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New product allows for fast snack measuring

BY Ryan Chavis

PEPPERELL, Mass.  —  A new measuring tool will allow users to effortlessly measure portions of food to help with health needs that range from weight management for those trying to shed a few pounds to blood-sugar control for diabetics.

PortionMate features color-coded cylinders in various sizes that will help owners sort out foods like fruits, vegetables, cereal and grains. To use it, pick the desired cylinder, place it onto your plate and fill with your desired food. After lifting the cylinder, a perfectly measured portion of food is left behind.

PortionMate is BPA-free and is safe to use in the dishwasher. To purchase, visit Portionmate.com 

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Walgreens supports Red Cross efforts in the Philippines with $100,000 donation

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, that swept through the Philippines last week. These funds will be used to distribute relief items, repair and rebuild shelters, provide health care and give access to clean water and sanitation systems for those impacted by the storm.

“With so many people in need, we want to lend support to those who’ve lost so much in this tragedy,” stated John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs. “Thousands of people in the Philippines have been left without basic living needs, so we are supporting the American Red Cross to help bring aid to those who need it the most. Our thoughts go out to all of those impacted by this disaster.”

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CVS Caremark sponsors 2nd Annual Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge, which will be held at Wake Forest University School of Business in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Nov. 14 and 15.

The theme of this year’s Retail Innovation Challenge is "Enhancing Seniors’ Lives." With 10,000 people in the United States turning 65 years old every day, an age demographic that takes two to three times more prescriptions, on average, than those who are younger, CVS Caremark stated that it is in a unique position as a pharmacy innovation company to deliver solutions to better serve the aging population and to foster new ideas in the retail space to improve their lives.

"We are pleased to once again sponsor the Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge and participate in this event’s spirit of collaboration to help develop new ideas to enhance the lives of our older customers," stated Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, who will deliver the keynote address on how the company is reinventing pharmacy for better health. "Innovation is one of CVS Caremark’s core values, and it informs everything we do at our 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores, more than 700 MinuteClinic medical clinics and through our industry-leading pharmacy benefits management business to help people on their path to better health."      

The 2013 Retail Innovation Challenge is hosted by the Wake Forest University Center for Retail Innovation. Twenty-one student teams will each have two minutes to pitch their best retail idea to enhance the lives of seniors. The best five innovation ideas will deliver a formal 30-minute presentation, and the top three ideas will win cash prizes.

Rob Price, SVP and chief marketing officer of CVS/pharmacy, will serve as one of the judges for the Innovation Challenge and will moderate a discussion panel, "Graymerica – Bracing for the Silver Tsunami," during the Wake Forest event.  Price is a member of the 2012 Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute.

"As our population ages, retailers must deliver breakthroughs for older Americans," Price stated. "CVS Caremark’s sponsorship of the Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the nation’s best young minds on this journey."

 

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