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Loyalty360 Reads: February 22 | U.S. Retail Sales Rose Strongly on Stimulus; Authority Brands acquir




U.S. Retail Sales Rose Strongly on Stimulus in January
The Wall Street Journal reports that The U.S. economy’s recovery picked up as consumers used stimulus checks to boost retail spending in January to its largest increase in seven months, a significant jump that comes as manufacturers continued to increase output and employers resumed hiring.

The latest positive signs came on Wednesday when the government said retail sales, a measure of purchases at stores, at restaurants and online, jumped a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in January from a month earlier, and manufacturing output neared pre-pandemic levels.
Authority Brands acquires DoodyCalls
Authority Brands announced the purchase of DoodyCalls. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition marks the eighth brand addition for Authority Brands since October 2018, with DoodyCalls representing the company's tenth brand in its home service portfolio.

Founded in 1999 by husband-and-wife team Jacob and Susan D'Aniello, DoodyCalls has transformed from a side business to the nation's leading pet waste removal service for dog owners.Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and with operations in more than 45 territories in 16 states, DoodyCalls has made its mission to put the company's customers first while always continuing to solve pet waste problems for the planet using its unmatched industry expertise.
Coke Florida Donates $100,000 in Technology to Local Organizations and Schools
As part of their commitment to unlocking the potential of those who live in the communities we serve, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is celebrating Black History Month 2021 by donating $100,000 in technology to dozens of local nonprofit organizations and schools that provide services and resources to students across the state of Florida.

"At Coke Florida we recognize that access to resources is critical to achieving full academic potential. As one of America’s largest black-owned businesses, we feel it fitting to commemorate Black History Month by underscoring our commitment to education within the communities where we live, work and play," said Percy Wells, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Communications.
Skechers Donates Over $6 Million to Save Dogs and Cats
Skechers has reached an important milestone in its commitment to animal welfare by contributing more than $6.2 million to date to help save and support more than one million shelter dogs and cats in the United States and Canada. Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, the Company’s donations continue to provide crucial aid to animals in need. More than $2.7 million of these contributions have benefited thousands of animal organizations through the Petco Foundation.

“From its inception, BOBS from Skechers was about giving back—first to children in need with new footwear, and then in 2015 to animals in need. It’s incredible to see how we’ve raised over $6 million for animals, including over $2.7 million for Petco Foundation’s extensive animal shelter and support network in just two years,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “To see us reaching these milestones in a year this challenging speaks volumes about our consumers’ engagement and belief in the BOBS movement.”


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