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Kinney Drugs presents 2009 Vendor Awards for Excellence at conference, trade show

BY Alaric DeArment

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. Several vendors took home awards from a regional retail pharmacy chain in northern New York state Friday.

Kinney Drugs announced the winners of the 2009 Vendor Awards for Excellence, given at a ceremony at the annual Fall Management Conference and Trade Show at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.

Top award recipients were: Frito-Lay, for direct store delivery; Alberto Culver, for beauty care; Brisco Apparel, for soft goods; Hershey, for confections; Kimberly-Clark, for personal care; and U.S. Nutrition, for category captain of the year.

Kinney said it gives the awards based on judgments of measurable company objectives, such as growth, revenue profitability and marketing initiatives.

“Kinney Drugs prides itself on building partner relationships and strong communications to ensure category management practices reflect a win-win relationship for both businesses,” Kinney VP retail merchandising Rick Cognetti Jr. said in a statement. “Selected winners showed tremendous support of our Customer Connection package in 2009, which reflected in outstanding merchandising initiatives to showcase their lines all year long.”

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Report: Kwik Shops to test drive-thru pharmacies in partnership with Dillons

BY Allison Cerra

WICHITA, Kan. Two Kroger-owned stores will launch a pilot program that merges the company’s convenience store and pharmacy concepts.

Dillions pharmacies will be implemented in two Kansas Kwik Shop convenience stores, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Dillons spokesperson Sheila Lowrie told the newspaper construction will start late next month. The new pharmacies, which will include drive-thrus, will open in early spring. Additionally, customers will be able to fill prescriptions and speak to pharmacists on site.

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Screen Dreams Publishing to release ‘Living Fireplace: Volume 2’

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Screen Dreams Publishing, a leading developer and distributor of lively ambient imagery DVDs for all flat panel HDTVs, introduces a new and improved version of the top selling “fireplace” DVD with the release of “Living Fireplace: Volume 2” available on Nov. 2 on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray.

Featuring 20 unique scenes shot in 1080p and 720p high definition video- four of which are specifically themed for Christmas, and 10 soothing music and natural sound effects tracks.

“Our new and improved Living Fireplace: Volume 2 is the perfect holiday gift and offers more features and scenes than ever before,” said Stephen Spivak, founder and president of Screen Dreams Publishing Inc. “Since launching Living Fireplace four years ago, we continue to be the leader in ‘fireplace’ DVDs with our unparalleled variety of unique scenes, crisp HD picture, calming sound effects, and gorgeous music tracks that allow Living Fireplace: Volume 2  to instantly transform any HDTV into a vibrant window of warmth.”

Living Fireplace: Volume 2 is available through all major distributors and online at www.ScreenDreamsDVD.com. National retailers include Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Sam’s Club, RC Willey and many more.

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