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A&P selects DemandTec for deal management

BY Drug Store News Team

SAN MATEO, Calif. — A&P has selected DemandTec’s Deal Management software service to help streamline its deal-and-allowance management capabilities.

DemandTec will convert A&P’s current paper-based approach into a collaborative, digital workflow across multiple divisions, formats, and store clusters.  A&P will capture vendor-submitted deal information in a secure online setting, negotiate and manage each deal, establish control points for data accuracy, and store information for seven years, providing an electronic trail to help support regulatory compliance.  The software service will be integrated with A&P’s existing systems to leverage current automation for coupon, tag, and sign production as well as automated billing and invoice reconciliation.

"Through A&P’s partnership with DemandTec, we expect to not only gain near-term benefits through a more streamlined, collaborative deal management workflow with our suppliers, but to also support a broader end-to-end promotion planning strategy that maps to our existing systems," said Tom O’Boyle, EVP marketing, and supply chain at A&P.

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American Diabetes Association encourages participation in annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Just a few months after Novo Nordisk announced it would serve as the national premier sponsor for the American Diabetes Association’s annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event in 2011 and 2012, the ADA is encouraging Americans to participate in this year’s annual fundraising walk.

The walk, which takes place in about 135 cities across the country, supports ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

National sponsors include Novo Nordisk, Cary’s sugar-free syrup, Equal zero-calorie sweetener, PureVia all-natural zero-calorie sweetener and the Dignity Memorial Network.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Safeway launches ‘America’s Most Natural City’ contest on Facebook

BY DSN STAFF

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced that, through a new Facebook contest, it will donate $20,000 to "America’s Most Natural City" to help maintain its park facilities.

The winning city, which will be chosen via Facebook vote on the company’s fan page, will be awarded with 25 picnic tables, sectioned off from the 305-ft. douglas fir table that recently broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Picnic Table, which was built in celebration of Safeway’s Open Nature, a new 100% natural line of high-quality foods, Safeway reported.

Through Sept. 16, consumers can visit Facebook and vote for 1-of-15 preselected cities, including: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Tucson and Washington, D.C. Safeway said it is further encouraging people to vote by offering the chance to win a year’s supply of free Open Nature foods.

"When we developed Open Nature, we listened to our customers to help us define what natural should mean when it comes to their food," Safeway VP innovation, consumer brands Nancy Cota said. "We heard what they were looking for in natural foods, it’s now time to hear what they think makes their city the most natural city in the U.S. Whether it’s their parks, outdoor activities or their promise to be environmentally friendly, we want to reward that city’s commitment to being natural. Local parks and recreation departments across the country told us they need support due to budget cuts and we want to step up and make a difference."

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