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Former Walmart executive Tom Coughlin dead at 66

BY Mike Troy

Longtime Walmart executive Tom Coughlin, an inspirational leader who played a key role in Walmart’s growth but left the company amid scandal in 2005, passed away on April 1.

Coughlin joined Walmart in 1978 and held a variety of roles at the company, ultimately ascending to the role of vice chairman. During his 26 year career, Coughlin influenced a generation of leaders at the company and played a pivotal role in executing Walmart’s operational strategies that led to dramatic growth throughout the 80’s and 90’s. His otherwise remarkable career ended in an unseemly manner in 2005 when Coughlin was embroiled in a scandal. A contentious Walmart investigation determined he had misappropriated company funds which resulted in Coughlin pleading guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud changes and being subject to house arrest due to his failing health.

Despite the scandal, Coughlin had many ardent supporters who continued to value his perspective on Walmart and the growth challenges the company faced in the years following his departure. He and his wife Cynthia continued to reside in Northwest Arkansas and were active in the community and the retail industry. Just three months earlier in mid-January, Coughlin had attended the National Retail Federation convention in New York City.

His contributions to Walmart and status in the company’s lore were such that current Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon released a statement late Friday.
“Like me, many of you worked with Tom over his more than 26 years with the company," McMillon said. “I know firsthand how much he loved our associates and this company."

For more on Coughlin’s life and career, here’s what ReutersThe Wall Street Journal and Coughlin’s hometown newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, had to say.

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Unilever gives shoppers a new reason to scream for ice cream

BY Gina Acosta

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. —  Just in time for summer, the world's largest ice cream company is rolling out 17 new frozen treats across five of its ice cream brands.

"At Unilever, we're on a consistent journey to better understand the connection consumers have to ice cream," said Nick Soukas, director of ice cream at Unilever. "We've discovered that nostalgia and memorable moments are two reasons consumers enjoy ice cream. With this in mind, we've reimagined favorite flavors and pairings that cultivate great memories – like birthday cake, s'mores and chocolate and peanut butter – to surprise and delight our ice cream fans."

Here's some of the new frozen treats coming from Unilever:

Breyers

  • Breyers Ice Cream Cake
  • Breyers Chocolate Snack Cups 
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences adds four new flavors

Good Humor

  • Good Humor Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Good Humor OREO Cone

Klondike 

  • Klondike S'Mores Stickless Bars.

MAGNUM 

  • MAGNUM Double Raspberry 
  • MAGNUM Double Chocolate Vanilla 

Popsicle 

  • Popsicle Tropical Paradise
  • Popsicle Sugar Free Red Classics 
  • Popsicle Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These new frozen products and others are available now at retailers nationwide.

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BugBand offers natural defense against mosquitoes

BY Gina Acosta

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — As the hot, humid months of summer loom, BugBand aims to give consumers a natural line of defense against mosquitoes.

BugBand offers a line of DEET-free, insect repellent products that fight against mosquitoes and other insects that are so prevalent in the summer months. 

The active ingredient in BugBand's insect repelling products is geraniol, a natural essential oil produced from geraniums. According to BugBand, when geraniol is blended with other eco-friendly ingredients, it forms a biodegradable repellant that is both dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, safe for the environment, and has no toxicity impact on animals or wildlife.  

BugBand products can be worn or simply placed on any proximate pieces of equipment with no flammability concerns whatsoever.  The products are ideal for moms, runners and outdoor tradesman who place them on baby strollers, hat bands or belt loops.

BugBand's repellant products are available in multiple formats, from the original wristband to towelettes, pump sprays, bead bags, and portable diffusers.  All products are available online or at retail stores nationwide.

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