Goody to add new styles, designs to Luxe line for the holidays
ATLANTA — Hair accessories brand Goody is gearing up for the holidays with its Luxe line of hair accessories, which will feature new styles and designs for the holidays.
The Luxe collection is comprised of four styles: Vine, Deco, Antique and Starburst. They range from classic to modern and capture the crisp, sleek lines of art deco, the charm and romance of vintage jewels, the whimsy and light of the constellations and the flourishing expressions of vines and blooms.
The collection features the StayPut Hold technology to create a lasting hold.
The Goody Luxe collection has a suggested retail price between $2.99 and $6.99.
Sam’s sweetens membership offer for Texans
Just 10 months into her job as president and CEO of Sam’s Club Rosalind Brewer is making major changes to member benefits and implementing a $5 fee increase.
During a presentation at Walmart’s annual analysts’ conference on Wednesday Brewer recapped Sam’s performance, outlined a growth strategy involving a 2013 net increase of between 10 and 15 new clubs and described a wide range of enhancements to Sam’s two membership tiers.
The membership changes were described as a pilot program and what a pilot it is. There are 76 clubs in Texas involved in the program that would appear destined for a national rollout given the magnitude of pilot.
For starters, the Advantage membership tier will now be referred to as the Sam’s Savings membership and the annual fee will increase to $45 from $40 (Costco charges $55).
"This is the very first fee increase since 2006," Brewer said.
While the rate increases by a nominal amount, Sam’s Saving members gain access to a discount program that was previously reserved for members at the $100 Plus membership tier. The saving program was previously known as eValues and it is also being rebranded as Instant Savings to better convey the immediacy of price break.
The Instant Savings are discounts are unique to each member based on their purchase history and suppliers who participate in the program. The savings are automatically loaded monthly onto members’ cards and available offers can be checked by logging in to SamsClub.com, downloading and logging in to the Sam’s Club mobile phone app, by signing up for Instant Savings emails or by scanning their membership card at the Instant Savings kiosk in their local Club.
The Instant Savings program was initially developed as an exclusive Plus member benefit to promoted upgrade activity. Now that the benefit is being extended to all members Sam’s had to sweeten the offer for Plus members so they now benefit from a cash rewards program. Plus members will now receive a $10 cash reward for every $500 spent with an annual maximum earning potential of $500. The cash rewards are in addition to cash reward members earn by participating in the Sam’s Club Discover Card program.
Major surgery on rollback at Walmart
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is introducing a first-of-its-kind Centers of Excellence program that will offer its associates quality health care with no out-of-pocket cost for heart, spine and transplant surgeries at six of the leading hospital and health systems in the United States.
The six designated health care organizations include the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.; Mayo Clinic sites in Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla.; Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Mo; Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas; and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.
"We devoted extensive time developing Centers of Excellence in order to improve the quality of care our associates’ receive," said Sally Welborn, SVP global benefits at Walmart. "We have identified six renowned health care systems that meet the highest quality standards for heart, spine and transplant surgery. Through these hospital systems, our associates will have no out-of-pocket expenses and a greater peace of mind knowing they are receiving exceptional care from a facility that specializes in the procedure they require. This is the first time a retailer has offered a comprehensive, nationwide program for heart, spine and transplant surgery."
The new Centers of Excellence program is being expanded from covering transplants, which began with the Mayo Clinic in 1996, to include treatment for certain heart and spine surgeries. Walmart’s associates and their dependents who are enrolled in the company’s medical plans will receive consultations and care covered at 100 percent without deductible or coinsurance, plus travel, lodging and food for the patient and a caregiver.
In providing this service at no cost to its enrolled associates, Walmart has worked with these Centers of Excellence health systems to provide exclusive and unique bundled pricing arrangements for these types of procedures. Through Centers of Excellence, Walmart is working with all the health care organizations to collectively share best practices that will allow collaboration around best measures of service and new industry findings in comparison to industry practices.