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Sam’s Club reveals Black Friday deals

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club has revealed 60 featured deals for its annual, members-only Day After Thanksgiving Event (D.A.T.E.).

The event will take place at all Sam’s Club locations nationwide at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

Members who participate in the event will be able to enjoy complimentary breakfast from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. In addition, shoppers who join Sam’s Club or upgrade to Plus Membership while in-club through the weekend will receive a $20 gift card.

Sam’s Club Credit account holders will pay no interest on a single-item purchase of $488 or more if paid in full in 24 months, the company reported.

Sam’s Club also is offering members the chance to shop all D.A.T.E. values online at SamsClub.com and on the Sam’s Club mobile app as of 10 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov.23 .

"Between preparing the home, entertaining guests, cooking and finding great values on gifts, holiday season ‘to-dos’ pile up quickly. Sam’s Club provides our time-strapped members less hectic access to amazing savings anywhere in the U.S., any hour of the day," Sam’s Club SVP home and apparel Marybeth Cornwell said. "Members will be delighted at the extraordinary quality of Sam’s Club holiday items from tech to toys, jewelry and ‘break-apart’ gifts to please everyone they shop for, including themselves."

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Holiday shoppers plan to utilize smartphones, tablets as shopping tools

BY Michael Johnsen

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — According to a survey released last week, 61.7% of mobile users said they plan to use their smartphone or tablet for holiday shopping this year.

Most of these avid mobile holiday shoppers (60.8%) plan to use their device mostly as a “mobile mall;" in other words, purchasing products and comparing prices, Prosper Mobile Insights reported. The other 39.2% said they plan to use their device mainly as a data organizer to keep track of gift lists, budgets, sales, etc. On average, mobile holiday shoppers said they plan to make 37.9% of their holiday purchases from their device.

Of those who plan to use a smartphone or tablet for holiday shopping, the majority (56.7%) anticipates using their device mostly during the planning and research stage. As many as 40.2% planned to use their device mainly during the shopping/in-store stage while 3.1% planned to use a smartphone or tablet mostly to share their shopping experiences with others.

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Walmart kicks off ’12 Days of Giving’ campaign

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has launched a Facebook campaign that is looking to aid local organizations that are providing such basic needs as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies to their respective communities.

The "12 Days of Giving" campaign invites Walmart Facebook fans to nominate local nonprofits now through Nov. 30. How it works: Visitors can nominate local organizations by submitting a 200-word description, which must include details of how the nonprofit impacts its local community. The description also must be accompanied by photos that illustrate how the nonprofit helps families make ends meet. The photos, Walmart said, will be featured in a gallery on the page that will highlight submissions throughout the campaign.

A panel from Walmart’s charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation, will review submissions and select the grant recipients, which will be announced on Facebook daily from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23.

"Many of our Facebook fans make charitable donations and talk with each other about special needs in their communities, especially during the holidays," Walmart senior director of social media Wanda Young said. "We wanted to go where these conversations are already happening and give users the opportunity to take the next step by nominating organizations they feel are providing especially critical services."

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