Kroger's Central Division is donating at least $3.8 million between 2011 and 2013 for K-12 education, and volunteers are contributing thousands of hours of their time. The program includes grants for schools and libraries; a partnership with the Summer Youth Program Fund; and donations of money and books to the Community Rewards program to improve literacy in low-income families.
Safeway might put its Canadian properties in a real estate investment trust, an executive told analysts. The company explored putting U.S. properties and its Property Development Centers in REITs but decided against it, the executive said.
Research by Prosper Insights & Analytics shows that black consumers score highest in mobile aptitude, indicating greater use of mobile devices, particularly to assist with purchases. Shoppers with high mobile aptitude are likely to treat bricks-and-mortar stores as showrooms and use their devices to comparison-shop, get more information on products and seek discounts and deals.
GNC, which previously sold private-label products only at GNC stores and at Rite Aid, added Sam's Club to its distributors. Since 1999, GNC products have been sold at Rite Aid through a co-branded store within a store called GNC LiveWell.