Associated Food Stores Loyalty Program Reports

Increased Basket Size and Digital Coupon Use

Accelitec and AFS partnership releases new loyalty features for AFS membership

Salt Lake City, UT (Aug. 7, 2019) Associated Food Stores (AFS) has renewed its loyalty program service contract with Accelitec – offering new digital features to AFS membership.

A partnership that began in 2012 with loyalty services has continued to scale with a significant number of new features and wide adoption by AFS retailers. Together, AFS and Accelitec have created a fully digital customer experience where customers can earn points with every purchase, save with digital coupons and track rewards online or through a mobile app.

In addition, a new “coupon limits” feature is set to be released this fall, giving retailers and vendors the ability to control limits with digital coupons, offering up to five redemptions per coupon.

“We are incredibly pleased with the partnership we’ve established with Accelitec. We have many progressive retailers and offering tools that allow them to take advantage of new technology helps us remain competitive. We look forward to continuing to innovate with Accelitec to deliver the best shopping experience possible to our guests,” said Jessica Cronin, shopper marketing manager at AFS.

AFS’ loyalty program has resulted in increased customer retention and sales, with AFS corporate stores reporting the average basket size of rewards members is $14.75 higher than non-rewards guests. Additionally, digital coupon use continues to increase each year—with a 34% increase in digital coupon redemptions and 20% increase in coupon clips compared to 2018.

The Accelitec loyalty offering also allows customization that’s attractive to independent retailers: members can execute a branded program where they can create unique offers and deals. Additional options include digital coupons, continuity programs that require action (like a digital clip) or instant offers, a mobile app and email marketing features to help AFS retailers meet the needs of their guests.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with AFS and their forward-thinking marketing team,” said Amy Iversen, director of customer experience of Accelitec. “They are consistently seeking new ways to enhance the shopping experience on behalf of their retailers, and we look forward to helping them build stronger connections with their guests through innovation.”

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About Associated Food Stores: Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

About Accelitec, Inc. Accelitec offers a  simple-to-sophisticated software suite that retailers to deliver digital communications and promotions that improve sales, enhance shopper relationships and increase brand funding. www.accelitec.com

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Macey’s Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raise $77,475 to send children to MDA Summer Camp

MDA and Associated Food Stores celebrate another year of sponsoring MDA Summer Camp

 

WHEN: July 19, 2019, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lehi Macey’s, (760 E Main St, Lehi, UT)

WHAT: MDA Summer Camp Ambassadors accept check from Associated Retail Operations

WHO: Macey’s store team from the top-fundraising store, MDA Executive Director, Tracey Wilson, Hannah Carter, Cora and Romasi Toutai who recently came home from MDA summer camp and will share their camp experience and MDA’s support.

VISUALS: MDA children talking about their camp experience, MDA check presentation with large check with Macey’s team.

 

Salt Lake City, UT (July 19, 2019) Guests at 39 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores across Utah raised $77,475 to help send children affected by muscle disease to MDA summer camp held at Camp Kostopulos.

“We are grateful to our guests for their generosity during the MDA shamrock drive,” said Darin Peirce, Director of Associated Retail Operations. “We love working with organizations like MDA to make a difference in our communities. We were honored to help more than 20 children attend MDA summer camp this year and hope they had a wonderful time.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which shoppers purchased MDA Shamrock’s during checkout. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:
Macey’s: www.maceys.com
Lin’s: www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s: www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market: www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market: www.freshmarketstores.com

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.

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SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores

create can display that’s out of this world

Companies donate more than $1,617 in food to benefit Utah food insecurity

Salt Lake City, UT (July 12, 2019) A space ship made out of nearly 1,924 cans of food recently took residence at the SLC Library thanks to SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores. The companies participated in Salt Lake County Health Department’s 4th annual Foodstruction program, which encourages companies to build creative displays out of healthy food items to raise awareness of food insecurity. Following the event, SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated the used items, totaling more than $1,617 worth of food to Utah Food Bank.

“One in five children have no idea where their next meal is coming from,” said Emily Butlin, Associated Food Stores senior marketing specialist. “Food insecurity in Utah is real—and we believe we can all make a difference to help those who are in need.”

SelectHealth organized a team to participate in the event and coordinated with Associated Food Stores to get the 1,924 cans needed to complete the design. The project required two different builds—a test run and the final product. The test run was donated to For the Kids, a nonprofit that feeds hungry children over the weekend with community donations and volunteers.

“SelectHealth is proud to have won the prize for donating the most amount of food to help our community in previous years. With the help of Associated Foods, we hope to win it again this year. The staff that participates in this event have a lot of fun designing the project, and seeing it come to light. The fact that it does such great for the community is a bonus.”

