Reports: Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch stepping down
NEW YORK — Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch is stepping down, according to published reports.
The Florida Times-Union reported Friday that Lynch would resign as CEO of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based supermarket chain, following its merger with Bi-Lo, but would remain for 60 to 120 more days until the merger is complete.
Following completion of the merger, Bi-Lo chairman Randall Onstead will step in as president and CEO, the newspaper reported.
CVS/pharmacy enhances ‘Send to Card’ digital options
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare Rewards program now enables ExtraCare cardholders to send their quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards to their ExtraCare cards, eliminating the need for shoppers to carry paper rewards into their local CVS/pharmacy.
This enhanced paperless option for redeeming ExtraBucks Rewards expands on the first digital "Send to Card" option rolled out last August, which gave cardholders the ability to send select ExtraCare email offers directly to their ExtraCare cards. ExtraCare’s newest digital feature for quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards makes it easier and more convenient for shoppers who prefer not to print paper rewards to take advantage of their earned ExtraBucks Rewards.
The addition of more digital options for ExtraCare is the latest in a series of new features and enhancements CVS/pharmacy has rolled out for ExtraCare, enabling members of the program to customize their benefits to fit their unique interests and shopping preferences. Cardholders can "scan and save" at the ExtraCare Coupon Centers to receive additional ExtraBucks Rewards, coupons and special offers before they shop.
In addition, customers can opt-in to the ExtraCare Beauty Club to receive rewards and special offers within the beauty category, they can opt-in to ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes to receive special offers and discounts on related products, and they can participate in CVS/pharmacy’s GreenBagTag program as another way to earn more ExtraBucks Rewards for declining plastic bags. Shoppers also can register for ExtraCare email and join CVS/pharmacy’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.
To help shoppers learn about the new feature, and encourage members of the ExtraCare community to proclaim how they like to redeem their ExtraBucks Rewards, CVS/pharmacy also has unveiled the next wave of its ongoing "MoneyTrashers" campaign, featuring a user-generated photo contest on its Facebook page. Cardholders can submit photos to showcase how they prefer to redeem ExtraBucks Rewards — "Print It" or "Send It" — and vote for their favorite photos. Now through Jan. 31, 20 winners each week will receive a $50 gift card to CVS/pharmacy, and the photo with the most votes will receive a grand prize of $2,000 in CVS/pharmacy gift cards.
Kodak accuses Fujifilm of patent infringement
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After announcing patent infringement suits against Apple and HTC related to its digital imaging technology, Kodak also announced it filed a similar lawsuit against Fujifilm.
Kodak said the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and was related to U.S. Patent Nos. 5,493,335; 6,292,218; 6,573,927; 6,441,854; and 5,164,831.
“Kodak has long been in discussions with Fujifilm, asking the company to do what more than 30 other companies have done already and take a license for their use of our pioneering digital imaging technology,” Kodak chief intellectual property officer Timothy Lynch said. “Kodak has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing this technology. Not only have we failed to reach an agreement, but Fuji resorted to filing suit against us in October in what was a thinly veiled attempt to redirect attention from their continued use of Kodak patented technology.
"There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed," Lynch said. "The failure to appropriately compensate Kodak for the unauthorized use of our patented technology impedes our ability to continue to innovate and introduce new products.”