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Bartell Drugs set to open latest store with ribbon-cutting ceremony

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK As Bartell approaches its 125th anniversary, making it the oldest retail pharmacy chain in the United States, it has shown that slow is the way to grow, even as such younger chains as Walgreens and Rite Aid appear on street corners throughout the country.

 

At a time when the economy is hurting and retail chains in various segments are going out of business, many retailers selling food and drugs are actually growing rather than retrenching. For example, mass merchandiser Costco, also based in the Seattle area, plans to open a store in New York later this year, and supermarket chain Price Chopper has been opening stores in upstate New York. This doesn’t mean the national economy is doing well, but it does show that even in the worst of times, sellers of food and drugs still have a part to play in keeping the country moving.

 

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Kmart brings back Bluelight Specials just in time for school

BY Anna Mcgrath

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Kmart’s “Mr. Bluelight,” the company’s renowned bargain hunter, is helping customers stay back-to-school-cool without breaking the bank, with the return of its exciting Bluelight Specials.

“We brought back Bluelight Specials last weekend and based on the overwhelming response and customer feedback, we’re introducing even more, new specials this Sat., July 25,” said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “It’s a priority at Kmart to continue to give its customers the opportunity to take advantage of our combination of quality, price and value on the summer’s hottest items and even plan for back-to-school.”

Kmart’s Bluelight Specials are taking over everything from patio furniture to schools supplies, with savings up to 75%.

For more information on the Bluelight special event, customers can follow Kmart on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fujifilm unveils new print services and fulfillment operation

BY Anna Mcgrath

VALHALLA, N.Y. Fujifilm announced that its primary U.S. manufacturing and distribution complex, located in Greenwood, S.C., will house a state-of-the-art digital print services and fulfillment operation.

The 500-acre property will undergo minor reconstruction in order to accommodate what is being called the largest Fujifilm manufacturing operation in the United Sates, and the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world.

“Greenwood offers a number of advantages,” said Shin Kataoka, president of Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., and head of operations at Greenwood. “Its central location and proximity to raw materials will enhance efficiencies. In addition, Fujifilm is already a well-established corporate citizen [in South Carolina] and has become a model of sustainability for our company globally.”

The new complex marks the company’s commitment to expanding photo printing and fulfillment operations after seeing a growing in the photo specialty business in the United States.

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