eMeals offers retailer-specific digital menus

BY Dan Berthiaume

Birmingham, Ala. — Online meal planning service eMeals is offering retailer-specific make-at-home menus of 500 calories or less per serving as part of its new Low Calorie Menu Plan. Consumers can specify a store such as Aldi, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Target, Walmart or Whole Foods to take advantage of sale prices that help shape eMeals’ weekly menus.

eMeals menus are directly delivered to a customer’s computer or smartphone. Each week’s menu plan includes recipes for seven meals with corresponding shopping lists based on the program the customer has selected.

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Founder of Marshalls dies at 94

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Alfred Marshall, who founded the Marshalls chain in the mid-1950s with the motto “Brand Names for Less,” died on Saturaday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 94.

In 1976, Marshall and his partners sold the company, which consisted of 36 stores in New England and California, to the Melville Corporation. IN 1995, TJX bought Marshalls, by which time it had grown to nearly 500 locations.

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Target has problems with some gift cards

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Target Corp. said a “small percentage” of its gift cards were not properly activated and, as a result, are not working properly when customers try to redeem them.

“We are aware that some Target gift cards were not fully activated and apologize for the inconvenience,” Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in an e-mail, Reuters reported.

According to Target, less than 0.1% of the total of gift cards sold during the holiday period were affected by the problem. The retailer promised to honor the cards. Customers can bring faulty cards to any Target service desk or call 800-544-2943 for help.

The gift card issue follows a massive security breach the retailer experienced in December that affected as many as 40 million credit and debit cards holders.

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