Wegmans: $937K to Check Out Hunger
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans raised more than $937,000, an 11.4% increase from last year’s efforts, as part of its winter Check Out Hunger campaign that ended Feb. 26, the grocer announced Tuesday.
Check Out Hunger allows shoppers to donate $1, $2, $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout, with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.
“In spite of tough times, our customers and employees have responded in the most selfless manner, exceeding last year’s giving,” stated Colleen Wegman, Wegmans president. “Food banks play an essential role in our communities, and this increase in donations will have a real impact toward meeting their needs.”
Winn-Dixie pumps up Fuelperks! program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores on Tuesday expanded the discounts earned through its Fuelperks! program beginning April 13 by lifting previous one-item limit restrictions on bonus Fuelperks! rewards items.
The retailer said if a customer purchases three of any particular bonus Fuelperks! rewards items, they now will earn a 15-cent-per-gallon discount for that transaction, rather than only a 5-cent-per-gallon discount. That could become a significant incentive to make Winn-Dixie a one-stop-shop as the average cost of gas creeps toward more than $4 per gallon.
“Many of our customers are telling us they are saving 50 to 75 cents per gallon or more by shopping at Winn-Dixie,” stated Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group VP marketing.
The Fuelperks! program at Winn-Dixie serves as a solution for many local motorists with the increase in gasoline prices, which have risen nearly 20 cents per gallon in the past two weeks to an average of $3.77 per gallon nationwide, the grocer stated. For every $50 in qualified purchases, a 5-cent-per-gallon discount on fuel is earned and redeemable on a single fill-up, up to 20 gallons, at any one of more than 500 participating Shell stations.
Additionally, Fuelperks! are stackable — the more shoppers spend, the more they earn. For example, if a customer spends $100, they will earn a 10-cent-per-gallon discount; if they spend $150, they earn a 15-cent-per-gallon discount, etc.
With a number of different bonus Fuelperks! rewards items each week, shoppers can quickly increase their savings, earning 25- to 50-cent-per-gallon discounts or more with that $50 purchase. Bonus items that are earned in varying ratios (earn 5 cents on the purchase of two) still will require customers to purchase the two items to receive the discount. Customers also may continue to purchase multiple offers in a single transaction.
U.S. retail sales experience slight rise in March
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales edged up slightly from last month to $389.3 billion, an increase of 0.4%, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.
The increase marks the ninth consecutive month sales have risen, which could indicate that an economic recovery is under way; however, many fear that looming gas and food prices could impact future months.
The government agency also noted that retail sales experienced a 7.1% jump above the year-ago period, while total sales from January to March were 8.1% above the same period last year. Across retail sectors, grocery stores during the month of March rose 0.3% to nearly $45.6 million, up from $41.8 million in February, while health and personal care stores saw a 10.8% surge in sales, raking in $23.9 million for the month.
Although advanced estimates for pharmacies and drug stores are not included in the report, the U.S. Census Bureau noted sales for the sector dropped about $1.1 million to $18.1 million in February.