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Hamacher Resource Group creates new web taxonomy to aid e-commerce

BY Antoinette Alexander

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group has developed new web content taxonomy to provide users of HRG’s data tools the opportunity to develop a more intuitive experience for their end-users that will ease product-search challenges.


HRG’s Fine Line system is used by members of the industry supply chain, as well as associations, to organize product information on websites and in ordering systems, catalogs and marketing materials. The system classifies health, beauty and wellness products into categories, subcategories and segments. Categories are organized by two-, three- and four-digit codes by HRG’s product research and analysis team to ease the merchandising of products and allow for greater, more refined reporting capabilities. 
 


In conjunction with the fine lines, the newly released web content classification tiers organize products from HBW categories, as well as grocery items and GM products, into nine broad groupings that will streamline product organization. In addition, the tiers can be used to analyze sales data to determine macro-trends of consumer buying behavior leading to better space utilization, and allow for end-users to enjoy accurate search results for products they may seek in more than one category.

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Jelly Belly offers tricky new treats

BY Ryan Chavis

 

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. will issue the ultimate trick-or-treat challenge to fans with its BeanBoozled jelly beans, which takes classic Jelly Belly bean flavors and pairs them with odd-tasting lookalikes. 
 
The BeanBoozled beans come in 20 flavors: 10 of the wild flavors mirror the 10 tasty ones, the company said, leaving candy lovers the task of solving the mystery only by taking a bite. The BamBoozled flavor pairings consist of:
 
  • Baby Wipes/Coconut
  • Booger/Juicy Pear
  • Canned Dog Food/Chocolate Pudding
  • Lawn Clippings/Lime
  • Moldy Cheese/Caramel Corn
  • Rotten Egg/Butter Popcorn
  • Skunk Spray/Licorice
  • Stinky Socks/Tutti-Fruitti
  • Toothpaste/Berry Blue
  • Vomit/Peach
Adventurous consumers can find the beans — which are shipping to stores nationwide — in a pocket-sized flip-top box (as a spinner game), or in a handy size bag that's ideal for sharing with friends. 

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Walgreens promotes Jan Stern Reed to general counsel

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill.— Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Jan Stern Reed to general counsel for the company, effective immediately. In her new role, Reed will assume responsibility for the legal division at Walgreens. 
 
Reed will continue reporting to Thomas Sabatino, who assumes the role of Walgreens chief legal and administrative officer and continues his role as corporate secretary. Reed joined Walgreens in 2013 as corporate VP and deputy general counsel. Previously, she was EVP human resources, general counsel and corporate secretary for Solo Cup Company. Prior to Solo, Reed served as associate general counsel, chief governance officer and corporate secretary for Baxter International. She started her legal career at the law firm of Bell, Boyd and Lloyd in Chicago before moving to an in-house position at Waste Management. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan.
 
“As our strategic transaction with Alliance Boots moves forward and we begin to integrate our two companies, Jan will provide valuable expertise and strength of character specifically focused on Walgreens legal strategy and leading our team of attorneys,” Sabatino said. “She has worked closely with me, our business partners and our legal team on a variety of important issues with Alliance Boots, our pharmacy team, e-commerce and many others. She has proved again and again to be a sound and expert counselor, as well as a supportive legal partner.”
 
In August, Walgreens exercised its option to complete the second step of its strategic transaction with Alliance Boots. The transaction, subject to shareholder and various regulatory approvals, would fully combine the two companies to form the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. In addition to his current responsibilities, Sabatino will oversee Walgreens integration work with Alliance Boots.
 
Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said, “I congratulate Jan on her new role and look forward to working closely with Tom as he helps lead the integration efforts that will establish the new Walgreens Boots Alliance.” 
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