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Retail Refresh: Eight Nebraska Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 2:40PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
KEARNEY, Neb., April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of eight Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Nebraska culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Beatrice, Bellevue, Columbus, Fremont, Hastings, Kearney, McCook and North Platte. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Nebraska...

Papa John's Introduces: "Knot" Just Another Pizza Deal »

April 24, 2015 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Get a Large 2-topping Pizza for $10 plus + $4 all-new Garlic Knots online only for a limited-time.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's announced today its latest offering: all-new Garlic Knots - a shareable side that's sure to please fans of both its fresh, never frozen, original dough and signature garlic sauce. Papa John's will also offer customers the opportunity to pair a large, two-topping pizza for $10 with new Garlic Knots for just $4 when you order online - $1 lower than the regular menu price of $5.
This limited-time offering starts Monday, April 27 and lasts through May 24. The perfect complement to any Papa John's pizza, the twisted bread knots are oven baked and then sauced with Papa John's delicious, signature garlic parmesan sauce...

Retail Refresh: Two Kansas Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
ATCHISON, Kan. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of two Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Kansas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Atchison and Colby. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Kansas...

Pizza Pizza Among First Brands To Launch App For Apple Watch »

April 24, 2015 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Pizza Pizza

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 24, 2015) - It's pizza time. Pizza Pizza customers will now be able to order pizza from their wrist, as the company announces the launch of its app for Apple Watch. Canada's leading pizza chain is among the first brands to introduce an app for Apple Watch.
The Pizza Pizza app for Apple Watch, one of the first to offer food ordering, is based on the company's popular app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad models. It was first launched in 2011 in partnership with Plastic Mobile, and has seen well over half a million downloads to date. The app received a Webby Award, just one month after its launch, for best shopping tool for a handheld device and continues to delight customers.
"We have been on the forefront of innovation since we started delivering pizzas back in 1967," said Paul Goddard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Pizza Limited...

Tropical Smoothie Café Introduces Luau Sliders And New Mojito Smoothie Line »

April 24, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Popular Café Chain Offers Unique, Seasonal Flavors for May and June
April 24, 2015 // // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, is pleased to introduce its new LTO line of Luau Sliders and Mojito Smoothies. The savory and sweet menu offerings can be enjoyed starting April 27th, and will continue through June 28th.
Making its debut on the Tropical Smoothie Café menu this month is a new line of luau sliders, all served on a Hawaiian-style bun and stacked with flavor. A tender balance of spicy and sweet, the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Slider includes grilled chicken, jerk sauce and pineapple & mango salsa...

Starwood Preferred Guest® App For Apple Watch Unlocks New Level Of Access For Members »

April 24, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

With SPG’s Keyless Room Entry and Apple Watch, Opening Your Hotel Room Door is as Easy as a Flick of the Wrist
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Apple Watch lets you order an Uber, check into your flight, make a dinner reservation and now for the first time ever you can open your hotel room door all with the flick of the wrist. Starting today, members of Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), have instant access to the #spglife thanks to the SPG App for Apple Watch.
Marrying high-tech and high-touch, the SPG app for Apple Watch is designed to anticipate and respond to the in-the-moment needs of guests from mobile check in, to opening their guest room door, to providing information like the hotel address, room number, confirmation number, and directions and SPG account information with just a glance of the wrist...

AdviCoach Announces Launch Of Virtual Business Coaching Sessions »

April 24, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business coaching and advisory firm aims to help business owners become empowered, drive innovation and accelerate change through new “Power Hour” series
April 24, 2015 // // Southbury, CT – Recognizing the business community’s need for guidance in a convenient manner that business owners can fit into their schedules, AdviCoach - a national business coaching and advisory firm for small to mid-sized businesses - has introduced a bi-monthly, virtual business advice seminar series called Power Hour. The first four Power Hour educational sessions will be held on April 29, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. EST with a new speaker each hour.
As any business owner knows, independent business ownership can be tricky, and the road to success is often riddled with what seems like a never-ending list of questions on a variety of topics...

Interim HealthCare Promotes The Importance Of Advanced Healthcare Decisions »

April 23, 2015 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Interim HealthCare

April 2, 2015 // // SUNRISE, FL - In an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making, Interim HealthCare is promoting National Healthcare Decisions Day.
“Studies show that less than one-third of all adults have a living will or any kind of advance directive to make their healthcare wishes known in the event of catastrophe,” comments Kathleen Gilmartin, President and CEO of Interim HealthCare, Inc. “Having an advance directive enables families and healthcare providers to be better equipped to address advanced healthcare planning issues and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”
National Healthcare Decisions Day was started seven years ago to teach Americans the benefits of creating an advance directive, and to encourage healthcare providers to recommend them more often...

