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Shopko names Michael Cantrell SVP retail health

BY Michael Johnsen

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Shopko on Wednesday announced that veteran pharmacy executive Michael Cantrell has joined the company as SVP, retail health. 

In this role, Cantrell will provide strategic direction for Shopko’s pharmacy, optical and Rx care departments. He will report to CEO Peter McMahon.

Cantrell, a registered pharmacist and licensed attorney, is joining Shopko from Delhaize America, where he was VP of pharmacy. Prior to Delhaize America, Cantrell held various executive positions at AmerisourceBergen and Longs Drugs.

“Mike brings high-level pharmacy experience, a proven track record of success and a fresh perspective to Shopko’s pharmacies, optical departments and Rx Care areas,” McMahon said. “His unique combination of legal and pharmacy experience will make him an invaluable resource as we look to strengthen and expand the health and wellness services provided to our customers.”

Previously, Cantrell was group VP managed networks at AmerisourceBergen Corporation where he was named president of the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network. Cantrell also served as VP professional services and chief privacy official for Longs Drug Stores, where he was named to the board of RxAmerica, the chain’s wholly-owned pharmacy benefit manager. 

Cantrell holds a B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado, a B.S. degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah, and a J.D. degree from the former Peninsula University. He is a registered pharmacist and is a current member of the State Bar of California.

 

 

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Sam’s Club to offer free men’s health screening

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club on Monday announced it is dedicating its free health screening event on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to helping more men learn about risk factors and how to stay healthy. The screenings are free and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (590 locations). 

The free health screening event features tests valued at up to $150, including:

  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men 40 and older: This test is used to screen men for prostate cancer by checking the blood level of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate gland;
  • Blood pressure;
  • BMI (body mass index);
  • Total cholesterol;
  • Glucose;
  • HDL (good cholesterol);
  • Risk Ratio; and
  • Vision screenings/testing

“Men’s Health Month is a great reminder of the unique health risks men face,” stated Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “The free health screenings at Sam’s Club make it easy for men and their families to be proactive in learning about their health. It’s a tool everyone should take advantage of as a way to gather information that can benefit them for years to come.”

 

 

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Sam’s Club launches credit card featuring chip-enabled anti-fraud technology

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In a major boost to member benefits, Sam’s Club on Tuesday announced a credit card cash back program that gives members the opportunity to earn 5% cash back on fuel, 3% cash back on dining and travel and 1% cash back on all other purchases, up to $5,000 annually.

The new Sam’s Club MasterCard comes with enhanced credit card safety, a top concern for today’s shoppers. Sam’s Club is the first mass retailer to actively implement chip-enabled technology. Each credit card has an embedded chip that makes the card more difficult to duplicate, which provides enhanced security from fraudulent activity.

Starting June 23, the Sam’s Club 5-3-1 cash back program on its new co-branded MasterCard, issued by GE Capital Retail Bank, is available to qualifying Sam’s Savings, Sam’s Business and Sam’s Plus members in the United States and Puerto Rico. The cashback value proposition makes the new Sam’s Club program the most competitive credit reward program in the club category, the retailer stated.

“We’re always looking for ways to find time and money-saving solutions for our members. The 5-3-1 Sam’s Club program and co-branded MasterCard mean industry-leading savings and security innovation for today’s consumer,” stated Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club.“Under the 5-3-1 cash back program, Sam’s Club members can earn up to $5,000 cash back annually. That could cover a family of four’s travel to Disney, or five sets of laptops and wireless phones for a small business. We believe this value is the best in the industry.”

“MasterCard has taken a strong stance on the need for the U.S. market to make the transition to chip-enabled credit cards for the benefit of cardholders and merchants alike,” stated Chris McWilton, president of North America division for MasterCard. “This move by Sam’s Club makes them a trailblazer in getting chip cards in the hands of businesses and consumers, and leading the push toward a safer and more secure customer experience. This will no doubt help drive chip-enabled technology forward here in the United States as it gains more traction.”

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