Kroger extends fuel savings promo to December
CINCINNATI — Kroger announced that its customers can enjoy their summer fuel savings through December.
Customers now will be able to earn and redeem their fuel points to save up to $2 off per gallon at Kroger family of stores fuel centers through Dec. 31, a three-month extension of the current promotion. Customers will continue to earn and redeem up to 2,000 fuel points through regular purchases and special offers. The company also noted that its promotion doubles the maximum points redeemable for a discount.
"At our customers’ request we are pleased to extend our special offer doubling potential fuel savings up to $2 per gallon through the busy fall and holiday shopping seasons," Kroger SVP merchandising Michael Donnelly said.
Customers can earn fuel points every day in the following ways:
For every $100 in groceries purchased, customers can earn 100 fuel points. Now, up to 2,000 points can be redeemed for up to $2 in savings — at Kroger fuel centers in one fill up;
For every purchase of $50 in gift cards from Kroger’s gift card mall, customers receive 100 fuel points. For a limited time, Kroger is offering quadruple fuel points on most gift cards as part of the company’s back-to-school savings event;
When customers use the Kroger 1-2-3 Rewards Visa, they can earn an additional 5 cents off the cost of a gallon when they redeem points. New cardholders can save 25 cents a gallon during their first three months as cardholders when they redeem at least 100 fuel points; and
Customers can receive fuel points on every prescription. See pharmacy for details.
Supreme Court of Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart can challenge private-label generic Rx ban in Ontario
TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Thursday that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted its application for leave to appeal to Ontario’s ban on private-label generic drugs.
“The company respects the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada and is pleased with the outcome,” the retailer stated. A hearing date has not yet been set, and no further details were provided.
According to Reuters, Canada’s Katz Group also has been granted leave to challenge the ban.
The Supreme Court of Canada granted Shoppers’ application for leave to appeal the December 2011 decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario that restored the prohibition on private-label generic drug products in the province of Ontario.
The ban has hampered pharmacies’ earnings and has kept Shpppers from selling its private-label drugs in the province. Reuters reported that Katz Group, which operates Rexall drug stores, wants to launch a similar business.
National Council on Aging launches flu shot drive with CDC targeting seniors
WASHINGTON — The National Council on Aging last week introduced a new national Flu + You campaign to improve vaccination rates among seniors.
“Each year in the U.S., about 9-out-of-10 flu-related deaths and more than 6-out-of-10 flu-related hospitalizations occur in adults 65 and older,” stated Richard Birkel, acting SVP healthy aging and director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “For this reason NCOA wants … to ensure that people in this age group and those who care for them fully understand the importance of annual immunization and the vaccine options available to them."
As part of the Flu + You initiative, Carolyn Bridges, associate director for adult immunizations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Birkel will be participating in interviews with media across the nation.
The Flu + You campaign also will be conducting regional programming in Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania — all states with large populations of older adults — to reach local residents with information about the dangers of influenza and vaccine options for adults 65 years and older.
NCOA’s Flu + You campaign is made possible through a collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur.