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Duane Reade VP merchandising leaves company

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Drug Store News has learned that Mike Cirilli, VP merchandising at Duane Reade, has left the company after 16 years of service.

A company spokesperson has not yet been available for comment, and it is not immediately clear what the next chapter holds for the industry veteran.

While the Bronx, N.Y. native has held several titles throughout his career at the Manhattan-based retailer — including divisional merchandise manager — there’s no doubt that the bulk of Cirilli’s responsibilities have largely centered around the HBA/OTC categories. He has also been involved in the growth of the chain’s private label business.

Cirilli’s departure is one of several personnel changes that have taken place at Duane Reade in the recent months. Since taking the helm in March 2008, John Lederer has been retooling the management team by hiring several tenured executives to the merchandising, pharmacy and supply chain roles.

Joining the company is Paul Tiberio, senior director of category management, who will assume the leadership of all categories, effective immediately.

Tiberio joins Duane Reade from Shaw’s Supermarkets, where he was VP center store merchandising responsible for grocery, dairy, frozen, tobacco, general merchandise and corporate brands. Prior to Shaw’s, he was VP grocery merchandising at Winn-Dixie Stores, handling grocery, frozen, dairy, tobacco, seasonal and corporate brands.

In addition, Lee Colarco will assume the newly created position of VP merchandising, where she will be responsible for effective retail selling in the organization.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, in the second half of 2008, the company hired Joseph Magnacca, who had led marketing and merchandising initiatives at Shoppers Drug Mart since 2002, as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer. Magnacca filled a post that had been vacant due to the departure of David D’Arezzo.

Joining the company as SVP supply chain was Mark Scharbo. Scharbo had been the COO of Case-Mate, a provider of leather accessories for cell phones and other digital devices that he co-founded in 2005.

Duane Reade also tapped former Longs Drug Store executive Frank Scorpiniti to serve as SVP pharmacy operations, succeeding Jerry Ray, who resigned.

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Kmart brings back Bluelight Specials just in time for school

BY Anna Mcgrath

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Kmart’s “Mr. Bluelight,” the company’s renowned bargain hunter, is helping customers stay back-to-school-cool without breaking the bank, with the return of its exciting Bluelight Specials.

“We brought back Bluelight Specials last weekend and based on the overwhelming response and customer feedback, we’re introducing even more, new specials this Sat., July 25,” said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “It’s a priority at Kmart to continue to give its customers the opportunity to take advantage of our combination of quality, price and value on the summer’s hottest items and even plan for back-to-school.”

Kmart’s Bluelight Specials are taking over everything from patio furniture to schools supplies, with savings up to 75%.

For more information on the Bluelight special event, customers can follow Kmart on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fujifilm unveils new print services and fulfillment operation

BY Anna Mcgrath

VALHALLA, N.Y. Fujifilm announced that its primary U.S. manufacturing and distribution complex, located in Greenwood, S.C., will house a state-of-the-art digital print services and fulfillment operation.

The 500-acre property will undergo minor reconstruction in order to accommodate what is being called the largest Fujifilm manufacturing operation in the United Sates, and the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world.

“Greenwood offers a number of advantages,” said Shin Kataoka, president of Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., and head of operations at Greenwood. “Its central location and proximity to raw materials will enhance efficiencies. In addition, Fujifilm is already a well-established corporate citizen [in South Carolina] and has become a model of sustainability for our company globally.”

The new complex marks the company’s commitment to expanding photo printing and fulfillment operations after seeing a growing in the photo specialty business in the United States.

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