Wal-Mart Launches Presidential Candidate Videos on Web Site
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Monday launched a video-based voter guide enabling presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain to share their views on key issues with Wal-Mart customers and associates. Through the company’s Web sites, both major candidates will present their views on issues beginning today through Election Day.
Two videos from each campaign are available on four Wal-Mart Web sites. The video-based voter guide will enable the candidates to introduce themselves to customers, club members and associates, detail their plans and positions on key issues, and will reflect the candidates’ campaign platforms in a nonpartisan manner.
The company plans to alert customers and associates of this unique Internet offering through public service announcements that will air beginning today on Wal-Mart’s in-store television network.
Fresh & Easy to sell 99-cent reusable bags
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has introduced a reusable canvas shopping bag, which is priced at 99 cents.
The new 99-cent reusable canvas bag is made with 100% unbleached cotton, and carries a simple design of the Fresh & Easy logo. The bag is large and can hold up to 100 pounds.
“We want to make green decisions easier for our customers, and in today’s economy, budgets aren’t stretching as far as they were before,” said Simon Uwins, Fresh & Easy chief marketing officer. “By carrying attractive, affordable reusable bags, we hope to make it even easier for our customers to make more environmentally friendly decisions.”
Fresh & Easy currently carries a 20 cent “bag for life” which will be replaced for free if it is ever torn or damaged. The company plans to introduce two new carrier bags by the end of the year including a wine carrier canvas bag that holds up to 7 bottles for only $1.99 in mid-November and an organic canvas shopping bag for $2.99 in mid-December.
Kmart updates layaway service
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Kmart has updated its layaway program, allowing customers to pay off their purchased items over an eight-week period.
The program enables customers to make bi-weekly payments at their Kmart store. According to the company, as long as payments are made on time, the merchandise will be held for them.
The layaway program does come with some restrictions. For example, seasonal holiday items must be paid in full and picked up on or before Dec. 5, and home electronics merchandise greater than $200 are excluded for Layaway after Nov. 16.
Kmart said no “new” layaways will be accepted between Dec. 12 and Jan. 2, 2009.