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Free Shipping Day: No Minimums Allowed

free-shipping-dayIn an interesting juxtaposition of headlines last week, Target announced free shipping on all holiday orders through Dec. 20. A day later, The Wall Street Journal came out with “Free Shipping Is Going to Cost You More,” highlighting the misnomer that is the “free shipping with minimum order” promotion. The article found the average order to qualify for free shipping is $82, up from $76 a year ago.
“The Wall Street Journal story is a much-needed response to those who believe free shipping is everywhere these days,” says Luke Knowles, CEO of FreeShipping.org. “Retailers may have a free shipping offer, but it typically doesn’t mean you’ll dodge delivery fees on any order.”
As a pioneer in the free shipping space, Knowles started FreeShipping.org in 2007 to help online shoppers avoid the delivery fees he disliked so much. A year later he founded Free Shipping Day, the one-day online event when shoppers can get free shipping and delivery by Christmas Eve.
“Back then, free shipping was pretty rare and retailers were just discovering how powerful a promotion it could be,” continues Knowles. “It was, and continues to be, the number-one deal online shoppers respond to.”
Indeed, 69 percent of respondents to Accenture’s annual holiday spending survey said free shipping was their primary incentive for shopping online. Comscore’s 2014 UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper found close to a third (30 percent) of respondents will hold off on buying online until free shipping is offered, while 50 percent will ditch their digital shopping carts if their orders don’t quality for free shipping.
The emphasis on “real” free shipping is what drove Knowles and his team to require merchants participating in Free Shipping Day to waive minimum order thresholds for the 2013 event. “We realized if we wanted retailers to offer true free shipping, trying to convince them a few days before our event wasn’t enough. We decided not to give them an option to offer anything less than real free shipping, and will continue that standard this year.”
Last year, close to 1,000 retailers participated in Free Shipping Day, pulling in an estimated $868 million in online sales. Knowles and his team are already working on this year’s December 18th event, ramping up for what will likely be another record-breaking online shopping season. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates consumers will complete over half (56 percent) of their holiday shopping online this year, a record-high in the organization’s 13-year history of surveying shoppers.
Free Shipping Day is scheduled this year for Thursday, Dec. 18. Visit www.freeshippingday.com for more information.

 

Article contributed by Kendal Perez (kendal@freeshippingday.com) of Free Shipping Day.

Meet Lori Brown

loribrownLori Brown selflessly shared her story with the Roanoke Go Red For Women Luncheon attendees this last year.  She never thought it would happen to her.  She is a young wife and mother and after learning she had atrial fib, each day of life became more important to her.  After ablation in 2011, she feels great, but knows that further therapy might be needed.  She shares her personal heart story and “Goes Red” to help educate other women on the importance of heart health, the No. 1 killer of women in the U. S.!

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

SuperFood Drive

Woman checking food labellingIn the next few weeks we will be surrounded by food drives. Although all of them are important, a non-profit organization called SuperFood Drive is changing the way we think of donating to the hungry.

To simultaneously combat the epidemics of hunger, malnutrition, obesity, and chronic disease, SuperFood Drive works with and supports food banks and food pantries around the world to transform them into healthy hunger relief organizations.

“Our goal is to fill all food banks and food pantries with nutrient dense foods so those in need get the food that is critical to living a healthy and active life,” says Ruthi Solari, founder and executive director of SuperFood Drive.

Over the years, many products have been donated to the one in six Americans struggling to keep food on the table. Unfortunately, filling empty stomachs with unhealthy, non-perishable food is not enough. Often it does not satiate the recipient’s hunger. Even if it does, it can lead to health problems down the road that will present yet another financial obstacle.  

bellaweb1SuperFoods are foods with the most nutrient-density per calorie. They are packed full of vitamins and minerals, and they are what we all should be filling our bodies with to get healthy. Some of us have the choice to purchase them for ourselves. For those that do not, it is important that they are given the same opportunity to be healthy as everyone else. By transforming every food drive into an opportunity to collect healthy, nourishing food for those in need, obesity and its related diseases will fall by the wayside in this highly susceptible population. SuperFoods have been proven to help prevent, and in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers.

SuperFoods also has a program focused on educating the next generation called SuperKids for SuperFoods. It provides two options: a quick and fun educational engagement called SuperKids OlympiKs or, for a more in-depth approach, a six-week service-learning program that combines nutrition education with community service to engage youth, ages 11-18, as community leaders and food equity advocates. In addition, SuperFood Drive provides resources for the community on how to host their own SuperFood Drives.

To find out more about SuperFood Drive or to find out how to host your own SuperFood Drive please visit www.superfooddrive.org.

Meet Jennifer Walker

dr walkerNot only a Doctor of Chiropractic, Jennifer Walker is also the owner of Balance Wellspace, a clinic that stays true to her vision of focusing on patient care and total body wellness. Through her chiropractic, fitness and day spa treatments she inspires her patients to live healthier lives.

 Nominated by Sandy Fox

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

 

Tasty, Healthy Cold-Pressed Juice

fujibottleIn a market dominated by fads and confusing nutrition labels, Red Jacket believes that health and wellness should be a celebration, not a chore. Their cold-pressed juice blends reflect that mantra in both their taste and ingredients.

Their 100% fruit juice flavors include fuji, blackcurrant, cranberry, grape, raspberry, Joe’s New York style lemonade, and strawberry. Each one has a short list of ingredients and contains soluble fiber and 50% more antioxidants than clear juice. Never from concentrate, they also do not add sugar or water. When you purchase their product, you are buying a juice that is pressed from the whole fruit from which it came.

Red Jacket also offers cold-pressed stomps in apricot and tart cherry. Just in time for fall, you can also purchase their classic or spiced premium ciders. Locally you can purchase them at The Fresh Market, located in Tower’s Mall in Roanoke. Visit their website for more information on how to purchase and the products they offer.

Meet Christine Poarch

christineSince the inception of her law practice in 2003, Salem native Christine Poarch has been dedicated to helping our diverse community. Her law practice helps people in our community with immigration issues, international adoptions and local DSS adoptions.

Nominated by the women of Poarch Law.

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Guilt Free Chips!

bellawebNow you can indulge into a bag of your favorite flavored chips without feeling guilty! Quest protein chips contain only five grams of carbs and boast 21 grams of protein. Additionally, they are gluten free with no added soy. By comparison, a typical bag of chips contains 23 grams of carbs, two grams of fat and two grams of protein.

The 120-calorie bags of salty chips are sold individually or can be purchased in bulk. The flavors offered are barbeque, sea slat, cheddar and sour cream, salt and vinegar, and sour cream and onion. Ingredients for the guilt free chips include: protein blend (milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate), dried potatoes, corn starch and high oleic sunflower oil.

Quest nutrition also offers pasta, protein bars, cravings peanut butter cups and merchandise! Quest’s mission is to revolutionize food and make healthy eating fun for others. 

To find a retailer that offers them near you, check out their website. Enjoy your tasty, guilt free bag of chips!

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Meet Stephanie Lohmann

StephanieLohmannStephanie Lohmann has had a profound impact on southwest Virginia through her work as program manager with Blue Ridge Literacy which helps adults in our region strengthen their literacy skills. She is an accomplished author and a recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize in 2011.

Nominated by Jeff Hodges

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.