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Waste Management, Sam’s Club partner to help small businesses

BY Staff Writer

Houston — Waste Management has partnered with Sam’s Club to provide membership discounts to small and medium business customers, allowing them access to Sam’s Club’s savings on bulk merchandise and supplies.

“We’re proud to offer services and discount programs to our customers, especially with today’s tough economy,” said Downs Deering, VP Waste management’s small and medium business solutions division. “It’s our way of helping to promote the success of American businesses, and a way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers for their loyalty.”

Waste Management will offer Sam’s Club small business members their first month of solid waste and recycling collection service free when they add a new service. And, Sam’s Club will offer a special membership discount to Waste Management’s small and medium business customers.

“Aligning with Waste Management allows Sam’s Club to provide savings to our business members and the small business community,” said Mike Turner, senior vice president of membership at Sam’s Club. “Expanding our member benefits to environmental and waste service savings restates our commitment to seeing small businesses succeed by providing essential items and services at an exceptional value.”

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Toys’R’Us, Shaq team up to bring toys to needy children

BY CSA STAFF

WAYNE, N.J. — Toys"R"Us has launched its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The company has once agained teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal to encourage customers to "Give Back with Shaq."

Now through Dec. 2, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys in Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores nationwide. Those interested in making a toy or cash contribution online can visit Toysrus.com/ToysforTots through Christmas Eve, where they can browse Shaq’s Santa Sack, the official Toys for Tots Wish List filled with playthings sure to bring smiles to kids’ faces when they’re unwrapped on Christmas morning.

"I’ve lined up my reindeer, gathered my helpers and called for my sleigh – now, it’s all about bringing toys and smiles to the millions of kids in need across the country," said Shaquille O’Neal. "This is my fourth year partnering with Toys"R"Us to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and I couldn’t be more excited. For the next nine weeks, I’ll be encouraging people everywhere to ‘Give Back with Shaq’. Last year was a record-breaking year, but, I know that with the help of generous consumers, this year’s campaign can be a slam dunk!"

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Family Dollar names chief marketer

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Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores has named Jocelyn Wong to the position of SVP, chief marketing officer. Wong will report to Michael Bloom, president and COO.

“Effectively communicating our everyday value pricing to our customer is critical to driving trips and reinforcing our brand to grow our market share,” said Bloom. “In a highly competitive retail environment, Jocelyn brings the experience and strategic vision we need to drive innovation in how we communicate to our customer to differentiate our brand and improve customer loyalty through our circulars and in-store experience.”

Wong began her career with Proctor and Gamble where she held various roles including associate marketing director, NA Oral Care. Most recently she served as group VP shopper marketing for Safeway, where she led the creation of a newly formed shopper marketing organization. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and Biochemistry from Purdue University.

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