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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust supports relief efforts in the Philippines with donation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts underway in the Philippines following this weekend’s devastating Typhoon, which has impacted an estimated 4.3 million people in 36 provinces, with a potential total donation of up to $100,000 through the matching of CVS Caremark employee donations.

CVS Caremark is working with the Red Cross to establish a dedicated online donation portal for any of its approximately 200,000 employees who want to contribute. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will match employee donations up to $50,000.

"We know support is critically important at this time given the large number of people affected and potential for further damage in the Vietnam Peninsula," stated Eileen Howard Boone, president of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We are providing support to the American Red Cross as it helps the Philippine Red Cross with disaster relief specialists and equipment, as well as family tracing services to help those that are trying to find missing loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of those across the region who have been impacted by this massive and devastating disaster."

 

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Walgreens’ 43-year vet Steve Lubin to retire

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Forty-three year veteran Steve Lubin, Walgreens divisional VP and general manager marketing for non-mainland operations, announced his retirement, according to Walgreens spokesman Michael Polzin on Tuesday. 

Lubin joined the company in 1970 as a stock clerk in Chicago while attending college. He managed several Chicago-area stores before moving into Walgreens’ purchasing department in 1980. He was promoted to a divisional merchandise manager in 1988 and to general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico in 2004. 

As general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico, Lubin had spent three years living on the island. 

In 2008, Walgreens promoted Lubin to his current position, where he managed the marketing needs of customers in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

 

 

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Peapod pickup sites launch at four Pa. Giant-Carlisle stores

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., has opened four new pickup sites in Pennsylvania for online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said Tuesday.

Giant-Carlisle announced the launch of the Giant Pick Up service at stores in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Montgomeryville and Willow Grove, replacing a previous service at the Willow Grove and Camp Hill stores called Shop from Home. Giant-Carlisle and Peapod are owned by Ahold USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold.

"Our customers are busier than ever, and we want to provide them with a better place to shop by giving them options to shop that are most convenient to their lifestyle," Ahold USA VP sales and merchandising Jeff Beaulieu said. "Giant Pick Up is a flexible and affordable alternative for customers to quickly pick up their groceries in the midst of other errands. We are excited to partner with Peapod to leverage their online grocery expertise in bringing Giant Pick Up to our customers."

 

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