Archive for July, 2012

Want Some Foil? Got an ID?

Want Some Foil? Got an ID?

First, it was Sudafed. Then powered baby formula. Then, bizarrely, Tide detergent. Now you can add aluminum foil to the items that may only be available behind the counter at your local store. Really. Fox 10 News in Phoenix reports that some local CVS stores are pulling aluminum foil off their shelves and making them available only by request. Signs[Read More…]

July 19, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Where’s the Milk? Ask Your App!

Where’s the Milk? Ask Your App!

If you’ve ever found yourself wandering the aisles of a store, looking for someone – anyone – who works there and can tell you where to find what you’re looking for, your problem is solved – there’s an app for that. “Mobile retail navigation service” aisle411 has announced that it’s completed mapping all 7,907 Walgreens drug stores in the United[Read More…]

July 18, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Swipe Fees Could Swipe Your Savings

Swipe Fees Could Swipe Your Savings

Kroger is telling us not to worry – they’re not going to start charging credit card customers more. They just won’t charge them less. The country’s biggest grocery chain is publicly mulling how to respond to last week’s multibillion-dollar settlement in a case pitting retailers against credit card companies. Visa and MasterCard were accused of price-fixing, in setting the fees[Read More…]

July 17, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
[EXPIRED] Coupons Your Horse Can Use!

[EXPIRED] Coupons Your Horse Can Use!

A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And horses can’t coupon at all, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse shops at Southern States! Why should Fluffy and Fido get all the deals, with supermarket sales and coupons for cat and dog food? Here’s a deal that even Mr. Ed would like – free horse feed![Read More…]

July 17, 2012 Coupons You Can Use
Couponers’ Loot Was Like “Drug Cartel-Type of Stuff”

Couponers’ Loot Was Like “Drug Cartel-Type of Stuff”

Because we just can’t get enough about the crooked coupon caper, here’s another update on the case of the alleged counterfeit couponers in Phoenix. Phoenix TV station KPHO spoke with the lead investigator of “Operation Super Coupon”, which resulted in three arrests and the seizure of $40 million in fake coupons. Sgt. David Lake of the Phoenix Police Department told[Read More…]

July 16, 2012 Coupons In The News
Always Low Prices. Always. (Sometimes.)

Always Low Prices. Always. (Sometimes.)

As Walmart continues to grab a greater share of the grocery market, it’s also casting a laserlike focus on a growing number of individual competitors, in carefully-selected cities across the country. But increasingly, devotees of those competitors are saying that all is not as it seems. Walmart introduced its first “Walmart Challenge” ad campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina back in[Read More…]

July 16, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Happy 40th, Bar Code! You Don’t Look a Day Over 5-37000-00176

Happy 40th, Bar Code! You Don’t Look a Day Over 5-37000-00176

Imagine a scenario in which grocery prices aren’t marked on the shelves, your cashier has to closely examine every single product you buy, and none of your coupons will scan. Sound like a nightmare? Actually, it’s the way things were just 40 years ago. The Cincinnati Enquirer points out that it was July 1972 when a Kroger supermarket in town[Read More…]

July 15, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Sunday’s Coupons – 7/15/12

Sunday’s Coupons – 7/15/12

You should find one coupon insert from SmartSource in your Sunday newspaper this weekend. You can also find some of these coupons available as printable versions in the Smartsource and RedPlum sections of our Printable Coupons page. And now, as provided by Sunday Coupon Preview, here are the coupons to watch for this weekend: Arm & Hammer $.75/1 laundry products[Read More…]

July 14, 2012 Coupons You Can Use
Who Needs Grocery Stores, Anyway?

Who Needs Grocery Stores, Anyway?

Are you still buying your groceries at a grocery store? How quaint! Supermarkets are poised to lose their position as America’s preferred grocery-shopping destination. And it’s not only big-box discounters like Walmart and Target that are taking their business. The Wall Street Journal reports that supermarkets’ share of U.S. grocery sales fell to 51% last year. And Forbes cites a[Read More…]

July 14, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
JCPenney Coupons and the CEO: Only One Can Survive

JCPenney Coupons and the CEO: Only One Can Survive

No more coupons, no more customers? Given department store JCPenney’s dismal performance since doing away with discounts and coupons, might CEO Ron Johnson consider bringing back coupons? “No,” he says. Ok, might JCPenney consider doing away with its CEO then? “Yes,” says one retail analyst. The company’s credit rating retreated further into junk status this week, as it laid off[Read More…]

July 13, 2012 Coupons In The News
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