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P&G supports APhA media center with contribution

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Procter & Gamble has contributed to the American Pharmacists Association Foudation’s media center, APhA announced Monday.

APhA said the building would be finished next year and is part of the expansion and renovation of its headquarters.

“This gift to our capital campaign will allow APhA to better use technology to highlight the work of pharmacists whose efforts are shaping the future of medication use and the healthcare of this industry,” APhA Foundation chief executive officer and executive director William Ellis said.

The center will support functions such as video production, press conferences and interviews. It will be on the first floor of the new 300,000 square-foot building.

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Wegmans begins trial of self-checkout lanes in New York store

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans is testing four self-checkout lanes for the first time near company headquarters at its Penfield, N.Y. store based on consumer demand, according to published reports.

We were never in a rush to introduce self-checkout,” Jo Natale, Wegmans spokeswoman, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “We had never seen one we liked or offered features for customer convenience.”

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Wegmans stores close all photography centers

BY Jenna Duncan

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Supermarket chain Wegmans is closing down its photo operations, reports this week said. After more 20 years serving its communities with photo services, the company will no longer offer full-service in-store photo development.

The closures affect 12 stores in Wegmans’ Rochester market. This will affect 18 full-time employees and 52 people who work in photo part-time in Rochester, the company said, as well as 63 full-time photo employees and 173 part-timers companywide. Wegmans has said it will try to make adjustments to keep some of those employees in the company.

So far in the past year, Wegmans has closed 9 of its photo departments. The company has said that the closures are largely due to the growing popularity and accessibility of digital photography.

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