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Jewel-Osco honors African-American vendors during Black History month

BY DSN STAFF

ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco has announced that it will celebrate Black History Month this February with its 13th annual “A Taste of Black History” program, a monthlong initiative to honor the contributions of Jewel-Osco’s African-American vendors and help them build on their success in the retail food business.

In addition to numerous in-store sampling events featuring African-American vendor products, Jewel-Osco will host a private reception on Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center.

As part of the reception, NBC 5 Chicago entertainment reporter LeeAnn Trotter and WVON 1690 AM radio show host Matt McGill will emcee a special presentation, during which Jewel-Osco will award a total of $20,000 in grants to four community organizations:

  • Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church: Hunger Relief Award for its Spoonful of Hope Soup Kitchen;

  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church: Hunger Relief Award for its Community Table Food Pantry;

  • GreenNet Chicago: Environmental Stewardship Award; and

  • Girls in the Game: Nutrition Education Award.

“Our African-American vendors are important members of the Jewel-Osco family, and they are vital to our success,” Jewel-Osco president Brian Huff said. “We want to thank them for helping us meet the diverse needs of our customers every day, and we hope consumers recognize that by purchasing African-American vendor products they are supporting these of our customers every day, and we hope consumers recognize that by purchasing African-American vendor products they are supporting these wonderful entrepreneurs.”

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Walmart, Redbox renew agreement

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — Redbox, a division of Coinstar, announced Tuesday it has renewed its agreement with Walmart to continue featuring Redbox kiosks at more than 3,700 Walmart locations nationwide.

The agreement extends the availability of Redbox kiosks and builds upon the companies’ more than 5-year relationship, said Redbox.

The first Redbox kiosks were installed in Walmart stores in 2006.

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NRF: Valentine’s Day total spending to hit $17.6 billion

BY Marianne Wilson

WASHINGTON, — Consumers are set to pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day, with the average person shelling out $126.03, up 8.5% over last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s "2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions" survey, conducted by BIGinsight. Total spending is expected to reach $17.6 billion.

Consumers’ “better halves” will shell out the most on their partners, with the average person planning to spend $74.12 on their spouse or significant other, up from $68.98 last year. Additionally, consumers will spend and average of $25.25 on their children, parents or other family members and $6.92 on friends. And don’t forget pets: The average person will spend about $4.52 on their pets.

The survey also found the average male is expected to spend $168.74 on clothing, jewelry, greeting cards and more this year — nearly twice as much as women who are expected to spend an average of $85.76.

In addition to traditional gift ideas, those celebrating the holiday also will put some serious thought into the perfect gift. More than 8-in-10 (18.9%) will buy jewelry, the highest percent in the survey’s history. Total spending on jewelry is expected to reach $4.1 billion, up from $3.5 billion last year.

Additionally, 50.5% all celebrants will buy candy, 36% will buy flowers and 35.6% will treat someone to a nice evening out.

Though discount stores are expected to see the most traffic (37%), one-third of shoppers (33.6%) will head to department stores, up from 30.5% last year. Nearly 19.3% will shop online for gifts this Valentine’s Day. Others will shop at specialty stores (20.2%), floral shop (17.8%), jewelry stores (10.6%) and specialty clothing stores (6.6%).

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