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Musicians compete in 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday

The students were competing for scholarships to the Midwest Young Artists School and Camps and a feature as a soloist on the "From the Top" radio program.

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Walgreens gets top score among drug chains in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A national gay-rights organization has given Walgreens top marks for its practices related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

In its 2014 Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave the Deerfield, Ill.-based retail pharmacy chain a "perfect" score of 100. 2014 is the ninth year that Walgreens has won a perfect score.

"As a company that prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion, we know that an atmosphere that fosters people’s growth and development despite individual differences is critical to the future of our company," Walgreens chief human resource officer Kathleen Wilson-Thompson said. "It is an honor to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and I applaud our team for continuing to evolve policies and practices to help ensure a welcoming workplace for all."

The second- and third-largest retail pharmacy chains, CVS and Rite Aid, received scores of 85 and 60, respectively. Other retailers on the list include Safeway, with a score of 100; Kroger, 85; Delhaize, 100; Supervalu, 90; Ahold, 55; Walmart, 80; Target, 100; Meijer, 25; Kmart parent company Sears Holdings, 100; Costco, 90; Dollar General, 75; and Family Dollar, 30. Among the three major wholesalers, Cardinal Health and McKesson both received scores of 100, while AmerisourceBergen’s score was 55.

 

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Clearette increases production capacity

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Clearette, a manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, has ordered specialized equipment in an effort to improve production output in hopes to allow volume increases.  

"Our estimates indicate implementation of fully automated manufacturing will reduce production costs in labor alone in the 25% range. It goes beyond that, however. Fully automating our manufacturing process for the E-Liquid Line will allow us to have 100% control over our entire process," Clearette’s senior manufacturing manager Richard Delapena said. "This will allow Clearette to efficiently meet and adjust to consumer demand, and manufacture hundreds of different vapor flavors in a variety of different nicotine strengths creating thousands of unique combinations, and, most importantly, consumer satisfaction and loyalty."

Clearette closes out 2013 having seen high growth in all of its e-cigarette and vapor product lines.

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