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Schnuck Markets class-action lawsuit notification underway

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

ST. LOUIS — A settlement in a Schnuck Markets security breach class-action lawsuit has been reached and a notification program is underway, as approved by the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri.

Customers of 79 Schnuck grocery stores are being alerted that the breach, which occurred between December 9, 2012 and March 30, 2013, has been settled and that they may be entitled to a share of the proceeds.

On March 30, 2013, Schnucks announced that its computer systems had been compromised; the incident involved the insertion of malicious computer code that targeted data in the magnetic stripe of credit and debit cards swiped at 79 Schnucks stores.

The lawsuit claims that Schnucks was responsible for the security incident because Schnucks did not take appropriate care to protect its payment card systems from hacking. Schnucks denies all of the claims and says it did not do anything wrong.

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Fred’s Super Dollar and Cardinal Health sign multi-year agreement

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar and Cardinal Health on Monday announced a multi-year agreement for Cardinal Health to be the new primary supplier of branded and generic pharmaceutical products to all of Fred's more than 360 in-store pharmacies and EIRIS Health Services in the United States. 
 
Under the agreement, Fred's and Cardinal Health will establish a strategic alliance designed to support Fred's rapid pharmacy growth, and build on a foundation of premier supply chain and asset management tools.
 
"Fred's is enthusiastic about the partnership we have forged with Cardinal Health and the inventive solutions Cardinal will provide to support our strategic growth," stated Bruce Efird, CEO Fred's. "This new alliance puts Fred's in position to achieve our aggressive pharmacy growth goals in retail locations, clinical services and specialty pharmacy."
 
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ECRM appoints Joe Tarnowski to lead content development

BY DSN STAFF

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing announced that it has appointed Joseph Tarnowski as VP and chief content officer to lead the development of its content platform.

“Joe’s business media background is perfectly aligned with ECRM’s vision of adding a content component to the existing events and digital platform we’ve developed to facilitate the buying process,” said Greg Farrar, CEO of ECRM. “His knowledge of the retail industry and experience in developing unique and compelling content across media platforms will extend our engagement with retail buyers and suppliers year-round.”

Tarnowski will create a content strategy and platform that provides retail buyers and suppliers information they need to optimize the buying process and will deliver this content to them when and how they want it via various platforms. The content will include research and insights from ECRM Data, the company's business intelligence division.

Tarnowski has more than 20 years of experience in business-to-business media, most recelty with Stagnito Business Information, where he was editor in chief of Progressive Grocer Independent, as well as editor of Progressive Grocer Tech. Tarnowski also produced content for such media brands as Convenience Store News, The Gourmet Retailer, RETAILTECH, and Foodservice Director.

“ECRM has a wealth of information assets, including the expertise of its staff and its buyer and supplier audience, and its research and data capabilities,” said Tarnowski. “On top of this, it has amazing digital and event platforms with which to deliver this information. I’m excited to join the team and its mission to deliver this valuable content to the industry.”
 

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