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Retailers announce relief efforts to help those affected by Washington landslide

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Looking to help those victims, families and communities affected by the devastating landslide that occurred in late March in Oso, Wash., several industry players have announced relief efforts.

Among the retailers stepping up to the plate is Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. In conjunction with the Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs has announced that it is accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County.

Bartell Drugs, which owns and operates 63 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, has pledged $10,000 to match customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.


“When tragedies like this occur, the Salvation Army’s staff and volunteers are focused on the needs of individuals, families and first-responders,” stated Bartell Drugs chairman and CEO George Bartell. “Donations by our customers, along with our company’s matching pledge, will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities.”



In addition, the Rite Aid Foundation is making a $15,000 donation to the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross.

"Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by the landslide," stated Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and COO and president of the Rite Aid Foundation. "As rescue efforts continue and rebuilding begins, it’s important that the people of Oso and the neighboring areas know they aren’t alone during their time of need. We hope that our donation can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most."

Rite Aid operates 17 stores in Snohomish County and an additional 121 across Washington.

Walgreens has stated that it will make a $25,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Oso Mudslide Relief Fund.  In addition, during the next two weeks customers shopping at any Walgreens store in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Northern Idaho will have the opportunity to make donations to the relief fund in increments of $1, $5 or $10.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oso who suffered such devastating losses and to the emergency personnel who responded to this disaster and continue to aid in recovery efforts” stated Sue Bandurraga, Walgreens market VP for Seattle and surrounding communities.  “We are happy to make our stores throughout the region available to our generous customers who wish to make a contribution for our neighbors in Snohomish County.”
 

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Derma e hires new Canadian sales manager

BY Antoinette Alexander

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Skin care company derma e has hired Adina Fast as Canadian sales manager.

With Canada as the second-largest market for derma e products, this role will help the company support and expand its North American business, the company stated.

Fast comes to derma e with more than 32 years of experience in the natural products industry. Her career includes sales and account management roles at companies such as Vita Health and Purity Life Health Products.

In her new position, Fast will be responsible for the growth of the derma e brand in Canada. This includes territory development, account management, broker team management and execution of tactical retail programs.    

 

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CVS Caremark, Wake Forest’s Center for Retail Innovation to co-host Innovation Challenge through 2018

BY Antoinette Alexander

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest University School of Business Center for Retail Innovation has announced that CVS Caremark will co-host the annual Retail and Health Innovation Challenge with the Center for the next five years, through 2018.

“This partnership will allow the Challenge to be a meeting place between retail and health, especially as we focus on the aging consumer,” stated Roger Beahm, executive director of the Center for Retail Innovation and professor of practice in marketing. “The commitment by CVS Caremark will help make our event the most robust retail innovation competition of its kind in academia today.”

The Challenge is a two-day competition held each fall that selects 20 teams from top business programs in the nation through their submission of business plans. It is more than a competition; it is an opportunity for participants to learn from experts in the field about the graying of America and how that will affect retailers and marketers. At the same time, participants network with top executives in attendance.

CVS Caremark served as lead sponsor of the 2013 Retail Innovation Challenge, which focused on the coming “silver tsunami” and how aging baby boomers are impacting the healthcare system. This new partnership will allow the Challenge to continue to focus on innovations for aging consumers at the intersection of retail and health.

“As a pharmacy innovation company that is committed to helping people on their path to better health, our sponsorship of the Retail and Health Innovation Challenge provides a unique way to for us to identify and nurture new ideas and solutions to address the healthcare challenges of our aging population,” said Rob Price, chief marketing officer of CVS/pharmacy. “We look forward to deepening our ongoing partnership with Wake Forest University School of Business.”

Price is a member of the 2012 Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute.

A team of Wake Forest MBA students won the 2013 Retail Innovation Challenge with their medication monitoring and alert system. The event is organized and produced by Wake Forest School of Business student volunteers.

 

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