Articles on philanthropic initiatives and programs.

  1. Channel: Grocery
The Boston Globe this morning reports that “the teenage sleuths of Hyde Square are at it again. “Six years after prompting TD Garden to donate $1.65 million for a skating rink after discovering the complex failed to hold fund-raisers for local recreation programs as required by state law, they have another behemoth in their sights: […]
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Advertising Age reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Bud Light brand, reeling from a series of public relations missteps that have sent its market share into an even greater decline that it was seeing before, announced a $200,000 donation to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The donation, according to Ad Age, extends “an existing partnership with […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
According to actor Keith David, “publicity is publicity, controversy and all that, it’s all good”. Most marketers and business leaders would probably disagree.  A lot of us like hearing about controversy, but we don’t necessarily want to be associated with it. If the news blacklisted our favorite clothing line, chances are we’d be less keen […]
  1. Department & Category
Most of the UK experienced an unusual feeling this week: warm sunshine. Less welcome, sadly, was the news that food prices were still stubbornly, and for too many people, debilitatingly high. With food inflation at 19.1%, close to a record high, it is only right that Mintel focuses attention on those consumers who are struggling […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Retail TouchPoints and Design:Retail have unveiled the 2023 winners of the annual 40 Under 40 Awards, representing a dynamic and diverse class of executives who have contributed to industry progress.   The 40 Under 40 Awards have evolved to spotlight the personal and professional accomplishments of executives across the retail industry — from store design to CX […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 22, 2023 – Walmart opened its first high-tech Market Fulfillment Center in Arkansas at Store 100 located at 406 S Walton Blvd in Bentonville on Monday, underlining the retailer’s strategic move toward expanding the use of its stores as fulfillment centers to enhance the shopping experience for customers everywhere.The Market Fulfillment Center […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart opened a high-tech market fulfillment center at a store here Monday in support of its strategy of leveraging physical stores to fulfill online orders. The new facility, which opened in Store 100 at 406 S Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, Ark.,  on Monday, is powered by a proprietary storage and retrieval system […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Where an ad appears can sometimes communicate more than the ad itself. Keith Browning, LinkedIn’s brand marketing global lead, shared an interesting analogy a few years ago on the relative importance of content and context.  He recounted an experiment by Joshua Bell, one of the top violinists in the world. One day, Joshua stepped onto […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Who cares about sustainability? Consumers, that’s who. According to our USA Plus data set, a whopping 46% of Americans think sustainability is very important, and a further 33% think it’s somewhat important.  But here’s the kicker – consumers think it’s on you (aka brands) to get us out of the woods. Yep, that’s right. 64% […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Last August, I warned you about alternative funding programs (AFPs)–the shady schemes by which commercial plan sponsors drop drug coverage in order to grab charity support intended for uninsured and indigent patients. I’m sad to report that the manipulation of charitable patient assistance programs continues to expand. As you will see below, employers have significantly […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Adidas CEO Bjoern Gulden said the company plans to sell some of its Yeezy stock and donate part of the proceeds to international organizations. The athleticwear ended sales of the brand last year after Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made a series of antisemitic comments. Ye will still be entitled to 15 percent of […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 11, 2023 — Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced it will hold a live conference call with the Investment Community at 7 a.m. CDT Thursday, May 18, 2023, to discuss the company’s first quarter earnings results for fiscal year 2024. Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer, and John David Rainey, executive […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Marketing Daily reports on new research from analytics company GWI suggesting that “while corporate America may be lost in the weeds about the best ways to further diversity, equity and inclusion goals, consumers think they are headed in the right direction.” According to the story, the research shows that “70% of Americans say DEI is […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 2, 2023 — With warm weather and vacations on the horizon, Walmart wants you to feel your best. That’s why we’re hosting a day dedicated to your health: Wellness Day on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. Customers can receive free health screenings for things like glucose, […]
  1. Channel: Drug
NEW YORK — National retailers and local mom-and-pop shops across Denver, Colo. and Tucson, Ariz. are participating in the new ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ Pilot, a first-of-its-kind initiative launched by the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag, managed by Closed Loop Partners. Many national brands in the U.S., including Consortium partners CVS Health; Target; DICK’S […]
  1. Media & Marketing
E.l.f. cosmetics is seeking to tap the power of celebrity with its new digital series, Vanity Table Talk. Last month’s premiere episode featured White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge, and episodes slated for release this summer will feature actress and singer Ashley Park and comedian, writer and musician Ziwe. Much like the TikTok-native Get Ready With […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Spar wholesaler and store operator AF Blakemore & Son has launched a new app-based game called Plant & Win, where shoppers can play to plant trees and win prizes. Partnering with environmental charity One Tree Planted, a tree will be planted in the UK for every Plant & Win app download, which helps AF Blakemore […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Stew Leonard, Sr., who founded Stew Leonard’s with a single store in Norwalk, Connecticut – built largely because a highway was putting the family dairy farm out of business – that evolved into a $600 million company with seven stores that celebrated fresh food, strong customer service, and a highly differentiated approach to marketing and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH’s Neil Ainger reports from day two of Retail Technology Show 2023, which is taking place at London Olympia. “What’s not to like about making the world a better place,” asked Alison Hutchinson, CEO and a non-executive at the charitable organisation Pennies, during an environmental, social and governance (ESG) panel debate at Retail Technology Show […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Power Service Stations has supported eight local projects and good causes with £4,000 in donations through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity in the latest round of Heart of the Community Awards. The initiative enabled Nisa retailers to nominate a local community group to receive up to £500 of funding from MADL, with an […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 20, 2023 — Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today issued its 2023 Annual Report and filed its Proxy Statement in preparation for the company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Shareholders will be able to attend the meeting online. There will be no physical location for the meeting.Annual Report HighlightsThe 2023 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Joe Mollica may have a new title at LNK International, but he’s been an integral part of his family’s business for more than 40 years. Mollica assumed the role of chief executive officer, succeeding his father, who stepped down earlier this year. In his new position, Mollica pledges to maintain the highest […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — KISS Colors & Care is launching the KISS Colors & Care Foundation, a philanthropic program established to create positive, lasting change to underserved communities by providing robust educational and career development resources. The foundation will include a three-pillar program: the Future Leaders Fund, Next Generation Scholarships, and Career Pathways. Each pillar […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
KeyStore has stepped forward in support of families living with an incurable and devastating disease by joining a major charity event as its first corporate song sponsor. The announcement was made by Scottish Huntington’s Association as it prepares to take over George Square in Glasgow next month with its Dance 100 challenge to raise funds […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Today we have made the difficult decision to close four of our stores in Chicago.The decision to close a store is never easy. The impact is greater than just closing a building. It affects people — people who work in, shop in and live in communities near our stores — and we never take that […]
  1. Associates & Employees
To support relief and recovery efforts following dozens of deadly tornadoes in recent weeks, Lowe’s will donate $500,000 to assist disaster relief partners, including the American Red Cross and Lowe’s nonprofit Pro customers. The money will help these organizations provide emergency shelter, critical relief supplies, food and comfort to those affected. Last week, Lowe’s associates […]
  1. Department & Category
Serving communities lies at the heart of Walmart’s purpose to help people save money and live better. We believe that every family deserves access to healthy options, which is why we aim to expand access to affordable, healthy food.Our annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is one way we work to close the gap on […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
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  3. Stores & Formats
Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
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The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]