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BJ’s Wholesale Club expands mobile deli ordering pilot

BY DSN STAFF

BJ’s Wholesale Club is expanding the pilot of is mobile deli ordering to additional stores.

The Westborough, Mass.-based company announced that members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will now be able to place and track their deli orders straight from the store’s app.

“We’re excited to offer mobile deli ordering to an expanded group of members,” Rafeh Masood, senior vice president and chief digital officer at BJ’s Wholesale Club, said. “We believe the ability to place deli orders ahead of time will make shopping at the club easier and more efficient than ever.”

The program allows members to select their premium deli meats and cheeses from such brands as Dietz & Watson, Land O’Lakes and Wellsley Farms, along with desired thickness and place an order within their selected club. All orders placed are ready within 20 minutes and held until the store closes for the day, the company said.

Mobile deli ordering from the club is already available in various stores throughout Massachusetts. A complete list of locations can be found on the company’s website.

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Wegmans to pay out roughly $5M in employee tuition assistance in 2018

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As part of its ongoing effort to help its employees pursue higher education and achieve their career goals, Wegmans Food Markets announced it is planning to pay out approximately $5 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning recipients of the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program during the 2018-2019 school year.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 36,500 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $115 million.

“We are so proud of our people and all that they are able to accomplish,” said Colleen Wegman, president and CEO. “Our employee scholarship program is a way for us to help them pursue higher education and their career goals, whether they choose to build that career at Wegmans or elsewhere.”

Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 per year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation. The supermarket chain noted that many scholarship winners decide to stay with the company after college, continuing their career growth within the company.

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Atlanta holds top spot in Walgreens ‘Red Nose Day’ challenge

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Atlanta continues to take the lead for overall Red Nose Day fundraising activities, Walgreens announced Wednesday in releasing its latest rankings for the Every One Counts Hometown Challenge.

Chicago maintains its fourth place as residents are encouraged to rally to help end child poverty and boost their city for next week.

The challenge features 10 U.S. markets — deemed Walgreens “Red Rally Markets” for their role in helping to rally their communities to help end child poverty — going nose-to-nose in a challenge to raise the most money for the Red Nose Day cause during the eight-week campaign.

Following Red Nose Day, which takes place May 24 with a night of programming on NBC, Walgreens will announce the winner of the challenge. The victorious city will be designated as “Red Nose Day Hometown Hero” for the next 12 months.

Hometown Challenge Progress Report (week of May 7, 2018):

Atlanta, Ga.
Miami, Fla.
Washington, D.C.
Chicago
Phoenix, Ariz.
Los Angeles
Seattle, Wash.
Philadelphia, Penn.
Newark, N.J./New York City
Houston, Texas

The weekly rankings are compiled using store-level data for combined Red Nose Day sales (Red Noses and Red Nose Day related merchandise) across Walgreens store locations in designated Red Rally markets. Data for the progress report is analyzed at a geographic market level to measure total store performance of Red Nose Day sales.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief USA. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised more than $1 billion since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Since launching in the United States in 2015, Red Nose Day has raised more than $100 million, which has positively impacted more than 8.3 million children, both in America and abroad.

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