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Tru Fragrance names VP of business development

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Tru Fragrance, A fragrance development company that manufactures, launches and markets private brand fragrances for retailers, has hired Mark Magliaro as its new VP of business development.

Magliaro’s primary responsibility will be to identify, develop and secure new client partnerships for Tru across a wide variety of distribution channels, while working with Tru’s client, product development and creative teams in New York and Chicago. Magliaro will be based out of Tru’s New York City’s office beginning in January.

“Mark brings 25 years of extensive fragrance experience to Tru,” said Monte Henige, CEO of Tru Fragrance. “We are thrilled to have Mark join our team at Tru, as the company continues to build new retail partnerships and explore new channels worldwide.”

Prior to joining Tru, Magliaro served as president of fragrance for Ungerer & Co. where he built cross-functional teams and repositioned Ungerer & Co. in the marketplace. He oversaw commercial responsibilities that included sales, marketing, market research, perfumery, evaluation, customer care and technology. Prior to Ungerer, Magliaro served as president of fragrances for Fragrance Resources.

 

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CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid confirm they are not accepting Apple Pay

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

CUPERTINO, Calif. — It has only been a week since its launch and the list of retailers supporting Apple Pay just got a little shorter as Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy confirmed reports that they no longer accept Apple Pay.

As initially reported by the New York Times, Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy disabled the mobile wallet over the weekend. The reason for the move was not immediately clear.

In a statement sent to Drug Store News, Rite Aid spokesperson Ashley Flowers said, “Given that we are still in the process of evaluating our mobile payment options, Rite Aid does not currently accept ApplePay. We are continually evaluating various forms of mobile payment technologies, and are committed to offering convenient, reliable and secure payment methods that meet the needs of our customers.”

Meanwhile, CVS/pharmacy spokesperson Mike DeAngelis sent a statement to Drug Store News that stated, “At this time, CVS/pharmacy cannot accept Apple Pay or other mobile payments that use NFC technology. We are in the process of evaluating mobile payment options for our customers.”

The New York Times reported that analysts believe that the move is related to the launch of a rival system being deployed by the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium of merchants. Both Rite Aid and CVS are part of that consortium.

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the upcoming Apple Watch. Customers hold their iPhone near the contactless reader at checkout to easily pay.

 

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RetailROI seeking help from retail community to help fight Ebola in Liberia

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Responding to the Ebola virus epidemic, the Retail Orphan Initiative on Monday announced a major campaign to help fight Ebola in Liberia. Working with its partner charities operating in Liberia, the #RetailFightsEbola campaign is rallying retailers, manufacturers and individuals to provide much needed medical and hygienic supplies to Liberia. 
 
RetailROI’s goals are two-fold. First, raise more than $1 million in donated goods from retailers and manufacturers. RetailROI is working to provide specific items requested by its partners and the Liberian Ministry of Health, including first aid supplies, as well as food, clothing and linens to help with practical aid and care for survivors and the more than 3,400 children that are newly orphaned from the disease. Second, raise $250,000 in financial contributions from companies and individuals for immediate relief. The financial contributions will help RetailROI partners provide additional relief until the goods arrive. All of the funds will go directly to Ebola relief; RetailROI is a foundation that is part of the Giving Back Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 
 
Liberia is one of the world’s poorest countries, with an average national income of only $412 per capita annually. It also is one of the countries hardest hit by Ebola and could see another 90,000 deaths and 171,000 infections by year-end without new efforts against the disease, according to a new study released last week. 
 
“For obvious reasons Liberia’s government is primarily focused on mobilizing hospitals, treatment centers and coordinating with others to help with the treatment and keeping order,” stated Katie Meyler, founder of More Than Me, a RetailROI partner whose original mission was to provide education and opportunity to the most vulnerable girls in Liberia’s West Point slum, but has recently expanded to combat Ebola.
 
“When it comes to practical aid for those most at risk, the vast majority of the work and distribution is being done through community groups and non-government organizations with boots on the ground like us,” Meyler said. “Survivors of this disease lose everything; their entire household and belongings are burned to stop the spread of the disease, and several thousand survivors are now orphaned children.  These funds and resources will be a great help and will save lives and help slow the spread of this disease.” 
 
RetailROI partners, including More Than Me and several others, have successfully reduced the number of new cases by up to 90% in some of the areas hardest hit by the disease, through education, community outreach and delivery of basic medical and hygiene supplies. These efforts have been so successful that the Liberian Ministry of Health reached out to them to expand their work to additional Ebola hotspots within the country.
 
“The goods that Liberia has requested are readily available from nearly any supercenter, drug, clothing or grocery store in the United States,” said Greg Buzek, co-founder and donor trustee, RetailROI. “We are asking retailers and manufacturers to donate products at their cost from overstocks or out-of-season goods. This is retail’s chance to make a difference in the lives of people that desperately need our help at the source of the outbreak and will be key to helping contain this epidemic.” 
 
For more information, to donate or get involved, visit www.retailroi.org/ebolarelief. An informational webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. EST for those interested in getting involved.  Interested parties can register here for details. 
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