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CVS Health provides $3 million in new grants to free clinics

CVS Health provides $3 million in new grants to free clinics

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of an ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health and its Foundation Thursday announced $2.9 million in grants to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and their members. The new funding will support approximately 130 Free

Smith Holland appointed president of Hallmark Greetings

Smith Holland appointed president of Hallmark Greetings

KANSAS CITY — Smith Holland has been named president of Hallmark’s Greetings business. The former president and chief executive officer of Crayola, part of Hallmark’s portfolio of businesses that manufactures and sells Crayola brand products worldwide, will begin his new role on Sept. 3. “Smith

Greeting Card Association offers new workshop

Greeting Card Association offers new workshop

WASHINGTON  – The U.S. Postal Service reports that there were 52 million more greeting cards sent last year than the previous year (source: 2018 Household Diary Study). With the appetite for greeting cards in the United States growing, how can publishers make sure that their lines

Industry mourns PLMA news director Bob Vosburgh

Industry mourns PLMA news director Bob Vosburgh

NEW YORK ― Robert Vosburgh, Jr., a veteran supermarket trade journalist and most recently a familiar spokesperson for the U.S. store brands industry through his online video work for the Private Label Manufacturers Association, died on July 15. A resident of New Milford, Conn., he

NACDS issues statement on pharmacy’s commitment as part of the solution to opioid abuse

NACDS issues statement on pharmacy’s commitment as part of the solution to opioid abuse

ARLINGTON, Va. – Following the release of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Automated Reports and Consolidated Ordering System (ARCOS) data, National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson issued the following statement regarding pharmacy’s commitment to serving as part of

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RETAIL NEWS

CVS to start trial for home Hemodialysis device

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced Wednesday the initiation of a clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the HemoCare Hemodialysis System for administration of home hemodialysis. The innovative device includes safety features and is designed to make home hemodialysis simple for

Meijer pharmacy gives away 50 million free prescriptions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone this week in helping customers lower their healthcare costs. The Midwestern retailer’s Free Prescription Drug program reached 50 million prescriptions filled since its launch in 2006, saving customers more than $650 million. Meijer established the

Rite Aid partners with Google Maps

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation announced Monday that over 550 medication disposal units across the nation are now searchable on Google Maps, making it even easier for people to safely dispose of unneeded or unwanted medications. “We are constantly

Fred’s to close an additional 129 stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. announced on Friday that it will shutter another 129 retail stores, leaving it with only about 80. The move is the latest in a series of store closings (including announcements in April and May)  from the retailer, which had 568

Walgreens prepares for Tropical Storm Barry

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is taking proactive measures to assist customers, team members and communities currently in the projected path of Tropical Storm Barry, and is preparing to fully support any impacted regions in its aftermath. The company is taking the following steps: Prescription Drug

SUPPLIER NEWS

Charlotte’s Web announces new initiative with Rodale Institute and Natural Care

BOULDER, Colo.— Charlotte’s Web has entered into a research initiative with Rodale Institute and Natural Care to pioneer regenerative organic hemp farming. The research will be conducted at Pocono Organics, a start-up regenerative organic farm in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  In alignment with its corporate social responsibility values,

Abacus announces new retail purchase orders, provides CBDMEDIC update

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Abacus Health Products announced new retail purchase orders for its line of CBDMEDIC products, which are sold to consumers via retail chains and the company’s e-commerce platform. Abacus said the company has received purchase orders from CVS to carry two of its

New World Natural Brands names Curtin CEO

CHICAGO — New World Natural Brands chairman Ed Ryan announced the appointment of Shannon Curtin as the chief executive officer effective July 17, 2019. “Shannon’s vast beauty experience which combines both retail and consumer goods makes her especially well positioned to deliver our growth objectives.

Shawn Mendes becomes investor and partner in Flow Alkaline Spring Water

NEW YORK — Flow Alkaline Spring Water announced their partnership with Shawn Mendes and music manager Andrew Gertler. Shawn Mendes and Andrew Gertler have joined the company as investors and advisors. The relationship with Shawn Mendes and Flow Alkaline Spring Water grew organically after Mendes