Walmart exec hints at NY expansion
NEW YORK Ongoing efforts by Walmart to leverage its size and scale to be a force for positive change are yielding meaningful improvements to the company’s reputation that will facilitate expansion into urban markets, according to Leslie Dach, Walmart’s EVP corporate affairs.
Dach was the featured speaker during the opening session of Walmart’s 17th annual meeting for the investment community Tuesday night. His presentation began in unconventional fashion with a choir of Walmart employees singing “my kind of town Chicago is,” in deference to the city where Walmart recently secured approval for a meaningful number of new stores in the years ahead.
“We had a success in Chicago, and we learned a lot there,” Dach said.
The key learning was that in a challenging economy, the creation of 10,000 jobs, $300 million in tax revenue, $1 billion in capital expenditures and improving access to affordable food matters to local elected officials, according to Dach.
“By telling that story, we create a compelling value proposition. We have set a standard there and taught a lesson for others, but we also know that all politics is local in this country and we are going to have to fight that fight everywhere we go.”
If how Dach closed his comments is any indication, where Walmart goes next could be New York as the choir closed the evening presentation with a rendition of “New York, New York.”
Weis Markets to host lifestyle expos for seniors
SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Tuesday announced it will host two senior health and lifestyle expos — the first in Williamsport, Pa., on Oct. 19, and the second in Bloomsburg, Pa., on April 19, 2011. The expos will feature exhibits from dozens of local and regional companies that provide products and services for adults ages 50 years and older.
“The information offered at the expo will be of special interest to folks 50-plus that have different needs as they age,” stated Deborah Verderame, show coordinator. “The exhibitor mix is excellent,” she said. The mix will include representatives from healthcare organizations, hospitals, insurance companies, home care suppliers and mobility product companies, among others.
Aspecial feature of the expos will be a free “Early Bird Breakfast” prepared by Weis Markets and served 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Courtney Thomas, Miss Pennsylvania 2010, will serve as the official expo hostess. Thomas will visit the booths of the expo sponsors for photo opportunites with guests and exhibit staff. Exhibitors also will provide door prizes and have prize drawings that visitors may enter at each booth.
Luvs gets a new look
CINCINNATI Baby diapers brand Luvs unveiled its new look, which is slated to make its retail debut this fall.
Luvs diapers now will tote new packaging and a Heavy Dooty Protection diaper design.
"Here at Luvs, we understand that even when using a great, reliable product, diaper duty isn’t always the most pleasant task to undertake. So we’re always searching for ways to make the diaper-changing experience more enjoyable for parents and their kids," said Dominic Iacono, brand manager for Luvs baby diapers. "We’ve listened closely to consumer insights and we’re thrilled to offer parents a new look with Ultra Leakguards and the Heavy Dooty Protection design — all the while knowing that these new changes will not compromise the great quality synonymous with the Luvs brand and the trust that parents have placed in our products."
Luvs Ultra Leakguards baby diapers deliver premium leakage protection that locks away wetness from baby’s skin, as well as a money-back guarantee. Luvs baby diapers are available in sizes newborn to 6 at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.