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Staples Canada and Alliance Data announce multi-year agreement

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp. announced Thursday that its Canadian loyalty business signed a new multi-year agreement with Staples Canada Inc., which operates about 330 locations under the banners Staples and Bureau en Gros.

Staples Canada joined Alliance’s Air Miles Reward Program, under which reward miles are redeemed for more than 1,000 different rewards. The retailer will launch the program in-store and online in March.

"This partnership represents a great fit with our overall strategic direction and our focus on putting the customer first," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada.

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H.H. Gregg to match prices of online retailers

BY Staff Writer

Indianapolis — H.H. Gregg announced that it has launched a “Price Match Guarantee” to ensure that its customers receive the lowest advertised prices on merchandise both in stores and online, for up to 30 days after the date of purchase.

Under the new program, H.H. Gregg said it will match competitors’ lowest advertised prices on in-stock merchandise of the same make and model, up to 30 days after a purchase. The guarantee applies to local brick-and-mortar competitors as well as a list of major online retailers. Customers do not need to bring sales flyers to the store, as sales associates can verify competitive pricing.

“We want customers to know without a doubt that they are getting the lowest prices when they shop at H.H. Gregg,” said Dennis May, president and CEO of H.H. Gregg. “That has always been our unofficial policy, but now we are putting it down in writing for our customers. Our new pricing match policy combined with our highly trained associates ensure a best-in-class customer service experience in our stores and online and deliver incredible value for our customers.”

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Walmart and Mother Nature Network in Twitter promotion

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Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart and Mother Nature Network are inviting people to use Twitter to express their green ideas for the chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card.

The contest begins at 11 a.m. CST when @WalmartGreen will post the inaugural question: "Tell us your idea for an eco-friendly gift for your Valentine." To be eligible to win, users must follow @WalmartGreen and reply to @WalmartGreen with their response. Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. CST, and all responses should include the #WinItWednesday hashtag to be considered. Three entries will be selected and the winners will each receive a $100 Walmart gift card along with a chance to have their winning idea featured on The Leaderboard, Walmart and Mother Nature Network’s new editorial destination, and Walmart’s The Green Room.

Joel Babbit, CEO and co-founder of Mother Nature Network, and Andrea Thomas, SVP sustainability at Walmart, will help choose the winners, whose stories or sustainability tips will then be published on The Green Room within the month.

A new contest will be announced on the first Wednesday of each month.

"The creativity that inspires sustainability solutions within our company has always impressed me, which is why I’m eager to see what sustainability-inspired changes people are making in their own lives every day," said Andrea Thomas, SVP sustainability at Walmart. "I hope celebrating everyday steps in this fun and simple way will inspire even more people to explore how easy it can be to take action, both in-home and in-store."

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