buy consumer electronics (45% vs. 30%). Adults younger than 55 years also are more likely than older adults to be interested in buying consumer electronics this holiday season (42% vs. 29%).
Data on merchant sales, coupon usage and other trend activity was pulled from consumer activity on RetailMeNot.com and its affiliated sites, which experience more than 300 million site visits annually, the company reported.
The Ipsos poll was conducted Nov. 7 to 8. For the survey, a national sample of 1,007 adults ages 18 years and older from Ipsos’ U.S. online panel were interviewed online.
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Sandy Ryan’s election to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia further paves way for clinics
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The convenient care industry continues to hit noteworthy milestones as it grows and becomes an increasingly important player within the U.S. healthcare system. And now the fellowship of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia has elected its first nurse practitioner to its ranks: Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems.
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Ryan is indeed a trailblazer as she was one of the founding officers of Take Care Health Systems; a founding member of the Convenient Care Association, which is now celebrating its five-year anniversary; and was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. While Ryan’s election to the fellowship of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is important in its own right, it is especially important as it speaks to the overall significance and growing acceptance of retail-based health clinics.
It is no secret that when retail-based health clinics first emerged on the radar screen in 2000, some physicians were hesitant to embrace the concept. However, in recent years, there’s undoubtedly been a greater acceptance of the concept among the established medical community as retail-based clinics continually demonstrate the vital role they play in providing convenient, cost-effective and quality health care.
Now, Ryan has become the first nurse practitioner elected to the college’s ranks — a move that further paves the way not only for the nursing profession but also the convenient care industry.
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