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Target grows reach of Restock next-day delivery

BY Marianne Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS — The delivery wars continue to heat up as Target announced it was rolling out its next-day delivery service of household essentials, Target Restock, to eight new markets.

The pilot launched in June in the retailer's Minneapolis-St. Paul hometown market, and was expanded — with some tweaks — in August, to the Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver areas. On Thursday, Target said it is expanding the service to the Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C./Baltimore areas.

"The service is now live in 10 markets and will be available to guests in the San Francisco area beginning in mid-October — meaning the service area will reach 70 million people, about one-fifth of the U.S. population," the retailer said in a blog post on its website.

To date, some of the most popular items for Target Restock in the three existing markets – Dallas, Denver and Minneapolis – have been on-the-go snacks, beverages, cereal, macaroni and cheese and paper towels, according to Target.

To take advantage the Target program, shoppers go to the dedicated Target Restock online storefront where they can shop the assortment, which includes more than 15,000 items. As shoppers fill up a box, a grey bar at the top of their screen will show the percentage of space each item in the box has taken up and the percentage of space that's left. (The box is limited to 45 lbs.)

The items will be packaged at a nearby store. If the order is placed by 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, it will arrive at the customer’s home the next business day. (The service has a flat fee of $4.99 per box).

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Albertsons named Corporate Citizenship Award finalist

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation earlier this week named 24 finalists for the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards, including Albertsons as part of the "Disaster Relief and Outreach Initiative" category. Mastercard and The Walt Disney Company were also named finalists in that category

“Each and every day businesses act as a powerful force for good on both a local level and around the world,” stated Marc DeCourcey, SVP U.S. Chamber Foundation. “This year’s finalists are reminders of how businesses continue to make a positive impact in communities and work toward making the world a better place.”

During the August 2016 floods in Louisiana, which caused roughly $8.7 billion in damage and destroyed more than 60,000 homes, Albertsons activated its Disaster Relief and Outreach Initiative to serve a critical need in impacted communities. Efforts included fundraisers, food and product donations, logistic assistance and cash donations. Store facilities coordinated with sister stores and vendor partners—and even transformed into emergency shelters and command centers for the local the fire and police department, mayor’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.

This year, USA TODAY Network will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as the media partner for the 18th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards and Corporate Citizenship Conference on November 14 – 15, 2017 in Washington. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of corporate citizenship and business leaders and will be named during a gala on Nov. 15.

The U.S .Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

 

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The Rite Aid Foundation selects 2017 Folds of Honor scholarship recipients

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation announced earlier this week that 428 students have been selected as 2017 Folds of Honor scholarship recipients through its KidCents program. The scholarships, totaling more than $2 million, are the second round of scholarships to be awarded by The Foundation's KidCents program as part of a previously announced three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members.  

"The sacrifices of our military heroes and their families are great and while no words will ever fully express our gratitude, The Rite Aid Foundation remains committed to providing educational support to the children helped by Folds of Honor," stated Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. "We're proud to honor each of this year's more than 400 scholarship recipients, the largest group of recipients since our partnership with Folds of Honor began in 2015, and we look forward to working with the organization and honoring our military heroes by educating their legacy."

Starting this week and through Oct. 20, Rite Aid associates will recognize students receiving the scholarships during special in-store celebration events. In addition to the scholarship, each student will receive a commemorative certificate and Rite Aid gift card.  

Including this year's scholarships, to date, The Rite Aid's Foundation's KidCents program has awarded nearly $5.2 million to fund educational scholarships through Folds of Honor.  

"The support we've received from The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program, Rite Aid associates and customers is second to none and has made a true and meaningful difference in the lives of nearly 600 Folds of Honor students and families across our great country," said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor Founder. "Together with The Rite Aid Foundation, Folds of Honor will answer our call of duty by serving the children of our military heroes, making sure they and their loved ones – true American heroes – aren't forgotten."   

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $32 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $81 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.  

 

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