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Bi-Lo announces exclusive Kuddles line

BY Ryan Chavis

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo on Thursday announced Kuddles, a new line of formula, diaper and baby essentials that will be available exclusively in its stores.

The exclusive Kuddles baby brand line features:

  • Snug diapers with a back waistband for fit and containment as well as hypoallergenic and fragrance-free liners. Available in size 1 through size 5, plus training pants;
  • Baby and kid wipes, which are alcohol-free and available in 10 assorted scents like lavender, shea butter and green tea;
  • FDA-approved baby formula with DHA and ARA in five varieties; and
  • Baby lotion, powder, oils and detangler

 

“There is no need to spend more money or travel farther to get the quality baby essentials you need. We’d like to invite parents to compare Kuddles to the national brands today and see how much they can save,” said Mary Kellmanson, SVP marketing for Bi-Lo.

 

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Federal minimum wage effort fails to clear Senate procedural vote

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — An effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 failed on Wednesday, as the issue was not able to clear a procedural vote in the Senate. Senators predominantly voted across party lines, which places Democratic senators in favor and Republican senators opposed. 

According to published reports, while the defeat was expected it is serving as a rallying cry for Democrats preparing their next campaign. 

"The senators who voted ‘no’ … are doing so contrary to the wishes of the American people," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday. "So what we have seen since the President has been forcefully arguing for raising the minimum wage is support for that proposition around the country," he said. "We’ve seen states acting individually to raise the minimum wage, and that is very heartening."

Carney was referring to Hawaii, which recently raised its minimum wage to $10.10. And in Seattle on Thursday, the minimum wage for that city was raised to $15. 

Minimum wage is a hotly contested issue. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of April 8, 38 states considered minimum wage bills during the 2014 session; 34 states are considering increases to the state minimum wage.

In addition to Hawaii, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, West Virginia and D.C. have enacted increases so far in 2014. As of Jan. 1, 2014, 21 states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

 

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Diplomat to be the focus of a new campaign from GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat will be the focus of a new campaign from GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services. The campaign will include video and a case study on how Lean principles can help manage growth. 

Diplomat first partnered with HFS in 2012, recognizing room to improve customer interactions. Looking to add value to each of these exchanges, Diplomat’s leaders identified three primary challenges to address — manage fast-paced growth, adapt to an ever-changing marketplace and improve patient care. 

As a result of the partnership, Diplomat has implemented Lean principles to improve customer calls and refill prescriptions more efficiently. These efforts have yielded an improvement in turnaround time for the company. Diplomat and other customers working with HFS are able to take advantage of Access GE, a program that taps into the expertise, experience, tools and best practices of GE to address business needs that extend beyond financing.

GE Capital’s campaign will run through the year at conferences, on the GE Capital website and on the Bloomberg financial news channel.

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