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Sam’s Club Members to Receive Reward Checks

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday that its Sam’s Club Discover cardholders will be receiving reward checks totaling $107 million. The checks are slated to arrive during the month of February.

This is the third year that the reward checks have been issued as part of a program to help extend the benefits of a Sam’s Club Membership and Sam’s Club Discover beyond Sam’s Club locations. Sam’s Club Plus Members earn up to 2% savings in cash back on every purchase made with Sam’s Club Discover both at Sam’s Club and everywhere the card is accepted.

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Amazon Europe to invest in LOVEFiLM

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LUXEMBOURG Amazon.com and LOVEFiLM International, a DVD online rental subscription service in the United Kingdon, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, have entered into an agreement under which LOVEFiLM will acquire Amazon Europe’s DVD rental business in the United Kingdom and Germany.

As part of the agreement, Amazon Europe will also become the largest shareholder in LOVEFiLM International through a cash investment.

The companies reported that once the deal is complete, the LOVEFiLM subscriber base will total over 900,000 customers predominantly in the United Kingdom and Germany, but also in the Nordics (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark).

“As one of Europe’s largest online DVD rental businesses, LOVEFiLM is well established to serve customers’ increasing demand for entertainment,” said Greg Greeley, Amazon’s vp of European retail. “Our investment will enable LOVEFiLM to grow the business further and we are excited to be part of their future.”

Amazon Europe will continue to operate the DVD rental business on behalf of LOVEFiLM for a period of time following the close of the transaction to ensure an efficient transition and smooth customer experience. No staff reductions are planned at Amazon’s German or United Kingdom operations as a result of the business transfer.

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Aldi to open new Fla. DC, HQ

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HAINES CITY, Fla. Aldi last week reported that it has broken ground on a new Florida headquarters and distribution center. The facilities will support 25 new stores opening in central Florida in fall 2008 and employ about 100 people, Aldi said.

“We’re looking forward to becoming a part of the central Florida community and bringing great food and good jobs to the area,” said David Behm, Aldi division vp. “Grocery customers can expect a bill up to 50% less than anywhere they shop now, and employees can expect a great working environment with well-paying jobs. We’re excited to bring these benefits to the area as we continue our expansion all along the East Coast.”

According to Aldi, the $40 million, 500,000-square-foot distribution center will service stores in the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando areas that will begin opening in September.

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