Walmart announces expansion of transfer services program
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.”
Publix distributes Food For All donations to nonprofits
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.”
The Exchange encourages military, support personnel to ‘BE FIT’
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier than ever for soldiers, airmen, retirees and families to find better-for-you food and beverage options on the go.
At Exchanges and Express locations worldwide, military shoppers can now identify items approved for the Healthier Choices BE FIT program by an easy-to-spot ‘Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle’ shelf tag, the Dallas-based military retailer announced last week.
The Exchange carries nearly 400 Healthier Choices BE FIT-approved items, including fresh fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, trail mix and nuts, tuna, grass-fed meat snacks and jerky, veggie chips, frozen entrees and bottled water. To qualify, items must contain fewer than 500 calories and fewer than 480 milligrams of sodium for entrees or fewer than 200 calories or less and fewer than 230 milligrams of sodium for snacks; 40% or less of calories from fat; and fewer than 10% of calories from saturated fat
“Along with regular exercise, quality nutrition is essential to readiness,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange’s Healthier Choices BE FIT selection helps Warfighters and military families take the guesswork out of making the right meal and snack choices on the go.”
Healthier Choices BE FIT items can also be found conveniently located in endcaps at Express locations worldwide. More health-conscious choices, including wraps, salads, hummus, yogurt, fruit and hard-boiled eggs, can be found in reach-in coolers at more than 100 Express locations worldwide.
The Exchange is a partner in the Healthy Army Community and Air Force Smart Fueling initiatives under the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Operation Live Well.