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Sam’s Club salutes military members with new membership offering

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Members of the military can enjoy savings at Sam’s Club with the introduction of a new membership offering.

The retailer said that when military personnel — including those active or retired, their spouses and civilian military employees — join or renew as an advantage member or advantage plus member, the company will provide them with a $15 Sam’s Club gift card to each primary membership.

Proof of military identification is required and the offer cannot be combined with any other membership offers, Sam’s Club noted.

"We’re proud of the opportunity to give back to Veterans since they have given so much to us," Sam’s Club SVP membership Mike Turner said. "As we strive to simplify the holiday season for members in every community we serve, Sam’s Club salutes our military veterans with easier access to quality products and amazing savings."

In related news, Sam’s Club once again is partnering with AMG Medical to give away free Hugo folding canes to military members at all Sam’s Club locations from Wednesday through Friday, while supplies last to both members and nonmembers. To receive this offer, however, proof of military identification is required, the company said.

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Energizing glow

BY Barbara White-Sax

ST. LOUIS — Energizer’s new flameless candles give consumers a new way to light their homes. Energizer’s Glas flameless candles have the warm glow and realistic flicker of a traditional candle, but offer safe, functional and efficient LED lighting. The flameless candles have four-hour timers and can be used throughout the house.


The Glas line complements Energizer’s Edge flameless candle line, which has a more contemporary silhouette. Edge candles also use long-lasting LEDs and include automatic timers. They can be turned on and off with the tap of a finger using Energizer’s intelligent touch feature.


Candles in the Edge line have a suggested retail price in the $27.99 to $29.99; candles in the Glas line have a suggested retail price of $19.99 to $21.99 range. Both lines are available in 4-in. and 6-in. heights.

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Industry experts anchor new DSN blogs

BY DSN STAFF

This month The Drug Store News Group introduced “From the Blogs,” a hot, new content feature on DrugStoreNews.com. Meant to provide an interactive forum for DrugStoreNews.com users, DSN From the Blogs will be anchored by expert blogs written by leading opinion leaders.


Providing key insights from both the supplier and retailer points of view, Dan Mack, EVP strategic business development for The Swanson Group and founder of the Mack Elevation Forum, and Dave Van Howe, longtime Arbor Drug/CVS and Walgreens vet, currently VP/general manager at Market Performance Group, will anchor the monthly Customer Optimization blog. Other regular From the Blogs will include, Mobile Marketing and Healthcare IT (sponsored by Emdeon), with several more to be introduced in the coming months. A special commenting function enables DrugStoreNews.com users to become active participants in the online discussion.


DSN From The Blogs also will include several other key features, for which DrugStoreNews.com invites its users to share submissions, including:


  • Scene on Shelf: a photographic look at cool, in-store promotions and new merchandising concepts;

  • 
Store Tour: DSN’s extensive multimedia archive of hot, new store formats; and


  • Research Triangle: an online resource center for white papers, surveys and studies.



This month on DSN From the Blogs

In Customer Optimization, Dan Mack examines the three pillars of winning companies that succeed with ideas. What’s your company doing to create a culture where the ideas that create your products are as important as the products themselves?


And in Mobile Marketing, Moira Koch, senior consultant for Maia Strategy Group, discusses how CPG companies can partner with retailers to increase sales of their brands through the use of mobile applications.

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