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Canadian retailers respond to Fort McMurray wildfires with donations

BY Michael Johnsen
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Both Walmart Canada and Loblaw companies sent financial aid to support the relief efforts in the Fort McMurray community. According to reports published Friday morning, fires in the province of Alberta have to date forced the evacution of 88,000 residents and destroyed more than 1,600 structures. 
 
The Walmart Foundation committed $500,000, including a donation to the Canadian Red Cross and support by Walmart Canada for local associates. In addition, Walmart Canada has activated a campaign to support the Canadian Red Cross' efforts to provide relief to those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires. Customers can make donations to the Canadian Red Cross at all Walmart stores in Alberta.
 
"We are deeply saddened by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray and the catastrophic effect it is having on our associates and members of the community," stated Dirk Van den Berghe, president and CEO, Walmart Canada. "We are fully committed to the relief efforts through our work with the Red Cross and have offered them our full support at this time."
 
Loblaw Companies have committed $300,000 in support for relief efforts in Fort McMurray, including cash donations, and provisions of essential food and health supplies. In addition, in less than 24-hours, customers in stores across the country have donated more than $120,000 and 1.6 million Shoppers Optimum points to help displaced residents.
 
"Our thoughts are with our colleagues, customers and those living in and around the Fort McMurray area," said Bob Chant, SVP corporate affairs, Loblaw. "During times of tragedy, Canadians band together to support our neighbours and we are overwhelmed at our customers' generosity so far."
 
Loblaw has committed to a cash donation of $150,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. Additionally, through its network of more than 2,400 stores across the country, Loblaw has mobilized a disaster relief effort in each of its businesses to provide comprehensive support to those in Fort McMurray. Loblaw grocery is providing essential food, water, and pet food to emergency shelters and to the Canadian Red Cross, and has enabled customers wishing to support to donate in store. And Shoppers Drug Mart will match the donation of Shoppers Optimum points, to a maximum of $25,000. The donated points will go toward required health and beauty products.
 
 
 
 
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Mars Petcare launches cross-brand campaign

BY Gina Acosta

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mars Petcare is launching a new campaign to encourage consumers to ad wet food to their dog's dry kibble.

The company's new campaign features its four CESAR, PEDIGREE, NUTRO and IAMS pet brands and aims to increase the overall awareness of wet dog food (and growth of the category) by encouraging dog owners to mix in wet food with dry kibble.

"This category presents a significant opportunity for growth, and we're confident the time is right to approach wet dog food at the category level to support our customers and consumers alike," said Dan Jackson, marketing director, Mars Petcare. "We are constantly looking for new ways to drive the category, while helping pet parents to show their love for their pets.  This campaign gives dog owners an easy way to delight their dogs at mealtime by encouraging them to mix in a little wet food and watch their pups freak out."

The campaign includes long-and short-form videos brought to life through an engaging online hub at MixMania.dog that serves as a one-stop-shop for consumer interaction. Consumers are encouraged to engage with the campaign by sharing their doggy freak out photos and videos using #MixMania.

The program also features actress, musician and animal lover, Kristin Chenoweth, who joins the campaign, lending her voice to a series of humorous videos and a consumer remix station housed on the website. The hub has a unique feature that lets consumers upload a video and remix it with a funny voiceover from Chenoweth.

The company will also be rolling out social media ads and other digital marketing.

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Health Mart fields more than 4,600 independents on 19% membership growth

BY Michael Johnsen
SAN FRANCISCO – McKesson on Wednesday reported that revenues for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 totaled $46.7 billion, up 4%. Fourth-quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations was $1.97 compared to $1.69 a year ago. Fourth-quarter Adjusted Earnings per diluted share was $2.44, down 17% compared to the prior year.
 
For the fiscal year, McKesson had revenues of $190.9 billion, up 7%. Full-year GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations was $9.84 compared to $7.54 a year ago, up 31% year-over-year. Full-year Adjusted Earnings per diluted share was $12.08, up 9% compared to the prior year.
 
“Distribution Solutions concluded another solid year with good performance within the segment. During Fiscal 2016, we expanded our global pharmaceutical sourcing and procurement scale, grew our Health Mart franchise to more than 4,600 members, delivered strong growth in our Specialty Health and Canadian businesses and continued to successfully execute on our planned Celesio acquisition synergies,” stated John Hammergren, chairman and CEO McKesson.
 
"Health Mart extended its tremendous track record of growth during fiscal 2016, ending the year with more than 4,600 stores or approximately 19% growth over the prior year," Hammergren told analysts. "I know that customer consolidation which impacted us in fiscal 2016 has caused some to question the scale and competitiveness of McKesson's generic pharmaceutical sourcing. To me, there's no better proof point than some of the examples I just walked you through, where we continue to expand our customer relationships, win new customers, deliver strong growth in our OneStop proprietary generics program, and rapidly expand the number of independent pharmacies who see real value to their bottom line by joining Health Mart. I'm incredibly confident in the strength of our relationships with our manufacturing partners and in McKesson's ability to be a great partner to them through our global procurement scale and operational footprint."
 
Distribution Solutions revenues were $45.9 billion for the quarter, up 4% on a reported basis and 5% on a constant currency basis. For the full year, Distribution Solutions revenues were $188 billion, up 7% on a reported basis and 9% on a constant currency basis, compared to the prior year. 
 
North America pharmaceutical distribution and services revenues were $38.7 billion for the quarter, up 5% on a reported basis and 6% on a constant currency basis, primarily reflecting market growth and growth from existing customers. For the full year, North America pharmaceutical distribution and services revenues were $158.5 billion, up 10% on a reported basis and 11% on a constant currency basis, compared to the prior year.
 
Technology Solutions products and services revenues were down 5% for the fourth quarter and down 6% for the full year. Fourth-quarter and full-year Technology Solutions revenues were impacted by an anticipated year-over-year decline in our hospital software business and the sale of our nurse triage business in the first quarter. This revenue decline was partially offset by growth in McKesson's other technology businesses.
 
 
 
 
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