FINANCE

Men’s Wearhouse Q2 same-store sales up 3.6% so far

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fremont, Calif. – The Men’s Wearhouse reported same-store sales growth of 3.6% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 as of July 19. The retailer’s second quarter ends Aug. 2.

In addition, as of July 19 same-stores sales in Men’s Wearhouse’s Jos. A. Bank division, which was purchased in June 2014, were up 2.4%. Same-store sales at the Moore’s division were up 8.3%.

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OPERATIONS

Lowe’s launches on-demand professional delivery service

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mooresville, N.C. – Lowe’s has launched ProExpress, an on-demand delivery service for professional customers. Since April 2014, light-duty trucks have made thousands of deliveries directly to business sites to meet a wide range of needs.

Through the program, Lowe’s has helped pros by fulfilling emergency orders such as smoke detectors to pass an inspection, or shingles to complete a job before a damaging storm. The ProExpress trucks also regularly visit businesses to restock shelves with cleaning and maintenance supplies.

The ProExpress program is currently available at more than 200 Lowe’s stores across the country and is designed to complement existing store delivery services by providing a resource that is fully dedicated to pro customers.

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Dunkin’ Donuts partners with Discovery Channel for ‘Shark Week’ promo

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts is partnering with Discovery Channel to create an omnichannel marketing promotion for Discovery Channel’s upcoming “Shark Week” programming event the week of Aug. 10. To kick-off the partnership, beginning July 29 customers can "Take a Bite, Take a Pic."

Anyone who shares a selfie taking a bite out of a Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast item on Twitter or Instagram using the special hashtag #DDSharkWeek is eligible to win prizes including a $100 Dunkin’ Donuts Card and a Shark Week Prize Pack. Participants may also be featured on Discovery Channel’s "Shark After Dark.” Winners will be announced and their photos revealed on the show. The winning pictures also may be featured on Dunkin’ Donuts’ billboard in Times Square.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Discovery Channel are also offering their fans an interactive TV experience for Shark Week, designed and developed by Dunkin’ Donuts’ agency of record Hill Holiday, on the Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Fans who are watching Shark Week through their Xbox One can "snap" their Internet Explorer browser window to the edge of their TV screen that will provide a live feed of #SharkWeek social content, interactive quizzes, real time polls, and more while they continue to watch live programming on Discovery.

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