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GMDC names new board members

BY Michael Johnsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center on Friday announced five new member representatives to its board for a two-year term. 

As of Jan. 1, 2013, newly elected board officers include GMDC chairman Bill Anderson, group VP of drug store, beauty, general merchandise, floral and services for H-E-B; GMDC vice-chairman Dewayne Rabon, VP general merchandise/HBC/family care for BI-LO/Winn-Dixie; and GMDC secretary/treasurer Steve Davis, director of center store, GM/HBC and grocery nonfoods at Weis Markets.

The new directors to the board include David Lowe, senior director of HBC/GM/seasonal at C&S Wholesale Grocers; Michael O’Shell, director of center store at Rouses Enterprises; Bob Richardson, director of sales, industry and customer development at Clorox/Burt’s Bees; Mitch Terry, VP sales and merchandising HBC/GM at the Associated Grocers of Florida; and Kathy Williams, senior business manager of GM/HBC at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. 

In a statement announcing the new appointments, GMDC expressed gratitude for its immediate past-chairman from 2011 to 2012 — Anthea Jones, SVP operations and president of BI-LO — "for his hard work and dedication to the board."

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Sam’s Club offers allergy screenings

BY Alaric DeArment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club will offer free allergy and health screenings at all of its stores that operate pharmacies, the club retailer said.

The screenings will take place late Saturday morning and into the afternoon, and include up to $200 worth of tests, including allergy screenings for milk, eggs, pet dander, mold, dust mites, wheat, ragweed, mountain cedar, Bermuda grass and Timothy grass, as well as tests for blood pressure, body mass index and vision.

"It can be difficult to tell the difference between allergies and a persistent head cold since symptoms, such as congestion and irritated eyes, are often similar," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Furthermore, as people age, they can grow out of allergies or develop new ones. Sam’s Club can help our communities sort through such confusion with free allergy and health screenings and on-site pharmacists who can offer advice on how to treat identified allergies."

The retailer has provided more than 2.2 million free health-and-wellness screenings since 2010 and plans to continue offering them every second Saturday of each month through October. The company also is offering allergy tips in the March-April 2013 issue of the Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine that it sends out to members.

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Chummies reinvents the classic friendship bracelet

BY Rebecca Haughey

CHICAGO — Chummies, an innovative friendship bracelet, hit the market on Tuesday. The silicone, latex-free interlocking bracelets are sold in pairs and can be pulled apart to give to various close friends, or "chums."

The bracelets can be interlocked with several others as friends build upon their relationships and their Chummies. The bracelet creators Kelly Casaccio and Amy Orlando, two middle school teachers, came up with the idea of a product that could be shared with many friend.

"We wanted a positive way to celebrate friendships where everyone could feel included and focus on what makes each person unique. These perfect pairs of bracelets are a constant reminder of what each friend brings to your life," Casaccio said.

Chummies are available in different iconic pairs for every friendship, including peanut butter and jelly; mac and cheese; tennis shoes and high heels; and a guitar and amp. The bracelets are available for $4.99 a pair at MyChummies.com.


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