Bi-Lo rebranding six South Carolina Reid’s grocery stores
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo is shuttering six of its Reid’s grocery stores in South Carolina to rebrand them as as Bi-Lo stores, the Augusta Chronicle reported Monday.
According to the report, Bi-Lo Holdings will work with Reid Boylston, the director of merchandising for Bi-Lo and Reid’s founder, to “marry the best of the Reid’s with the best of Bi-Lo” at six Reid’s locations and eight South Carolina Bi-Lo locations."
Bi-Lo Holdings purchased Reid’s, Harveys and Sweetbay grocery chains from Delhaize Group in 2013 for $265 million.
Bartell Drugs, customers donate $100K for Oso mudslide recovery efforts
EVERETT, Wash. — Bartell Drugs and its customers have teamed up to donate $100,000 to the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services for ongoing recovery efforts for those affected by the March 22nd Oso mudslide in Snohomish County.
Bartell Drugs’ chairman and CEO George D. Bartell, left, and Major Doug Tollerud, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in the Northwest at Bartell Drugs’ Silver Lake store.
Bartell Drugs customers donated $80,248.23 to support on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities, with Bartell Drugs adding an additional $19,751.77 to bring the total to $100,000. Nearly 10,000 customer donations were collected at Bartell Drugs’ 63 locations in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties.
“Once again, the generosity of our customers underscores the sense of community we share here in the Puget Sound area,” stated Bartell Drugs’ chairman and CEO George D. Bartell. “The impacts of this tragedy continue, and this donation will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts.”
He said the initial fundraising goal was more modest, with Bartell Drugs offering to pledge $10,000 to match the same amount donated by customers. The Salvation Army is partnering with a group of non-profit organizations to provide long-term recovery in the area. The Salvation Army is currently working with 60 families (cases) to provide funding for repairs, utility bills and temporary housing costs, and has deployed five caseworker/advocates to assist the families in identifying needs and navigating the system, including preparation of paperwork to receive FEMA aid.
"We are grateful to Bartell Drugs and its customers for this generous donation," added Major Doug Tollerud, divisional commander of the Salvation Army in the Northwest. "It will take much time and money to continue assisting the families impacted by the Oso mudslide — and the Salvation Army will be there for as long as it takes."
Tollerud noted the Salvation Army will host double the number of children from the Oso/Darrington area attending its week-long summer camp in Eatonville. The camp experience will be provided at no cost to the families and transportation will be provided.
AAP launches specialty pharmacy program through partnership with Diplomat
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — American Associated Pharmacies, a member-owned national cooperative of independent pharmacies, is launching a specialty pharmacy program through a partnership with Diplomat, the cooperative announced Tuesday. Diplomat’s Retail Specialty Network will provide AAP members with back-end clinical services and care management such as prior authorization, adherence calls, copay assistance, injection training coordination and pharmacist consultations, while participating pharmacies maintain their patient relationships.
“Clearly, our partnership with Diplomat will help spur opportunities for our independent pharmacies,” stated AAP president and CEO Jon Copeland. “AAP Specialty Pharmacy will provide centralized support and specialized patient services that otherwise might be difficult to perform at individual store sites," he said. “AAP pharmacies are locally engaged. Whether it is diabetes awareness, flu shots or medication consultation — our pharmacists are community advocates who offer high-touch, personalized service. And, now they will have the tools to create and expand their specialty business."
“The RSN and AAP partnership will help bridge the gap between the specialty arena and independents from coast to coast," stated Phil Hagerman, Diplomat CEO. "With advanced adherence measures and clinical expertise, we will help AAP’s specialty patients achieve the best outcomes possible. And with clinical assistance at every step, AAP pharmacies will enter the specialty market with the best patient-care system available.”
Initially, those AAP members that use the Rx30 pharmacy dispensing interface will be invited to take advantage of AAP Specialty Pharmacy. Other member pharmacies will be invited to participate as data capabilities expand. AAP will roll out AAP Specialty Pharmacy to select members later this month.