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Kids In Need Foundation, Walgreens partner on school supply drive

BY Michael Johnsen

DAYTON, Ohio — Kids In Need Foundation has teamed up with Walgreens on the Walgreens Back to School Drive, the companies announced Wednesday. From July 29 through Aug. 18, customers can donate new school supplies and classroom needs at any in-store collection bin.

“Walgreens is committed to helping the communities we serve and this school supply drive is one more meaningful way we can help ease the stress on parents and teachers who may be struggling with making ends meet,” stated John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs. “With the help of our stores, employees and customers, we can all work together to help thousands of students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.”

Kids In Need Foundation has 27 resource centers across the country. Here, teachers from low-income schools can “shop” for free school supplies for their students and for other classroom supplies and teaching aides. At the end of the national school supply drive, these centers will collect donated supplies from area Walgreens locations.

"More than 14.8 million students in the United States live at or below the poverty line. When families are trying to overcome severe economic reverses, school supplies are not at the top of their necessity lists," said Dave Smith, Kids in Need Foundation executive director. "To make matters worse, most school budgets no longer allocate for basic supplies."

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iGPS earns spot on Inbound Logistics’ top green supply chain partner list

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. — Intelligent Global Pooling Systems has been recognized as a "top 75 green supply chain partner" by Inbound Logistics and is featured in the publication’s June 2012 "Supply Chain Sustainability" issue.

"It is an honor to be recognized by one of the leading logistics trade publications for our demonstrated commitment to sustainability," iGPS CEO Richard DiStasio said. "We take pride in creating industry-leading solutions for our customers that also make their supply chains more eco-friendly."

The company said editors of Inbound Logistics surveyed the sustainability efforts of more than 200 transportation and logistics companies. Their research analyzed companies who lead by example and have demonstrated measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition. This process enabled the editors to determine the top 75 companies that are deeply committed to supply chain sustainability.

iGPS noted that an independent life cycle analysis documented that its pallets are better for the environment than wood pallets on every regularly-measured dimension, including global warming, ozone layer depletion and eco-toxicity.

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Lil’ Drug Store Products renews distribution with convenience store operator Circle K

BY Michael Johnsen

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Lil’ Drug Store Products on Wednesday announced that it has renewed its supply relationship with Circle K, which has more than 3,300 convenience store locations across 42 states.

“At a time when ongoing product shortages make it essential for retailing partners and their consumer customers to have immediate flexibility and responsiveness in product supply, Lil’ Drug Store Products is the kind of reliable supplier we can depend on to serve our nationwide customer base," stated Jim King, Circle K’s national director of procurement.

Lil’ Drug Store Products helped establish health and beauty care in the convenience sector with premium over-the-counter health and beauty care products in convenience-sized packages, the company stated.


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