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Halloween expected to scare up more than $7 billion in sales

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Halloween is not just an exclusive holiday for sweets-obsessed kids in costume — it has evolved into an all-inclusive family holiday, according to a Halloween 2014 preview from Fung Business Intelligence Centre. And the sales generated from Halloween are anything but spooky: Halloween is expected to contribute $7.4 billion to retail sales, representing a 7% rise from last year.
 
Along with costumes, consumers are doling out their dollars for other festive items:
 
  • Decorations: The National Retail Federation projects the average per person Halloween spend to total $77.52 this year, up 60% from 2005. Technological advances have helped drive sales, as decorations that animate, light up and have motion-sensor capabilities are at the top of the list for consumers. The NRF projects sales for decorations alone will hit the $2 billion mark. 
  • Candy and greeting cards: Halloween is synonymous with the sweet stuff. Consumers are expected to spend $2.2 billion on candy this year. Nearly 36% of people will send Halloween greeting cards. 
The fact that Halloween falls on a Friday this year is also good news for retailers. Stronger sales are anticipated since both children and adults will stay up later to celebrate and possibly attend more than one Halloween party. The economy continues to play a major role in how consumers will spend during the holidays. According to FBIC, half of those consumers celebrating Halloween will shop at such retailers as Walmart, K-Mart and Target to get more for their dollar. 

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Wakefern receives Dale Carnegie Training ‘Leadership Award’

BY Antoinette Alexander

KEASBEY, N.J. — Dale Carnegie Training, a human resources and management consulting organization, recently presented its Leadership Award to Wakefern Food Corp.
 


Dale Carnegie Training established the international award in 1985. It is given to a company that places special emphasis on the development of its human resources, innovation and organizational creativity for the purposes of achieving its business objectives. Awarded companies recognize and use human resources management in tandem with their technology and are major contributors to the development of their countries' economy and society. 



“We have collaborated with Wakefern through ShopRite University to help them build the skills necessary to be successful in a fast-paced environment, build stronger relationships with not only their colleagues, but also with their customers.” said Anita Zinsmeister, managing director of the local Dale Carnegie Training office.

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CVS Health’s Larry Merlo among honorees of 2014 Winter Wish Gala

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and supporting families impacted by addiction, has announced that Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health, is among the new honorees for its 2014 Winter Wish Gala to be held Nov. 20 in New York City.

Merlo will join honoree Wenda Harris Millard, president and COO of MediaLink. In addition, Helshi Lockwood Tunnell Hewson, media consultant at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, will receive the inaugural James E. Burke Award. They will join Sen. Gordon Smith, previously announced as a gala honoree.

"We would not be able to deliver on our promise of being the organization where families find answers without the incredible support of our partners and extraordinary individuals," said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. "We honor our friend Wenda Harris Millard of MediaLink for her many years of steadfast dedication to our work in helping families protect the health of their children; and Larry Merlo and his wonderful team at CVS Health for their commitment in joining us to educate families nationwide about the risks of abusing medicines while together making progress toward our goal to prevent half million teens from abusing medicine by 2017."

The gala is the Partnership's largest source of support for its mission each year, raising nearly $2 million dollars in 2013. Past honorees have included Bill Koenigsberg, president and CEO of Horizon Media; Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group; Clear Channel and more.

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