Starbucks expects record gift card purchases Dec. 19
Seattle – Starbucks anticipates record purchases and activations of Starbucks cards on Thursday, Dec. 19. Last year, more than 2 million Starbucks cards were purchased in the U.S. and Canada on the Thursday before Christmas, representing nearly 1,500 cards purchased per minute in the U.S. and Canada.
“One in every 10 American adults received a Starbucks Card last holiday season, and we’re on track for another record performance in Starbucks Card sales, as we celebrate our 13th year of offering Starbucks cards,” said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer for Starbucks. “We are predicting that this Thursday and next Monday, Dec. 23, will be our busiest days for cards sales.”
Hickory Farms launches online holiday program
Toledo, Ohio — Hickory Farms has launched a new website featuring faster page load times, easier navigation, and improved search and checkout functions. Customers can shop on-the-go with the site’s mobile and tablet-friendly design.
In addition, running through Christmas Eve, customers can play Hickory Farms’ Holiday Hunt Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of six daily instant prizes and be entered to win a $2,500 Visa gift card. Consumers can visit the Hickory Farms Facebook page daily to find the clue for that day’s instant prize, which they will find on HickoryFarms.com.
"We know our customers have less and less time to get everything done," said Hickory Farms CEO Mark S. Rodriguez. "Increasing our retail footprint, making it easier for them to shop, and continuously investing in quality improvements are all steps we’ve taken to better serve our customers."
Grocery vet Tuffin to lead Kroger retail
Another piece of the leadership puzzle fell into place at Kroger as the company continues to execute a succession strategy backed by the tailwind of 40 consecutive quarter of same store sales growth.
Kroger named Mark Tuffin to the role of SVP of the company’s retail divisions to fill a position previously held by Michael Ellis who was elevated to the role of president and COO last month. Tuffin previously served as president of the company’s Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division.
"Mark is an exceptional leader with an extensive knowledge of the grocery industry,"Ellis said. "He has made significant contributions to our company and industry, while always championing our Customer 1st strategy. We look forward to Mark’s leadership in this senior role as we continue to accelerate Kroger’s growth."
Tuffin’s appointment is the latest in a series of moves that began in September when Kroger chairman and CEO David Dillon announced plans to step down from the CEO role and remain chairman throughout 2014. At the time, the company named president and COO Rodney McMullen as Dillon’s successor. That created the opportunity to elevate Ellis from his position as SVP of retail divisions to the role of COO vacated by McMullen.
Tuffin, Ellis and McMullen all assume their new responsibilities on Jan. 1 when Dillon steps down as CEO.