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Top Pair launches Safe-Sit disposable paper toilet seat cover

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI — Top Pair recently introduced Safe-Sit, a disposable paper toilet seat cover that retails for a suggested $1.99 for 10 sheets. The product is packaged in a convenient personal pack that can be carried for on-the-go use. 

Safe-Sit is biodegradable, antiallergic and eco-friendly, the company stated. 

The product has worked well as an impulse purchase at the checkstand, though many merchants are folding the product into their travel/trial sets, Top Pair reported. 

It also has been successfully merchandised in the feminine and hygeine aisle and works well adjacent to hand sanitizers.

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Charmin, Kenny G unite to celebrate new design

BY Ryan Chavis

CINCINNATI — Charmin will transform the Hard Rock Café in Times Square into the “Soft Rocks! Café" to showcase Charmin Ultra Soft, which now features comfort cushions.

“At Charmin we regularly speak with consumers to get their perspective on our products. When we asked them about softness, they talked about their beds — the down comforters, fluffy pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets,” Gregg Weaver, senior scientist in family care research and development at P&G, said. “We used that insight to develop our comfort cushions, which look and feel soft like pillows.”

Weaver also revealed that softness is one of top three qualities consumers look for when looking for toilet paper, with strength and absorbency being the other two.

To kick-off the festivities, Charmin will bring in the talents of musician Kenny G — famous for his soothing, soft sound — to treat crowds to a concert outside the “Soft Rocks! Café.”

 

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Report: Jewel-Osco president Emmons to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The Chicago grocer has tapped Jim Rice, who has served as VP of operations since August, to take the reins on a interim basis, the Chicago Tribune reported. Rice has worked for Albertsons for more than 35 years.

Rice began his career as a part-time associate with the goal to become a store director, which he achieved in Southern California in 1986. From there, he was promoted to district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, roles which prepared him to be VP of the Northern California division and later the president of the Southwest division.

In February 2013, it was announced that Emmons would head Jewel-Osco. Emmons was formerly president of the southern division and returned to the company following his 2010 retirement. He began working at Albertsons in 1971.

 

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