NRF: Retail employment up year-over-year
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation calculated that retail employment was down 21,600 jobs in January 2014, yet up 230,000 jobs year-over-year. December retail employment figures were revised up to a gain of 57,000 jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report showed that January total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 113,000, with the unemployment rate at 6.6% and the labor force participation rate at 63%.
NRF research shows that much of the retail job loss was due to severe weather and localized in sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said the government needs to do more to improve the job situation.
“While it is always positive to see an increase in private sector hiring and a decrease in unemployment, it is alarming that employment can’t shift into a higher gear,” Shay said. “Despite seasonal factors at play in today’s employment report, it remains incumbent on policymakers to lead the nation’s recovery and move beyond partisan disputes over raising the debt ceiling and refocus attention on patent, tax and immigration reform, which will spur economic growth, opportunity and job creation.”
Vitamins and Supplements 2014
The January/February 2014 Vitamins and Supplements Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Vitamints Immune, Centrum Specialist Immune Support, Alive! Children’s Multi-Vitamin Gummy, Natrol’s Melatonin, VitaMelts Multi, TruBiotics, Align and Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules.
Food Lion unveils new online tool MVP Coupon Hub
SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has unveiled a new online tool, MVP Coupon Hub, to make accessing grocery coupons online easier for customers.
The new tool, found on the grocer’s website features load-to-card and printable coupons.
"We’re proud to bring our customers the new MVP Coupon Hub, which helps customers save by offering hundreds of additional coupons,” stated Keith Nicks, director of loyalty and digital marketing for Food Lion. “Now, our customers can access Food Lion’s Weekly Flyer specials at FoodLion.com and easily navigate to MVP Coupon Hub to click or print coupons without ever leaving the site.”
Depending on personal preference, customers can select to instantly load coupons to their MVP Card or print their coupons to use in store, or both. MVP Coupon Hub is searchable, as well as sortable by coupon value and the expiration date of the coupon.
“Additionally, customers can pair the new online coupons with other savings opportunities in store, such as our MVP Flyer Specials or by using their MVP Card to print personalized coupons at our MVP Savings Centers, which are now available in all of Food Lion’s more than 1,100 stores,” added Nicks.
As customers visit the new MVP Coupon Hub, they’ll receive instructions for using the new tool through a brief video tutorial.
The launch of MVP Coupon Hub is just one of the digital additions and improvements underway at Food Lion. Additional online improvements will be launched later in the year, the company noted.