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Walgreens, Huggies address diaper need with former Cubs catcher

BY Michael Johnsen

Former Chicago Cub catcher David Ross is coming back to Chicagoland to team up with Huggies and the hometown pharmacy player Walgreens to get 250,000 clean diapers to Chicago families experiencing need. On Thursday, April 5, Ross will be in a Walgreens store to talk about the program and the diaper need in our communities.

As many as 1 in 3 families in the U.S. – and 47% of families in Chicago– face diaper need, which is the struggle to provide enough clean diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

As part of Kimberly Clark’s “No Baby Unhugged” program, Huggies and Walgreens will donate $10,000, 1.5 million diapers and 250,000 wipes to the National Diaper Bank Network. Of the donated diapers, 250,000 will go to the local nonprofit Cradles to Crayons Chicago, which works to make life better for children in need.

Chicagoans can get involved by purchasing a pack of Huggies at Walgreens stores or Walgreens.com from now through April 29. Every purchase will spark the donation.

According to a National Diaper Bank Network survey, almost three in four families feel they’re not being good parents when their children are left too long in dirty diapers, and yet, one in three families struggle with diaper need. Three in five of those parents (57%) miss work or school due to a lack of sufficient diapers required by childcare, daycare or early education programs to care for a baby or toddler – missing an average of four days of work or school in just a month. And most families in need (65%) don’t even know that diaper banks like Cradles to Crayons exist.

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Walmart announces expansion of transfer services program

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart is expanding Walmart2Walmart, a program it launched four years ago that targets unbanked consumers, allowing them to transfer money between its U.S. stores.

The discount giant is rolling out the initiative to the global wire service market under the banner of Walmart2World, Powered by Moneygram. Scheduled to launch in all of Walmart’s 4,700 U.S. stores this month, Walmart2World will allow customers to transfer funds to people in more than 200 countries.

The retailer said of the key features that will differentiate Walmart2World from other global wire service offerings will be its low, consistent prices and speed. The fees for the service will be the same regardless of where the sender is located and where the money is being sent. It will cost the sender $4 to send up to $50; $8 to send $51 to $1,000; and $16 to send $1,001 to $2,500.

“This is unlike other international transfer services that change the fee to transfer money based on where the sender and/or receiver are located,” Walmart stated.

Also, funds transferred via Walmart2World will be delivered in 10 minutes or less, regardless of where the receiver chooses to pick up the money at one of MoneyGram’s agent locations in 200 countries, or an international bank or mobile wallet account. Other international wire services can take up to three days to deliver the funds, according to the retailer.

Customers using the program can also save time by using the retailer’s app’s mobile express money services feature. After a one-time set-up, customers initiate their transfer from the company’s app, and once at the store, fast-track through the mobile express lane to quickly complete their transaction.

“We think sending money should cost the same regardless of where you send it; that’s why we’ve designed a brand new global wire service to send money to 200 countries with a consistently low fee,” Kirsty Ward, VP of Walmart Services said. “There are millions of people sending money around the world to help loved ones with everyday needs or in times of emergency. Walmart2World, Powered by Moneygram helps customers get money to family and friends across the world in minutes, and the new low fees mean more of their hard-earned cash goes where it’s needed most.”

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Publix distributes Food For All donations to nonprofits

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Publix will be distributing $382,000 from its Food For All 2017 fundraiser to 22 division nonprofit organizations. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based company’s annual campaign distributes funds to support programs that fight hunger and also advocate for self-sufficiency on a local and regional level.

“Our stores are pleased to participate in the annual Food For All fundraiser,” Dwaine Stevens, Publix media and community relations manager of the Jacksonville division, said. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers — and the enthusiasm of our associates — the campaign helps make a difference to so many in the communities we serve.”

During the three-week campaign, which ran from Nov. 1 to 22, the retailer’s customers and associates participated by adding a $1, $3 or $5 donation to their grocery bill. Coupon denominations were then scanned during checkout by a Publix associate and applied to the consumer’s purchase total.

Food For All is a program of Making Change, which is a 501 charitable organization that has partnered with Publix since 1988 and worked on the campaign.

“Making Change is honored to be a part of the Publix Food For All fundraiser to help raise funds for local nonprofits year after year,” Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change, said. “We applaud Publix for their continued dedication to helping support self-sufficiency and the fight to end hunger within their communities.”

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