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Walgreens’ first Red Nose Day a success as broadcast nears

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
 
DEERFIELD, Ill. — With tremendous support from customers across the country, Walgreens to date has raised $7 million, exceeding its goal of raising $5 million through red nose and vendor partner product sales, as well as in-store donations in support of the nationwide fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. With a limited amount of red noses remaining for purchase, Walgreens is offering additional ways for customers to show support.
 
"Our incredible partnership with the Red Nose Day campaign is one more way that Walgreens can continue to fulfill its purpose  – to champion everyone's right to be happy and healthy," said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. "We're absolutely thrilled to have exceeded our fundraising goal, but the real recognition is owed to our customers and team members who embraced the spirit of this cause and joined us for a good laugh along the way. We hope more people will keep this outstanding momentum going by offering support through the final hours of the campaign."
 
Through May 30, Walgreens customers can make donations to support Red Nose Day in-store or by purchasing select products at Walgreens from vendor partners such as Mars, Kraft and Coca-Cola. They also can tune in and donate during NBC's televised fundraising event May 21 (8-11 p.m. Eastern time).  Customers are even encouraged to get creative, flexing their DIY skills for a personal take on the red nose and take a #RedNose selfie.
 
Organized by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day has been celebrated in the United Kingdom for more than 25 years. Red Nose Day's campaign culminates in NBC's televised fundraising event in New York on May 21. The live, three-hour benefit will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars, a mix of great comedy, live musical performances and short films shedding light on the cause.  
 

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Nepal disaster recovery supplies donated by Cardinal Health

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio – Nepal earthquake survivors are receiving urgently needed medical supplies donated by Cardinal Health.
 
Cardinal Health donated over $250,000 in supplies to support AmeriCares relief and emergency preparedness efforts in Nepal, including surgical packs, casting material, crutches and basic toiletries. Supplies will be shipped to Kathmandu and other regions dealing with disaster to resupply hospitals and mobile medical teams treating earthquake survivors.
 
AmeriCares immediately delivered 240 cases of Cardinal Health products from its emergency response inventory as part its first airlift for the crisis. Its first shipment to Nepal on May 5 airlifted 14 tons of emergency medical aid, including nearly $1 million in urgently needed antibiotics, pain relievers, sutures, bandages, crutches and intravenous fluids. Additional shipments will continue to ensure frontline health workers have medicines and supplies to care for survivors.
 
But more than sending supplies, Cardinal Health's executives personally contributed to the relief effort. 
 
Cardinal Health director of pharmacy Hooshang Shanehsaz volunteered to join a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics experts with the Delaware Medical Relief Team headed to Nepal.
 
The Cardinal Health Foundation also donated $25,000 to AmeriCares to support Nepal disaster recovery efforts.
 
Since 2008, Cardinal Health has donated more than $100 million in medical products, which are often the most needed items in times of disaster, to its disaster relief partners. 
 
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RILA details retailers’ actions on data security

BY Dan Berthiaume

WASHINGTON — The Retail Industry Leaders Association spoke out in Washington, D.C., this week on the steps retailers are taking to protect against data breaches.
 
Brian Dodge, executive VP, communications and strategic initiatives at RILA, testified at the House Financial Services Committee hearing, “Protecting Consumers: Financial Data Security in the Age of Computer Hackers,” Thursday, May 14.
 
In his testimony, Dodge outlined the major steps taken by the retail community to enhance cybersecurity throughout the industry, including an investment of more than $8 billion to upgrade payment terminals to accept more secure chip-based credit cards. Dodge also urged banks to issue Chip-and-PIN credit cards instead of the less secure Chip-and-Signature cards, which lack the two-factor authentication protection that has reduced fraud in Europe and Canada.
 
While highlighting current efforts on the part of the retail industry to combat cyber-attacks and share threat information, Dodge also voiced support for federal data breach legislation that clears up regulatory confusion to better protect and notify consumers in the event of a successful attack.
 
“One area of security that needs immediate attention is payment card technology,” said Dodge in his testimony. “RILA members have long supported the adoption of stronger debit and credit card security protections. The woefully outdated magnetic stripe technology used on cards today is the chief vulnerability in the payments ecosystem. This 1960s era technology allows cyber criminals to create counterfeit cards and commit fraud with ease.
 
“Retailers continue to press banks and card networks to provide U.S. consumers with the same Chip-and-PIN technology that has proven to dramatically reduce fraud when it has been deployed elsewhere around the world,” concluded Dodge.
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