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Jones Lang LaSalle launches Kids, Inc. program

BY CSA STAFF

In an effort to promote retail entrepreneurism among today’s youth, Jones Lang LaSalle is inviting kids ranging from six to 15 years of age to participate in its “Kids, Inc.” program. The program will be hosted at select Jones Lang LaSalle-managed shopping centers throughout the United States.

Winning Kids, Inc. participants will have the opportunity to set up shop at their local Jones Lang LaSalle-managed shopping center to learn about business and make money, as well as to have fun. Participants have the opportunity to create something from scratch, offer a service or resell a product purchased from a wholesaler. Businesses are expected to have minimal parental involvement.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity to budding retail entrepreneurs,” said Julie Crane Rickey, senior VP and director of portfolio marketing services for Jones Lang LaSalle. “These ‘merchants of the future’ will be able to experience the joys and demands of owning and running a retail business – and keep their profits.”

Kids are invited to submit their business plans via the shopping center’s Facebook page. The shopping center’s Facebook fans will vote for their favorite business ideas. Approximately 10 to 15 winners with the highest number of votes will be selected for each participating location. Those winners will be invited to a one-day “business showcase” at the shopping center where they can sell their products or services to customers and keep their earnings.

Participating shopping centers include: Alexandria Mall – Alexandria, La.; Bel Air Mall – Mobile, Ala.; Central Mall – Ft. Smith, Ark.; Central Mall – Lawton, Okla.; Central Mall – Port Arthur, Texas; Central Mall – Texarkana, Texas; Century III Mall – West Mifflin, Pa.; Genesee Valley Center – Flint, Mich.; Greenville Mall – Greenville, N.C.; Colonie Center – Albany, N.Y.; Killeen Mall – Killeen, Texas; Kirkwood Mall – Bismark, N.D.; Manhattan Village – Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Queen Ka’ahumanu Center – Kahului, Hawaii; Rosedale Center – Roseville, Minn.; Tallahassee Mall – Tallahassee, Fla.; and Windward Mall – Kaneohe, Hawaii.


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Weis Markets celebrates anniversary with 100-day price freeze

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SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets has lowered the prices on over 1,000 staple items and that it will freeze the prices of these products for 100 days in recognition of its 100 year anniversary this year.

It is the Company’s ninth Price Freeze since 2009.

"We have extended our 90-day price freeze by ten days in recognition of our company’s 100 year anniversary. Since 2009, our Price Freeze program has generated nearly $40 million in savings for our customers," said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets EVP sales and merchandising. "We have locked in long-term savings for customers through long-term deals and strategic buying that will help minimize the impact of commodity inflation in the months ahead."

Weis Markets’ current Price Freeze program includes more than 1,000 brand-name and private brand products in grocery, frozen, dairy, meat, health, beauty care and general merchandise.

The current Price Freeze premiered in Weis Markets’ July 15 circular, radio and billboard advertisements. It will run through Oct. 20. In stores, customers will see Price Freeze signage and shelf tags for participating items.

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New marketer joins Walmart’s tax service provider

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Michael Williams has joined Jackson Hewitt, the nation’s second largest tax preparation firm, as SVP and chief marketing officer.

Williams joins the tax service provider following a tax season in which the firm saw its relationship with Walmart expand to 2,800 in-store locations from 2,000 locations the prior year.

Williams previously served as chief marketing officer at Steak ‘n Shake, SVP marketing at Direct General Corp. and VP marketing at The Krystal Company. He also held marketing management positions at Wendy’s International and LensCrafters. Prior to these marketing roles, Williams was a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting, a unit of Arthur Andersen & Co. LLP. He began his career with PEI Associates Inc., as a project manager.

"We are excited to have Mike Williams join our senior management team in this vital role," said Philip H. Sanford, president and ceo of Jackson Hewitt. "Mike’s extensive experience in senior marketing positions in franchise businesses, and his record of success in brand positioning, market segmentation, creative and marketing resource allocation, will be a significant contributor to the achievement of our goal to attract new clients, retain existing clients and enhance our market share."

In his new role, Williams will have overall responsibility for the development and implementation of Jackson Hewitt’s strategic marketing plan.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to bring my expertise to the Jackson Hewitt team and to drive how we market our brand to new and returning customers," Williams said. "The tax industry is one with both tremendous excitement and opportunity, and I look forward to enhancing how we attract and serve our clients, and communicate our competitive products and services for the 2013 tax season and beyond."

In addition to the 2,800 seasonal locations inside Walmart stores, Jackson Hewitt operates roughly 6,500 franchised and company-owned locations throughout the United States.

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