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April 17, 2014

A new low-cost money wiring service from Walmart saves customers money and showcases the thought process the company applies to disrupt high-margin businesses and generate store traffic.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A new low-cost money wiring service from Walmart saves customers money and showcases the thought process the company applies to disrupt high-margin businesses and generate store traffic.

The new service is called Walmart-2-Walmart and when it launches on April 24 customers will be able to wire up to $900 for only $9.50. between Walmart’s 4,000 U.S. locations. The service is intended to complement Walmart’s existing relationship with MoneyGram which offers a broader range of financial services including international transfers.

April 17, 2014

Welch's on Thursday announced the introduction of Farmer's Pick, a line of juices that brings a fresh-picked fruit taste to juice aisles, according to the company.

CONCORD, Mass. — Welch's on Thursday announced the introduction of Farmer's Pick, a line of juices that brings a fresh-picked fruit taste to juice aisles, according to the company. The product contains unfiltered juice and no artificial ingredients, and brings body, aroma and flavor with every glass, the company said.

April 16, 2014

Are your patients coming to you with questions about health exchanges? Do you know how to help them navigate these organizations? To help retail-based health clinics better assist patients, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session titled “Healthcare Reform: Healthcare Exchanges and You.”

MINNEAPOLIS — Are your patients coming to you with questions about health exchanges? Do you know how to help them navigate these organizations? To help retail-based health clinics better assist patients, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session titled “Healthcare Reform: Healthcare Exchanges and You.”

April 16, 2014

BIC, a manufacturer of men’s razors, has developed two new large-pack offerings of the BIC Flex 3 and the BIC Hybrid Advance 3 razors.

SHELTON, Conn. — BIC, a manufacturer of men’s razors, has developed two new large-pack offerings of the BIC Flex 3 and the BIC Hybrid Advance 3 razors.
 
The BIC Flex 3 large pack includes eight disposable razors that have three flexible blades and a heavy handle for added control.
 

April 16, 2014

Rob Price, SVP marketing and advertising and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy, has left the company to take a new role, the retailer said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Rob Price, SVP marketing and advertising and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy, has left the company to take a new role, the retailer said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.    

April 16, 2014

Dr. Reddy's Labs announced the launch of eszopiclone tablets (C-IV) in 1-mg, 2-mg and 3-mg form. The drug is the generic version of Lunesta (eszopiclone) tablets.

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy's Labs announced the launch of eszopiclone tablets (C-IV) in 1-mg, 2-mg and 3-mg form. The drug is the generic version of Lunesta (eszopiclone) tablets.

The Lunesta tablets brand and generic combined had sales in the United States of approximately $887 million for the most recent twelve months ending in January 2014, according to IMS Health. Dr. Reddy's eszopiclone tablets 1-mg is available in bottle counts of 30; 2-mg and 3-mg tablets are available in bottle counts of 100.

April 16, 2014

In celebration of its 150th Express Lane Online Shopping location, which opened last week, the grocer launched a new payment option.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — In celebration of its 150th Express Lane Online Shopping location, which opened last week, the grocer launched a new payment option.

Harris Teeter’s Express Lane Online Shopping service was introduced in 2000 to the company’s home market of Charlotte, N.C. The goal: To make grocery shopping as easy and convenient as possible. The service has now grown to 150 locations throughout the company’s footprint, with the most recent location opening last week at the new Canton Crossing Harris Teeter in Baltimore, Md.

April 16, 2014

Kimberly Clark on Wednesday announced the launch of the thin and absorbent Poise Microliners, featuring SAM (Super Absorbent Material).

DALLAS — Kimberly Clark on Wednesday announced the launch of the thin and absorbent Poise Microliners, featuring SAM (Super Absorbent Material).

April 16, 2014

Klondike, a Unilever brand, has announced Klondike Kandy Bars, which combine the traditional Klondike ice cream with a candy bar shell.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Klondike, a Unilever brand, has announced Klondike Kandy Bars, which combine the traditional Klondike ice cream with a candy bar shell.

The new bars are offered in three varieties:

April 16, 2014

Kroger on Wednesday announced that Timothy Massa will be promoted to group VP human resources and labor relations.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday announced that Timothy Massa will be promoted to group VP human resources and labor relations.

Massa, 47, currently serves as VP corporate human resources, talent development. In this expanded role, he will take responsibility for labor relations when Paul Heldman, EVP, secretary and general counsel, retires in May.

April 16, 2014

Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system.

PALO ALTO, Calif. and ROCHESTER, Minn. — Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system. 

Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information to the clinic's nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care.

April 16, 2014

With less than five months until the doors open for the second National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo, the association announced its line-up of educational “Insight Sessions,” which will offer presentations by experts on a variety of key issues and priorities, including healthcare, business and logistics.