“This is our 4th year participating in this wonderful event. SelectHealth loves that this event really shines a light on the food insecurities members of our communities’ face. We chose to do a spaceship this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.”

Foodstruction is part of Salt Lake County Health Department’s mission to fight food insecurity with Utah Food Bank. Each year several companies visit libraries across the county to build creative displays meant to educate the community about food insecurity. Community members are then invited to vote for their favorites.

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About Associated Food Stores

Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

About SelectHealth

SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 850,000 members. Through a shared mission with Intermountain Healthcare®, we are committed to helping people live the healthiest lives possible®. In addition to medical plans, SelectHealth offers dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management, and life and disability coverage to its members. SelectHealth plans are available for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, and we’re also a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. For details, visit selecthealth.org.

Media Contacts

Sarah Pettit

Associated Food Stores

801-978-8948

Scpettit@afstores.com

Jamee Wright

SelectHealth

801-442-7962

Jamee.wright@selecthealth.org

New services will be available beginning April 1, 2019.

Salt Lake City, UT (March 28, 2019) Macey’s is making it easier for guests to take care of their health, in addition to their groceries. Starting April 1, 2019, select Macey’s pharmacies will be offering clinical consultations and prescriptive services for urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast infections and cold sores.

“Anyone who has had to deal with things like a yeast infection or UTI knows how important it is to start treating it quickly,” said Denise Kunkle, pharmacy clinical services manager. “With these new services at our in-store pharmacies, our patients can get the treatment they need quickly and easily.”

No appointment is needed to take advantage of these new clinical services. For a low-cost consultation fee, shoppers can stop by the pharmacy, fill out a questionnaire, meet with a qualified pharmacist and receive a personal treatment plan.

The new prescriptive treatment for UTIs, yeast infections and cold sores will be available at Macey’s pharmacies in Draper, Murray, Lehi, Logan, Providence, Provo, Tooele and West Jordan. Each pharmacy provides extended business hours, making it convenient for patients to get the care they need when it works best for their schedule.

These new services are in addition to strep testing, immunizations, and flu shots that help ensure we provide high-quality care for patients. For more information about Macey’s and all the services available at our pharmacies, visit Maceys.com/pharmacy.

New Highland store will be Macey’s 15th location

Highland, UT (March 6, 2019) Macey’s is growing! We’re bringing our unbeatable shopping experience and competitive pricing to the Highland community with a new store at 5353 W 11000 N, replacing Ridley’s Family Market.

“We can’t wait to begin welcoming guests to our new Macey’s Highland store. Our increased product selection, meal solutions, and Perks rewards program will provide guests an outstanding shopping experience every time they walk in the door,” said Darin Peirce, director of retail operations for Macey’s.

The Highland location will feature a wide selection of offerings and amenities, including:

  • An expanded delicatessen with smoked meats, sushi, hot food buffet, salad bars, sandwiches, wraps and more
  • Extensive bakery offerings such as artisan bread, bagels, fresh pastries, donuts and cakes
  • A larger produce section with organic and local items, fresh salsa, and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • An increased dairy offering with more cage-free and organic items
  • A broad selection of grass-fed, free-from products, and Certified Angus Beef
  • A specialty cheese island with enhanced cheese offerings

Our guests will also enjoy:

  • Macey’s Anywhere online shopping and curbside pickup
  • Self-checkout options including Skip, which allows guests to scan items as they shop and checkout from their phone
  • A clean, bright store with new signage highlighting natural, organic, dietician and pharmacist preferred, and local items at the shelf
  • Enhanced pharmacy options
  • Easy access to U.S. post office services
  • Expanded indoor and outdoor seating
  • A more convenient store entrance and updated décor throughout the store

Crews will begin remodeling the existing store soon with a grand opening expected later this year. The store will remain open during construction.

The Highland store is the 15th Macey’s location. Macey’s has stores from Cache Valley to Utah County. To learn more about Macey’s and to find the location nearest you, visit Macey’s.com.

The spookiest night of the year is almost here! Before your little monsters head out to collect their haul check out the tips below to make sure the night is full of treats and not tricks. 

Dress in light colors or add reflective tape to costumes: The changing seasons means it’s probably going to be dark by the time you head out for trick-or-treating. Help make your kiddos visible to other people and drivers by utilizing light colors in their costumes or attaching some reflective tape to their costume and candy bag.

Check the candy first: Before you dive head-first into a sugar coma, take a moment to check your candy. Watch for any wrappers that look like they’ve been opened or tampered with. Make sure your kids only take homemade treats from homes that you know.

