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Hallmark rolls out holiday business card line

BY DSN STAFF

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Hallmark Business Expressions has rolled out a line of cards designed to help businesses strengthen relationships with employees and partners. The 125-card line debuted on Sept. 5 for the holiday shopping season, and nearly half of the business holiday cards are new designs.

“Holiday cards help strengthen relationships, and businesses are realizing the holidays are an opportunity to make a lasting impression with customers, prospects and employees,” said Marc Wagenheim, product marketing director for Hallmark Business Expressions.

The cards address an expanded range of subjects and include cards for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Other cards are more focused on image, and one collection features laser die-cut designs. And there are basic cards with messages inside, such as “With sincere appreciation for your business and best wishes for the coming year” and “Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.”

AG Interactive, the e-card division of American Greetings, also launched a line this month that targets a different space. Its new Mobile E-card service allows consumers to send specially designed e-cards to cell phone screens and deliver the full-color cards through most U.S. wireless carriers. The cards are free for subscribers to AmericanGreetings.com, though some carriers may charge a fee of up to 30 cents to recipients.

The cards can be accessed and downloaded on the American Greetings Web site, and the collection currently includes 11 birthday cards and nine anytime cards. Users also can send the cards to computers using regular e-mail.

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Kroger appoints Going as Michigan division president

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Wednesday that it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Michigan division.

Kroger currently operates 138 stores in the state; Going will oversee operations in them, effective immediately.

During his 26-year tenure with Kroger, Going has held a number of district- and division-level leadership positions at the store and has served as vice president of Retail Operations and vice president of Merchandising for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Rick brings extensive experience in operations and merchandising to this new role,” said Don McGeorge, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to his leadership as he works with our associates to build on Kroger’s growth in Michigan by focusing on our customers to create even better shopping experiences for them.”

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NACDS responds to “misleading” New York Times article

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has fired back at The New York Times after the publication ran an article in its Sept. 18 issue titled, “The ‘Poisonous Cocktail’ of Multiple Drugs.”

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

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