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Walmart, Salvation Army partner to ‘Fill the Truck’

BY Ryan Chavis

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart and the Salvation Army on Tuesday announced the second annual "Fill the Truck" toy drive, which will help bring toys to thousands of children. The toy drive begins Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 on select weekends in 1,600 stores across the country.

"The holidays are a time for gifting, and a time for giving," Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal at Walmart U.S. said. "We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country."

The toy drive is part of Walmart’s long-standing partnership with the Salvation Army.

"Walmart has been such a big supporter of The Salvation Army and we are so appreciative of all the hard work they put into Fill the Truck," Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army said. "This year, Fill the Truck is reaching even more customers and our hope is to provide more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise."

This year, the Walmart Foundation donated $1 million dollars to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which will be applied to Salvation Army feeding programs across the nation. Additionally, Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will host the Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers between Nov.29 and Dec. 24, 2013. All donations made to the red kettles stay in the local communities that they’re collected in and will help the Salvation Army to provide food, clothing, shelter and other services to around 30 million people this year.

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Canada’s Jean Coutu Group unveils e-store window for holiday season

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — The Jean Coutu Group is looking to bolster holiday sales and make shopping even easier this holiday season with the launch of an e-store window inside the Longueuil Metro Station.

Located in the A Wing of the Longueuil Metro Station, a key public transit hub, the e-store window allows consumers to make holiday purchases online on the spot using their smartphones. Purchased items can be delivered to the address of their choosing before Dec. 24.

The e-store window offers several products of the Jean Coutu Online Boutique, such as fragrances, toys, candy and electronic products.

"This initiative differentiates us on the online shopping market and offers consumers the opportunity to make holiday season shopping both easy and effective," said Alain Lafortune, EVP of purchasing and marketing at the Jean Coutu Group.

From their smartphones, customers can scan the QR code associated to a product on display in the e-store shop window. Once the code is scanned, the consumer is directed to the Jean Coutu Online Boutique to proceed with the transaction. The e-store window will be available until Dec. 13.

 

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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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