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Three new executives named to Stop & Shop leadership team

BY DSN STAFF

QUINCY, Mass. Three emerging leaders have been named executive vice presidents of the Stop & Shop Supermarket/Giant Food network of grocery stores. Joining the grocery chain’s leadership team are Jim Dwyer, executive vice president of strategy and business development; Robin Michel, executive vice president, Giant-Landover’s general manager and Jeff Slater, executive vice president of people.

Dwyer will lead Stop & Shop’s corporate brands team, marketing, strategic planning and several other divisions within the company. He also serves as Ahold USA’s chief business development officer.

As general manager of Giant-Landover, Michel will head sales, organization, operating profits and employees. Michel has a diverse history of previous marketing and merchandising experience, having served in leadership positions at Roundy’s, 7-Eleven and Kroger, among others.

Slater joins the human resources department, focusing on the employee role in promoting and expanding Stop & Shop and Giant brands. Slater previously served as human resource executive for Dunkin’ Donuts and as president of ISC, a consulting firm specializing in human resource management and business strategies.

Stop & Shop’s leadership says the new executives are positive additions to company bringing unique qualifications and specialized talent. The supermarket chain currently operates 575 stores and employees more than 82,000 throughout the northeastern United States.

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Meijer launches inkjet refill service in stores

BY Doug Desjardins

COMMERCE, Mich. Meijer is teaming with IQcartridge to offer an inkjet cartridge refill service in hundreds of stores.

Meijer has installed refill stations in the photo and electronics departments of stores where customers can leave their empty cartridges and pick them up the next day.

“Consumers can see a savings of 50 percent with a recycled ink cartridge,” said IQcartridge president Kristen Kavanagh. “And we can remove the false walls and hidden chambers that many manufacturers currently build into ink and printer cartridges, which can give consumers a higher cartridge yield of up to 300 percent or more.”

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NanoMask final test shows better than 99 percent effectiveness

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LAS VEGAS Emergency Filtration Products on Wednesday announced the results of the final report for the assessment of virucidal effectiveness of treated masks (the NanoMask filter media) using avian influenza virus from the independent testing laboratory which conducted the test.

According to the final report, the test resulted in a 99.96 percent reduction of the avian influenza virus.

The final report was based on filter media samples coated with a silver nanoparticle formulation which underwent one year of simulated aging. The sample was challenged with the avian influenza strain H9N2.

This result compares favorably with a previously disclosed result which indicated a 99.75 percent reduction obtained from a preliminary report by the same independent testing laboratory.

EFP plans to complete a series of tests necessary to the information required to support its 510(k) submission to the FDA for the NanoMask, the company announced in November, including tests of accelerated aging, with follow-on efficacy testing, which ascertains the product’s ability to kill pathogens after a prolonged period of time. This will help determine the NanoMask’s accurate shelf life for inventory purposes.

Other testing expected to be completed prior to completion of the accelerated aging test are leaching tests, which ensure that the silver nanoparticle formulation does not separate from the filter media.

Sales of the NanoMask have been held pending FDA approval, at least according to the handful of web sites advertising the NanoMask. The mask, however, appears to have been designed for the consumer market—there are presently five adult masks (yellow, green, red, blue and purple) and three child masks (yellow, green and purple), all advertised for $12.99 on birdfluprotection.com. Similarly, a 10-pack of replacement filters also retails for $12.99 on the site. 

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