Sunday newspapers and other print materials still dominate as top sources for coupons, but Americans increasingly are signing up to receive coupons through e-mails and text messages. According to research, about 8% of U.S. households get coupons through e-mail or text, with users tending to be young, affluent, educated and female.
Lingerie retailer Frederick's of Hollywood is hoping to enter mainstream stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl's with its new line of sleepwear and day apparel for young women. The clothing lines will be less racy than the retailer's usual products and won't be sold in the chain's own stores.
Target, in preparation for the key holiday shopping season, in the second half of 2009 anticipates spending more on marketing as a percentage of sales than it did last year. The retail giant's media spend in the latter half of 2008 was $451 million, per TNS Media Intelligence, but its ad spending was down 3% in the first quarter of this year, versus the first quarter of 2008, according to this article.
Though wait times in supermarkets are frustrating, a long wait isn't a customer's biggest complaint -- an unfair queue system is. In response, more retailers are creating single-line systems to ensure that service is truly first come, first serve.
Wal-Mart is planning to introduce a program that offers free mail delivery of about 300 generic prescription drugs for $10 each to customers in 22 states in the Midwest and Northeast as well as the District of Columbia. The program, which was launched in May in Michigan, also provides customers access to more than 3,000 low-priced brand and generic drugs.