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Safeway raises $9.7 million for muscular dystrophy

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway customers and employees helped the supermarket chain raise $9.7 million to help fight muscular dystrophy during an August fund-raiser.

Safeway raised the funds through donations made at checkout registers in 1,700 Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada. A portion of proceeds from some products sold in stores was also donated. With the August funds, Safeway has raised nearly $42 million for muscular dystrophy with its month-long fundraisers.

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The Parent Company signs on as partner with drugstore.com

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER The Parent Company, a company that offers an e-commerce solution for online retailers on Thursday announced a new relationship to merchandise and fulfill select toy and baby products sold on drugstore.com, a top 50 Internet retailer.

The Parent Company will provide popular children’s and baby products for the toys and kids electronics department on the drugstore.com retail website and will provide category management, product content, inventory control and order fulfillment.

“We’re excited to add a new strategic retail partner into our business model of leveraging our merchandising expertise and making full use of our extensive technology and fulfillment resources,” stated Michael Wagner, president and chief executive officer of The Parent Company. “We offer retailers an excellent way to increase traffic and sales by featuring toys and baby products as part of their assortment, without the inventory risk or additional staff.”

According to The Parent Company, already using the eToys solution are Sears.com, Kmart.com, Shop.com, Amazon.com, Macys.com, KBtoys.com, HSN.com, CircuitCity.com and Buy.com .

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Walgreens offers consumers advice in case of evacuations

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has published a short list of suggestions for anyone in areas affected by potential hurricanes, such as Tropical Storm Gustav, which, at press time, was heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to turn into a hurricane.

While the advice was simple, it may make a big difference for prescription medication takers who have to be evacuated:

  1. Fill the medication only after arriving at a safe location.
  2. Carry the medication in a waterproof bag.
  3. Keep a written record of all prescriptions in an “important papers” file.

Walgreens emphasized in step 2 that all prescription bottles should be taken, even if empty. The information on the bottle label will help any pharmacist refill the medicine. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so Walgreens reminded consumers to protect it from extreme weather conditions.

The company also reminded consumers that Walgreens’ patients could register online at Walgreens.com and print out prescription information directly from their patient profile. Walgreens operates 6,356 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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