Valpak® At Forefront Of Technology; Launches Coupon App For New Apple Watch™ To Help Consumers #WatchforSavings »

April 23, 2015 at 3:48AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

April 23, 2015 // // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Leading the way in technology, Valpak® announces its new coupon app will be available for download for the Apple Watch™, making it one of the first coupon companies to offer savings for the new device, and making it easier than ever for consumers to get savings right in their neighborhoods.
“We’ve always been right there for consumers, finding the great offers on shops and services in their neighborhoods. Now we make getting those savings easier than ever,” said Michael Vivio, president of Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc., and Cox Target Media, Inc.
“At Valpak, our commitment to consumers is to give them what they want when they want it...

Café Yumm! Issues Its First Benefit Company Report »

April 22, 2015 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: Cafe Yumm!

Healthy Food, Healthy People, and Healthy Environment Emphasized
April 22, 2015 // // Eugene, OR. – As Oregon’s First Benefit Company (tied with 28 other Oregon companies) and one of 467 Benefit Companies headquartered in Oregon, it is most satisfying to release on this Earth Day 2015 our first ever Benefit Company Report.
The Report consists of 24 pages of data, inspiring stories, photos, and explanation of how our Triple Bottom Line efforts are being carried out. It is organized into three categories: Healthy Food, Healthy People, and Healthy Environments.
Healthy Food reviews food choices, nutrition and calories, sourcing certified organic/sustainably grown, and filtered water programs. It illustrates our efforts to provide food that is Soul satisfying...

Cold Stone Creamery® Conducts International Search For The World’s “Ultimate Crew Member” »

April 22, 2015 at 8:34AM PDT | Source: Cold Stone Creamery

Brazil Takes the Grand Prize
April 22, 2015 // // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Ice cream lovers around the world know Cold Stone Creamery® ( as an innovator when it comes to creating delicious and unique flavors. Along with that innovation, the brand is just as well-known for its special style of customer service, resulting in what it likes to call the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®. To create this type of memorable customer experience, crew members at Cold Stone Creamery® pull out all the stops. Each year, the brand hosts an international crew member search to identify and celebrate the cream of the crop crew members at its annual “Global Creamery Cup” competition.
For months leading up to the global competition, the various countries within the Cold Stone Creamery system hold local “Creamery Cup” competitions, which are a series of team building events that inspire and energize crew members through friendly competition...

Socially-Driven Companies Have A Competitive Advantage In Business »

April 22, 2015 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: The Alternative Board

Denver, CO (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - A recent survey of small business owners by The Alternative Board (TAB) revealed that 38% of respondents strongly agree that their company “is built around positively contributing to society.” The results of the survey show that socially-driven businesses are more optimistic, fare better than their competition, and represent a stronger personal vision.
What defines a company as being socially-driven? The survey suggests that socially-driven companies are companies that focus on their people. 85% of the businesses that identified as “socially-driven” strongly agree that their company “pursues win-win relationships with customers, employees, partners, and other key stakeholders...

El Paso Residents Challenged To Lose 1,000 Pounds In 28 Days »

April 22, 2015 at 6:09AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

El Paso Fit Body Boot Camp has challenged local residents to lose a total of 1,000 pounds during their 28-Day Meltdown Challenge. The local fitness center is offering the challenge for less than a dollar a day and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local diabetes foundations.
El Paso, Texas (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - The 1,000 Pound Meltdown Challenge will be begin May 4 and will be held at the El Paso Fit Body Boot Camp: 3945 Doniphan Park Cir, El Paso, TX 79922. The 28-Day event costs $27.99 and will be take place during morning classes throughout the week and weekend. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local diabetes foundations and research centers fighting against the debilitating effects of diabetes and diabetes related illnesses...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Paid Customers Over $20 Million For Recycling Gently Used Items »

April 22, 2015 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, announced that in 2014 they paid over $20 million to their customers to recycle their gently used clothes and accessories.
According to the 2014 Annual Sales Report, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores recycled more than 10 million used items from customers throughout the United States, paying cash or offering in-store credit. Items not purchased are given back to the customers or donated to local and national charities including the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Kiva, Make-A-Wish Foundation and buildOn.
“This is recycling at its best,” said Shauna Sloan, Founder of Kid to Kid. “With the exception of bottle recycling in a few states, there are very few programs where consumers are actually paid to recycle...

