OPERATIONS

GameStop simplifies trade-in pricing

BY Dan Berthiaume

Grapevine, Texas – A new, streamlined trade-in program will launch nationwide at all GameStop stores on Aug. 18 that simplifies all the variables that affect the amount customers are eligible to receive when selling a game in a store. As a result, GameStop now has more than 100 games worth $20 or more.

The program will feature four price-points depending on whether a customer chooses cash or in-store credit for their items and whether they are a PowerUp Rewards Pro member. For example, a customer who is a PowerUp Rewards Pro member who sells a game valued at $20 for credit could get $22, whereas a customer who sells that game for cash and who is not a PowerUp Rewards Pro member would get $16.

Trades are accepted at all GameStop locations. Customers can sell games, consoles, tablets and smartphones. All items are then sent to be fully refurbished and made available for purchase in like-new condition at a discounted price.

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MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Supervalu launches national sales expo

BY Dan Berthiaume

Eden Prairie, Minn. – Supervalu Inc. is hosting the company’s first-ever national sales expo, a three-day trade event, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The expo will feature more than 20 educational sessions and more than 330 expo booths, providing more than 3,900 independent grocery retailers from more 1,250 stores the opportunity to gain insights, merchandising ideas and grocery retail solutions from industry experts.

Seasonal merchandise offerings, consumer packaged goods suppliers and service providers from across the country will offer solutions for Supervalu’s independent retailer base. Expo guests will also have exclusive access to new products and Supervalu’s private brand lines, as well as limited-time promotional buying opportunities.

Supervalu has also launched a mobile app to assist attendees with an event map, a schedule of educational sessions and activities, articles related to topics discussed throughout the event and more.

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FINANCE

CST Brands Q2 net income drops; 38 new stores planned

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Antonio – Motor fuel and convenience store operator CST Brands Inc. reported net income of $32 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, down 22% from $41 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. Until May 1, 2013, CST was still a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero and, as such, second quarter 2013 results do not include all of the expenses associated with being a public company.

CST currently expects to build 30 new stores in the U.S. and eight new stores in Canada during 2014. These new stores provide a much larger footprint, more product variety and enhanced offerings such as food service. Year to date, CST has opened 12 new stores in the U.S., and two stores in Canada.

Operating revenues rose 3% to $3.3 billion, from $3.2 billion.

“We experienced a challenging fuel environment during the second quarter, especially in the U.S., as crude oil and wholesale motor fuel prices continued this steady rise,” said Kim Bowers, chairman & CEO of CST Brands. “However, the in-store business remained strong with further improvements in merchandise sales and merchandise margins.”

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