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Best of the Blogs, Consumer: Macy's Announces New Shopkick Rewards Offerings


Plus, learn how rising corn prices will cost you at the supermarket.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary for consumers from around the Web every Wednesday.

Link: Macy's Begins Offering Shopkick Rewards Nationwide
"Following in the footsteps of Target's (TGT) and American Eagle's (AEO) nationwide rollouts, Macy's (M) announced Wednesday it would begin offering Shopkick rewards at its more than 800 stores. That brings the total number of Shopkick-enabled locations to 7,000 in the US.

"Using Shopkick's app for iPhone (AAPL) or Android (GOOG) devices, shoppers can collect collect points, or 'kicks,' by visiting and performing certain tasks in Macy's stores. They can then exchange their kicks for Macy's-specific rewards, like gift cards, as well as for more general rewards, including song downloads, restaurant certificates, movie tickets, Facebook (FB) Credits, charity donations, etc."
Link: Rising Corn Prices and Your Grocery Bill
"Corn prices are nearing the record highs of last summer as the US Midwest suffers its worst drought since 1956. Shoppers should expect higher grocery bills, because corn is used in three-quarters of supermarket products."

The Huffington Post: FoodBeast
Link: Cherry Vanilla and Paradise Mango Pepsi Next Flavors to Appear Next Month
"For fans of Pepsi Next (PEP), news that the line is getting two flavor extensions should fall on welcome ears.

"Slated to appear this month, both Cherry Vanilla and Paradise Mango flavors will join the Pepsi Next roster this July, in both 12 oz cans and 20 oz bottles."

The Consumerist
Link: The Opposite of Saving Money: More Fuzzy Math at Target
"I really enjoy shopping at Target (TGT). I like its low prices, its quality store-brand items, its red prescription bottles with the drug name on the top, and the fact that you can buy bananas priced individually instead of by the pound. But above all, I love their absurdist pricing schemes that demonstrate a lack of math skills on the part of Target employees, Target customers, or both."

The New York Times: Media Decoder
Link: New Cadillac Says, 'My World, and Welcome to It'
"In a match between medium and message, the Cadillac division of General Motors (GM) will use the world's premier athletic competition to show off the 2013 Cadillac ATS, its new entry-level sedan, in venues around the world.

"Commercials for the ATS, dubbed the baby Cadillac, will appear on July 27 during the NBC (GE) coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. There will also be commercials in movie theaters. Video clips will be online, beginning on Wednesday, on Web sites like YouTube (GOOG) as well as on"
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