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Amazon.com to begin collecting sales taxes for purchases made in Pennsylvania

BY Michael Johnsen

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Online giant Amazon.com will begin collecting a 6% state sales tax on purchases being shipped to Pennsylvania beginning Sept. 1, according to published reports.

The move is being made so that the online retailer will be in compliance with a new Pennsylvania state law going into effect that requires online retailers to collect state taxes if that retailer has a physical presence in the state.

Amazon.com operates six fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania. Amazon.com presently collects sales taxes in six other states: Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, New York, Texas and Washington. California will be added to that list on Sept. 15, according to the reports.

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Kroger extends fuel savings promo to December

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger announced that its customers can enjoy their summer fuel savings through December.

Customers now will be able to earn and redeem their fuel points to save up to $2 off per gallon at Kroger family of stores fuel centers through Dec. 31, a three-month extension of the current promotion. Customers will continue to earn and redeem up to 2,000 fuel points through regular purchases and special offers. The company also noted that its promotion doubles the maximum points redeemable for a discount.

"At our customers’ request we are pleased to extend our special offer doubling potential fuel savings up to $2 per gallon through the busy fall and holiday shopping seasons," Kroger SVP merchandising Michael Donnelly said.

Customers can earn fuel points every day in the following ways:

  • For every $100 in groceries purchased, customers can earn 100 fuel points. Now, up to 2,000 points can be redeemed for up to $2 in savings — at Kroger fuel centers in one fill up;

  • For every purchase of $50 in gift cards from Kroger’s gift card mall, customers receive 100 fuel points. For a limited time, Kroger is offering quadruple fuel points on most gift cards as part of the company’s back-to-school savings event;

  • When customers use the Kroger 1-2-3 Rewards Visa, they can earn an additional 5 cents off the cost of a gallon when they redeem points. New cardholders can save 25 cents a gallon during their first three months as cardholders when they redeem at least 100 fuel points; and

  • Customers can receive fuel points on every prescription. See pharmacy for details.

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Supreme Court of Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart can challenge private-label generic Rx ban in Ontario

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Thursday that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted its application for leave to appeal to Ontario’s ban on private-label generic drugs.

“The company respects the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada and is pleased with the outcome,” the retailer stated. A hearing date has not yet been set, and no further details were provided.

According to Reuters, Canada’s Katz Group also has been granted leave to challenge the ban.

The Supreme Court of Canada granted Shoppers’ application for leave to appeal the December 2011 decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario that restored the prohibition on private-label generic drug products in the province of Ontario.

The ban has hampered pharmacies’ earnings and has kept Shpppers from selling its private-label drugs in the province. Reuters reported that Katz Group, which operates Rexall drug stores, wants to launch a similar business.

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