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Retailers Make ‘Best Companies to Work For’ List

BY CSA STAFF

Austin, Texas Wegmans Food Markets, Whole Foods Market and Build-A-Bear Workshop are among the retailers that made their way onto FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 2 issue of FORTUNE.

Wegmans announced on Thursday that the company has been ranked No. 5 on this year’s list. The company has appeared on FORTUNE’s list for 12 consecutive years. It has been ranked among the top 10 for seven years running. It has hit the top five for five years in a row.

Whole Foods Market, which was named No. 22, has also made the list consecutively for 12 years. It is one of only 13 companies to be named every year since the list’s inception.

Additionally, Whole Foods Market was ranked No. 1 for job growth since it added 8,570 new employees in the last year.

Meanwhile, Build-A-Bear came in at No. 94 on the list.

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JEWEL-OSCO, Coca-Cola partner for Black History Month

BY CSA STAFF

ITASCA, Ill. JEWEL-OSCO is partnering with Coca-Cola to honor Black History Month with special in-store promotions, beginning Thursday, February 5, through Sunday, March 1. The offers at select JEWEL-OSCO stores in the Chicagoland area are part of “A Taste of Black History.”

During the month-long celebration, consumers will be able to enjoy and familiarize themselves with more than 25 JEWEL-OSCO African-American vendors, by sampling dishes prepared with their products. Consumers will also have an opportunity to enter the “Cookin’ Combos” Sweepstakes, at participating JEWEL-OSCO stores, and win a year of free groceries worth a total of $5,000.

“We are proud of our African-American vendors,” said JEWEL-OSCO community relations manager La Toya Dixon. “They work tirelessly to provide great products for our customers and this program highlights their achievements. We are glad they are part of the JEWEL-OSCO family and wish them continued success.”

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CE sales see slight boost after tough holiday

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SAN JOSE, Calif. According to Tech Channel Index, U.S. electronics retailers had their first week of marked improvement finishing week of Jan. 3 just 2% below last year’s sales of consumer IT and entertainment electronics products. This is a large jump after finishing the holiday shopping season 28% below last year.

Tech Channel reported that broadline and office supply channel sales of consumer IT and entertainment electronics have improved 28% and 4% respectively over the last year. During the same time period, online retail sales channel stayed flat through the holiday shopping season and finished down 4% over last year.

 

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