Two Brunet Target affiliated pharmacies open in Quebec
MONTREAL, Quebec — Target has announced that two Brunet Target affiliated pharmacies are now open at the Brossard and Sainte-Dorothée Target store locations.
A total of 18 pharmacies operated by pharmacist-owners affiliated with Brunet will open at Target stores across Québec in 2014.
“Healthcare is an integral part of the Target brand experience and the newly opened Brunet Target affiliated pharmacies enable us to deliver superior, patient-focused healthcare to our guests across Quebec,” stated Jeff May, director, healthcare operations, Target Canada. “Target is proud of its unique co-branding concept with Brunet, a well-established and highly respected banner in Quebec, which will enhance the guest experience.”
Target has developed a franchise model for the Canadian market, and a similar model will be used in Quebec with Brunet. The pharmacies will carry Target owned brands such as up & up and provide guests with access to prescription, pharmacy and health consultation services. Guests can also access Brunet’s exclusive MaSanté online tool, which provides them with personalized options to access their file online.
The Brunet Target openings follow last year’s announcement of a partnership between Target and Metro Inc.’s subsidiary, McMahon Distributeur pharmaceutique Inc., for the operation of pharmacies at the majority of Target locations across Quebec. Under this agreement, Brunet is responsible for recruiting pharmacists, providing these owner-pharmacists with technology and other patient systems, and providing supply chain and inventory management services.
Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigns
MINNEAPOLIS — In the wake of a data breach late last year, Target’s board of directors has announced that Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down as chairman, president and CEO, effective immediately.
“Today we are announcing that, after extensive discussions, the board and Gregg Steinhafel have decided that now is the right time for new leadership at Target. Effective immediately, Gregg will step down from his positions as chairman of the Target board of directors, president and CEO.”
Assuming the role of interim president and CEO is John Mulligan, Target’s CFO. Roxanne Austin, a current member of Target’s board of directors, has been appointed as interim non-executive chair of the board. Both will serve in their roles until permanent replacements are named. Steinhafel has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity during the transition.
CFO John Mulligan is named interim president and CEO
“The board is deeply grateful to Gregg for his significant contributions and outstanding service throughout his notable 35-year career with the company. We believe his passion for the team and relentless focus on the guest have established Target as a leader in the retail industry. Gregg has created a culture that fosters innovation and supports the development of new ideas. Under his leadership, the company has not only enhanced its ability to execute, but has broadened its strategic horizons. He also led the company through unprecedented challenges, navigating the financial recession, reacting to challenges with Target’s expansion into Canada, and successfully defending the company through a high-profile proxy battle,” the board stated.
The board added, “Most recently, Gregg led the response to Target’s 2013 data breach. He held himself personally accountable and pledged that Target would emerge a better company. We are grateful to him for his tireless leadership and will always consider him a member of the Target family.”
National Geographic, Live Prepared launch line of emergency preparedness products
SALT LAKE CITY — National Geographic is partnering with Live Prepared, a division of Blue Chip Group and a leader in emergency preparedness, to bring consumers a line of high-quality preparedness products for natural disasters and unexpected events.
The National Geographic collection will make its debut in major retail stores this summer and will consist of six key categories: water, food, first aid, shelter, energy and tools. The retail price of the products ranges from $4.99 to $99.00, according to a company spokesman.
“National Geographic’s amazing stories, combined with its trusted reputation, will help educate customers about living prepared,” said Blue Chip Group president Mark Augason. “Whether traveling or at home, the National Geographic collection by Live Prepared provides the essential food and gear needed for everyday preparedness.”
Live Prepared will feature the National Geographic collection at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 6 to May 8 and at the FMI Show in Chicago June 10 to 13.