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Jeffrey Dunn joins American Greetings’ board

BY Doug Desjardins

CLEVELAND American Greetings has appointed Jeffrey Dunn to its board of directors where he’ll fill a vacancy for a term set to expire in 2008. Dunn most recently served as president of Nickelodeon Film Enterprises and as chief operating officer of Nickelodeon Networks Group.

“We are delighted to have Jeff join us,” said chief executive officer Zev Weiss. “American Greetings will benefit from his business acumen and expertise, particularly with regard to digital content and licensing.” Dunn graduated from Harvard and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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FujiFilm Offers Pre-Paid Mailers

BY Doug Desjardins

VALHALLA, N.Y. FujiFilm has debuted pre-paid mailers that make it easier for customers to have their film processed and delivered to their homes. The new program allows customers to buy the pre-paid mailers when they purchase their Fuji film or single-use camera.

“This program offers the consumer value and convenience,” said Rafi Haqqani, senior product manager for one-time-use cameras for Fujifilm. “It brings quality Fujicolor processing right to the consumers’ doorstep with easy-to-use postage-paid mailers.”

The suggested retail price for the pre-paid film mailer is $15.99 and the pre-paid single-use camera mailer is $17.99. Prints come in the standard 4 x 6 size and are mailed back in 7-10 days.

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Rite Aid announces 1 percent sales increase

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid Thursday morning reported a same-store sales increase of 1 percent for the five weeks ended Sept. 1. (Same-store sales do not presently include the recently acquired Brooks and Eckerd stores.) Pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.5 percent, which included an approximate 405 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, and front-end same-store sales were flat.

Total drug store sales for the five-week period increased 52.9 percent to $2.5 billion (which does include Brooks and Eckerd sales) compared with $1.6 billion for the same period last year.

Prescription revenue accounted for 68.2 percent of drug store sales, and third-party prescription revenue represented approximately 95.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Second-Quarter Sales 

Same-store sales for the 13-week quarter ended Sept. 1 increased 1.1 percent over the prior year quarter, with a 1.4 percent lift in pharmacy same-store sales and a 0.6 percent increase in front-end same-store sales.

Total drug store sales for the quarter increased 54.1 percent to $6.6 billion from $4.3 billion in last year’s second quarter.

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