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Jarden signs up for GMDC development training program

BY Allison Cerra

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Global Market Development Center announced on Saturday that their Professional Development Program is to be used by Jarden Home Brands as part of their employees’ personal development.

Developed by GDMC and Mercuri/Cross Knowledge, the program is specifically designed for companies that produce and sell general merchandise, including health, beauty and wellness products. Jarden Home Brands, a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation, will be granting sales associates access to over 160 e-learning modules and customized classroom training later this month.

In addition to the sales associates, Jarden Home Brands also said that employees within their manufacturing facility and distribution centers will also be taking courses designed by GDMC develop team building skills. 

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WaMu to place ATMs in Texas CVS locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON Washington Mutual bank has inked a deal with Cardtronics to place 310 branded ATMs in CVS stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas.

The ATMs, owned and operated by Cardtronics, will offer surcharge-free cash withdrawals for WaMu customers. They will feature the WaMu logo, transaction screens, balance inquires and account transfers to WaMu customers.

A similar agreement was recently struck between Citi and 7-Eleven and also between Chase and Duane Reade.

The expansion through CVS brings the total number of ATMs in Texas at which WaMu customers can make fee-free withdrawals to 670, including 282 in Houston, 273 in Dallas/Forth Worth, 63 in San Antonio and 52 in Austin. 

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FGX International wins Rite Aid’s supplier of the year award

BY Michael Johnsen

SMITHFIELD, R.I. FGX International last month was awarded Rite Aid’s Supplier of the Year Award at that chain’s annual trade show and managers meeting held in Baltimore. FGX International supplies Foster Grant Sunglasses, Magnivision Reading Glasses and jewelry to Rite Aid.

 “We can all take tremendous pride in the receipt of this award,” stated Alec Taylor, FGX chief executive officer. “As with all of our successes, it was a team effort. We have always valued our relationship with Rite Aid and look forward to many more years of success with them.”

“FGX International … has faithfully supported all Rite Aid’s efforts and plans over the years,” Rite Aid stated during the award ceremony. “Their commitment to excellence is evident in their account management, category and brand analysis, on-time and complete delivery performance, and an average 97 percent [direct-store delivery] service level.”

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