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Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to keynote NACDS Annual Meeting

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as the keynote speaker for the 2013 NACDS Annual Meeting, which will be held April 20 to 23 in Palm Beach, Fla.

“We are honored to have Dr. Gates as our keynote speaker at the NACDS Annual Meeting,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.  “His highly-regarded and distinguished career and experience as Secretary of Defense and nearly three decades as an intelligence professional under eight U.S. Presidents will no doubt engage and inspire attendees at this year’s meeting.”
 
Gates served as the nation’s 22nd Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, starting under President George W. Bush and asked to remain in his post under President Barack Obama, making him the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to remain in that office by a newly-elected president. President Obama awarded Gates the highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom — on Gates’ last day in office in 2011.
 
Joining the CIA in 1966, Gates served for 27 years in a number of intelligence capacities, including the National Security Council, The White House and became director of the CIA from 1991 to 1993.  He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from an entry-level employee to director.  
 
Gates also served in roles in the private sector, including as president of Texas A&M University and served on a number of boards including the Executive Committee of the American Council on Education and the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
 
Gates is the recipient of a number of awards including the National Security Medal, Presidential Citizens Medal and three-time recipient of the CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.  He has also authored the memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insiders Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, published in 1996.
 


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Smartphone, tablet picture takers can print directly to nearest Walgreens location through new HP app

BY Michael Johnsen

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP this week announced that customers can now print directly from their smartphone or tablet to more than 8,000 Walgreens stores through the HP Public Print Locations network.

By downloading the free HP ePrint Service iPhone app, users can order prints of their photos and pick those photos up from a local Walgreens in as little as an hour.

This fall, HP ePrint mobile printing apps reached more than 6 million downloads, and the number of people printing to the HP PPL network is doubling every six months, HP noted. In addition, HP recently enhanced its HP ePrint Service app to feature more cloud service content, including direct integration with Dropbox and Facebook.

Printing at Walgreens is expected in future versions of the ePrint Service app for BlackBerry and Android.


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Reports: Shakeup at Delhaize Group continues with Sweetbay store closures

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS — The Delhaize Group shakeup continues as news circulates that its Sweetbay Supermarket division will shutter 33 underperforming stores in Florida by mid-February, according to a report on Tampa Bay Online.

The closures, which are part of a broader reorganization plan, will results in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Florida and changes for its pharmacy customers. Following the closures, Sweetbay will operate 72 locations.

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in 11 countries on three continents. At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,452 stores. In the United States, that includes about 1,500 stores under such banners as Sweetbay, Hannaford and Food Lion.

The news of the store closures comes on the heels of a restructuring of senior management. Last week it was revealed that Delhaize America cut 25% of its executive ranks and internally unveiled a new structure that includes about 50 officers, the Salisbury Post reported. Some of the positions were eliminated, some are new and others remain the same. The moves mean that about 80% of Delhaize America officers will be located in Salisbury.

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