MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Survey: Dining out big part of summer plans

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas – Dining out appears to be a big part of consumers’ summer plans. According to two recent surveys of more than 1,000 adults conducted by digital offers provider RetailMeNot, respondents estimate on average they will eat out nearly every day of the week (six days) and likely nine times a week during vacation.

When it comes to dining out, survey respondents prefer a buy one, get one free entree deal (35%) or a discount (such as 10% off) on their entire purchase (31%). Fewer see as much value in a free appetizer or dessert (7%) or drink specials (6%). Among 2014 summer vacationers, the top foods that survey respondents plan to eat during their summer vacation are burgers (76%), pizza (74%) and sandwiches (64%).

In addition, the vast majority of respondents have eaten at a fast food (87%) or fast-casual (67%) restaurant during a month’s time frame.

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DealsPlus redesigns site

BY Dan Berthiaume

Campbell, Calif. – Social shopping site DealsPlus.com has overhauled its site. Starting July 1, DealsPlus users will be able to create, curate and share their own "collections" of products.

Collections make it easy for users to find ideas from like-minded members of the community. For example, users looking for summer home decor inspiration can now "admire" the Summer Home collection and find targeted online deals. As part of the new release DealsPlus will begin working with celebrity and expert collection curators.

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Management shake-up at Signet Jewelers; Zale CEO Killion resigns

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hamilton, Bermuda — Signet Jewelers Ltd. on Tuesday announced that Theo Killion, CEO and president of its newly acquired Zale division, has resigned, effective July 31.

Killion had been tapped to lead Zale as a separate division within the company, Signet said when the deal closed in late May. George Murray, Signet’s current chief integration management officer, has been promoted to president of the Zale division and will succeed Killion upon his departure.

In other changes, Signet said Ronald Ristau resigned from his position as CFO, effective July 31, 2014. Michele Santana, currently Signet’s senior VP and controller, has been promoted to CFO designate, effective immediately. Santana will succeed Ristau as CFO of Signet following his departure.

In other changes, Ed Hrabak has been promoted to president of the Sterling division.

No official reason was given for the departure of Ristau or Killion.

Signet completed a $1.46 billion acquisition of rival Zale Corp. in May 2014.

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