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Retired Gen. Colin L. Powell to headline 2012 NACDS Foundation Dinner

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation today announced retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 NACDS Foundation Dinner on Nov. 27 in New York City.

“Gen. Colin Powell’s insights as a public servant — as a member of the U.S. Army, a diplomat and a philanthropist — will inspire benefactors and guests at the NACDS Foundation Dinner,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “We look forward to his reflections on his five decades of global and local leadership, including a second-to-none commitment to education and to our youth.”
 
A highly decorated four-star army general, Powell began his military career following completion of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program near his hometown of Harlem, N.Y. During his 35-year military career, Powell served in high-ranking military and diplomatic capacities across four presidential administrations. He served as National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan. He also had the distinction of becoming the youngest officer, first ROTC graduate and first African-American to hold the post of chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
 
Powell served as the 65th secretary of state under President George W. Bush, helping forge alliances and build trust in unstable regions.
 
Powell received many U.S. military awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He also received honorary knighthood bestowed upon him by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.  
 
Powell founded the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at his alma mater, the City College of New York, a student-focused program with a mission to develop a new generation of publicly engaged leaders. He also is the founder and chairman emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, dedicated to forging an alliance to help children receive fundamental resources to succeed.
 
Powell currently serves on a number of national boards and is the author of two books, including his most recently published book "It Worked for Me."

“We thank our generous benefactors for their support of the work of the NACDS Foundation,” Jaeger stated. “This annual dinner is an important opportunity to present highly relevant insights on an evening that celebrates the NACDS Foundation’s highly relevant work to advance public health.”  

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Consumers not afraid of Halloween spending

BY Gail Hoffer

WASHINGTON — The air is getting colder and retailers are already gearing up for the Christmas season, but before they do that, they will have to get through Halloween.

According to a recent NRF consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, Halloween will be a big deal this year, with seven in 10 Americans saying they plan on celebrating the holiday. Consumers are expecting to spend more too; the average person will spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy, up from $72.31 last year, with total Halloween spending expected to reach $8 billion.

“By the time Halloween rolls around each year it’s safe to say Americans have already spent two months preparing for one of the fastest-growing and most widely-loved holidays of the year,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers know that when it comes to Halloween, new costume ideas for children, adults and pets, and the latest in home and yard décor top people’s shopping lists. We expect retailers to stock their shelves well ahead of time to capture the attention of eager holiday shoppers.”

Custumes continue to be a big source of spending, especially for families with children, who will spend a total of $1.1 billion on their children’s costumes, up slightly from $1 billion last year. Not to be outdone by their children, adults will spend $1.4 billion on costumes, up from $1.2 billion in 2011. Pets are also a growing market, with pet owners planning to spend $370 million on pint-sized costumes, up from $310 million in 2011.

Despite record spending figures for this year’s Halloween holiday, one-fourth of U.S. consumers (25.9%) say the state of the economy will impact their Halloween plans. To compensate, 18% will make a costume instead of buying one and over one-third (36.1%) will buy less candy.

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Report: Walgreens opens two hospital-based storefronts in Las Vegas

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Walgreens on Monday opened pharmacy locations within both Sunrise and Mountainview hospitals here, the first in the Las Vegas market, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report published Tuesday. 

Both locations, which occupy approximately 1,100 sq. ft., are positioned near patient discharge, according to the report. In addition to a pharmacy, the hospital-based storefronts feature a small selection of nonprescription items. 

 

 

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