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Scrub Daddy intros new cleaning solution

BY Ryan Chavis

Image Credit: ScrubDaddy.com

CHICAGO — Scrub Daddy, the company launched into the spotlight on ABC’s “Shark Tank” for its smily-faced sponge, earlier this month introduced Sponge Daddy, a scrubbing tool that the company says represents a “leap forward” in technology and innovation.
 
The Sponge Daddy takes the form of a traditional rectangular sponge, but adds a layer of ResoFoam on the reverse side, the company said. As a result, the two different textures offers a broader range of applications for the consumer. The product was unveiled at the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. 
 
“Few industries suffer through 40 years of stagnation, as has the sponge. Scrub Daddy’s success proved the public’s pent-up demand for an innovative sponge that’s always happy to get the job done,” said Aaron Krause, CEO of Scrub Daddy. “Sponge Daddy adds new textures and countless uses, all with the same reliable performance and results.” 
 
More than 10 million Scrub Daddy units have been sold worldwide, the company stated. Krause brought the Scrub Daddy sponge to “Shark Tank,” where “shark” Lori Greiner took interest in the product. The company went ion to find direct sales success. Its network of retail partners that includes such retailers as Kroger and Bed Bath and Beyond as well as select Walmart locations. 

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Walgreens vet Bryan Pugh joins Fred’s Super Dollar

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fred's Super Dollar on Wednesday announced several key management changes. Walgreens veteran Bryan Pugh has been named chief merchandising and marketing officer; Craig Barnes has been promoted to EVP supply chain, global and domestic logistics; and Mike Holligan has been promoted to EVP store operations. 
 
"Working together with Mike Bloom, our president and COO, we are now assembling a solid, experienced management team that complements our pharmacy team to drive growth in market share and improve profitability," stated Jerry Shore, Fred's CEO. "We are very excited about how this team has come together and the opportunities ahead for Fred's."
 
"I am very enthusiastic about the experience that this leadership team brings to their respective roles and the way they position Fred's to drive profitability and to grow the convenience/pharmacy-centric model," Bloom said. 
 
Bryan Pugh brings to Fred's 30 years of retail experience. Among his many roles at Walgreen's for the last six years, he served as chief merchandising officer responsible for $27 billion in sales. Prior to Walgreen's, Pugh worked for Tesco, where he was EVP operations for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, COO and SVP merchandising and marketing for Tesco Lotus Stores.
 
As CMMO, Pugh will work to develop new and enhance current merchandising and marketing strategies and processes, promote stronger supplier partnerships, convert pharmacy patients to front-of-store customers, and build on the value proposition that Fred's offers its customers.
 
Prior to joining Fred's, Barnes held executive positions at AutoZone, CARQUEST and Delphi Automotive. He has had full responsibility for P&L management, supply chain and store operations management, global logistics, sourcing and inventory management. This move elevates his focus on supply chain as an enabler for improving operating margin. Barnes brings a unique skillset of merchandising, store operations, supply chain and sourcing that will drive the Company's plans to move from a distribution strategy to a fully integrated supply chain retailer, a critical step in becoming a low-cost operator.
 
In his short time as general merchandise manager, Barnes built a sourcing team, instituted improved processes and developed programs that promote supply chain improvements. The new initiatives and teamwork provides a solid foundation for Pugh and the entire Fred's organization to build upon.
 
Holligan's extensive experience in store operations began at Wal-Mart, where he spent 18 years before joining Fred's. While at Fred's, Holligan has successfully worked as district manager and regional VP store operations. He was a key leader in achieving store labor savings and inventory control while in those positions.
 
Currently, Fred's operates 661 discount general merchandise stores, including 19 franchised Fred's stores, in the southeastern United States. 
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NACDS welcomes Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network at White House event

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors joined President Barack Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell Wednesday morning at The White House in launching the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. 
 
This initiative brings stakeholders together to share best practices to improve quality and reduce the cost of health care by accelerating health care alternative payment models. 
 
“We were honored to be included in today’s event at The White House," noted Steven Anderson, NACDS president and CEO. "And we look forward to working with the Administration and other industry stakeholders to promote the value pharmacy and pharmacists bring to advancing patient health and a more efficient health care system.  We will continue to highlight the need to ensure pharmacy is included in innovative care delivery models.” 
 
Also on hand was NACDS chairman, John Standley, who is also Rite Aid chairman and CEO. Rite Aid announced Wednesday its participation in the Network. “As one of the nation’s leading pharmacy chains with nearly 90,000 associates, Rite Aid is committed to the goals of value-based health care and remains highly focused on delivering quality, cost-effective care that drives the best possible health outcomes for our patients," the company stated. "We support the Administration and Congress in their efforts to achieve these critical goals and look forward to actively participating in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network."
 
Rite Aid is working with its benefit administration partners to have more than 50% of its company and associates’ medical spend supported by health care access through alternative models by 2018, the Pennsylvania-based retailer added. “Rite Aid applauds President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell for their leadership in forming the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. We are proud to join this important initiative and look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to drive improvements and innovation throughout our nation’s health care delivery system.”
 
In January, HHS announced plans to increase the use of value-based payments in the Medicare system. As a part of this plan, HHS has set goals that tie increasing percentages of Medicare fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models – such as accountable care organizations – annually through 2018.  
 
The Health Care Payment and Learning Action Network will serve as a mechanism to facilitate the sharing and learning of workable value-based payments models. Specifically, the Network will work with stakeholders, including payers, providers, states and consumers groups, to accelerate the adoption of alternative payment methods. Stakeholders, including pharmacy, will collaborate to identify, develop and implement commonsense approaches to move toward alternative payment models employing quality and performance measurement among others. 
 
 

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