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Clarification: Goldman leaves CVS, Sansone to succeed him

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has confirmed that Allan Goldman, vice president of general merchandise and consumables has left the company.

Succeeding Goldman at CVS is Judy Sansone, vice president of merchandising.

Drug Store News had previously reported that Goldman was joining Duane Reade. However, Goldman said he is not joining Duane Reade. It is unclear at this time where Goldman will land next as he could provide no further comment.

Goldman, who was crowned the winner of the general merchandise merchant of the year award at the 20th Annual Drug Store News REX Awards ceremony, was recruited by CVS in 2001. Before joining CVS, he was vice president of merchandising at PlanetRx.com.

From March 1995 to July 1998, Goldman served as senior vice president of marketing and merchandising for The Cosmetic Center, a retail cosmetic company. From June 1988 to February 1995, he served as vice president of merchandising for Rite Aid.

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Vestcom launches turnkey in-store nutritional program

BY Adam Kraemer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Vestcom International today announced the introduction of a turnkey nutritional grocery marketing program designed for retailers of all sizes. The new program provides retailers with easy-to-read, data-driven, integrated shelf communications that operate as color-coded nutrition “flags” used to identify foods that meet such special dietary needs as gluten free, healthy kids, organic, and/or heart healthy.

Retailers can use SKU-related tags and related integrated marketing materials provided by Vestcom—a leading provider of data-driven, shelf-edge marketing solutions to major retailers and brand manufacturers in the grocery, drug, and mass merchandising industries—to add value to the shopping experience by helping customers make healthier food choices with quick and simple health and nutritional information delivered at the shelf edge. Like all Vestcom shelf-edge programs, the company stated, these data-driven health and wellness education marketing programs can be completely customized to any store chain specifications.

“The shift toward leading a more health-conscious lifestyle continues to pick up steam,” noted Tim McKenzie, president and chief operating officer of Vestcom. “Retailers have seen an increase in ‘better-for-you’ products lining the shelves.”

The flags, Vestcom stated, both comply with an individual store’s branding requirements and capture the customer’s attention without cluttering the aisles or interfering with overall store design. The tags support clean store policies and have a proven record of lifting sales. Retailers can customize the nutritional program with their own logos and themes to reinforce their stores’ brand identity. The program is generally available to all interested retailers.

“Our new in-store health and wellness programs identify healthy products and streamline shelf execution for the retailer,” added McKenzie. “These programs are a hit because the retailer benefits in many ways. They’re easy to execute, they promote health, and they help shoppers make informed decisions, which makes shoppers very happy.”

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Hannaford reports data breach involving 4.2 million accounts

BY Drew Buono

PORTLAND, Maine Hannaford finds itself in the midst of a major security breach that has affected all 165 stores it operated in the Northeast, 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida and a small number of independent groceries that sell Hannaford products, according to the Associated Press. In all, over 4 million debit and credit card numbers were exposed, which led to 1,800 cases of fraud.

The numbers were stolen during the card authorization process. Hannaford became aware of the breach Feb. 27. Investigators later determined that the breach began on Dec. 7 and that it wasn’t put under control until March 10, according to Carol Eleazer, Hannaford’s vice president of marketing in Scarborough.

The U.S. Secret Service, whose duties include investigating electronic crimes such as data breaches, confirmed it’s investigating but declined to comment on the scope of the crime.

Bruce Spitzer, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bankers Association, criticized the delay in public notification of the source of the breach.

“Visa and MasterCard have stipulated in their contracts with retailers that they will not divulge who the source is when a data breach occurs,” Spitzer said. “We’ve been engaged in a dialogue for a couple years now about changing this rule…. Without knowing who the retailer is that caused the breach, it’s hard for banks to conduct a good investigation on behalf of their consumers. And it’s a problem for consumers as well, because if they know which retailer is responsible, they can rule themselves out for being at risk if they don’t shop at that retailer.”

This breach is considered one of the biggest cases on record involving a retailer.

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