Supervalu taps Johnson for role of VP of investor relations
MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu has named Robert Johnson vice president of investor relations, effective Jan. 5.
Johnson succeeds David Oliver, who has served in the vice president of investor relations role on an interim basis since earlier this year. Oliver will continue to serve in a leadership role within the company?s finance department.
In his new role, Johnson will report to Pam Knous, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Prior to joining Supervalu, Johnson spent 32 years with JC Penney Corp. serving in a number of capacities within the company?s finance function, including accounting, internal audit, financial reporting and investor relations. In his recent role as vice president of investor relations, he led investor communications through key company events including the company’s turnaround process and the divestiture of Eckerd.
Kart-Smart releases biodegradable, sanitary shopping cart handle
OXNARD, Calif. Kart-Smart on Wednesday introduced its Bio-degradable and Recyclable shopping cart handle cover that is designed to ensure a sanitary shopping experience.
The handle covers are positioned through a dispensing unit alongside shopping carts and are easily applied, and removed, by the consumer.
The product protects against viruses and bacteria that can be harbored on a shopping cart handle, the company stated.
Spartan joins in effort to provide employer-pharmacy based health benefits plan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and Glen’s Pharmacies, all Spartan Stores banners, along with Gentex Corporation, a company that develops, manufactures and markets interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors, last week introduced Michigan’s first employer-pharmacy health benefits plan, a plan designed to help incentivize healthy lifestyles as a way to help reduce the total healthcare spend.
The plan is designed to provide both education and personal health management for Gentex employees with special emphasis on chronic health problems, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol, utilizing a collaborative approach between the patient, the pharmacist care manager and the employee’s personal physician.
Pharmacists from D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and Glen’s Pharmacies will provide medication therapy management services for Gentex employees on a fee-for-service basis in addition to being named the preferred pharmacies for the Gentex Health Plan.
As the MTM services develop, the two companies plan to utilize the benefits that the supermarkets offer for a total health and nutrition solution that the drugstore formats can’t provide, Spartan Stores said.
“This alliance is an important new step in our company’s health and wellness initiatives,” stated Alan Hartline, executive vice president merchandising for Spartan Stores.
“We are very excited that two local companies have worked together to provide a cost-effective healthcare solution for our employees,” said Gentex vice president of human resources Bruce Los. “Gentex puts significant emphasis on preventative healthcare and has a very active wellness program in place, with high participation by employees across all levels at our company. This new program with Spartan Stores, that provides our employees one-on-one access to pharmacists and reduced or eliminated co-pays on prescriptions, is a significant benefit to Gentex employees and the company itself,” Los said. “We know that healthy employees are more productive employees, and we’re happy that we’re able to provide this new benefit.”
The Employer-Pharmacy Health Benefit Plan is based on a similar program begun in Asheville, N.C., called the Asheville Project.
Employees at Gentex will begin utilizing the new program in January.