Report: Giant Eagle overhauls small-box store
NEW YORK Giant Eagle has completed the overhaul of its small-box Giant Eagle express concept just 22 months after launching the format, DDI Magazine reported.
DDI reports that, according to Kevin Srigley, Giant Eagle’s SVP new formats, the changes were based on considerable sales analysis and customer feedback over the course of the store’s first 15 months in operation. The renovated store now places a greater focus on offering high-quality meal solutions for busy shoppers.
Local high school honors Walgreens
WAUKEGAN, Ill. St. Martin de Porres High School, a high school located in Waukegan, Ill., honored one of the nation’s largest drug store chains with the annual President’s Award for its support of the mission of the school.
Walgreens was the recipient of the award, the school said, by offering corporate internships to students that help bridge the gap between school and work, provide financial support, and broaden students’ career horizons through exposure to professional work environments.
“St. Martin de Porres High School is pleased to honor Walgreens for their generosity and leadership as a Founding Business Partner of the Hire4Ed program of SMdP,” said George Rattin, president. “Walgreens and its employees provide our students the coaching and confidence that they can succeed in the professional workplace and find a rewarding and fulfilling future there after college.”
Walgreens’ support of education extends beyond financial support to include the active engagement of Walgreens employees in championing the mission of organizations devoted to strengthening and supporting this country’s children, particularly those most in need. For the past five years, employees of Walgreens have taught the students of St. Martin de Porres the keys to success in the professional workplace through the school’s Hire4Ed program. Student growth is nurtured through the excellent coaching of caring and committed professionals in Walgreens’ merchandising, advertising, finance, legal and logistics departments. In the spring 2009 the Hire4Ed program awarded Carolynn Leiding, a divisional coordinator merchandising and strategic planning and analysis at Walgreens, the 2009 Educator of the Year Award for her outstanding work with St. Martin de Porres High School students.
“As one of St. Martin de Porres’ original business partners for this internship program, we’re so proud to help and see students grow in the workplace,” said Walgreens divisional VP Rick Hans, who accepted the award on Walgreens’ behalf. “Not only do the students walk away with a better sense of responsibility, discipline and drive, we, too also gain a sense of enthusiasm from being a part of the mentoring process.”
ACRO to host specialty pharmacy payer symposium
PHILADELPHIA Healthcare reform will affect just about every aspect of the healthcare industry in the United States, and managed care for patients who require expensive and complex drug regimens is no exception.
ACRO Pharmaceutical Services and Armada Health Care will sponsor the third annual Regional Payer/Managed Care Symposium on Dec. 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing area, with a panel of speakers featuring SXC Health Solutions Corp. president and CEO Mark Thierer and senior pharmacy executives from Amerigroup, PerformRx and others.
Discussion will include challenges and strategies for managing use of high-cost specialty medications, the latest trends in specialty pharmacy and how healthcare reform will affect managed care organizations.