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Sears Holdings’ Ronald Boire takes helm at Sears Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. has announced that Ronald Boire, EVP, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears Full Line Stores and Kmart Format, has left the company.

Boire has been appointed to the role of acting president and CEO for Sears Canada, effective Wednesday.

"I have enjoyed working with Ron and appreciate the contributions he has made to support our transformation," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO. "Ron's experience at Sears Holdings and leadership roles at other retail companies will allow him to hit the ground running at Sears Canada."

At Sears Holdings, Boire led merchandising and retail stores for both the Sears and Kmart brands.
 

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Patent protecting Mission Pharmacal’s dual-iron formulated supplement upheld

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal Co. on Tuesday announced that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has issued a consent judgment confirming the validity of its dual-iron patent (U.S. Pat. No. 6,521,247) at the conclusion of the lawsuit filed against Virtus Pharmaceuticals.  
 
“Mission Pharmacal stands behind our patent covering our Ferr-Ease dual-iron delivery system in our popular CitraNatal family of prenatal vitamins,” said Lee Cusenbary, general counsel, Mission Pharmacal. “The consent judgment supports our continued belief in the validity of the patent in all respects.” 
 
This consent judgment preserves the exclusive high-quality prenatal vitamin formulation used in the CitraNatal supplements. The patent protects CitraNatal’s use of a specific combination of iron that combats iron deficiency anemia before, during and after pregnancy. 
 
“The patented dual-iron formulation used in Mission’s CitraNatal supplements helps pregnant women get the iron they need, yet it is gentle on the gastrointestinal system,” said Nancy Price, senior product manager, CitraNatal, Mission Pharmacal. “We have designed the complete CitraNatal line of science-based, quality-focused supplements with a woman’s nutritional support and convenience in mind.” 
 
Mission Pharmacal has successfully asserted its dual-iron patent before. In 2013, PureTek Corporation consented to a judgment that recognized the validity of the ‘247 patent and classified its generic prenatal vitamins as infringing. In 2010, two other sources of generic substitutes for patented CitraNatal supplements withdrew from the market once faced with a patent infringement lawsuit. 
 
“We will continue to protect the ‘247 patent with equal vigor against any infringing products,” Cusenbary said.
 
The patented formulation is incorporated in CitraNatal Harmony, CitraNatal Assure, CitraNatal 90 DHA, CitraNatal DHA, CitraNatal B-Calm and CitraNatal basic, as well as Mission’s Ferralet 90  prescription iron supplement. Mission Pharmacal retains exclusive use of the protected formulation featured in the CitraNatal and Ferralet 90 products until 2020. 
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ECRM unveils revamped website

BY Antoinette Alexander

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing has announced the launch of its new website, which offers visitors a fresh look, improved navigation and intuitive functionality.

With the redesign of ecrm.marketgate.com, all of the ECRM tools are still available and have been upgraded to make the buying and selling process more efficient.

“The enhanced features give our clients an easier way to access essential event information while also providing news about the latest happenings within the buying and selling community. This website revamp falls perfectly in line with the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance quality, but most of all, designed with the goal to give our clients the resources they need to make their job easier,” said Kurt Repola, chief architect at ECRM.

ECRM’s website enhancements include:

  • Streamlined appearance across all pages;
  • Redesigned homepage providing a simplified message;
  • Reconfigured My MarketGate to improve ease of use;
  • Event pages are easier to navigate and the information is refined for a more direct message;
  • Simplified the registration process;
  • The online preparation site is completely revamped to help users prepare for events more efficiently; and
  • Industry contacts reworked for a better user experience.

“We’re committed to our client community and our redesigned website offers a better online experience where preparing for an event or utilizing our tools is a seamless experience,” Repola said.

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