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Retail pharmacy veteran Charboneau to join Cartwheel advisory board

BY Adam Kraemer

MORRISTOWN, N.J. Cartwheel LLC announced that veteran retailing executive Gary Charboneau has joined the company as the first member of the Cartwheel Advisory Board.

Formed in 2003 by Larry Aronson, a former president of Revlon sales and customer marketing, and John Wilson, formerly Pfizer’s director of marketing, Cartwheel specializes in creating or improving customer loyalty programs for retailers.

Most recently, Charboneau was senior vice president of marketing and merchandising for Duane Reade in New York, and, prior to that, executive vice president of marketing at CVS.

In 1999, Gary successfully launched the Duane Reade Dollar Rewards program, a breakthrough for the drug store industry. The Dollar Rewards program continues to be a key tool in the Duane Reade marketing mix.

“I believe there is great untapped potential for retailers across channels to more effectively use the shopper information generated by loyalty programs to build their business,” Charboneau said. “Cartwheel has demonstrated the ability to optimize the investment retailers are making in these programs. I am excited to work with Cartwheel and look forward to sharing my experience with other retailers.”

“We are thrilled to have Gary join us. At Cartwheel our objective is simple. We strive to measurably improve the business results that our retail clients can generate from their loyalty programs,” said Larry Aronson, president and chief executive officer of Cartwheel. “Gary is a ‘results’ type guy who can help us see the market more effectively through the eyes of our clients, and insure we stay focused on the things that deliver improved business performance.”

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Union ratifies new contract for Puget Sound-area grocery workers

BY Adam Kraemer

SEATTLE After five months of negotiations, union and management announced Tuesday that a contract agreement had been reached for grocery workers in Puget Sound-area Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons stores, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Workers ratified with 92 percent approval a 3-year deal, which covers more than 20,000 people, including cashiers, clerks and meat department employees.

“This is a great contract for grocery workers,” said Jackie O’Ryan, a spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. “They set very strong, clear goals from the beginning that they wanted strong wage increases and health care to be more affordable, and they met those goals and more.”

Highlights of the deal include fully covered in-network preventive care, insurance coverage beginning the fourth month of employment rather than the tenth, a prescription plan that includes $5 copays on generics, and wage increases over the next three years of $1.30 per hour.

The deal also features an employer-funded health reimbursement account at $500 per member or $1,000 per family and same-sex partner benefits.

“It’s rather remarkable,” O’Ryan told the Post-Intelligencer, “when most of corporate America is focused on growing profits by cutting health care benefits,” The negotiations stand in contrast to those earlier this year between Safeway and workers in Southern California, which almost resulted in a strike when there was no agreement three months after the old contract expired.

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Idea Village launches NutraMist oral spray supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

FAIRFIELD, N.J. Idea Village recently launched a line of fast-acting oral spray supplements, under the NutraMist brand, that will be available in September.

The exclusive NutraMist “SmartSpray” rapid-release technology emits micro-size droplets of the ultra-concentrated formula that can be quickly absorbed in the body, the company stated.

Each 0.5 fl oz bottle of NutraMist contains 180 sprays, enough for a month’s supply. The line includes four SKUs:

  • NutraMist Energy Shots: A source of Vitamin B12, it boosts energy without caffeine. The formula also contains Ginseng and Green Tea, and comes in a “fruity blast” flavor. NutraMist Energy Shots is calorie free, sugar free, alcohol free and carb free.
  • NutraMist Crave Control: A spray containing Hoodia, it helps dieters stay in control when tempted with sweets, salty snacks and other “bad foods.” The formula also contains chromium and green tea extract, and it comes in a mint flavor.
  • NutraMist Crave Control: A spray containing Hoodia, it helps dieters stay in control when tempted with sweets, salty snacks and other “bad foods.” The formula also contains chromium and green tea extract, and it comes in a mint flavor.
  • NutraMist Immune Boost: A blend of Vitamin C, zinc and echinacea, it boosts immunity with 17 antioxidants and botanicals, and it comes in a tropical burst flavor.

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