Catalina Marketing appoints new EVP, chief information officer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A former Dell executive has stepped into a new role at a consumer-driven marketing leader.
Catalina Marketing said John Miles will serve as EVP and chief information officer and will be responsible for leading IT strategy, research and development and new product development. Prior to joining the company, Miles served as CIO for Dell’s global commercial and consumer businesses.
Miles replaces Eric Williams, a 19-year company veteran.
“John is an exceptional leader and innovator who joins Catalina at an exciting time in our company’s evolution and growth,” Catalina CEO Jamie Egasti. “His experience in driving technology-enabled breakthroughs will help Catalina stay at the forefront of consumer loyalty innovation.”
Walmart preps for tax season
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that it is helping customers prepare for tax season by offering low-cost tax preparation services and free in-store federal form 1040EZ filing. The retailer also will provide $3 and $6 check-cashing services.
"We believe Americans shouldn’t have to pay exorbitant prices on their everyday financial needs," almart Financial Services VP Daniel Eckert said. "It’s their money and we want to make sure they can cash checks, pay bills and transfer money at a low price."
According to Walmart, its low-cost check-cashing services can be used by customers to cash their tax refunds without being penalized financially. The average tax refund is $2,902 which means Americans could spend up to $90 just to receive their tax refund, Walmart said.
"Customers need to make every dollar count in this tough economy, and that’s why we’re committed to helping customers pay less for their financial services during tax season and throughout the year," said Eckert. "With more than 3,000 tax preparation kiosks in Walmart stores across the U.S. and low flat-fee check cashing services, our customers can conveniently make their refund dollars stretch farther by simply taking care of their tax needs at Walmart."
Walmart said it has worked with Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block to double its in-store tax kiosks and lower the cost for tax preparation services. Jackson Hewitt will offer free federal Form 1040EZ filing at its Walmart kiosks throughout the tax season and H&R Block will offer a free federal Form 1040EZ until Feb. 29. H&R Block will have 250 kiosks in Walmart stores, while Jackson Hewitt is adding approximately 800 kiosks bringing their Walmart footprint to 2,800.
Those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes don’t seek lifestyle counseling, research finds
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Many patients that are at risk of Type 2 diabetes don’t believe they require lifestyle counseling to help them curb their chance of developing the disease, according to new research published in the journal Diabetes Care.
Pooling data from 10,149 patients that participated in the Finnish National Diabetes Prevention Project, researchers led by Sanna Salmela of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland found that 36% of men and 52% of women believed they needed counseling. What’s more, those that agreed to attend supervised lifestyle intervention were more likely to report a perceived need than those who agreed on a self-initiated lifestyle change or those who refused to attend lifestyle intervention. The need was associated with actual attendance in the lifestyle intervention only among women, the authors added.
"It will be vital to find additional means to support lifestyle change," the authors concluded.
The full study results can be found here.