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The Apothecary Shops’ founder and CEO named semifinalist in Ernst & Young competition

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX John Musil, founder and CEO of The Apothecary Shops, a specialty pharmacy provider operating in seven states, has been named a semifinalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 in the Orange County/Desert Cities region, The Apothecary Shops announced Thursday.

Musil is one of 26 regional nominees selected by a panel of independent judges made up of regional business, academic and community leaders and executives from a field of 60 nominees “who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses.”

Winners will be announced June 17.

“Just to be nominated is quite an honor, but, the fact  is, this reflects the collective effort and commitment by the entire organization much more than individual recognition,” Musil said.

Since founding The Apothecary Shops in 1996, the company  has expanded to 17 locations in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, New Mexico, Ohio and Missouri.

Earlier this year, The Apothecary Shops became a Tier 1  Specialty Provider of the cancer drug Nexavar (sorafenib) by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. Nexavar is the first oral cancer  therapy that inhibits both tumor and tumor blood vessel growth among patients with advanced kidney and liver cancers.

In 2009, The Apothecary Shops completed construction of a 5,000-sq.-ft. clean room and expanded its state-of-the-art mail-order fulfillment center in Phoenix to 21,000-sq.-ft., allowing The Apothecary Shops to generate sales in all 50 states within the company’s specialty service areas.

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Publix supports flood, tornado relief

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA In line with many other retailers in southern United States, Publix has established a program to offer customers a way to assist those affected by the devastating floods and tornados in Alabama and Tennessee.

Customers may donate at the register to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at Publix stores throughout Tennessee and most of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The customer donation program will continue for a few weeks, based on customer response.

In related efforts, Nashville-area Publix stores will be collecting nonperishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville. The food bags will be distributed to shelters servicing the impacted communities. The company also is coordinating efforts with Feed the Children for a donation of approximately $25,000 in shelf-stable items.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, homes and personal belongings as a result of this disaster,” said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix. “We would also like to take a moment to recognize our associates who are working hard everyday to make sure that their Publix is open and able to provide the products and services our customers need and want.”

Currently, all Publix locations are open and serving their surrounding communities.

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Social media placed into action by Wegmans

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. As a potential example of how retailers will communicate directly with customers in the future, Wegmans recently tapped into its online services. Upon hearing customer concerns about the effect of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on seafood at its stores, Wegmans turned to social media to spread the word.

By posting a video link on Twitter, it enabled its customers to meet Carl Salamone, VP seafood and hear about how the spill does (or does not) impact the seafood at its stores.

For a look at the video, click here: http://yfrog.com/2gseafoodgulfz.

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