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Bi-Lo hosts fourth annual PAWS ‘Feed the Love’ campaign

BY Jason Owen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn — Beginning today through Tuesday, April 30, Bi-Lo will host its fourth annual PAWS "Feed the Love" campaign. "Feed the Love" is a pet food drive in which food donations go to local area food banks for families in need to be able to provide food for the four-legged members of their families.

Shoppers can purchase a $5 bag of pet food with the My Bi-Lo Bonuscard, and the food will be picked up by or delivered to the store’s food bank partner. The bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, Bi-Lo’s own brand of high-quality, nutritional and affordable cat and dog food.

Nationally, approximately seven million pets are surrendered to shelters each year due to the inability of the owners to pay for food. Through "Feed the Love," Bi-Lo hopes to help reduce that number in its area. Since 2010, the campaign has provided more than 85 tons of pet food for families in need throughout Bi-Lo’s operating market.

"It is important to us that we provide opportunities such as this for our customers to assist members of their community who face the difficult decision of feeding themselves or their pets," said Mike Russell, category manager for Bi-Lo. "Bi-Lo cares about the well-being of our community, and ‘Feed the Love’ is about giving back to pets that also go hungry.

For every bag purchased, Bi-Lo customers will receive an additional 5 cents per gallon in Fuelperks! Rewards, Bi-Lo’s program that saves customers money on gas when they buy groceries.


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Report: Asian and Hispanic households outspend White non-Hispanic households

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI — Among today’s active American households, the average Asian and Hispanic household will spend far more in their remaining lifetimes than White non-Hispanic households — by more than $800,000 and $400,000 for the average active household, respectively, according to a report issued Wednesday by Geoscape. The report, titled the 2013 American Marketscape DataStream Report, also found that Latino populations in the United States are projected to reach 55 million by July 1, and that White non-Hispanic populations in California and Texas are now a minority. 

“After several consecutive decades of growth, U.S. businesses are starting to recognize that the new mainstream consumers are a diverse, multicultural and, most importantly, economically powerful group that now represents nearly all spending growth into the foreseeable future,” stated Cesar Melgoza, CEO of Geoscape. “The 2013 American Marketscape DataStream Report provides an understanding of these demographic and population shifts that businesses must grasp to stay relevant and successful in today’s economy.”

Also in the report, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago markets are currently home to the largest multicultural populations and many smaller markets, including Seattle, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., are projected to have greater multicultural growth than Los Angeles, New York and Chicago between 2013 and 2018.

Of the 25 largest populated markets in 2018, the three markets with the highest projected Hispanic growth rates between 2010 and 2018 are Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Seattle-Tacoma, Wash., and St. Louis, Geoscape noted.

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The Economist: Expect major growth, competition for retail clinics, urgent care and telehealth

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Retail-based health clinics, urgent care clinics, telehealth and traditional physicians may be increasingly competing to serve the healthcare needs of Americans but the real winner is the patient, suggests a recent article in The Economist.

The “Medicine at the mall” article reports on the fact that Walgreens announced today that it has expanded its scope of services in its Take Care Clinics to manage chronic conditions — a move that is part of a bigger trend in Obamacare.

“Retail clinics got a bumpy start, thanks to slim margins and erratic seasonal revenue — fewer coughs mean less money. But volume has grown. According to RAND, a think-tank, the number of visits to retail clinics grew fourfold between 2007 and 2009. This looks set to rise again, as clinics expand in number and in scope,” the article states.

The article also discusses the fact that CVS Caremark and its MinuteClinic business are increasingly affiliating with broader healthcare systems and Advocare Walgreens Well Network, Diagnostic Clinic Walgreens Well Network and Scott & White Walgreens Well Network have been selected as three of 106 new Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare.

“Retail health clinics must compete not just with these doctors, but with urgent-care centers and, eventually, telemedicine and mobile health gadgets. No one knows which models will prove most popular. But as they compete, patients are likely to win,” The Economist article states.

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