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Food Lion Charitable Foundation, Western Union Foundation partner to help fight child hunger

BY Antoinette Alexander

SALISBURY, N.C. — Feeding America has announced that the Food Lion Charitable Foundation and The Western Union Foundation have rejoined forces to donate $200,000 to Feeding America and nine of its member food banks.
 
The Food Lion Charitable Foundation’s contribution is in support of addressing child hunger, while The Western Union Foundation is funding the educational component. The grant focuses on students in the communities that Food Lion and Western Union serve.
 
Food Lion Charitable Foundation president Kevin Hill and Frank Lockridge, VP strategic accounts at Western Union, presented checks to representatives from the respective food banks during an Oct. 15 presentation at the Food Lion corporate offices in Salisbury.
 
The nine food banks in the Feeding America network that are recipients of the donation employ a variety of innovative approaches to provide nutritious food and nutrition education to children and adults in the communities.
 
Specifically, the combined donation will support Feeding America’s Kids Cafe programs at each of the food banks. For example, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has 42 Kids Cafe sites in 12 different counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.
 
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves.
 

 

 

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Former Secretary of Defense, CIA director Leon Panetta to keynote 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will serve as a keynote speaker for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting scheduled from April 26 to 29 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced.

“The world remains tremendously complex, and one can only imagine the global dynamics that will be at the top of the news in April 2014. Whatever the headlines, Secretary Panetta is one of the select few who has the first-hand experience to deliver meaningful insights to NACDS Annual Meeting attendees on issues of national security,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.

Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense under President Obama, during which time he oversaw the final removal of American troops from Iraq as well as the beginning of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.

Prior to leading the Department of Defense, Panetta served as director of the CIA from 2009 to 2011, and most notably was responsible for overseeing the operation that resulted in the capture of Osama bin Laden. Panetta also served as chief of staff to President Clinton and as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also represented California’s 16th (now17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, serving as U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman for four years.

An advocate for public service, Panetta also co-directed with this wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy based at California State University. The nonpartisan and not-for-profit center seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service.

 

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Study: Coupons drive impulse purchases, don’t erode share of full-price shoppers

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Put a coupon in front of customers and they’ll likely act, but they generally won’t go far out of their way to ensure a better deal. That’s a key takeaway from a recent survey by Tada.com, which offers deals and coupons from more than 5,000 retailers.

The recent study of 8,858 online consumers, who were surveyed immediately post-transaction from 1,356 online stores, revealed that 54% of those who used a coupon during purchase would not have made the purchase without the deal; in addition, 55% of these shoppers were inspired to shop because they received a coupon.

Furthermore, Tada’s Coupon Matter Quarterly Report suggests that couponing generally does not shift full-price buyers into discount shoppers. Of those who did not use a coupon for their purchase but claim to like using them, 76% admit that they did not bother to search for a coupon for their purchase. Meanwhile, 67% of those buyers claim that they would have spent more had they had a discount in hand.

While 38% of all shoppers polled claimed that they can be compelled to shop any category without a coupon, 33% of respondents insisted that they will only buy apparel and accessories when there’s a coordinating deal. Meanwhile, 22% of shoppers hold out on electronics, 15% of buyers wait for discounts on computers and software, and 13% won’t shell out on health and beauty without a deal. The two categories most coupon-proof: Gifts and flowers (7%) and musical instruments (4%).

What’s the preferred coupon source? Well, it’s not social media, which ranked at the bottom of the list. Instead, emails from their favorite stores and brands are by far the preferred way to access deals, according to the study. Flyers and coupons in the mail placed second (24% and 39%, respectively), followed by Googling for deals and coupon sites.

The study also found that, despite the ease of accessing deals through coupon-aggregating sites and searches, 19% of shoppers who didn’t use a coupon on their purchase claim that “they do not ever use coupons,” citing a lack of time as the number one reason (38%) why they don’t look. Meanwhile, 35% claim that the things they want to buy are never eligible for deals, while 14% cite frustration that coupon codes never work.

 

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