Target gives back to schools
MINNEAPOLIS — Target will donate $5 million to local schools nationwide as part of the company’s commitment to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.
Target has teamed up with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and its viewers to select 50 schools in need to receive a $100,000 grant. Viewers are encouraged to submit the name of a school that needs help, along with a compelling story that explains why the school should receive a grant, to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at Ellen.WarnerBros.com/schoolgiving. Target then will select from these submissions the 50 schools to receive a grant that can be used to support an improved learning environment for kids. Schools will be selected based on a number of factors, the company said, and two of the selected schools will be featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
“Education is at the heart of Target’s giving which is why we look for innovative ways to give to schools in need while engaging our guests at the same time,” Target president of community relations Laysha Ward said. “We are proud to team up with ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and its viewers to help us select 50 schools to each receive a $100,000 grant that can be used to purchase the resources that students and teachers need to excel in the classroom.”
ComScore: Shoppers gave thanks for online deals this Thanksgiving weekend
RESTON, Va. — Retailers who promoted their online presence as a way to avoid the crowds this past weekend were rewarded for their efforts with record sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, according to online measurement firm ComScore.
ComScore said Thanksgiving Day sales increased 18% to $479 million, while Black Friday online sales increase 26% to $816 million. Both figures are noteworthy as physical retailers also recorded a record turnout and sales, according to the National Retail Federation. Including the online sales from the weekend, ComScore puts online sales for the first 25 days of November at roughly $12.7 billion, or 15% more than last year.
“Despite some analysts’ predictions that the flurry of brick-and-mortar retailers opening their doors early for Black Friday would pull dollars from online retail, we still saw a banner day for e-commerce with more than $800 million in spending,” ComScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said. “With brick-and-mortar retail also reporting strong gains on Black Friday, it’s clear that the heavy promotional activity had a positive impact on both channels.”
Fifty million Americans visited online retail sites on Black Friday, representing an increase of 35%, versus a year ago, and each of the top five retail sites (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Apple) achieved double-digit gains in visitors compared to last year, according to ComScore.
“Amazon.com once again led the pack, with 50% more visitors than any other retailer, while also showing the highest growth rate versus last year,” Fulgoni said. “However, it is telling that the top multi-channel retailers also showed strong growth in visitors, demonstrating the importance of the online channel to the retail industry as a whole.”
The same traffic trends and record sales likely are to be evident on Cyber Monday with most retailers running online only specials and filling inboxes with email marketing promotional efforts. Last year, Cyber Monday was the heaviest day of online spending ever with sales exceeding $1 billion and ComScore expects a new record will be achieved this year.
Shoppers Drug Mart helps customers pick perfect gift via Facebook
TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to help customers that are in search of the perfect gift this holiday season through a new Facebook application.
The Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday app allows customers to find the right gift for a Facebook friend and produces results based on the person’s interests. A link to the app is hosted on the "Gifts Made Easy" page on the Shoppers Drug Mart website.
Gifts range in price from below $25 to above $50, according to the website.