IHG Launches Sharable Rewards Through New "Share Forever" Promotion »

April 21, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Summer promotion with Coca-Cola offers IHG® Rewards Club Members the opportunity to earn and share special rewards with friends and family.
April 21, 2015 // // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage company, celebrate the summer of 2015 by introducing the “Share Forever” Promotion. From May 1 through Sept. 7, 2015, members of the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club, will have the opportunity to share their rewards with those people they care about the most. Not only will members be able to earn bonus points of their own, they’ll have the opportunity to earn additional points, and free nights they can share with others...

Buffalo Wings & Rings Hits A Homerun With Launch Of Ballpark-Themed Limited Time Menu »

April 21, 2015 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wings & Rings
Buffalo Wings & Rings Opportunities Available

Growing Sports Restaurant Franchise Offers Elevated Lineup of Ballpark Favorites
April 21, 2015 // // CINCINNATI - Buffalo Wings & Rings, a sports restaurant franchise with 46 locations in 12 states, is pleased to announce the launch of its ballpark themed limited time menu to celebrate America’s favorite pastime. Nine all-star offerings, including specialty hot dogs and boneless wings on a bed of caramel corn, will be available at restaurants system-wide starting April 27th. Buffalo Wings & Rings guests can expect a menu that takes ballpark favorites to the club level.
“As a brand, we are committed to providing an elevated experience to our guests, and we’ve knocked it out of the park with this menu,” said Nader Masadeh, President and CEO of Buffalo Wings & Rings...

Mosquito Squad Chooses Amplifinity To Grow And Automate Customer Referral Program »

April 21, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad Opportunities Available

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 - Mosquito Squad, North America’s largest and most trusted mosquito elimination and tick control company, has selected Amplifinity to build, automate, and manage their customer referral program, Share the Squad in order to increase customer and prospect engagement while also increasing demand generation quality and quantity.
Mosquito Squad, an Outdoor Living Brands company, recognizes the importance of fully automating referrals in a way that allows full participation at the franchise level while maintaining corporate-level support and sponsorship. Their customer-driven advocacy program allows Mosquito Squad customers to refer friends, neighbors, and family members. For every referred friend who becomes a client, the customer earns $25 as a thank you, and the friend saves $25 off their first Mosquito Squad treatment...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Expands Menu To Include New Favorites »

April 21, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

The Pizza & Beer Authority Offers Customizable Options; Expands Taverns Bites and Taproom Classics
April 21, 2015 // // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a national casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza and vast craft beer selection, announced today the launch of its new spring menu offering, which includes new favorites for guests to customize across the nation. Additionally, the brand has expanded its selection of Tavern Bites and Taproom Classics including the Craft Your Own Mac N' Cheese and three brand new Craft Burger selections. The new menu is available now at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom locations nationwide.
"We're excited to give our guests the opportunity to customize our menu options providing them with the chance to learn about pairing new flavors," said Mike Mrlik, President of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom...

Supercuts Delivers New Ad Campaign Highlighting Enhanced Guest Experience »

April 21, 2015 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: Supercuts

Iconic Hair Salon's Signature Hot Towel Finish and Digital Conveniences Get Guests "Ready to Go"
MINNEAPOLIS - April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Supercuts, the leader in the affordable haircare industry, has launched an enhanced guest experience that includes a signature Hot Towel Refresher® service and online check-ins via a new website and sleek mobile app. and the mobile app, available for iOS and Android, were designed for greater convenience, allowing guests to quickly and easily check in for same-day hair services. To highlight the enhanced experience, a new advertising campaign takes a unique spin on the selfie phenomenon to highlight the attention to detail that is part of every Supercuts' service.
The Finishing Touch...

Window Genie Celebrates National Window Film Day With $1,000 3M Window Film Giveaway »

April 21, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Window Genie

Participants given a chance to win a $1,000 3M Envision Window Genie installed window film job at their home.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) April 20, 2015 - To celebrate National Window Film Day on April 30th, Cincinnati-based Window Genie will give away a $1,000 window film installation to a customer in one of the 200 communities they service nationwide. Announced by The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade group representing the many benefits of window film from leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, National Window Film Day is a day of public education focusing on a cost-effective solution to reducing energy costs in homes, protecting skin and home decor from the sun’s damaging UV rays and to promote window safety...

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