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ShopRite teams up with Coupons.com

BY Allison Cerra

KEASBEY, N.J. ShopRite has launched a Coupons.com “Save to Card” coupon gallery on its website that lets shoppers add money-saving coupons directly to their ShopRite Price Plus Club card.

Accessible 24/7, the Save to Card coupon gallery is immediately available at Shoprite.com/coupons. After registering their ShopRite Price Plus Club card information, shoppers simply select the coupons they want and when their Price Plus Club card is entered or swiped at checkout, coupons automatically are deducted from the total—all without the need for clipping or scanning printed coupons.

“ShopRite is dedicated to helping shoppers save money, and the new Save to Card coupon gallery is just another way we are doing just that,” said Joe Sheridan, Wakefern Food Corp. EVP, the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative and the merchandising and distribution arm of ShopRite. “Coupons.com has the most coupons available for brands found across our stores so shoppers can stretch their grocery budgets without compromising quality or convenience.”

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Pfizer, Samsung Medical Center form liver cancer research partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Treatments for liver cancer could emerge from a new research partnership between the world’s largest drug maker and a medical center in Korea.

Pfizer and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul announced Wednesday a collaboration to analyze tumors from Korean patients and generate genetic profiles that they said could direct therapies and improve the outcomes of liver cancer patients.

“We are pleased to have an opportunity to work with the world’s No. 1 pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to better understand cancer in Korean patients, with the goal of being able to send a new message of hope for patients with liver cancer across the world, especially in Asia,” Samsung Medical Center president Choi Han-Yong said.

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Census Bureau reports retail sales for June

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of retail and food services sales for June dropped 0.5% to $360.2 billion, compared with the previous month. However, sales rose 4.8% when compared with the year-ago period.

The Census Bureau also disclosed that total sales for the April through June 2010 period were up 6.8% from the same period a year ago, perhaps showing that an economic turnaround indeed is underway.

In related news, advance estimates were not available for drug store sales, although the Census Bureau noted that the market share for this business sector has remained relatively the same from month to month. Health and personal care stores saw a near 0.5% gain, increasing from $21.6 to $21.7 million. Grocery stores, however, dropped from $43.6 million to nearly $43.4 million.

“Today’s data shows consumers continue to take a cautious approach towards shopping,” said NRF president and CEO Matt Shay. “However, growth in key areas such as electronics, apparel and department stores is an encouraging sign as we enter the back-to-school shopping season.”

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