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J&J Gives Walgreens Its MTV

J&J Gives Walgreens Its MTV August 20, 2014

Walgreens hosted an exclusive sweepstakes from Johnson & Johnson this summer that awarded a trip to Los Angeles to attend the "MTV Video Music Awards" on Aug. 24. Consumers entered…

Target Heads Back to Class on the Up & Up August 19, 2014

Target bolstered its product offering and e-commerce aids in preparation for a back-to-school season that kicked off with a new cause effort.…

Dollar General Also Wants Family Dollar August 19, 2014

Dollar General made an offer to buy Family Dollar for $9.7 billion cash, topping the $9.5 million cash and stock bid channel rival Dollar Tree made for the retailer last month.…

Rite Aid Recruits Tech-Savvy Students August 18, 2014

Rite Aid continued to broaden its seasonal product offerings by focusing its back-to-school efforts on consumer electronics and fashionable dorm-room essentials for returning college students.…

Walgreens' BTS Activity Gets a Shot in the Arm August 15, 2014

Walgreens made the second flight of its “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” cause campaign the centerpiece of its back-to-school marketing this year. The retailer has promised to donate the…

Mills Gives Meijer Plenty of 'Box Tops' for BTS August 14, 2014

Meijer kicked off back-to-school season with a series of promotions leveraging General Mills' evergreen "Box Tops for Education" cause program. A July 24 circular feature offered…

Walmart Plugs in for Back to School August 13, 2014

Walmart expanded its assortment of consumer electronics in time to make a big category push as part of its back-to-school marketing campaign.…

Kmart Names Tesco Exec as President August 13, 2014

Sears Holdings named Tesco veteran Alasdair James to the position of president and chief member officer of Kmart.…

From the Glossary (i)

Wire feet

At its simplest, two sections of straight wire, bent at an angle to form an interlocking base with four "legs" that insert into a rolled paper tube. Commonly used to hold up pole toppers.

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Sony Walmart 'Be A Hero' Contest

August 13, 2014 Sony Walmart 'Be A Hero' Contest

Walmart is hosting an exclusive back-to-school-themed “Be A Hero” contest from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to tie in to the home video release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Consumers enter from Aug. 5 through Sept. 15 by tweeting a live link to a YouTube video explaining why their school is amazing. A panel of judges will choose five grand-prize winners to receive a pep rally with a visit from Spider-Man and 100 others to receive a recorded audio greeting from the character for their schools.

Quaker Walmart Back-to-School Incentive

August 13, 2014 Quaker Walmart Back-to-School Incentive

PepsiCo’s Quaker is running an exclusive back-to-school promotion at Walmart. The brand is promising a $5 store e-gift card with purchase of $15 worth of its products from July 1 through Sept. 30. Customers redeem the offer through New York-based TPG Rewards by submitting a photo of their qualifying receipt via text or email. Supporting banner ads running throughout link to Quaker’s brand showcase, where a rotating carousel ad also plugs the incentive.

Staples P&G 'brandSaver' Promotion

July 28, 2014 Staples P&G 'brandSaver' Promotion

In what may be its first-ever tie-in to Procter & Gamble's brandSaver FSI event (see Related Articles), Staples spotlighted deals on Febreze, Brawny, Charmin, Gain Flings and Tide Pods in its July 27 circular. The feature also directed consumers to Sunday newspapers to find a coupon for Febreze.

Ahold P&G Back-to-School Promotion

July 28, 2014 Ahold P&G Back-to-School Promotion

Ahold USA’s Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains tied in to Procter & Gamble’s July 27 brandSaver FSI drop (see Related Articles) with a back-to-school-themed insert in July 25/27 circulars.

The four-page insert promised store loyalty cardholders $4 off the purchase of four P&G products while directing them to brandSaver to find additional savings. Among the featured brands were Olay, Crest, Pantene, Gillette, Ivory, Herbal Essences, Always, NyQuil and Pepto-Bismol.

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