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Costco head named one of the top CEOs by Barron’s

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Costco Wholesale CEO Jim Sinegal has made the Barron’s magazine list of the top 30 CEOs.

Sinegal earned the 22nd spot on the list. The magazine pointed out his busy travel schedule, which takes him to most of Costco’s 582 stores every year, as well as a recent trip to Asia from which he arrived in Issaquah, Wash., at 8 a.m., showered and was in the office at 9 a.m.

The article can be accessed here.

Also on the list, at No. 28, was Abbott Labs CEO Miles White.

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Rite Aid targets allergy sufferers

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In a sneeze heard around the world, allergy season is afoot, but the country’s retail pharmacies are on call to help the estimated 60 million Americans whose sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and congestion will drive them to wit’s end this year.

One of those is Rite Aid, whose pharmacists are distributing free “Allergy Relief” guides and helping patients control allergies with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter drugs. The company also is offering allergy advice and local pollen counts at RiteAid.com.

Pharmacists at Rite Aid stores offer personalized advice to help patients anticipate and prevent allergy outbreaks, such as advising them to take antihistamines or eye drops before mowing the lawn, while also showing them how to avoid potential drug interactions when they take allergy medications.

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Stop & Shop launches app

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop has gone mobile.

The retailer on Monday announced that it has developed a mobile application, designed for iPhone and Android devices, which syncs with customer loyalty cards, providing access to online accounts. Customers can access store circulars to check out everyday savings on the go and also get directions to the nearest Stop & Shop.

Stop & Shop customers are invited to download the mobile app for free at the App Store or Android Market.

"It’s all about customer choice. Our goal is to give our shoppers options, and for those who enjoy technology, we think they will enjoy our new mobile application," said Mark McGowan, division president of Stop & Shop New England. "We’re thrilled to take this next step, and will be rolling out new and innovative features in the months ahead."

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