Walmart makes $10 million commitment to veterans
Bentonville, Ark. As part of its ongoing support of our nation’s military and veterans, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will launch a five-year, $10 million commitment to the veteran community, with a special emphasis on supporting job readiness and training of returning servicemen and servicewomen.
The funding will allow Walmart and its foundation to further support nonprofits that assist veterans in their pursuit of higher education and enable them to more easily reintegrate into civilian life.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 250,000 veterans were unemployed as of March 2010. As one of the nation’s largest private employers of veterans, Walmart made this $10 million commitment to address the alarming unemployment situation facing our veterans and create even more job opportunities for those who so bravely protected our country.
Smoke less, smell better
All this month Target is promoting an initiative called Celebrate Smoke-free designed to promote the benefits of not smoking while helping customer and employees choose a strategy to quit that suits their needs and lifestyle. Target hasn’t sold cigarettes in its stores since 1996.
The retailer does offer a wide assortment of stop-smoking aids and is giving those items greater visibility to Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic healthcare professionals who can offer support, smoking-cessation materials and advice. The month-long campaign is promoted with in-store signing, informational brochures and features in the weekly ad and at Target.com. The program coincides with the American Cancer Society’s 2010 Great American Smokeout on Nov.18. The Great American Smokeout is now in its 35th year.
Aldi opens new Florida location
Sebring, Fla. — Aldi opened a 17,000-sq.-ft. supermarket in Sebring, Fla., on Thursday.
The new store is Aldi’s 42nd Florida location. The grocery retailer opened its first store in the state in 2008 and, according to the company, will have 47 in Florida by year-end.