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OPI to collaborate with recording artist Mariah Carey on limited-edition nail color line

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — OPI Products has teamed up with multiple Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum-selling recording artist Mariah Carey.

Carey will be the inspiration for a line of OPI limited-edition nail lacquers that will launch in January 2013.

"OPI is thrilled to work with Mariah, an industry icon who loves nails and considers lacquer one of her favorite accessories," OPI EVP and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann said. "With her magnetic personality both on and off the stage, Mariah serves as a great inspiration for beautiful, bold colors."

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ECRM: Drought not affecting food prices

BY Michael Johnsen

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing reported that the current drought conditions have yet to lead to an increase in food prices.

“We predict that the food-at-home index will decline for the month of July [however],” ECRM stated in a release Friday.

For a detailed look at ECRM’s predictions on how drought conditions will impact food prices, click here.

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Former Walgreens exec joins Pankow Associates as account executive

BY Antoinette Alexander

SKOKIE, Ill. — Pankow Associates has hired Mark DeFilippo to serve as an account executive based in its Skokie office.

DeFilippo has had extensive experience in the industry, including 26 years with the Walgreens, where he first served as a basic department merchandiser, reorder buyer, assistant store manager and, from 1990 on, as a category manager in a variety of Walgreens purchasing departments. Over the years, his responsibilities included candy, batteries, electronics, photo finishing/photo accessories and over-the-counter products, such as cough-cold, pain and sleep remedies.


He brings to Pankow background in consumer product procurement, marketing, merchandising, inventory control, advertising, promotions, market research, pricing, product launches and strategic planning in the retail industry.

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