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Walmart pledges $1 million for tornado relief

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that through its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation, it is committing $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to support emergency relief efforts following the recent Southern storms, Midwest floods and Texas wildfires.

"Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the storms, tornadoes, floods and fires that have devastated many communities across the country. We have been in touch with emergency responders and are making sure essential items like food and water are available to those in distress," said Rosalind Brewer, EVP Walmart East at Walmart U.S. "Our company has a longstanding commitment to helping in times of disaster. We will continue to monitor the situation to help ensure essential needs of all impacted communities are being met."

In addition to monetary contributions, the company’s donations will include such critical supplies as water, food and first-aid kits, delivered to organizations providing disaster relief in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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Kroger joins paperless coupon service

BY DSN STAFF

WALTHAM, Mass. — Kroger now is offering its shoppers the ability to redeem SavingStar e-coupons when they use their Kroger Plus Card at checkout.

According to a press release from SavingStar, it is the only national paperless grocery coupon service, and the addition of Kroger to the SavingStar network of retailers increases the number of grocery and drug stores offering their customers digital coupons through SavingStar to more than 24,000 stores nationwide.

“In today’s digital world, many shoppers want to save on groceries but don’t have the time or desire to print or clip paper coupons. SavingStar makes it easy and convenient for people to save money on groceries with a service that fits their lifestyle,” said David Rochon, SavingStar CEO. “Kroger shoppers can now get additional savings from SavingStar by selecting e-coupons online or through their smartphones — even while walking the aisles in the store.”

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MidWest introduces Garden Markers

BY Allison Cerra

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — MidWest is expanding its accessories lineup with a new way to keep gardens organized.

New MidWest Garden Markers are 10-in. high steel wire constructions with copper marker identification panels. The markers are available in packaged sets of six markers with a black waterproof marker pencil, letting garden enthusiasts easily identify what is growing in their garden and where.

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