CVS Health, DoSomething.org tap popular hip-hop duo for stop-smoking campaign
NEW YORK — DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, and CVS Health have teamed up for Quitters Always Win, a national campaign that asks young people to create heartfelt, handmade cards to encourage family, friends and neighbors who smoke to quit as their 2016 New Year’s Resolution.
“This campaign is a great way to start the year off right and help people achieve their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking,” stated Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “Young people love crafting and care about the health of their loved ones. Quitters Always Win gives people who want to quit the extra support they need to help them successfully quit smoking.”
To help support the campaign, hip-hop duo Kalin and Myles on Thursday recorded a public service announcement to encourage their fan base, the KAMFAM, and young people across the country to join the campaign. The duo recently released their self-titled full-length debut album via Republic Records to all digital retailers. Upon release, the album vaulted to the Top 10 of the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart.
”We’re so excited about this partnership with DoSomething.org to extend our commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives and reach young people with tobacco-free messaging in unique and relevant ways,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, CVS Health. “We know that seven out of 10 people want to quit smoking, and support from friends and family is one of the most important factors in being successful.”
Young people can sign up at DoSomething.org/winner and will receive resources they can include in their card. Young people who sign up and upload a photo of their card will have the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.
Strong holiday sales and specialty pharmacy fuel Fred’s 10% December growth
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fred's Super Dollar on Thursday reported a total sales lift of 10% for December to $231.9 million. Comparable store sales for the month rose 2.4% compared with a decline of 1.4% in the year-earlier period.
"We are pleased to report solid sales results for December, which reflected the success of our merchandising programs designed for the holiday season and, in the case of total sales, recent growth in our specialty pharmacy department," stated Jerry Shore, Fred's CEO. "December comparable store sales were driven by strong general merchandise department sales, with increases in holiday gift-giving categories as well as continued balance in our sales mix across all categories. On the other hand, comparable sales for our retail pharmacy department were negatively affected in December by a very low incidence of cold and flu activity, which reduced December overall comparable store sales by approximately 125 basis points."
Fred's total sales for the first 11 months of 2015 increased 9% to $2 billion as compared to the same period last year.
Fred's operates 659 discount general merchandise stores and three specialty pharmacy-only locations in 15 states in the southeastern United States. Included in the store count are 18 franchised locations. Also, there are 376 full-service pharmacy departments located within the company's stores.
Former Family Dollar chief steps away from new Dollar Tree
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Dollar Tree on Friday announced that Howard Levine has completed his role in the integration of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, and is stepping down as an officer of the company effective Jan. 15, 2016.
"It was very important to me for Howard to remain with our company and to contribute to the combination of our two large organizations," stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree CEO. "He has been an integral leader at Family Dollar for more than two decades, and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. I would like to commend Howard for his many years of service and leadership at Family Dollar, and to thank him for his partnership during our integration. Howard has completed everything I have asked of him during this process, and has proven to be a valuable resource to both Gary Philbin and me."
"It has been an honor to serve Family Dollar over the past 25 years," Levine said. "I would like to share my gratitude to many thousands of current and former Family Dollar team members that have helped build Family Dollar into the business it is today, delivering terrific values to millions of customers on a daily basis," he said. "I have been impressed by Dollar Tree's commitment to discipline and execution in running a value retail business."
On July 6, 2015, Dollar Tree completed its acquisition of more than 8,200 Family Dollar stores across 46 states. The company had previously announced that Levine would remain with the company for a period of time to assist with the integration, reporting to, and supporting, Sasser.
Gary Philbin, who was named Family Dollar's president and COO in July 2015, will continue leading Family Dollar and will continue reporting to Sasser.
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