Archive for January, 2013

One Doomed Grocer Digs In, Another Gives Up

One Doomed Grocer Digs In, Another Gives Up

In her famously cheerful book “On Death and Dying,” Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross identified five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. One troubled grocery chain on the West Coast appears to be entering stage one, while another troubled grocery chain on the Gulf Coast has made it all the way to stage five. Nearly two months after its[Read More…]

January 31, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Is Your City the “Most Frugal”? Depends on Who You Ask.

Is Your City the “Most Frugal”? Depends on Who You Ask.

Atlanta is the country’s most coupon-loving city! Unless it’s Salt Lake City. Or Charlotte. It’s hard to tell, really. But that’s not stopping coupon providers from bestowing the title of “most frugal city” upon someone. It seems we all love lists, especially if our city is on them. Journalists love lists, because they make for easy stories that people seem[Read More…]

January 31, 2013 Coupons In The News
Watch the Super Bowl And Score Coupons

Watch the Super Bowl And Score Coupons

Plenty of people say they watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. But now, you can say you watch it just for the coupons. If you have your internet-enabled device handy during Sunday’s game, you can score some freebies. During the first half of the game, Pepsi will be giving away a million coupons for a free two-liter bottle[Read More…]

January 31, 2013 Coupons In The News
Disappearing Act: Vitamin Shoppe Says Coupon Emailed to Customers “Never Actually Existed”

Disappearing Act: Vitamin Shoppe Says Coupon Emailed to Customers “Never Actually Existed”

The Vitamin Shoppe is coming under fire for apparently trying to pull a Jedi mind trick on its customers. That coupon we emailed to you, they’re saying, is not an actual coupon. In fact, it never actually existed at all! But many irate customers aren’t buying it – and they’re vowing not to buy anything from the Vitamin Shoppe again.[Read More…]

January 30, 2013 Coupons In The News
SmartSource Parent Company Embroiled in Coupon “Civil War”

SmartSource Parent Company Embroiled in Coupon “Civil War”

Al Capone portrayed as a role model. Business tactics that one person compared to “rape.” Brazen threats to crush the competition. All in the service of saving us some money. Bet you never thought the world of coupons was quite so complicated. About the worst thing a couponer can do is clear shelves, or worse yet, pass counterfeit coupons. But[Read More…]

January 29, 2013 Coupons In The News
Remember What JCP Said About No Sales and Coupons? Never Mind.

Remember What JCP Said About No Sales and Coupons? Never Mind.

It was one year ago this week that JCPenney launched a radical new experiment. Sales and coupons were thrown out, in favor of “Fair and Square” everyday low prices. To paraphrase Dr. Phil – so how’s that working out for them? Well enough, that the chain is now admitting what shoppers have already noticed – sales, and some coupons, are[Read More…]

January 29, 2013 Coupons In The News
“The Stack” is Sacked, as H-E-B Goes Digital

“The Stack” is Sacked, as H-E-B Goes Digital

Coupon stacking has ended, and digital couponing has arrived at Texas’ H-E-B. And – well, prepare to be underwhelmed. But there’s still time. The San Antonio-based grocery chain’s much-heralded digital coupon program got off to a rocky start, even before it began. The coming launch was overshadowed earlier this month, by the related announcement that in order to implement digital[Read More…]

January 29, 2013 Coupons In The News
Sorry, Louisiana (and Others), No Cheap Milk for You

Sorry, Louisiana (and Others), No Cheap Milk for You

Small-government advocates are in a bit of an uproar, about authorities telling us how much we should pay for milk. “Louisiana Milk Police Combat Prices That Are Too Reasonable,” headlines Libertarian magazine Reason.com. “Holy cow!” says Fox News. “Udderly ridiculous,” writes the conservative news site WND. They’re all reacting to a recent news report that’s not necessarily news to people[Read More…]

January 28, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Helpful Hint: Don’t Use Your Store Loyalty Card to Commit a Crime

Helpful Hint: Don’t Use Your Store Loyalty Card to Commit a Crime

Never mind discounts and digital coupons, here’s one way your grocery store loyalty card can help you get stuff for free – just use it to break into someone’s house and steal their food. That turned out not to be such a great idea for a York, South Carolina man last week. The Herald newspaper reports that a 28-year-old homeowner[Read More…]

January 27, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
Who Will Blink First on Credit Card Swipe Fees?

Who Will Blink First on Credit Card Swipe Fees?

If you’re going shopping this weekend, and paying with a credit card – watch out. Beginning Sunday, stores can charge you extra for it. Under the terms of a settlement reached last year, stores will have the option of adding a surcharge for credit card payments – passing the cost that they already pay to the credit card companies, on[Read More…]

January 25, 2013 Grocery & Retail News
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