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Alliance Data renews credit-card program agreement with Gander Mountain

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp., a leading provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, announced its Retail Services business has signed a long-term agreement to continue providing the co-brand credit card program for multichannel retailer Gander Mountain.

"The strategic program offering Alliance Data brings to the table — from their card program and loyalty capabilities, to advanced analytics and marketing expertise — continues to make them the right partner to help Gander Mountain meet our sales and growth goals," said Robert Specht, VP finance and controller for Gander Mountain. "The Gander Mountain customer enjoys a special relationship with our brand, both in-store and online, and our credit card program helps reinforce the strength of that relationship, driving long-term customer loyalty and sales."

Alliance Data will continue to deliver a marketing-driven co-branded credit card program that recognizes and rewards Gander Mountain cardholders with a tiered loyalty program offering free-merchandise rewards based on all dollars spent with Gander Mountain and Overton’s, gas and grocery purchases, and on all other transactions. The program also offers flexible financing options and other cardholder-exclusive perks designed to drive brand loyalty and repeat purchases. In addition, the Gander Mountain credit card design will soon be customizable, allowing individual cardholders to display their own favorite photographs on the card plastic.

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Weis Markets adjusted net income up 13.9% for fiscal 2012

BY CSA STAFF

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Tuesday reported net income of $82.5 million for the 52-week period ended Dec. 29. Even with one less week of sales, that’s up 9.2% versus fiscal 2011, which was a 53-week period, the grocer noted. Sales were down slightly by 1.9% to $2.7 billion compared with the week-longer year-ago period. Comparable sales were down 2%.

Adjusting for the 52-week to 53-week comparison, the grocer’s 2012 net income increased 13.9% while sales and comparable store sales were flat.

"We continue to operate in an economy significantly impacted by slow economic growth, high unemployment and declining household income," stated David Hepfinger, Weis president and CEO. "As a result of these continuing trends, our customers were cautious in their spending in 2012," he said. "We successfully worked through these challenges by efficiently managing and improving our stores and supply chain, which helped us drive strong net income increases and maintain our market share. Our results also benefited from record investments in our store base, which will continue in 2013."

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Sam’s Club offers allergy screenings

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club will offer free allergy and health screenings at all of its stores that operate pharmacies, the club retailer said.

The screenings will take place late Saturday morning and into the afternoon, and include up to $200 worth of tests, including allergy screenings for milk, eggs, pet dander, mold, dust mites, wheat, ragweed, mountain cedar, Bermuda grass and Timothy grass, as well as tests for blood pressure, body mass index and vision.

"It can be difficult to tell the difference between allergies and a persistent head cold since symptoms, such as congestion and irritated eyes, are often similar," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Furthermore, as people age, they can grow out of allergies or develop new ones. Sam’s Club can help our communities sort through such confusion with free allergy and health screenings and on-site pharmacists who can offer advice on how to treat identified allergies."

The retailer has provided more than 2.2 million free health-and-wellness screenings since 2010 and plans to continue offering them every second Saturday of each month through October. The company also is offering allergy tips in the March-April 2013 issue of the Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine that it sends out to members.

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