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•  The Save Mart Companies stores – Save Mart, Lucky California and FoodMaxx -- announced that they "have teamed up with Fandango to offer movie fans the opportunity to watch summer blockbusters inside a local theater or stream movies from the comfort of their home.

"Now through August 10, shoppers at Save Mart, Lucky California and FoodMaxx will receive a free Fandango Movie Reward for every $25.00 spent on specially marked items in a single transaction. Shoppers may use the reward to get a ticket to visit a local theater or use the reward to stream any movie on VUDU.  Fandango Buy Me tags are featured on participating items throughout the store including popular brands like Frito Lay, Pepsi, Nature’s Own, and much more. Rewards are redeemable up to a thirteen-dollar value."

The smart move was adding the streaming component, because there still are a lot of us reluctant to go back to movie theaters.


•  Health and wellness retailer GNC said that it has entered into a partnership with meal delivery service RealEats, including a strategic investment into the delivery company.

According to the announcement, "GNC will offer RealEats’ exclusive meal bundles through GNC.com beginning later this year. The bundles will include options for consumers with dietary preferences, such as meat-free or lower calorie offerings. Through GNC’s digital and store footprint, the partnership will expand RealEats’ geographical reach, increasing the delivery service throughout the US and furthering the company’s goal to improve the health and lives of everyone, by making real food accessible."