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AmerisourceBergen Foundation makes $100K-plus commitment to hurricane relief

BY DSN STAFF

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is stepping in to help with hurricane recovery experts. The nonprofit arm of AmerisourceBergen has committed more than $100,000 to communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The foundation has made more than $55,000 in targeted donations to regional relief support organizations in Houston and the Caribbean. Among the organizations receiving fundsare the International Medical Corps, Center for Disaster, Hurricane Irma Fund, Greater Houston Community Foundation and Austin Pets Alive! Each organization received a grant for focusing on building healthy communities and improving patient outcomes, with their efforts including medication deliver, mobile medical units, temporary housing and shelter for people and pets and long-term disaster relief needs.

The foundation also will match up to $100,000 in AmerisourceBergen associate and customer donations made to the American Red Cross.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation in communities across the country and Caribbean — and as millions of people now face the daunting challenge of rebuilding their lives, we hope to bolster the ongoing relief efforts led by organizations on the ground,” said Gina Clark, AmerisourceBergen VP and chief communications and administration officer and AmerisourceBergen Foundation president. “In order to maximize our impact, we identified organizations that align with our core mission to improve the health and wellbeing of patient populations.”

AmerisourceBergen said that during natural disasters, the company uses its network of distribution centers, couriers and associates to ensure providers have access to pharmaceuticals. When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, the company identified alternate routes and such alternate delivery methods as airlifting supplies or using vehicles that could traverse high-standing water to deliver to hospitals in the Houston metro area. The company also offered advance ordering options to hospitals in Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall.

“For AmerisourceBergen, we are committed to ensuring patient access to vital pharmaceutical products every day. It is during these rare occasions, when something like an unprecedented natural disaster jeopardizes the critical and necessary medical deliveries that the role of a AmerisourceBergen — comes to the forefront,” AmerisourceBergen SVP distribution services Erin Horvath said.

In Puerto Rico, the company stocked its Puerto Rico distribution center with non-perishable food and pallets of water, as well as a refrigerated trailer that could store temperature-sensitive products for an extended amount of time in case the distribution center lost power. And in Houston, the company’s distribution center offered families access to an on-site shower and such emergency supplies as food, water, clothes and baby food.

“Successful supply chains rely on a trusted partner with a strong infrastructure in place to react to the unexpected. During these times, we are working around the clock to provide hospitals and healthcare providers with the products they rely on to treat those who are immediately impacted, as well as long-term patients with chronic or existing life-threatening conditions,” Horvath said.

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Albertsons names new VP advertising

BY Michael Johnsen

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons last week named Guy Burgstahler VP advertising.

"Guy is a creative visionary with proven experience building engagement and loyalty among a variety of customers," stated Shane Sampson, chief marketing and merchandising officer. "Our banners have a great story to tell, and Guy will have plenty of material to work with throughout our operating areas. We have deep ties to the communities we serve, and we are poised to compete as fiercely as ever in our stores and across our digital platforms."

Burgstahler brings more than 20 years of advertising leadership experience with companies like Dick's Sporting Goods, PetSmart and Tractor Supply Company. He helped move Dick's to its No. 1 position through innovative omnichannel campaigns and helped increase PetSmart's comp traffic with targeted multi-media and integrated campaign strategies.

Burgstahler spent the last five years as a marketing executive for category-leading manufacturing brands and most recently was an entrepreneur, working as partner of a full-service marketing agency in Florida.

Burgstahler joined the company this week and will office out of the Boise corporate campus. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has a passion for family, sports and volunteering with organizations that benefit youth.
 

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Mendelson, Werner join Drug Store News team

BY DSN STAFF

Drug Store News is proud to announce that Seth Mendelson and Steven Werner, two longtime retail publishing executives, are joining the magazine’s team effective immediately. Mendelson joins the DSN team as editor in chief/associate publisher and Werner joins the team as regional sales manager. Both will report to Eric Savitch, the magazine’s publisher.

For the last 13 years, Mendelson was the editorial director and group publisher at Macfadden Communications, where he oversaw the editorial and sales operations of such leading industry publications as Grocery Headquarters, Pet Business, HFN and Beverage World. In that timespan, he and his team were able to turn around the fortunes of these magazines through a unique editorial model that emphasized collaboration between the readers and the manufacturers.

Before that Mendelson was publisher and editorial director at Retail Merchandiser, Supermarket Business and Nonfoods Merchandising magazines. He started his career, after graduating from Syracuse University, as a reporter for Gannett Newspapers in Westchester County, N.Y.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the DSN team,” Mendelson said. “The magazine has a long and well-earned reputation in the retail industry for insightful and ground-breaking editorial. I hope to continue that tradition and give all our readers the right information to help them perform their jobs more effectively and efficiently.”

Werner also joins DSN from Macfadden Communications where he was associate publisher of Grocery Headquarters magazine for the last 17 years. In his past role, Werner served as a liaison between the publication and the general merchandise/HBC industry and was critical in developing its extremely strong market share in those categories. He also worked on special assignments for other magazines at his former company.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Werner previously worked on such titles as Progressive Grocer, Supermarket Business and U.S. Distribution Journal.

DSN is a great place to continue my career,” Werner said. “I am extremely excited to join the DSN sales team and help the magazine continue its success well into the future. DSN has its pulse on the future of the mass retail industry, and I am very happy to be part of this team."

“Seth and Steve bring a tremendous amount of experience to the DSN team and we are all very happy to have both of them here,” added Savitch. "These additions are just two of the many things we plan to do in the near future to keep DSN, through its print and digital properties, the most relevant source of news and intelligence in the chain pharmacy industry.”

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