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Bartell launches school supply drive

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs’ is partnering with manufacturers in its eighth annual school supply donation drive, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Bartell, which operates 58 stores in Washington state’s Puget Sound region — the metropolitan area around Seattle — said it would collect donated school supplies at all of its stores from Friday through Aug. 28. The chain is partnering with suppliers Mead, Avery and Bic to support the drive.

The supplies will be given to the Kids in Need Resource Center, where teachers with students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs can "shop" for free school supplies to meet students’ needs. The center served 120 schools in the Puget Sound region last year, with an average pickup of $700 in donated items for each of the nearly 2,500 teacher visits. According to World Vision, a charity based in Federal Way, Wash., as many as 58,000 students in the area could start the school year without basic supplies.

"With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there’s never been a more important time to support this drive," Bartell chairman and CEO George Bartell said. "Over the past seven years, we’ve appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations."

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Winn-Dixie expects slight decline in year-end sales

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie on Monday announced that net identical-store sales for the fiscal year ended June 29 are expected to be approximately $6.9 billion, reflecting a 0.1% decrease.

Net loss from continuing operations is expected to be approximately $30 million, or 54 cents per diluted share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $37 million or 67 cents per diluted share for fiscal 2010. And Winn-Dixie expects to report full-year Adjusted EBITDA of $114 million, compared to $151 million for fiscal 2010.

“We are very pleased with our results for fiscal 2011, which fell within our previously announced guidance despite a continued inflationary environment and a waning economic recovery," said Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixie chairman, CEO and president. "This year, we strategically managed our promotional activity and merchandising efforts and aligned those programs with our retail initiatives to better meet the needs of our guests and strengthen our brand over the long term.”

These preliminary results remain subject to the year-end audit process, the grocer stated. Winn-Dixie plans to report its final full-year results and provide fiscal 2012 guidance after the market closes Aug. 29.

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CVS enhances ExtraCare savings with digital Send to Card option

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy once again has boosted its rewards program with a new digital savings option that allows customers to send coupons directly to their loyalty card.

The company said that the "Send to Card" option provides ExtraCare cardholders, who have opted in to receive ExtraCare emails, with the option to send select coupons directly to their ExtraCare cards for automatic, digital in-store redemption, eliminating the need to print those coupons at home and submit paper copies at the register.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, CVS/pharmacy celebrated the 10th anniversary of its ExtraCare Rewards program by offering cardholders quarterly ExtraBucks rewards, which are automatic savings each shopper earns for scanning their ExtraCare card during each shopping visit. In line with the celebration, CVS launched its MoneyTrashers campaign, designed to help more customers realize that these rewards can be used to buy almost anything in the store.

"Our goal is to offer all 67 million ExtraCare cardholders the choice of how they personally want to engage with our program to receive offers and rewards at CVS/pharmacy," CVS/pharmacy VP customer relationship management Melissa Studzinski said. "We encourage all of our cardholders to sign up for ExtraCare emails to take advantage of this new, easy way to save while shopping at CVS/pharmacy."

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