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Weis Markets opens latest beer, wine café

BY Antoinette Alexander

Following the opening of a beer-wine café in its Berwick, Pa., store, Weis Markets has announced the opening of another café in its Newport, Pa., location.

Weis Markets operates 61 beer-wine cafes in its Pennsylvania stores.

The café sells more than 200 varieties of imported and domestic wines including ones from Pennsylvania vineyards, as well as a chilled section. The café also offers 560 varieties of domestic, imported and craft beer, including local craft beers brewed by Troeg’s, Liquid Hero and Wyndridge Farms.

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 206 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Food Lion kicks off reusable bag campaign to fight hunger

BY Antoinette Alexander

Food Lion is partnering with customers to help fight hunger this summer through its Food Lion Feeds Reusable Bag campaign. The reusable bags are now available for purchase in its more than 1,000 stores and will be available until June 30, or while supplies last.

Through the “Summers Without Hunger” Design-A-Bag Contest held earlier this year, Food Lion’s youngest fans submitted designs depicting what hunger means to them. The winning artwork is now featured on the grocer’s reusable bags.

Customers can purchase the bags for $1 at any Food Lion store. With the purchase of each bag, Food Lion Feeds will donate the equivalent of six meals to Feeding America and its participating food banks.

Through the art contest, one winner, four finalists, and six honorable mentions were chosen to be featured on the bag. The winning artists, selected out of more than 300 submissions, include:

  • Grand Prize Winner: 10-year-old Karen of Dale City, Va.
  • Finalist: 12-year-old Payton of Hillsborough, N.C.
  • Finalist: 12-year-old Teegan of Onancock, Va.
  • Finalist: 9-year-old Nathan of Lynchburg, Va.
  • Finalist: 8-year-old Angela of Beaufort, S.C.
  • Honorable Mention: 8-year-old Mason of Williamston, S.C.
  • Honorable Mention: 11-year-old Jaazeil of Lexington, N.C.
  • Honorable Mention: 13-year-old Kate of Hillsborough, N.C.
  • Honorable Mention: 9-year-old Isabelle of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.
  • Honorable Mention: 12-year-old Reyli of Kannapolis, N.C.
  • Honorable Mention: 7-year-old Claire of Mooresville, N.C.

The Grand Prize winner, Karen, won the honor of having her artwork featured on the front cover of the reusable bag. Additionally, Food Lion Feeds will donate $2,000 to the local food bank of Karen’s choice. Each of the four finalists’ artwork is featured on the opposite side of the bag. In addition, the four finalists also receive a $1,000 donation by Food Lion Feeds made in their name to a local food bank of their choosing. Finally, honorable mentions have their artwork featured on the side of the bag. They also won $50 Food Lion gift cards and will have $500 donated to the food bank of their choice.

Working toward its commitment to provide 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food Lion Feeds has already donated more than 380 million meals through in-store campaigns, like the reusable bag, local donations to feeding agencies, associate volunteerism and equipment donations.

 

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Online shoppers’ first stop: Amazon

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

When American shoppers click or use their voice to place an online order, one retailer is getting a majority of their attention.

Of the nearly seven in 10 Americans, or 69%, that have purchased an item online, 92% said they have bought an item through Amazon, according to a new NPR/Marist Poll.

According to data, 44% of online shoppers said that Amazon is their first stop when making an online purchase. This outshines Google by 33%, the apps or websites of a specific store or 10%, a specific brand online, or 6%, or an online marketplace such as eBay or Etsy’s 5%.

Sixty four percent of online shoppers are Amazon Prime users. More than four in 10 Americans (44%), have used Amazon Prime, which includes 30% who are personally a Prime member and an additional 14% who share someone else’s membership. This means that nearly two in three online shoppers (64%) are either an Amazon Prime member (44%), or share someone else’s Prime membership (20%).

Customers also trust the online giant with their personal data. In fact, 67% of online shoppers trust the company to protect their privacy and personal information. This contrasts with the overall perception of online retailers, as a majority of online shoppers (52%) said they either don’t have very much (38%) or have no confidence at all, or 14%, in most online retailers to keep consumers’ personal data secure.

Online shopping has also changed the habits of American shoppers. For example, 90% of online shoppers prefer free shipping even if an item takes longer to arrive. A majority of customers (88%) are attracted to the ability to shop day or night and ability to find a product easily. Meanwhile, 78% like online shopping because they don’t have to deal with lines of people.

When deciding whether to shop online instead of going to a store, 39% of shoppers cite the speed in which they need an item as the most important determining factor. Difficulty in getting to the store (23%) and the price of an item (23%) follow. Nearly four in ten online shoppers (39%) say an online retailer’s free return policy largely influences their decision to buy online.

Fifty six percent of those who shop virtually said the availability of recommendations by the online retailer is influential in their decision to make their purchase online. This includes 18% who consider it to be a major component in their decision.

Customers are increasingly willing to purchase across different categories online, including the 84% of online shoppers that have purchased clothes or shoes from a digital retailer. Only 20% of Amazon shoppers who buy clothes or shoes online have done so at Amazon.

Despite all this, a majority of Americans who shop online (56%) still prefer to shop in a brick and mortar store, according to the data.

“In just over two decades, Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos has created a formidable enterprise with enormous influence that brings to mind the likes of John D. Rockefeller and Bill Gates,” Pallavi Gogoi, chief business editor of NPR, said. “Bezos became the richest man in America by turning an online book store into a retail behemoth that wields enormous influence.”

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