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Wakefern’s Cheryl Macik receives service award

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — The Food Marketing Institute has presented Cheryl Macik, director of consumer affairs for Wakefern, with its Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award, recognizing her dedication as a shopper advocate and her influence in serving and retaining Wakefern’s customer base across its ShopRite and Price Rite banners. 



Macik started at Wakefern more than 30 years ago as a frontline representative in what was then a fledgling consumer affairs department. Today, she serves as director of the department, overseeing a staff of 30, including ShopRite’s Customer Care Center and consumer research team. Under Macik’s direction, Wakefern’s Customer Care Center responds to nearly 200,000 customer contacts annually.


Macik has played a pivotal part in advancing consumer-centric programs over the last three decades, with a constant focus on consumer education, advocacy and health and wellness. Notably, Macik was instrumental in developing a protocol that utilized ShopRite’s loyalty card database to notify customers of a product recall; a procedure that has become an industry standard.

She also recognized early on that supermarkets had an opportunity to impact and influence consumer’s well-being through their food choices, and she was instrumental in hiring Wakefern’s first corporate dietitian and today, that same dietitian now heads an extensive retail program with more than 115 dietitians in ShopRite stores.




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Sam’s Club offers free screenings for Men’s Health Month ahead of Father’s Day

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — To mark Men's Health Month and with Father's Day just around the corner, Sam's Club is offering all men — regardless of membership status — free health screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 13.

The free “His Health” screenings are confidential and available at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. The screenings include tests for the following:
  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen), a test used to screen men ages 40 and older for prostate cancer by checking the blood level of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate gland

  • Blood pressure

  • Total cholesterol

  • HDL (good cholesterol)

  • Risk ratio

  • Glucose

  • Body mass index (BMI)

  • Vision (not available at all locations)

“Sam’s Club is proud to make it easier for men to be proactive about their health by offering free screenings, including a PSA test for prostate cancer. We hope everyone stops by their local club to participate and to show dad just how much they care,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP of Sam’s Club Health and Wellness.

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Bayer to sell Diabetes Care unit to Panasonic Healthcare

BY David Salazar

LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Bayer announced Wednesday that it would be selling its Diabetes Care business to Tokyo-based Panasonic Healthcare. The $1.1 billion deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016 and will include Bayer’s Contour line of blood glucose monitors and test strips, as well as lancing devices like Microlet and Elite. 
 
"For more than 20 years, our companies have shared complementary goals,” Panasonic Healthcare president Kenji Yamane said. “We anticipate that this partnership will take our two great businesses to new heights, and we wholly welcome the BDC team as full partners to Panasonic Healthcare.”
 
Bayer’s Switzerland- and U.S.-based Diabetes Care unit brought in a little over $1 billion in 2014 sales with its Contour blood glucose monitor and test strip line leading its portfolio.
 
“We are confident that the sale of our Diabetes Care business to our long-standing partner Panasonic Healthcare … will support the long-term sustainability of this portfolio," Bayer HealthCare CEO Werner Baumann said.
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