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A&P to feature CEO in campaign highlighting services and products

BY Staff Writer

Montvale, N.J. — A&P president and CEO Sam Martin will star in the retailer’s new integrated marketing campaign highlighting the company’s vision to be the best neighborhood food and drug store, the company said Wednesday.

The campaign’s theme is “shopping just got a whole lot better,” and it will mark the first time that A&P will run one marketing campaign across all of its A&P, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum’s stores.

“The key to our success lies in providing food and drug stores that meet the needs of our customers in every neighborhood we serve. That’s why, for the very first time in our history, we’ve launched one integrated marketing campaign that encompasses all of our stores,” said Tom O’Boyle, executive VP merchandising, marketing and supply & logistics at A&P. “We chose Sam to be featured in our ads so that he could share his passion of a better shopping experience with our customers and help them see why coming to our stores is better than ever before.”

The campaign features in-store signage, direct mail and digital search components that began on April 20. Television advertisements featuring Martin begin on May 10, with 30-second spots airing in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas on select network and cable stations.

Other campaign elements include display advertisements, online video commercials and social media components. In addition, the company’s corporate website aptea.com has been revamped to align with the new campaign.

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Blue Nile selects Alliance Data for private-label credit card program

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Dallas — Loyalty and marketing solutions provider Alliance Data Systems Corp. said Thursday that it has signed a multi-year agreement to create and manage a new private-label credit card program for online jewelry retailer Blue Nile.

The card program will include flexible financing options and no annual card fee, as well as online account management. Alliance Data said it will partner with Blue Nile to develop additional cardholder incentives and marketing efforts through advanced analytics capabilities, as well as direct mail and email, web, and mobile channels.

“By providing a more robust selection of financing and payment options, we enhance our award-winning customer service and better serve our customers during some of the largest and most emotional purchases of their lives," said David Binder, CFO of Blue Nile.

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New campaign suits Gap to a t-shirt

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Gap has launched a new global marketing campaign focused on its new t-shirt collection. The line will include three categories—The Now Tees, The Essential Tees, and The G Tees— as well as other t-shirt-inspired styles including dresses, skirts, tanks and rompers.

"Be Your Own T expresses the qualities that make each one of us unique through the lens of a ‘T,’" said Seth Farbman, Gap’s global chief marketing officer. "Just as we did with our 1969 jeans, we’ve reinvented our t-shirt collection from the ground up, offering a t-shirt that fits everyone’s personality, style, passions and budget."

As part of the campaign, Gap is offering customers the opportunity to upcycle their old t-shirts into such items as flip flops, beach bags, laptop sleeves and dog toys through its T-It-Yourself section on its Facebook page.

Styld.by, Gap’s collaboration with well-respected fashion and lifestyle blogs launched earlier this year, will introduce new content and partners and will feature key items from the men’s collection for the first time. Styld.by evolves the idea of a traditional catalog by asking partners to curate their own looks using key Gap pieces of the season and then deliver those looks in a way that encourages people to engage with them and share them through social media. For summer, Styld.by highlights ways to style Gap’s new summer Tees from the point of view of each partner, including Refinery29, WhoWhatWear, Lookbook, Rue, HypeBeast and Stereogum.

In addition to the digital experiences, Be Your Own T will be carried out through dynamic, large-scale "T" installations using real Ts that will show up on billboards and in Gap stores in top markets around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Dallas. In Times Square, people can interact with the billboard by tweeting a photo of themselves with the hashtag #beyourownt. Using a camera across the street, Gap will take a keepsake photo of the user’s photo on the billboard and tweet it back. Keepsake photos will also be published on Gap’s Facebook page allowing fans to tag each other.

The campaign will also appear in digital advertisements, on Gap.com and Gap’s social media properties. Other initiatives to support the campaign include music festival activations at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Wanderlust.

The women’s and men’s T collection re-launches with three categories of styles: The Now Tees, The Essential Tees and The G Tees. Prices range from $19.95 to $22.95 for more basic styles and $24.95-$29.95 for more fashion-forward styles and higher-end fabrics. In addition to the classic T silhouettes, Gap also created T-inspired styles out of the soft knit t-shirt fabrication, including dresses, skirts, tanks and rompers, ranging from $19.95 to $74.95.

The Now Tees, named after iconic New York City and San Francisco locations, house soft jersey knits that are vintage washed for a lived-in cozy look that dresses up or down with ease. Key styles for women include The Mercer V-neck Pocket Tee, The Mason Crew with scoop neckline and banded sleeve and The Fulton Pocket Tee in a novelty textured fabrication. For men, the Rivington slub V-neck, the Clinton double layer henley and the Barrow in cotton linen crew neck or henley are standouts.

The most casual of the collection, The Essential Tees, are garment washed for everyday softness and are more fitted through the chest and sleeve for an updated easy style. Offered in an assortment of sixty-four colors, top styles for men include The Essential V-Neck, The Essential Crew, and The Essential Pocket T.

Finally, The G Tees offer self-expression through a cool collection of pop art and logo tees printed on the softest vintage washed fabric, including the second collection of community-designed graphic t-shirts from the Gap + Threadless partnership. The sixteen men’s and ten women’s styles retail for $29.95 and the top styles include The Neapolitan and Music Makes Me Happy for women and Soundwaves and Baldie for men. Additionally, from May 7 to 28, artists around the globe will have the opportunity to submit their designs for the second Gap + Threadless design challenge—"Vote Bright," which is focused on a politically themed tee. Any kind of political design can be in the running and the designs with the best combination of score and community comments will be sold in Gap stores this fall. To learn more about how to participate, visit www.threadless.com/gap.

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