Keep walkways clear and lit: No kid (or parent) wants to spend Halloween in the E.R. Make sure your driveways and front walks are free of tripping hazards like decorations, hoses, etc. Make sure they are well lit.

Turn your light off if you’re done for the night: Out of candy or ready to turn in for the night? Turn your porch light off. It’s a clear and easy way to notify trick-or-treaters that your house is no longer open for visitors.

Make sure the costumes fit properly: It’s super easy to trip on Halloween. Make sure each costume fits correctly and doesn’t drag on the ground. This will keep your kiddo from tripping and others from stepping on their costume and tearing it. 

Don’t forget the candy: Nothing is more disappointing than having a group of adorable monsters on your doorstep and not having enough treats to hand out. Stop by your favorite AFS grocery store and pick up an extra bag of your favorite treats. You may even have extras for you! That’s a win-win situation.

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Utah Grocery Stores Make Sure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee donate more than 285,000 meals to Mobile School Pantry Program

Salt Lake City, UT (September 7, 2018) Students and their families across the state can rest a little easier knowing they have food thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee Produce Company. The Utah-based grocery stores donated $150,622 worth of kid-friendly food to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry Program. The donation took place at Edison Elementary School in Salt Lake City yesterday as a wrap up to the 2017 Season to Share food drive.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to help the youngest members of our community have a great school year by providing nutritious to the Mobile School Pantry program,” said Gary McCloud, operations manager for Associated Retail Operations, which owns the six stores. “This donation wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our community and we’re so thankful for their generosity.”

Team members from Associated Retail Operations, which owns and operates the six stores that participated in the drive, partnered with Utah Food Bank to pass out food including peanut butter, tuna fish, fruits, vegetables, and other food items to students after school. The donation totaled over 340,000 lb and will provide around 285,000 meals to students and their families at risk of food insecurity across the state.

“Utah Food Bank is incredibly grateful to Associated Retail Operations and their customers for taking such a stand against hunger,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “With 1 in 6 Utah children unsure of where their next meal will come from, these donations will truly impact these children and their families as we distribute the food through all 69 Mobile School pantries.”

    

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About Associated Retail Operations
Started in 1999, Associated Retail Operations (ARO) consists of five independent grocery banners based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. ARO operates 42 stores across Utah under the Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market banners. ARO is a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned wholesaler also based in Salt Lake City. To learn more about the stores visit:

www.maceys.com
www.linsgrocery.com
www.dansfoods.com
www.dicksmarket.com
www.freshmarketstores.com

 

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801-978-8913

 

About Utah Food Bank
Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but remains true to its mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 149 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 32.7 million meals, to families and individuals in need.  For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.

 

 

Members of the leadership teams from Salt Lake and Farr West had an opportunity to visit United Way of Northern Utah last week. During their visit they assisted in building 200 back-to-school kits for children in need throughout our communities. The kits included a backpack and school supplies like notebooks, pencils, markers, and more.

The donation was made possible through team member contributions elected during open enrollment. AFS matched a percentage of the amount raised to provide even more school kits. Thanks for your generosity!

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Macey’s Sandy Employee Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Macey’s, Lin’s, and Dan’s sweep competition at Utah Food Industry Association annual conference

Salt Lake City, UT (August 23, 2018) If you’re searching for the best bagger in Utah, look no farther than the Macey’s in Sandy. Julina Call, a bagger from Macey’s, was named Utah’s Best Bagger yesterday at the 2018 competition held at Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. The competition was part of Utah Food Industry Association conference. She will represent Utah at the National competition next February during the National Grocer’s Association annual conference in San Diego.

“It’s awesome to have another state champion from our Sandy store, and hopefully a third national champion” said John Harris, the district manager at Macey’s Sandy. “We’re always excited for the competition. We’re proud of Julina and all of our team members.”

Macey’s wasn’t the only Associated Retail Operations store to take top honors at the event. Rachell Beagley from Lin’s in Hurricane, Utah, took the second place spot. Third place went to Jaxon Astill from the Dan’s on Foothill in Salt Lake City.

During the competition baggers from multiple grocery stores across the state went head to head in sets of three. Each bagger was given the same items to bag using reusable bags. They were judged not only on speed, but the weight of each bag and how items were placed.

Julina has worked at Macey’s for three and a half years and enjoys helping guests as their last point of contact before they leave the store. She is currently a nursing student.

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones®, Macey’s grocery stores offer an in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. Macey’s currently operates 13 stores from Logan to Spanish Fork. For more information visit maceys.com.