Walgreens recognized by EPA for supply chain leadership
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award, the organization’s highest recognition for demonstrated leadership in supply chain goods movement. The award — recognizing Walgreens as an industry leader in freight supply chain efficiency, performance and environmental sustainability — was announced at the American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
By optimizing routes to be more efficient and creating more effective ways to decrease empty miles when no product was being hauled, Walgreens fleet decreased its carbon footprint by nearly 15% between 2010 and 2011, according to SmartWay data. The fleet serves all of the company’s locations within the continental U.S. More than 3,000 companies participate in the SmartWay program. Of those, Walgreens is one of 40 companies to receive this award.
"Walgreens is always looking for innovative ways to improve performance when it comes to efficiency and environmental sustainability," Walgreens SVP supply chain management Reuben Slone said. "We continue exploring new technologies and strategies to improve fuel efficiency, lower costs and encourage stewardship of the environment."
This year’s EPA SmartWay award is the first time awardees were recognized for environmental performance using data based on the results of the program’s "second generation" quantification and reporting tools. SmartWay participants are all now using these tools to conduct detailed reporting of their freight operations. This performance benchmarking helps to inform industry and the marketplace on freight operations’ energy and environmental efficiency, supply chain carbon and emissions performance, and helps to optimize operations.
"EPA is pleased to recognize this year’s Excellence Award recipients and I commend Walgreens for its leadership in moving goods efficiently and reducing the environmental impact of freight through the second generation SmartWay Transport program," stated Chris Grundler, acting director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "This commitment is helping lead the freight industry to a more sustainable future."
Ranbaxy launches authorized generic autoimmune drug
PRINCETON, N.J. — Ranbaxy Labs has launched an authorized generic drug for treating dry mouth associated with an autoimmune disorder, the company said Tuesday.
The India-based generic drug maker announced the launch of cevimeline hydrochloride in the 30-mg strength under an agreement with parent company Daiichi Sankyo. The drug is used in patients with Sjogren’s syndrome, which affects the moisture-producing glands.
Daiichi Sankyo markets the drug under the name Evoxac. The drug had sales of $62.4 million during the 12-month period ended in June 2011, according to IMS Health.
An authorized generic is a branded drug marketed under its generic name at a lowered price. Apotex is marketing the generic version of the drug.
Avanti celebrates spring 2013 with new offerings
DETROIT — Avanti is gearing up for spring 2013 by boosting its portfolio to include a variety of new greeting cards.
New to the Avanti portfolio are Valentine’s Day cards enhanced with glitter and foil; Easter cards that showcase bright colors and characters; Mother’s Day cards that are humorous and traditional; Father’s Day cards that evoke a "saltier" style of humor; and graduation cards for grades kindergarten and older. Avanti also is launching new seasonal StandOuts cards and Avanti-branded cards that have been added to the company’s A*Press collection.
The new cards have a suggested retail price range of $3.29 to $3.99.
In addition to the spring 2013 items, Avanti Press has introduced a new lineup of cards that are now available.
The new products include five Avanti everyday cards, six new cards under the A*Press collection (the company’s illustrated humor collection) and two new A+Plus StandOut cards. Additionally, one of the A+Plus StandOut cards is a coaster card — featuring an actual drink coaster inside — a first for the company. The everyday Avanti cards carry a suggested retail price of $2.99 each, the A*Press cards carry a suggested retail price of $3.95 each, the new A+Plus StandOut card carries a suggested retail price of $3.99 and the new A+Plus StandOut coaster card carries a suggested retail price of $4.99.
"These new cards are part of our scheduled refreshment for the Avanti line," Avanti VP business development Marc Trobman said. "But there is nothing routine about them. If you look closely at the expressions, the situations, and the verses, I think many of these cards will be strong performers that will earn their space in many Avanti displays in the months ahead."