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Giant-Landover offers jobs to veterans, collects funding for USO during Military Appreciation Month

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food of Landover, Md., will focus on the employment of transitioning veterans and their family members as it designates March as its Military Appreciation Month, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

Giant-Landover will work with the USO of Metropolitan Washington and USO Delaware for a third year, sponsoring an in-store giving campaign that will support programs from both across the Mid-Atlantic region.

"At Giant, our military recruitment philosophy is focused on careers, not jobs," Giant-Landover president Anthony Hucker said. "We’re seeking energetic and enthusiastic military leaders who can translate skills they’ve developed serving our country to lead our store teams in management positions to proudly serve our customers."

So far, the chain has added five veterans to store management teams, and several additional offers are pending. Giant is actively recruiting veterans through employment websites for veterans and military-focused career fairs. The company is also collecting money for the USO chapters by selling healthy snack packs containing a Giant-brand nutrition bar, pretzel bar, drink sticks, fruit snacks, bottled water and CareOne hand sanitizer, as well as collecting donations added to grocery bills. The chain collected $108,000 and nearly 10,000 pounds of food for USO-Metro in 2011 and delivered $78,500 and more than 15,000 Care Packages to USO-Metro and USO Delaware in 2012.

 

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Same-day delivery is going to help separate omnichannel players from pretenders

BY Michael Johnsen

Sears Holdings is adding some of its own fare to its mygofer.com offering, an online grocery service that "turbo-charges brick-and-mortar retailer assortments by allowing customers to get items from those stores where and when they want them in new, convenient ways." 

"At mygofer, your list is our command," Sears tells shoppers on its website. "Shop with us for your prescriptions, groceries, beauty products, clothes, shoes, electronics and a whole lot more you might not expect. So whatever’s on your list, we can help you get it — with incredible speed and no hassles. That’s convenience." 

Convenience. That’s what today’s shoppers are looking for in their omnichannel shopping ventures, at least according to a recent PWC report outlining the omnichannel opportunity. According to a PWC survey, the convenience of shopping whenever they want was cited by 28% of shoppers as one of the principle reasons behind shopping online. Following that ability to shop at anytime from anywhere, reasonable pricing, free and fast delivery and the wide range of products from which to choose were the next factors on their list of reasons to shop one online site over another.  

Free and fast delivery for retailers coming out of a strong brick-and-mortar heritage may not be too far a stretch to make. Shutl on Tuesday announced the official launch of its North American operation — a service that will enable omnichannel retailers to offer same-day delivery of online orders in large urban centers like New York, San Francisco and Chicago. 

"The ecommerce industry is about to take another giant step forward with the launch of Shutl’s innovative delivery solution," stated Steven Chien, Shutl VP and general manager North America. "Shutl will be a great partner for those multi-channel retailers looking to better compete with Amazon and provide new ways to delight their customers."

"For those who offer an omnichannel shopping experience to the consumer, the consumer actually spends more with that retailer," observed Lisa Feigen Dugal, PwC’s U.S. retail and consumer sector advisory leader, in an interview for DSN‘s omnichannel cover story in February. "Omnichannel provides the consumer with even more options than they’ve ever had before both for buying and researching," she suggested. 

And now that same-day delivery is more and more looking like a realistic point of differentiation, the race to capture that bigger marketbasket is on.

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Red Cup Living introduces four new reusable, dishwasher-safe cups

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PHOENIX — Red cups aren’t just made for beer pong anymore. Red Cup Living has taken them to a whole new level with reusable designs made specifically for wine, margaritas, cocktails and coffee.

The company was created when the husband-and-wife founders started having "patio parties" to bring the neighborhood together and the two realized there was a need for reusable plastic cups that could help people connect. The four new designs — a 14-oz. wine cup, 15-oz. margarita cup, 12-oz. cocktail cup and 12-oz. stoneware coffee mug — serve as an eco-friendly option that can be used for outdoor events, such as barbecues, tailgating or relaxing on the beach.

"Red Cup Living embodies the very spirit of the red cup — it’s all about grabbing a moment in our busy lives to have fun and connect with others. We use this spirit to inspire family, friends and neighbors to create good times and great memories," said Michael Romley, CEO and founder of Red Cup Living.

Each cup is made with high-quality, break-resistant, double-wall ABS plastic; is BPA- and phthalates-free and FDA-approved; and is dishwasher-safe.

The new products will be showcased at the International Housewares Association show on March 2 to 5 in Chicago at booth S1790, and they join the original lineup that includes an 18-oz. icon cup, 32-oz. icon XL cup, 8-oz. wine cup, 2-oz. shooter cup, magnetic bottle opener, hip apparel, hats and accessories.

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