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Rite Aid, Fujifilm sign imaging solutions agreement

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Wednesday partnered with FUJIFILM U.S.A. on an all-inclusive imaging solutions agreement, the drug chain announced.

“We’re excited to be able to provide our customers with the latest in photo technology, products and services,” stated Bryan Shirtliff, Rite Aid senior vice president category management.

“Our agreement sets the stage for creating a ‘Best in Class’ photo solution for our more than 5,000 Rite Aid stores nationwide,” added John Pollock, Rite Aid vice president category management. “Fujifilm will be our partner and the end-to-end solution provider as we re-launch our photo products business.”

Under the multi-year agreement, Fujifilm will provide Rite Aid customers a comprehensive range of photography solutions, including online and in-store photofinishing services and consumer photo products beginning this summer.

Rite Aid Photo centers will operate using Fujifilm GetPix kiosk instant print solutions and Fujifilm Frontier Dry Lab solutions. Fujifilm will also be the exclusive supplier to Rite Aid for color film, including a selection of Fujifilm One Time Use Cameras, Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper and chemical supplies. Fujifilm will also provide send-out photofinishing services by Fujicolor Processing, including prints, photo books, greeting cards, enlargements and a wide range of new heirloom-quality photo gift products, such as blankets, ties and other items.

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Beauty.com to take part in Kaboodle’s Brand Program

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNNYVALE, Calif. Kaboodle, a fast-growing online social shopping community where people discover, recommend and share products, announced Tuesday that it will create brand profiles and enable retail partners to claim and manage their profiles on Kaboodle, including drugstore.com’s Beauty.com site.

“We are excited to take part in Kaboodle’s Brand Program, where we see a unique opportunity to engage with the Kaboodle community through our drugstore.com and Beauty.com brand profile on Kaboodle,” stated drugstore.com chief marketing officer David Lonczak. “In addition, we will soon incorporate the ‘Add to Kaboodle’ button next to products on Beauty.com, and plan to do the same on drugstore.com in the near future, making it even easier for products to be added to personal Kaboodle pages,” he said. “Our brands’ profiles on Kaboodle will simplify the process of drawing valuable insight from our customer interactions, and will afford us the chance to engage with the Kaboodle shopping community to further our brand loyalty among their users as we reach out to the brand savvy consumer.”

Kaboodle’s Brand Program is designed to help retailers and brands build awareness within the Kaboodle community, enhance relationships with customers, and take advantage of unique merchandising and sales opportunities. Kaboodle’s program includes advertising and affiliate opportunities, contests and giveaways within the Kaboodle community, “Add to Kaboodle” buttons which can be syndicated to partners’ online stores, and now brand profiles in Kaboodle.

Kaboodle has more than six million monthly unique visitors and more than 500,000 registered users who have added three million online products to the site. 

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European market regulators give OK to Coors, Miller merger

BY Jenna Duncan

LONDON and DENVER, Colo. In the spirits market, the European Commission has given two formerly rival beer brands the go-ahead to marry.

The European Commission yesterday approved a proposed merger between the Coors Brewing Company of Colorado and the U.S. and Puerto Rican operations of Miller Brewing Co. of Milwaukee. The new company will be called MillerCoors.

The media has reported that the EC waved the green flag after finding no competitive concerns in Europe.

Parent companies of Coors and Miller, Molson Coors Brewing Company of Denver, Colo., and SABMiller of London, agreed last October to merge operations of Coors and Miller. The merger completed a plan to better compete with Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. of St. Louis, Mo.

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