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LLS names Walgreens Specialty exec nat’l specialty chairman for ‘Light the Night’ walks

BY David Salazar

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A Walgreens Specialy Pharmacy executive is taking on a role with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” fundraising walks. Mike Ellis, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy’s corporate VP, has been named the inaugural national chairman of specialty pharmacy for the walks.

As part of his new role at LLS, Ellis will be on hand at Saturday’s walk in Glenview, Ill., joining supporters and survivors. The Glenview event is one of four “Light the Night” walks being held this coming weekend in Illinois and northern Indiana. Participants are encouraged to beat the national fundraising average of $250 and those who raise $100 and more carry an illuminated lantern on the walk — gold for lost loved ones, red for supporters and white for survivors.

Ellis has been in his role at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy since 2011 and has 30 years of experience in specialty, having worked in senior positions at companies like CVS Caremark, AdvancePCS and others. He is also the president of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. 

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Ahold sets up e-commerce focused innovation incubator with new partnership

BY Michael Johnsen

ZAANDAM, the Netherlands – Ahold on Friday announced it has entered into a three-year partnership with startup accelerator Startupbootcamp, to support young companies elected to participate in the Startupbootcamp E-commerce program.
 
“With their creativity and flexibility, Startupbootcamp's young companies are quick to spot what consumers and companies need, while they are also able to commercialize innovations very rapidly," stated Hanneke Faber, chief commercial officer, Ahold. "With those qualities, they can inspire Ahold to develop further as an omni-channel retailer. At the same time, our mentors will help promising start-ups with a wealth of experience in the areas of both e-commerce and traditional retail.”
 
Being involved with Startupbootcamp will enable Ahold to witness e-commerce trends and innovations at their origin and get to know promising startups. In exchange, program participants will benefit from Ahold’s experience as a retailer with a history of innovations spanning almost 130 years.
 
Ahold’s business includes several e-commerce frontrunners – some of which began as startups. In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn started experimenting with home delivery in 1987 with a service called James Telesuper. Today, Albert Heijn Online is the largest online supermarket in the country. U.S. Internet grocer Peapod, part of Ahold since 2001, started out in 1989 as the first pure e-commerce company in the world. Bol.com has grown into the largest online general merchandise retailer in the Netherlands since its inception as an online bookstore in 1999. 
 
“Ahold is a great company that has offered young companies like Peapod and bol.com the opportunity to blossom," added Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder Startupbootcamp. "This makes it an inspiring example for our participants. The startups can sharpen and grow their businesses, and Ahold can stay close to the startup-ecosystem.”
 
The first 10 companies selected for Startupbootcamp E-commerce originate from Portugal, the Netherlands, Israel, the Czech Republic, Greece and the U.K. Ahold is providing mentors, with different areas of expertise, from Albert Heijn and bol.com.
 
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Daily Diversion: Dancing owl

BY DSN STAFF

Rescue owl Oakley suffers from anxiety, but none of that is present when he’s dancing along to “The Monster Mash.” Watch Oakley dance with the stuffed, animatronic owl that keeps him company as he develops (he’s currently too young to be with other owls). 

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