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Safeway to hire at least 1,000 military veterans in 2013

BY Staff Writer

Pleasanton, Calif. — Safeway Inc. announced it will expand its support of America’s military veterans by hiring at least 1,000 military veterans in 2013 to add to the 1,300 hired to date in 2012.

The company has created a Junior Military Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer program to train and place veterans in top store and backstage leadership positions. The 41-week intensive training program includes a combination of on-the-job training, mentoring, classroom seminars, job shadowing and independent study, as well as participating in numerous department and key leadership strategy sessions. At the end of the program, participants are qualified to hold a number of leadership positions, including Store Manager and Warehouse Superintendent.

Safeway is raising money this Veterans Day weekend for organizations that help veterans recover from service-related injuries and/or return to the civilian workforce.

“We are honored to assist those who have protected our freedom at home and abroad,” said Larree Renda, Safeway executive VP and chair of The Safeway Foundation. “Likewise, we have tapped into the knowledge and leadership skills of these remarkable professionals to enhance our workforce. We urge other companies to do the same and benefit from the talent that comes with military experience."

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R.Costa says:
Mar-06-2013 09:55 am

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Safeway Inc. has taken its great initiative to include the veterans and hire them. This has been the step taken after Walmart has also decided to provide the same to the American veterans. They will be provided total care and also the training for various posts in the services. New talents will sure emerge from them within and this will be a great venture towards the employment issues after war. virginia personal injury attorneys

R.Costa says:
Mar-06-2013 09:55 am

Safeway Inc. has taken its great initiative to include the veterans and hire them. This has been the step taken after Walmart has also decided to provide the same to the American veterans. They will be provided total care and also the training for various posts in the services. New talents will sure emerge from them within and this will be a great venture towards the employment issues after war. virginia personal injury attorneys

A.Crevier says:
Nov-12-2012 03:29 pm

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Contratulations to Safeway for their initiative to train and hire 1,000 military veterans.

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Sam’s restores sanity to Black Friday

BY CSA STAFF

Sam’s Club’s decision to open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday is a definite "swim upstream" move on the part of the warehouse club operator given retail industry trends and Walmart’s decision to offer its Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving.

"Swim upstream," is one of those references to Walmart culture that basically means doing the opposite of your competitors. So when Sam’s said it wouldn’t open until 7 a.m. the reaction was one of shock because for the past decade retailers have sought to trump one another with earlier and earlier opening hours. At some point it was inevitable that the boundaries of Black Friday would give way and merge into Thanksgiving which is what happened last year and this year. Not at Sam’s.

"Our members pay a fee to shop in our clubs, so they expect a sensible, hassle-free holiday shopping experience alongside an exciting assortment of gifts at great prices. At Sam’s Club, they’ll find free breakfast, hot coffee and award-winning member service," said Sam’s EVP of operations Todd Harbaugh. "The Black Friday shopping experience is our annual ‘thank you’ to members, providing access to extraordinary prices, quality brands our members trust like Samsung, Dyson, and Vizio, and the assortment of gifts to bring cheer to all of our members’ family and friends."

What a novel idea. At many retailers Black Friday is a grueling, unpleasant experience bubbling with hostility. In other words, pretty much the opposite of the romanticized notion of how many folks think Christmas should be. Besides, 7 a.m. is plenty early and Sam’s won’t be leaving money on the table because it didn’t open earlier or follow Walmart’s lead.

That’s because many shoppers approach Black Friday with the precision of a military exercise so if they are going to go to Sam’s there will be specific items on their list and they will have optimized the routing of store visits based on opening hours and items desired. Understanding this list-making behavior, Sam’s has already published its Black Friday deals and it is leveraging technology. Mobile shoppers can access Black Friday deals on-the-go through Sam’s mobile app with new updates that include a holiday giftfinder and "how-to" videos and photo guides to tree trimming and home decor.  Members can also upload special holiday photos directly from their smartphone to the Sam’s Club Photo Center.

After shoppers have endured the pre-dawn lunacy at other retail outlets they can hit their local Sam’s for a dose of sanity, free breakfast and Starbucks coffee. Or if they choose to sleep in, Cyberweek promotions kick in November 24 through December 2.

 

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OfficeMax expands Black Friday Everyday promo

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Black Friday can be so limiting which is why OfficeMax is expanding a program it offered last year involving special deal pricing every Friday until mid December.

The promotion, which began November 9 and will run through December 14, involves the unveiling of a special holiday deal on a select product at OfficeMax.com that is available for one day only. In addition to driving sales, the company is leveraging the promotional tactic as a means to build its customer database since shoppers are being encouraged to sign up to receive alerts announcing the deals. The first deal offered was a Zeal II Task Chair for $49.99, normally $99.99, and it was available in-store and at OfficeMax.com.

"Following last year’s success, we’re excited to make Black Friday Every Friday bigger than ever this year by enabling shoppers to take advantage of these great savings," said Ronald Lalla, EVP andchief merchandising officer atOfficeMax. "OfficeMax is making it convenient and easy for shoppers to save big early and often on holiday gifts and more throughout the season."

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