Texas grocer sports the Bling
MT. PLEASANT, Texas — The Bling is coming to Brookshire’s. Brookshire Grocery, a chain of more than 150 supermarkets and pharmacies operating in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, last week partnered with Bling Nation — a mobile technology platform that enables a new way to pay for groceries or prescriptions using only a mobile phone.
The tap-and-connect mobile phone capabilities available through Bling Nation also will allow Brookshire’s to connect with its customers through its Facebook page.
"Bling Nation has had a large amount of community support and success in Mt. Pleasant, and now we can expand these capabilities to our customers," stated Tony Mize, store director of one Brookshire Grocery location in Mt. Pleasant. "Through this introductory program, we are bringing the convenience of mobile payments for our busy customers to pay for groceries, while earning bank rewards with just one tap of their phone."
It’s an introductory program, but it could be just a peek into what retailing might look like sooner than later: an army of shoppers wielding their shopping-assistance apps at the shelf, using that same phone to pay for the purchase at the checkout counter and then Tweeting about their shopping experience as they walk their purchases out to the car.
Meanwhile, the actual transaction is captured by Bling Nation (sans personal data) and credited toward loyalty programs — and Brookshire’s Bling Nation Citizens save 5% with every transaction up to $100 with their BlingTags at store locations operating under the Brookshire’s banner. The BlingTag is a quarter-sized microchip sticker that adheres to the back of a mobile phone. While BlingTags do not store any personal information, they work much like Exxon Mobile’s Speedpass; place the phone near a payment kiosk, record the transaction and away you go.
"Together with Brookshire’s, we’re leading the way with mobile technologies that improve the customer shopping experience in store," said Wences Casares, co-CEO of Bling Nation. "With our new in-store kiosks, it is easier than ever for consumers to sign up with Bling Nation, and they can take advantage of the bank rewards programs with Brookshire’s and other local businesses, as well as feel good about investing in their local community."
Stater Bros. kicks off Harvesting Hope campaign
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. A Southern California-based supermarket chain is assisting with hunger relief throughout November and December.
Stater Bros., in conjunction with its charitable arm, Stater Bros. Charities, will host its Harvesting Hope campaign. The retailer said it is collecting nonperishable food items for struggling families and accepting additional cash donations in all 167 Stater Bros. stores. The stores also are offering customers the opportunity to purchase $10 Harvesting Hope scannable donation cards.
Each year, Stater Bros. contributes more than $15 million to assist those in need, with an emphasis on worthy programs that benefit hunger relief, health and nutrition, education and animal shelters. Stater Bros. also annually donates more than 3 million lbs of food and products to the local food banks.
Whoopee! American Greetings brings the laughs
CLEVELAND Jokers will be sure to embrace the latest laugh-out-loud card line from American Greetings.
The greeting card company announced its first-ever whoopee-cushion greeting card line, called "It’s a Gas!" Each card in the collection is an actual whoopee cushion that can be signed and sent in an accompanying envelope.
"Consumers often tell us that surprising friends and family with the greeting cards they choose is the best part of the experience, so we are always looking for ways to introduce unexpected ideas," said Mary McClain, creative director of new product concepts at American Greetings. "With ‘It’s a Gas!,’ we have a really fun format that is silly and unique and sure to put a big smile on anyone’s face, which is what we strive for in every card we create."