Ebates Finds September Shopping More Frugal than Ever
Ebates®, an online shopping site that offers customers cash back, reports that consumers are more frugal this year when it comes to back-to-school purchases. With gas prices and unemployment affecting families in the economic downturn, Ebates has seen more consumers whom participate in online shopping wanting Ebates exclusive offerings such as online coupons, free shipping, and cash back through Ebates.com.
“We’re seeing a 50 per cent increase in purchases through Ebates compared to this time last year and we suspect it’s becauseNorth Americans are more frugal than ever,” says Kevin Johnson, CEO of Ebates. “Not only can you get better deals on back-to-school shopping through Ebates, but you can also save time by avoiding long lines and traffic at the store,” Johnson added.
This insight has come at the right time, just as Ebates’ special back-to-school sale begins. This year, Ebates is offering up to 12 percent cash back, for a limited time, to Canadian consumers at dozens of retailers including: Sears Canada, Sony Canada, Old Navy, Dell, Macy’s, Sephora, and JCPenney.
Free to sign up, Ebates.com provides an easy way for families to save money on essential items such as clothing, shoes, and school supplies, laptops, dorm room furniture, and even textbooks.
Amanda Tripp, an Ebates user, shops online throughout the year and saves cash she gets back specifically for back-to-school items. “I always check on Ebates first before heading to the store or mall. The cash back usually adds up to about $300 for the year,” says Tripp. “When back to school time comes around, I use that cash for my children’s clothing and online.”
When it comes to September online shopping, Ebates has five tips to give online shoppers the best savings while purchasing items online:
1) Do the Math on Big Savings
On big-ticket items such as laptops, smartphones, and video games you can save big if you do a little homework. Free shipping offers are available at a number of stores; while others may be offering increased savings for back to school products, like you’ll find right now with extra cash back offered at 12 stores on Ebates including Dell and HP Home. Make a list of total savings, add them up, and go with the store that offers the best overall deal.
2) Click on Coupons
Just because you don’t have a coupon in hand, doesn’t mean you can’t get big savings. Find DOUBLE cash-back offers, over 5,000 online coupons and free shipping codes on anything from clothes, shoes, accessories and even school supplies on Ebates right now.
3) Curb Impulse Shopping
Not only are you saving on gas by not driving to the store, but you are also less likely to put items in your basket that you don’t really need. You may even help your diet by not being tempted by that candy bar at the check-out line!
4) Deals on Daily Necessities
Need contacts for class, or a new supply of make-up? Purchase everyday items through stores like 1800Contacts and Sephora, where you can get 5% and 8% cash back. You just made extra money on something you had to buy anyway!
5) Rent to Save
College students can save by purchasing used and reduced-price textbooks through Ebates on sites like Chegg, Textbooks.com, and TextbookStop. Even these sites offer coupons or cash back with a check in the mail or money in your PayPal account.
Ebates has had over 1,200 online stores join the roster of retailers that offer cash back, special deals including free shipping, and over 5000 coupons to members of Ebates.com. The free membership allows consumers to shop online at their favourite retailers while earning a percentage of every purchase they make; paid quarterly in the form of a "Big Fat Check" or through PayPal. From niceties to necessities, members of Ebates benefit from incentives at top-name merchants for everything from furniture to fashion and appliances to airfare. The site supports a strong community of savvy shoppers across the country and around the world.
How changing your company's software code can prevent bias
Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day.
Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization.
Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.
Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?
We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization
What impact can exclusive terms have on employees?
Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.
Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code
Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!
What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?
What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.
What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology?
My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve.