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Wearable panic button React Sidekick reaches retail

BY Michael Johnsen

React Sidekick Personal Panic Button by React Mobile from Robb on Vimeo.

SEATTLE  -­ React Mobile on Wednesday announced a retail distribution agreement with Walgreens that puts its React Sidekick, a wearable panic button that turns any smartphone into a powerful lifeline, on store shelves at select locations in the Midwest United States.  

"Our rollout of the React Sidekick at Walgreens is just in time for the back-to-school season ­ when child and student safety is top-of-mind with families and school administrators," stated Robb Monkman, CEO React Mobile. "Walgreens shoppers are among the first to have access to the React Sidekick in a retail store location, where it¹s easy to see how simple and convenient this personal safety device can be to wear or carry ­ making personal safety accessible at the touch of a button."

The React Sidekick, which can be worn on a clip or keychain, pairs with the free React Mobile safety app via LE Bluetooth.  With a single click of the Sidekick, users can activate the app and issue an SOS alert for immediate emergency assistance, even when their phone screen is locked or their phone is out of reach.  

The React Mobile safety app¹s "Follow-Me" feature shares the user's location with friends, family, administrators or colleagues, enabling them to track the user¹s whereabouts in real-time and follow him or her to safety.  Users can also choose to automatically post their alerts to Facebook and Twitter.

The React Sidekick retails for $69 and is also available at other online retailers, including Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com,Kmart.com, Sears.com and at ReactMobile.com.

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Walmart contributes $200K to ‘Badges for Baseball’

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE – Walmart, with the support of Corrective Education Company, on Tuesday donated $200,000 to the "Badges for Baseball" program, part of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

Badges for Baseball is a juvenile crime prevention initiative created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice. It's a simple concept: pair kids together with members of law enforcement to play and learn.

"We have seen the transformative power of youth sports to teach vital lessons like teamwork, communication, respect and leadership," stated Paul Jaeckle, senior director, asset protection strategy and solutions design at Walmart. "We want to positively influence future generations. This donation will enable more teams to form, with the curriculum reaching 1,500 more kids."

Badges for Baseball's outreach focuses on underserved communities. Coaches teach important lessons that extend both on and off the field.

"Walmart and Corrective Education Company stand together to strengthen the families in our communities. CEC is grateful to Walmart for making this exciting partnership with Badges for Baseball possible," added Brian Ashton, Corrective Education Company CEO.
 

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Mack keynotes Brazilian drug store conference

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SAO PAOLO, Brazil — Drug Store News strategic partner Dan Mack, founder and managing director of Mack Elevation Forum, delivered the keynote address at the Brazilian Association of Pharmacies and Drugstore Networks’ annual Abrafarma Future Trends conference on Sept. 1.

“Every leader has room to grow concerning the quality and depth of their strategic partnerships,” Mack told the audience of more than 200 senior retail, health and beauty retail and manufacturer leaders. “We all are vulnerable to overestimating the health of all relationships, and in particular, supplier and manufacturer relationships. If you are not honestly assessing your relationships, you are more than likely not seeing it clearly.” 

Mack’s presentation, titled, “The secrets of elite retailer and supplier relationships,” highlighted the winning leadership behaviors that both supplier and retailer executives bring to their top relationships, including how they optimize growth, outperform competitors and build joint profitability. “Is a philosophy of ‘win-win-win’ still achievable? Yes, and success leaves clues,” Mack said.

According to Mack, the seven winning behaviors of today’s elite retailer-supplier relationships, include:

  • A growth mindset unleashing innovative solutions;
  • Design exclusive custom solutions and experiences through co-creation;
  • Uncover uncommon insights unleashing new growth ideas;
  • Practice agility and flexibility improving enterprise alignment;
  • Laser focused on the vital few customers and suppliers driving advantage;
  • Strong self-awareness allowing them to uncover and utilize unique hidden assets; and
  • Practice deep listening with the goal of earning “share of heart” with customers.

“The most elite relationships — and engagements — practice exceptionally concise discussions, and both parties have a rich understanding of each other’s needs, values and unstated interests,” Mack said. “They listen at a higher level and never assume they understand their partners needs unless their partners validate it. That is the philosophy of a winning, co-creating culture.”

However, Mack cautioned there are a number of blind spots that often get in the way, including:

  • Not understanding how both parties are compensated and/or individual, personal motivations;
  • Not creating higher level, healthy co-creation discussions fostering “win-win-win” solutions;
  • Not understanding each other’s hidden corporate assets and competitive threats;
  • Not understanding each other’s internal politics and any unstated pressures hindering the relationship; and
  • Not being honest about your own internal alignment challenges damaging trust.

“In the most elite relationships, senior management on both sides have a rich appreciation of each other’s competitive challenges, potential risks and the broader industry or environmental shifts affecting the business,” Mack explained. “Their business and their relationships is/are personal, purposeful and very ambitious. Elite business relationships are always a work-in-progress.”

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