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Former CVS executive joins Market Performance Group

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Former CVS/pharmacy executive Steve Ortleb has joined Market Performance Group, a consulting and sales management services company, as a director on the MPG sales and retail services team and a retail adviser for the MPG Strategy Consulting group.

Ortleb has nearly 15 years in category management and merchandising analysis at CVS/pharmacy. This experience was garnered through various category management and merchandising analysis positions with CVS/pharmacy and AC Nielsen. During his time with CVS/pharmacy, he held roles within the healthcare and beauty merchandising divisions, as well as the merchandising analysis department. His experience includes category manager positions for a wide variety of categories, including cough-cold, allergy, skin and sun care, and first aid.

An early pioneer in category management, he developed and implemented the Category Review Process at CVS, and was project owner for SKU optimization, clustering and the world wide retail exchange.

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Court accepts A&P’s DIP facility

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. — Bankrupt grocer A&P has announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved the $800 million debtor-in-possession financing provided by JPMorgan Chase. Of the total DIP facility, a $350 million term loan immediately has been made available.

As previously reported, A&P filed for bankruptcy on Sunday and will keep its 395 stores open and operational during the proceedings.

In addition, the court granted A&P’s motion to approve its request for "first day orders," including:

  • Immediate authority to pay employees’ salaries and wages and to continue providing health and other employee benefits to them;

  • Authority to pay certain pre-petition obligations to critical vendors and suppliers in the ordinary course; and

  • Authority to continue to satisfy all of its pre-petition obligations to customers, including existing loyalty and promotional programs.

Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation’s first supermarket chains. Aside from its namesake A&P chain, the company also owns Waldbaum’s, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Fresh and Food Basics banners.

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CVS develops photo app for Facebook users

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has launched its new CVS Express Photo app, which enables Facebook users to order prints from their Facebook albums without leaving the website, with prints ready for pickup in about an hour at their local CVS/pharmacy.

"Facebook has become a popular and easy way to share photos online with family and friends," stated Grant Pill, VP merchandising for CVS/pharmacy. "We introduced the CVS Express Photo app to give people the ability to print photos and share them offline with the same ease by picking them up at any CVS/pharmacy location in as little as an hour."

To get started, customers can visit Facebook.com/CVS and click the "photo app" tab at the top of the page. Once customers provide permission to allow the application to access their account to retrieve photos, prints can be ordered in four steps: choose photos, review cart, select store and then submit to print. Three print sizes currently are available through the application — customers can order 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10 prints.

The new CVS Express Photo app, which was developed by Marketing Drive, alerts users when an image is not high-resolution enough for clear print quality, typically when printed at larger sizes.

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