ARLINGTON, Va. — With less than five months until the doors open for the second National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo, the association announced its line-up of educational “Insight Sessions,” which will offer presentations by experts on a variety of key issues and priorities including healthcare, business and logistics.

The NACDS Total Store Expo will take place Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston.

April 16, 2014

The National Retail Federation on Wednesday told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from cybercriminals and hackers.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Wednesday told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from cybercriminals and hackers.

NRF VP for retail technologies, Tom Litchford, testified before a field hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, where he outlined specific steps that the nation’s retailers are pursuing and implementing to identify, prevent and combat cyberattacks.

April 16, 2014

Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified. To recognize its new verification, the company is reviving the "Don't Dare Call it Jelly!" campaign, complete with an interactive digital initiative which encourages consumers to vote for their favorite commercial.

April 16, 2014

Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research released Tuesday from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge.

BALTIMORE — Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research released Tuesday from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge. The researchers also found that the burden of the disease has not hit all groups equally, with alarming increases in diabetes in blacks, Hispanics and the elderly.

April 16, 2014

Despite their reputation as being jaded by branding efforts, a majority of Millennials consider themselves brand-loyal. According to a new survey of Millennial consumers from marketing data provider Adroit Digital, 64% of Millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents, with 24% considering themselves to be more brand-loyal than their parents.

NEW YORK — Despite their reputation as being jaded by branding efforts, a majority of Millennials consider themselves brand-loyal. According to a new survey of Millennial consumers from marketing data provider Adroit Digital, 64% of Millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents, with 24% considering themselves to be more brand-loyal than their parents.

April 16, 2014

Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

April 16, 2014

Wakefern Food, a retailer-owned cooperative, is celebrating on Thursday the opening of its newest warehouse facility in Elizabeth, N.J., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food, a retailer-owned cooperative, is celebrating on Thursday the opening of its newest warehouse facility in Elizabeth, N.J., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

April 15, 2014

99 Cents Only Stores on Tuesday announced its financial results for the shortened fiscal year 2014 that began on March 31, 2013 and ended January 31, 2014, consisting of 44 weeks.

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores on Tuesday announced its financial results for the shortened fiscal year 2014 that began on March 31, 2013 and ended Jan. 31, 2014, consisting of 44 weeks. 

For the 10 month fiscal 2014 the Company's net sales totaled $1.5 billion. Same-store sales increased 3.7%, calculated on a comparable 43-week period of the prior year. Net loss was $12.5 million in fiscal 2014 and net loss as a percentage of net sales was (0.8)% in fiscal 2014. 

April 15, 2014

Actavis on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan and Famy Care to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Mylan's generic version of Generess FE (norethindrone, ethinyl estradiol and ferrous fumarate chewable tablets).

DUBLIN — Actavis on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan and Famy Care to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Mylan's generic version of Generess FE (norethindrone, ethinyl estradiol and ferrous fumarate chewable tablets).

Under the terms of the agreement, Actavis will grant Mylan a license to market its generic version of Generess FE under its pending abbreviated new drug application beginning on April 1, 2015.

April 15, 2014

Bartell Drugs, a Seattle-based, family-owned pharmacy retailer, has named Brent Beebe as SVP merchandising.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs, a Seattle-based, family-owned pharmacy retailer, has named Brent Beebe as SVP merchandising.

Beebe will develop and lead all aspects of merchandising and category management, while assuming the lead in merchandising innovation for Bartell Drugs’ 63 locations  

He most recently served as VP, GMM for Jo-Ann Stores and previously held executive and buyer positions with Fred Meyer and Meier & Frank.

April 15, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — CCA Industries, whose portfolio includes Nutra Nail, Bikini Zone, Plus+White toothpaste and Scar zone scar treatment, posted a loss for the first quarter.

For the quarter ended Feb. 28, total revenues were  $7.75 million and it posted a net loss of $1.24 million. This compares with revenues of $11.80 million and the net loss $1.02 million in the year-ago period. Basic and fully diluted losses per share for the quarter were 18 cents compared a loss of 14 cents for the same quarter last year.

April 15, 2014

Unilever’s Caress brand has named Adriana Castro, designer, style trendsetter and founder of El Diario de la Moda, as its new Caress Fabulistas to help celebrate the launch of the new Caress Fresh Body Wash collection.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Caress brand has named Adriana Castro, designer, style trendsetter and founder of El Diario de la Moda, as its new Caress Fabulistas to help celebrate the launch of the new Caress Fresh Body Wash collection.

April 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets. 

The proposed OTC use is "temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: Nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itching of the nose.” The applicant proposes to label the product for OTC use in adults 18 years and older. 

April 15, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s Gillette brand is enhancing its collaboration with McLaren Mercedes to bring to life a marketing campaign focused on Precision Engineering.

LONDON — Procter & Gamble’s Gillette brand is enhancing its collaboration with McLaren Mercedes to bring to life a marketing campaign focused on Precision Engineering.