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Target to start Black Friday sale a day early

BY Staff Writer

New York — Target plans to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to kick of its Black Friday promotional efforts and will follow up with additional deals that become available at 4 a.m.

The company is also rewarding its REDcard holders by allowing them early access to select Black Friday sale items at Target.com.

"We heard from our guests that they look forward to kicking off their holiday shopping with deal-hunting on Thanksgiving night. Opening at 9 p.m. gives Target’s Black Friday guests a more convenient way to create an after-dinner shopping event that the entire family can enjoy," said Kathee Tesija, Target’s EVP merchandising. "Guests can shop with confidence throughout the entire holiday weekend knowing that Target offers incredible value on items for decorating, entertaining and gift giving."

Target is among a growing group of retailers who in recent years have moved forward Black Friday opening times to the point where it became inevitable stores would open on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart stores begin offering Black Friday deals at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and like Target, attributed the decision to customer demand.

The other major structural change that has taken place around Black Friday is the early release of deals. Once tightly guarded, the digital era changed everything when several years ago deals began to leak out. Now, retailers take the proactive approach and simply pre-announce their special offers.

In Target’s case, some of the offers include a Apex brand 32 inch LCD TV for $147, a Nikon L310 digital camera for $99, a Nook Simple Touch e-reader for $49 and Beats headphones for $179.

Under the guise of "bonus doorbusters," Target has promotional pricing on other key items that kicks in at 4 a.m. and a special gift card incentive. Items offered at 4 a.m. include a Samsung 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $699, a Canon A3400 Camera bundle for $89 and Leapfrog Explorer Software for $15.

From 4 a.m. on Nov. 23, until noon, those who spend $50 or more on apparel, accessories or home products will received a $10 Target gift card.

For those shoppers who want an even earlier head start, Target is making 20 promotional items available on it website beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 21, but only to those who hold one of the company’s REDcards.

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

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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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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

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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

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Williams-Sonoma launches new brand of personalized gifts and accessories

BY Marianne Wilson

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma said Thursday it has launched a new direct-to-consumer gifts and accessories brand called Mark and Graham. The brand will debut with its own direct mail catalog and website.

At the heart of the new brand, said the retailer, is complimentary monogramming and personalization on its products, with a choice of more than 50 custom monograms and creative type treatments. Every purchase comes with complimentary personalization, and arrives in a signature linen box finished with extra-wide grosgrain ribbon and a customizable gift card.

“I’m extremely proud to launch Mark and Graham, as it is an example of our innovative culture here at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.,” said Laura Alber, president and CEO, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. “One of the things that differentiates our company is our ability to incubate and launch new brands that can grow into substantial businesses. With Mark and Graham, our goal is to create a destination for beautiful, high-quality, thoughtful gifts that are personalized by the artful use of typography.”

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