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Valoramas launches Latino-centric online shopping club

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Valoramas on Monday announced the launch of an online bilingual membership club for Latinos in the United States at Valoramas.com.

The Valoramas Shopping Mall includes more than 9 million products from almost 2,000 online retailers, including Target.com, Walmart.com, Best Buy, Sears.com, Apple, Macy’s, The Home Depot and Toys "R" Us. With a $25 annual membership cost, members enjoy exclusive offers and cash-back rates encompassing an average of more than 5% of the purchase price, up to 67%. Additionally, Valoramas features exclusive content and access to members-only events.

"We are thrilled to be launching Valoramas, providing Latinos with remarkable savings and much more, just in time for the holiday shopping season," stated Alejandra Garza, president of Valoramas. "Valoramas features the best cash-back rates available anywhere in the U.S., a true game-changer in online shopping."

Valoramas also promises to give back more than half of every dollar that it makes annually to its members and to organizations dedicated to serving Latinos. "Valoramas’ mission is to make a difference by providing a home where members can shop, save more, connect and come together to help expand possibilities in the Latino community," Garza said.

As part of Valoramas’ mission to serve, the company developed the Valoramas Community Grant Fund to award funds to community organizations dedicated to directly serving the needs of the Latino community. To jumpstart the fund’s contributions, founder’s grants totaling $150,000 will be awarded in January 2012. VCGF will invest in key areas, such as education, health care, community development and arts and humanities.

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Report: Solantic to move headquarters to Nashville

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Urgent care operator Solantic is moving its corporate headquarters from Florida to Tennessee, according to a local news report.

According to a report by The Independent Florida Alligator, the company’s corporate headquarters office is currently in Jacksonville but will be relocating to Nashville.

The report stated that Solantic’s 32 urgent care clinics in Florida will remain open.
 

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ShopperTrak outlines best days for consumers to score better shopping experiences

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — After releasing its report on days that retailers should expect a boost in sales, ShopperTrak has released a report that highlights 10 days that will give way to better customer experiences.

According to ShopperTrak, the weekdays following Black Friday and Black Saturday (specifically, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1) are the season’s best days to hit stores. Historically, ShopperTrak said, stores will have fewer crowds than any other time during the holiday season as many tired shoppers shy away from stores after Black Friday and Super Saturday. Additionally, weekdays in early December will be some of the best days to beat the crowds, according to ShopperTrak. While every store’s foot-traffic patterns differ, weekday business hours, even during the holidays, typically are less trafficked.

“Most people shop on two of the season’s famous days — Black Friday and Super Saturday — because they’re convenient and offer potentially good deals,” ShopperTrak cofounder Bill Martin said. “ShopperTrak counts and analyzes billions of shopper visits at 40,000 locations globally. Based on real-time analytics, we can predict even better days to shop, when consumers’ time and dollars will go further.

“Retailers should be prepared to make the most of shopper opportunity, even on the season’s slowest foot-traffic days, and adjust factors like staffing and inventory accordingly,” Martin added. “Based on our real-time analytics and historical data, ShopperTrak is in a unique position to help retailers understand their customers better and capture sales this holiday season.”

ShopperTrak’s forecasted best days to shop, ranked from least busy to busiest, are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 29;

  • Monday, Nov. 28;

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30;

  • Thursday, Dec. 1;

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6;

  • Monday, Dec. 5;

  • Wednesday, Dec. 7;

  • Thursday, Dec. 8;

  • Monday, Dec. 12; and

  • Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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