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Cat’s Pride debuts Fresh & Light litter line

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Cat’s Pride has introduced a new line of clumping litter.

The brand’s new Fresh & Light litter features a premium clumping, low-dust formula that reduces tracking and absorbs odor-causing enzymes on contact, stopping odor before it starts. Additionally, the new litter blend is up to 25% lighter weight than other scoopable cat litters, the company said.

Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light, available multi-cat and fragrance-free formulas, can be found in the pet care section of Walmart stores nationwide.

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NPCA introduces payment program for pharmacy, drug store operators

BY Allison Cerra

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — The National Payment Card Association has unveiled a new payment program aimed at pharmacy and drug store operators.

NPCA said its solution is a merchant-branded, PIN-based debit/loyalty card program that touts a 15 cents-per-transaction interchange fee.

The NPCA solution provides:

  • Merchant branded online enrollment engine;

  • Transaction processing and authorization;

  • Consumer portal with 24/7 access;

  • Merchant portal with a robust set of databases and business analytical tools;

  • Email engine that delivers communications to cardholders for confirming purchases and one that can leverage for special offers or incentives; and

  • Customer information that belongs to the retailer.

"We strongly believe that, just like the petroleum vertical where we started our efforts, and from what we are seeing currently in the grocery sector, the pharmacy/drug vertical will demonstrate great interest in our payment program," NPCA president Joe Randazza said. "Our goal is to empower pharmacy and drug store merchants and, in presenting our solution, we can show them what they can do for themselves to protect their profits and build loyalty."

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Kroger names president of QFC division

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger has announced the promotion of Joe Fey as president of the Quality Food Centers division.

Fey, 57, has been VP merchandising for the company’s Michigan division. He succeeds Donna Giordano, who was recently promoted to president of the Ralphs division in California.

"We are pleased Joe has agreed to join our QFC division," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen said. "Joe has always led with a passion for developing great people and delivering the highest-quality products to our customers. His skills as a mentor and expert merchandiser will help QFC continue to be the quality and service leader in the Pacific Northwest."

Fey brings nearly 35 years of retail experience to QFC. He began his career as a meat clerk with Kroger in 1972 while earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Indiana University. He quickly was promoted to a variety of leadership positions, including store management, deli/bakery merchandising and meat/seafood merchandising in both the company’s Central division and corporate office in Cincinnati. In 1999, Fey was named VP merchandising for the Dillons division, and in 2008 was named VP merchandising for the Michigan division.

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