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Publix celebrates 85 years

BY DSN STAFF

 
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix last week celebrated 85 years of serving customers and their local communities. Founded in 1930 by the late George Jenkins in Winter Haven, Fla., Publix has grown from a single store into the largest employee-owned supermarket in the United States with more than 1,100 stores across six states, the company stated.
 
“As we celebrate our 85th anniversary and look to the future, I want to thank our associates, past and present, for their contributions in building a company that is much more than just a supermarket,” Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said. “And to our loyal customers, it’s been our pleasure to serve you and your families for more than eight decades. We thank you for allowing us into your homes to be a part of all the memorable occasions in your lives.”
 
Jenkins dreamt of opening a store that was different — a store that operated on a set of values that everyone could feel when they walked through the door. Publix refers to these founding values as the Lessons of Mr. George.
 
In recognition of the company’s 85th anniversary, Publix included associates, customers and suppliers in celebrations focusing on a different lesson each month. The following is a month-by-month breakdown of some of Publix' 85th anniversary celebrations: 
 
  • March: Invest in others — As a token of appreciation for the supply chain, Publix associates across the company took the time to personally thank their supplier partners. 
  • April:  Give back — As part of “Publix Serves Day”, more than 4,000 Publix associates across six states volunteered their time and supported over 125 nonprofit organizations within their local communities, the company said Projects included beautification efforts, food pantries, backpack feeding programs, tutoring & reading resources, painting and building;
  • May: Prepare for opportunity — Publix provided training and development opportunities to help associates grow. The promotion prize patrol was out in full force capturing associate promotions at every level and sharing in the excitement of what lies ahead for these up and coming leaders;
  • June: Be there — During “Be There Day,” company leaders engaged with associates working side by side, learning roles and responsibilities, sharing stories and connecting with each other;
  • July: Respect the dignity of the individual — Publix president Todd Jones challenged associates to get to know each other. Associates answered a series of questions designed to get associates talking, learning and exchanging ideas. Upon completion of the challenge, associates received coupons redeemable for two free gourmet cupcakes — one for them and one for their new friend; and
  • August: Treat customers like royalty — Publix customers were randomly selected and treated like royalty, including providing a Publix gift card, flowers, crowns and tiaras, green carpet and all. In the community, the customer prize patrol surprised customers with random acts of kindness, including visiting a local hospital and showering new moms with baby baskets; attending sporting events and upgrading seats; and randomly handing out thank you notes with Publix gift cards enclosed, the company said.
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Cardinal Health names former Treasury Department COO to board

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health on Tuesday elected Nancy Killefer to its board as an independent director, effective Sept. 14.
 
Killefer most recently served as senior partner of McKinsey and Co. until her retirement in 2013. She also served in the United States Department of the Treasury as the assistant secretary for management, CFO and COO.
 
“Nancy has incredibly strong health care and leadership experience,” said George Barrett, chairman and CEO Cardinal Health. “We believe her perspective on the rapidly evolving health care industry as well as her broad corporate board experience will be particularly relevant. We're very pleased to welcome her to our board of directors.”
 
Killefer served as the founder and managing partner of McKinsey's Public Sector practice and on the Shareholders Committee, the firm's governing board, where she chaired the People Committee. She also served on the company's Professional Standards Committee, the Client Service Risk Committee and the Director's Review Committee.
 
Killefer serves on the boards of the Advisory Board, Avon Products and Computer Sciences. 
 
She earned a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vassar College.
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DSNTV: Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year winner Topeka Pharmacy

BY DSN STAFF

LAS VEGAS — At AmerisourceBergen’s ThoughtSpot 2015, Topeka Pharmacy, based in Topeka, Ind., was named the Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the year. For owner Tom Miller, the force that helps him work to provide the most to his customers is centrality to the largely Amish town with a single stoplight.

“It’s not unusual for my tech to be exasperated because somebody calls us and wants the numbers of the local pizza place,” Miller told Drug Store News. “But to me it’s indicative of the fact that we are the service center of the community. With our Amish population at nearly 60% that’s important because otherwise they literally have to hire a driver to take them somewhere else.”

In addition to a community behind him, Miller said it’s also a boon to have Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s  resources on hand.

“I think the resources are vast and it multiplies our ability to be good to our patients and make those outcomes positive,” Miller said.

Watch the video above to learn more about what makes Topeka Pharmacy the Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year.

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