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Target prepares for first Black Friday in Canada

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canada’s Thanksgiving happened last month, and its major day of frenzied holiday shopping traditionally happens on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, but Black Friday shopping has been making waves up there in recent years as well.

Target said it would be "pulling out all the stops" to offer customers at its Canadian stores deals for the holiday, opening stores at 7 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m., offering discounts on products like high-definition televisions, digital cameras, clothing and accessories, toys and kitchen appliances.

"Target is excited to offer Canadians deals like never before for our first holiday season in Canada," Target SVP merchandising John Morioka said. "Guests can shop with confidence knowing they will find incredibly low prices on this season’s must-have gifts, including electronics, toys, home decor and appliances, fashion and more."

A major reason for the spread of Black Friday into Canada is that Canadians living along the border have often traveled south to take advantage of discounts for holiday shopping, and retailers there have responded by launching their own Black Friday deals to encourage shoppers to shop locally.

 

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Giant-Carlisle extends Peapod pickup service to five more stores

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., is launching its pickup service at five stores in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

The pickup program is offered under a partnership with online retailer and sister company Peapod at stores in the towns of Bensalem, Hatfield, Plymouth Meeting, Royersford and Warminster.

"Giant is committed to providing our customers with options that will enable them to shop whenever and however is most convenient for them," Giant-Carlisle VP sales and merchandising Jeff Beaulieu said. "By partnering with Peapod, Giant Pick Up is a convenient and affordable option for customers to quickly pick up their groceries."

 

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Kmart, Sears offer free 90-day memberships in Shop Your Way Max

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart and Sears are offering free, two-day shipping to some members of the Shop Your Way program, parent company Sears Holdings said.

The retailer is offering free, 90-day memberships in Shop Your Way Max for Black Friday, allowing members to take advantage of free two-day shipping on items sold at Sears.com, Kmart.com and ShopYourWay.com.

"Our members and customers are at the heart of everything we do," Sears Holdings SVP Shop Your Way Eric Jaffe said. "The free two-day shipping and free standard shipping features join an already robust list of benefits available to Shop Your Way members — all designed to enhance their shopping experience."

After 90 days, members can enroll in the annual Shop Your Way Max program for $39 per year.

The company also said it would offer extended Cyber Monday deals, for 79 hours starting on Sunday and ending on Tuesday on Kmart.com and Wednesday on Sears.com, with free shipping on orders of more than $59.

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