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Shoppers Drug Mart announces semi-finalists in inter-store competition

BY Michael Johnsen

TORONTO What better way to improve chain-wide compliance than to tap into the competitive fire already burning in retail managers?

At least that’s what Shoppers Drug Mart appears to be doing, having recently named six of its stores as “semi-finalists” to be named the company’s “Model Store,” as reported Wednesday in the The Brockville Recorder and Times, an Ontario daily.

According to the report, six regional vice-presidents will soon judge the store on a number of criteria, including maintenance of store standards and procedures, overall merchandising and the store’s success in attracting customer visits.

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Duane Reade signs RedPrairie for workforce management

BY Antoinette Alexander

MILWAUKEE Technology company RedPrairie Corp. has announced that Manhattan-based pharmacy retailer Duane Reade will implement its workforce management application, a move that will better align customer traffic with employee scheduling.

Under the agreement, Duane Reade will implement RedPrairie’s workforce management application, including optimized forecasting/scheduling and time and attendance modules.

“This implementation of RedPrairie’s solution will ensure that each of our 241 store locations are appropriately staffed and equipped to best service our extremely valued customers,” stated Chuck Newsom, senior vice president of store operations at Duane Reade, which operates about 241 stores.

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Hy-Vee partners with Caregivers Marketplace to offer cash back on purchases

BY Drew Buono

MILWAUKEE Hy-Vee has begun a partnership with The Caregivers Marketplace to offer cash back on purchases of eligible brand name health care products.

The Caregivers Marketplace will offer cash back on such products as Depend, Ensure, Glucerna, Poise, Polident, Citrucel, Oscal and many other brand eligible products.

“Hy-Vee is an excellent partner for Caregivers Marketplace. We share the same values of truly wanting to help consumers meet their healthcare needs affordably,” said Dave Wendland, vice president of Hamacher Resource Group, of which Caregivers Marketplace is a featured program. Chris Friesleben, director of communications for Hy-Vee said, “We are so pleased and excited to become an official outlet for Caregivers Marketplace. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and meeting the needs of our shoppers in a meaningful way. Caregivers Marketplace will help us continue to fulfill that mission.”

Program information and cash back forms, resources for caregivers and more can be found at www.caregiversmarketplace.com.

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