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Rite Aid presents $15,000 check to Tuesday’s Children

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A charity for 9/11 victims and their families and victims of terrorism worldwide got a big check from retail pharmacy chain Rite Aid at an event in New York’s Grand Central Terminal Wednesday morning.

Rite Aid presented a $15,000 check to Tuesday’s Children at its store in the train station, with Rite Aid regional VP Paul Perinetti and Tuesday’s Children executive director Terry Sears in attendance. The money came from a two-day event in October in which the retailer delivered flu shots to commuters at the station.

"We’re just thrilled to be able to do this with Tuesday’s Children," Perinetti told Drug Store News.

Perinetti said he "absolutely" saw similar benefits happening in the future.

"We’re very passionate about what we do, and having partners like Rite Aid just makes it so much better," Sears told Drug Store News.

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Weis Markets to receive citation award

BY Allison Cerra

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Academy of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University — which provides education for those interested in entering the retail food industry — and the Food Marketing Educational Foundation will honor Weis Markets at their 44th annual citation award dinner.

The citation award will be presented on April 14, 2012, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa. This year marks Weis’ 100th year in business and the academy’s 50th anniversary.

“It is our great pleasure to recognize Weis Markets with the 44th annual citation award,” said Bob Higgins, executive director of the Academy of Food Marketing. “Not only is Weis Markets a leader in food retailing and distribution, the organization is also a model for corporate citizenship with its support of many philanthropic and charitable causes.”

Last year’s award was presented to Ahold USA.

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SymphonyIRI: Shoppers optimistic yet frugal

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — U.S. shoppers believed that the economy improved in the last six months of 2011 and that growth will continue through the first six months of 2012, but many remain cautious with their spending, according to SymphonyIRI’s fourth quarter 2011 MarketPulse survey.

Although 20% of those surveyed in fourth quarter 2011 said they expected the economy to improve during the next six months, which was 4% higher than third quarter 2011, one-third of consumers surveyed said 50% or more of their purchases were discounted. Additionally, deal-seeking behavior is on the rise, as 26% of shoppers are buying more on deal today versus one year ago. This also rang true among wealthier shoppers, 20% purchased more goods on deal versus one year ago.

When it came to what brands were purchased, 44% of shoppers during the fourth quarter were influenced by in-store circulars (which saw a gain of eight percentage points during the year), 55% were influenced by coupons (versus 48% in first quarter 2011), 49% were influenced by newspaper circulars (up from 43% in first quarter 2011). New media also influenced purchases, with online advertising growing three percentage points to 11% during the quarter, and recommendations from blogs or social netowkring sites increasing to 8%.

“Through quarterly analysis of a full year of MarketPulse data, we discovered that shoppers were more optimistic in Q4 over Q3, but in many ways less optimistic than they were in Q1,” said Susan Viamari, editor of Times & Trends at SymphonyIRI. “Still, the vast majority of shoppers made clear in Q4 that they have no plans to change their conservative shopping behaviors in the near future. As a result, the influence of both traditional and new media on shopper decisions continues to grow.”

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