February 9, 2011 |
It's the fight of the little gal against the corporate giant. Danielle Wallace, the young Northeast Philadelphia woman who was wrongly accused of theft while working as a cashier at a Walmart in the Far Northeast in 2009, has sued the company and one of its employees. The suit, filed last week in Common Pleas Court seeking more than $50,000 in damages accuses Walmart and Thomas Morell - the employee who accused her of the thefts - of malicious prosecution, false arrest, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
December 20, 2012 |
A state-sponsored cash-for-guns program for Camden County residents picked up 1,137 firearms over two days, a record number for the state, officials said Tuesday. New Jersey's attorney general said some gun owners who showed up at two Camden churches Friday and Saturday appeared to be motivated by the killings Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Jeffrey S. Chiesa alluded to the possible motive at a news conference at Camden's police department, where heaps of surrendered firearms were on display.
June 29, 2011
My mother is the only one who still mails me birthday cards. The rest of the world blows up my cellphone and Facebook wall. But I miss the personal notes - getting mail on my special day was fun. Am I alone here? Michael Marchesani doesn't believe I am. That's why the Collegeville-based entrepreneur came up with the direct-mail marketing concept called BirthdayPak. Each month, Marchesani mails 10,000 personalized birthday greetings to affluent women in the Philadelphia area.
March 4, 2010 |
Heidi Azar of Cherry Hill knew her mother needed help. Caring for Azar's 91-year-old grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, had become a 24-hour-a-day job as his condition worsened over the last two years. "My mom's the one that suffers to some degree," Azar said. "She doesn't want to put him in a home but . . . everyone needs some time away in these situations. " Azar suspected her mother would be reluctant to have a stranger come into her home to help. Then she heard of a new product offered by TLC HomeCare Services of Moorestown: respite packaged as pampering.
November 30, 2011 |
How do you take the most popular gift in America and make it better? How do you enhance the gift-giving experience for both the giver and recipient? A company tackled these questions a year ago and in September launched the answer: Giftly, a service that takes gift cards to the next level. Recently I spoke with Tim Bentley, the CEO of Giftly, about how he is revolutionizing the gift card industry. According to Bentley, nearly $100 million worth of gift cards will be given this year and 95 percent of adults have either given or received gift cards.
June 22, 2011 |
Chester will hold a gun exchange on Saturday, the mayor's office announced. In exchange for a weapon during the "Goods for Guns" program, participants will receive $100 ShopRite supermarket gift card, that can be used at the Eddystone location. Those who turn over an assault weapon will receive additional money. There is a two-gun limit for the gift cards. The weapons will be collected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at either of the Chester firehouses, located at 320 E. 14th St. and 1501 W. Third St. Last year, close to 300 guns were exchanged in a similar program, the mayor's office said.
December 27, 2005 |
As shoppers snapped back into action yesterday, one self-described Scrooge sat alone in Franklin Mills Mall, surveying and scorning the scene. "A bunch of idiots!" said Bill Lawn, 74, a Philadelphia retiree calmly sipping coffee and reading a newspaper at Gloria Jean's Coffee. "People allow their religious beliefs to be so commercialized that they don't even know what Christmas means anymore. " Religion aside, the meaning of Christmas may be changing - for merchants. Retailers said yesterday's big crowds at the malls affirmed that Dec. 25 had come to be an intermission in seasonal sales rather than a finale, thanks to the ever-growing business in gift cards.
December 21, 2012
GIFT CARDS, so useful around the holidays. I love them and I hate them. I love them because they're easy. I hate them because they're too easy. They are great for the clueless (you?) who - even today - haven't finished Christmas shopping. Gift cards arose partly, I think, because cash can be seen as gauche or crass. (If you have any of that gauche, crass stuff taking up valuable drawer space, send it to me. I know how to safely dispose of it.) U.S. gift-card transactions passed $100 billion last year for the first time, according to the research firm TowerGroup.
April 6, 2012 |
TRENTON - Two major players in the gift-card market announced plans Thursday to pull out of New Jersey rather than comply with a law that lets the state claim the value of unredeemed cards after just two years. Blackhawk Network and InComm made separate announcements that they would quit doing business in New Jersey in June unless the law is reversed. The companies - third-party providers of gift cards to malls, groceries, and convenience stores - told the Associated Press it was too hard to comply with the changes in New Jersey's unclaimed-property law. The law requires gift-card sellers to obtain zip codes from buyers so the state can claim the value of unused cards.
January 6, 2012 |
It's been 12 days since Christmas. Go redeem your gift cards! That's my takeaway after a chat with Brian Riley, a senior research director in the retail banking and cards practice at TowerGroup. He studies the retail industry and calculates that in this new year, $2 billion in gift-card purchases will go unredeemed. Some will be lost. Others misplaced. And some recipients are simply not motivated to shop at certain retailers. Believe it or not, the $2 billion figure will represent an improvement.