Is there a type of price promotion that hasn't been tried in the past few months? We've seen discounts meant to support communities, such as Michigan-based Spartan Stores offering breaks to unemployed auto industry workers. We've witnessed activity around freebies, including Kroger giving away cell phone minutes in a loyalty card promotion. At least one retailer even promised consumers a free ride: Whole Foods Stores in June drove Manhattan shoppers home using a fleet of pedicabs. More ...

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