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Wegmans to offer skin cancer screening

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Residents in the Rochester, N.Y., area can have suspicious moles examined by dermatologists for free Saturday, June 14, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Wegmans will offer the service in the late morning through early afternoon at its store at 3195 Monroe Ave. in Pittsford, a town near Rochester. Blue Lizard Sunscreen is cosponsoring the service, which will be in the store’s skin-care department.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with more than 1 million new cases diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Wal-Mart, ECRM offer vendor training for sustainable-packaging scorecard

BY Alaric DeArment

CLEVELAND For any large retailer, reducing 5 percent of packaging in a supply chain that crosses the planet by 2013 is hard enough, but what about the vendors?

Wal-Mart announced the creation of a sustainable-packaging scorecard in November 2006 and implemented the system in February. As of Jan. 30, more than 97,000 products had been added to it.

Now, its partner in the effort and developer of the scorecard software, Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing, is offering a training program for vendors interested in learning how to use the scorecard. Certified Packaging Professionals and MARSpkg will teach the courses.

The program is available as a class on Aug. 17 in Marco Island, Fla., and as a video and manual on the Web site, www.sustainability-education.com. The program teaches vendors how to enter items onto the scorecard and also improve the environmental sustainability of their packaging.

In addition, Wal-Mart Package Modeling, at www.packagemodeling.com, allows companies to determine how changing packaging, suppliers and designs can affect their scores. ECRM MarketGate Packaging Source, at www.packaging.marketgate.com, hooks manufacturers up with companies that sell sustainable packaging.

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Albertsons to lay off 5,000-plus Florida workers

BY Alaric DeArment

TAMPA BAY, Fla. Grocery store chain Albertsons will lay off more than 5,000 workers in Florida, the company announced Wednesday.

Those laid off will include 121 workers at an Albertsons distribution center in Plant City, Fla., and more than 5,000 at 49 of its stores throughout the state, which it is selling to Publix Super Markets.

Based in Boise, Idaho, Albertsons is a banner of Supervalu.

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