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Safeway raises $17 million for breast cancer research

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway is donating $17 million to breast cancer research following a month-long fund-raising campaign at its 1,738 stores. The company made the announcement in Washington D.C. where it was being recognized for its corporate giving at the 2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Awards.

“Our employees, customers and suppliers are passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer and the results of our month-long campaign will fund important research and prevention programs,” said Larree Renda, Safeway’s executive vice president and chair of the Safeway Foundation.

Overall, Safeway has raised and donated more than $70 million for cancer research in the past six years.

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Rite Aid announces Mark Panzer’s departure

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid Thursday announced that Mark Panzer, senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer, is leaving the company.

Panzer was responsible for merchandising, marketing and supply chain at Rite Aid. With his departure, these functions will report directly to Rob Easley, Rite Aid’s chief operating officer.

“Since Mark joined Rite Aid in 2001, he has contributed to the success of our company in several key roles on our leadership team,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We thank him for his hard work and dedication during his six years with us.”

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Supervalu, others acquire new automated refill technology

BY Doug Desjardins

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu has purchased a non-exclusive license from Robert Katz Technology for use in its Automated Health Care Services portfolio. Supervalu said the agreement gives the company access to technology that will improve a number of areas including automated prescription refills.

“Many of our leading pharmacies such as Acme, bigg’s, Cub, Osco, Sav-On, Shop ‘n Save and Supervalu offer ‘Express Prescription Refill’ or ‘Easyfill’ services over the phone, which utilize many of the inventions in this portfolio of patents,” said Supervalu spokeswoman Haley Meyer. “Customers can, for example, dial in 24 hours a day, enter their prescription number and the last four digits of their phone number in order to quickly request a refill of their prescription This is an important group of patents.” Supervalu affiliates New Albertson’s Inc. and Albertson’s LLC also have access to the new technologies.

Among the other major clients to reach a settlement with Katz are: the Jean Coutu Group, Express Scripts, Safeway and Walgreen Co.

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