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PAWtizer antibacterial wipes, spray to retail at Giant Eagle

BY Rebecca Haughey

LOS ANGELES – All American Pet Co. announced Tuesday that its innovative branded line of PAWtizer antibacterial wipes and spray will be available on all Giant Eagle supermarket shelves within the next two weeks.

"PAWtizer is a highly effective and safe solution to a serious problem that 45 million American households share… It has been proven that our 76.5 million dogs pick up and innocently transfer our most dangerous diseases to other family members, friends and neighbors," said All American Pet Co. CEO Barry Schwartz. "We know there are as many germs on paws as there are on hands and that is why PAWtizer isn’t something we can do for our dogs, PAWtizer is something everyone must do for their dogs. Keeping pets and their families well is our core business."

Giant Eagle operates 218 supermarkets in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland and has annual sales in excess of $9 billion — making PAWtizer more readily available to many more dog-owners.

"Supermarkets offer shoppers the convenience and ease of access to tens of thousands of products in just minutes. However, getting those products onto the 36,569 supermarket store shelves can often take years. AAPT said we would take PAWtizer to the Nation’s Retail Shelves — we did! And we will!" said All American Pets Co. president Lisa Bershan.

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The New York Times: Hurricane Sandy impact extends to the supply chain, could impede holiday sales

BY Michael Johnsen

 NEW YORK — The impact of Hurricane Sandy has the potential of extending to holiday sales as a battered supply chain comes back online. The New York Times on Monday featured a story on those recovery efforts, noting that in addition to shutting down shipping terminals Hurricane Sandy impacted warehouses and distribution centers and slowed down delivers across the Northeast as delivery drivers contended with closed roads and gasoline shortages. 

And the impact could be great — the Northeast corridor is responsible for $3 trillion in output, equivalent to 20% of the gross domestic product, the New York daily noted. 

"The supply chain is backing up at a crucial time, just as retailers normally bring their final shipments into stores for the holiday shopping season, which retailers depend on for annual profitability," the New York Times report read. "Many economists expect the storm to shave up to half a percentage point from growth in the fourth quarter. That is a big reduction, with growth estimated to reach an annual rate of 1% to 2% before the storm, and the economy facing other significant headwinds, including fiscal uncertainty in Washington."

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McKesson employees donate time to assemble 25,000 Comfort Kits for cancer patients

BY Michael Johnsen

 SAN FRANCISCO — As part of McKesson’s 14th annual Community Days, the company’s all-employee volunteer week, an estimated 16,000 McKesson employees from more than 150 sites across the country will come together to create 25,000 Comfort Kits for the McKesson Foundation’s new charity initiative, Giving Comfort, the wholesaler announced Monday. 

“Each year millions of people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly one quarter of those patients will exhaust all of their savings to cover treatment costs,” stated Carrie Varoquiers, president, McKesson Foundation and VP, corporate citizenship. “McKesson created Giving Comfort because we saw the need to provide comfort to those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. We work with hospitals, care facilities and service organizations across the nation to ensure that the kits get to patients who need it, at a time when they need it the most.”

The kits are provided to low-income patients through various distribution network partners, which include hospital social workers, independent oncologists, patient navigators, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other service providers. Each Kit is filled with a soft blanket, toiletries, a warm cap, journal and other essential items to help patients as they receive treatment.

The McKesson Foundation is focused on providing funding to cancer research through its Mobilizing for Health grant program. Specifically, through Mobilizing for Health, the Foundation funds research projects focused on mobile phone-based interventions for low-income patients, with a priority interest in early detection and cancer management.

 

 

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