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Spacenet helps H-E-B deliver disaster relief assistance to hurricane-stricken communities

BY Drug Store News Team

MCLEAN, Va. Food retailer H-E-B used Spacenet’s high-performance Connexstar satellite services to provide disaster relief to afflicted communities after severe weather. The services enable rapid deployment of completely converged communications to support voice, video and broadband data via satellite for emergency response teams.

After hurricanes Dolly and Ike, H-E-B deployed its Disaster Response Unit (DRU) to affected communities. The support unit consisted of almost 40 vehicles and 12 trailers, all equipped with Spacenet’s Connexstar satellite services. The satellite services enabled the DRU to support critical communications, including high-speed broadband data, during the hurricane relief efforts.

Emergency services also included a mobile H-E-B Pharmacy unit and mobile Business Services unit that enabled displaced residents to receive medications, cash checks and pay bills. 

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Giant Eagle installs Promotional Display Optimization Solution

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Galleria Retail Technology Solutions on Tuesday announced that Giant Eagle has deployed its Promotional Display Optimization Solution in an effort to streamline and optimize its weekly promotion display planning initiatives.

“To guarantee a satisfying shopping experience, it’s imperative that the merchandising of our in-store displays reflect our weekly promotion plans and that inventories are optimized for each store’s unique demand,” stated Stephanie White, VP sales systems and operations, Giant Eagle. “With Galleria’s solution, we can quickly and easily generate high quality merchandise plans to ensure the right products are displayed at the right stores in the right quantities when customers want them. Because the solution is intuitive and easy to use, we were able to deploy it rapidly and begin achieving a return on investment immediately.”

According to Galleria, Giant Eagle is the only retailer to automate its promotional displays on this scale, which will enable the grocer to create customer-centric merchandise planograms on a store-by-store, weekly basis to ensure the products advertised in its weekly flyers are optimized on the shelf to meet demand. Upon completing a five-month initial implementation in 138 stores, the retailer has achieved significant sales gains all the while reducing end-of-promotion inventory. 

Giant Eagle continues to rollout the solution across its entire enterprise. 

Using Galleria’s automated application, Giant Eagle incorporates store-specific data to optimize end-cap displays, thus reducing out-of-stocks. The speed of the solution allows Giant Eagle to operate efficiently with the ability to produce more than 2,000 planograms per day. Further, the training program developed by Galleria enables team members to become fully fluent with the application very quickly. 

“We are extremely pleased with the immediate success of this project,” commented Kent Smith, senior consultant for Galleria. “Giant Eagle is truly an innovative, fast-paced retailer. The scalability of our merchandising application combined with Giant Eagle’s refined business processes enables Giant Eagle to execute successful, profitable promotions every week.”

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Lefaivre to head AmerisourceBergen Canada

BY Jim Frederick

MONTREAL Drug distribution and health services giant AmerisourceBergen has named Antoine [Tony] Lefaivre president of its Canadian subsidiary, AmerisourceBergen Canada Corp. Lefaivre will oversee drug distribution, strategic planning, sales and technology business operations across Canada.

Lefaivre will oversee drug distribution, strategic planning, sales and technology business operations across Canada.

Earlier in his career, Lefaivre was VP of strategy and business development at McKesson Canada before serving as VP consulting and strategic development for Brogan Inc., a healthcare market research company. He’s a graduate of the University of Ottawa in Ontario and Concordia University in Montreal.

“Tony’s experience in healthcare distribution and his financial expertise will serve him well in this role,” said Denise Shane, senior VP operations for Canadian and U.S. distribution at AmerisourceBergen.

AmerisourceBergen Canada operates eight distribution centers and provides pharmaceuticals and related services to independent and chain pharmacies, hospitals and healthcare facilities across Canada.

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