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Black Radiance names new brand manager

BY Antoinette Alexander

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Black Radiance, a Markwins beauty brand, has hired Robyn Turner as its newest brand manager.

Turner’s key responsibilities will include portfolio management, product development, promotional program development, in-store merchandising, online programs and marketing financials, to extend Black Radiance’s leadership in ethnic cosmetics.

Turner joins the Black Radiance team from SpaRitual/Orly International, where she served as product development and reserach and development manager since 2009. Prior to that, she held positions at D.L. & Co. & Modern Alchemy, DayNa Decker Environments and Mojo Cosmetics.
 

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BioScrip boosts sales, narrows losses in Q2

BY Alaric DeArment

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Specialty pharmacy provider BioSrip had sales of $441.4 million and a loss of $2.3 million during second quarter 2011, the company said.

The sales figure for the quarter, which ended June 30, represented a 7.1% increase over second quarter 2010’s $412 million. This included a rise in pharmacy services revenue to $332.1 million, from $305.4 million in second quarter 2010, and an increase in infusion and home health services revenue to $109.3 million, from $106.7 million the year before. The quarter’s losses represented a decrease of about $0.8 million compared with second quarter 2010.

"Overall, we are making positive steps forward in establishing ourselves as a recognized national provider of infusion and pharmacy services, and the initiatives we put in place with managed care payers over the last year are beginning to produce results," BioScrip president and CEO Rick Smith said. "While there is still more work to be done, we are pleased to see progress as we look forward to the second half of the year."

For the first six months of fiscal 2011, sales were $880.7 million, compared with $747.1 million in second quarter 2010. Profits for the first six months were $0.6 million, compared with a loss of $4 million during the first six months of 2010.

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Katz Group Canada names chief merchandising officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Katz Group Canada, Canada’s largest integrated retail pharmacy network, has appointed Ken Keelor as chief merchandising officer, effective immediately. Keelor will oversee all merchandising and marketing functions for the Rexall family of pharmacies.

Keelor joins the organization from Sobey’s, a national multibanner grocery chain, where he held a number of executive positions during his 10 years with the company, most recently VP private-label procurement and global sourcing.

“Ken’s more than 20 years of experience in retail merchandising will be a valuable addition to Katz Group Canada’s leadership team. Ken has a proven track record in building winning teams and growing sales and overall business performance through innovative strategies,” stated Frank Scorpiniti, COO of Katz Group Canada. “As we continue to enhance our customer experience, he will be integral to our organization. We’re excited to welcome Ken to our team.”

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