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CVS Caremark’s Accordant Health Services to collaborate with Michael J. Fox Foundation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I., and NEW YORK  — Accordant Health Services, a CVS Caremark company, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on Wednesday announced a collaboration to provide to patients with Parkinson’s disease who are enrolled in Accordant-sponsored care management programs information about resources available through the foundation.

Accordant provides care management services for people with rare, chronic conditions. As the world’s largest private funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today.

Through this collaboration, The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s research experts will contribute content for Accordant patient newsletters and mailings about Parkinson’s disease and available treatments, as well as the latest updates on research. The foundation also will share with Accordant patients information about the importance of participating in clinical research, and education on Fox Trial Finder, a new Web-based solution that is designed to make it easier for volunteers to find the specific Parkinson’s clinical trials that need them.

"Accordant is excited to work with The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Both of our organizations share a commitment to supporting patients with Parkinson’s disease as they proactively seek how to get the best out of their treatment," said Andrew Krueger, medical director for Accordant Health Services. "This partnership enables us to connect patients with Parkinson’s disease with access to cutting edge information and updates on research, disease information to supplement the education and support we provide, and a resource to find current clinical trials and access to the support and resources the Foundation can offer to them and their families."

"Our foundation wants PD patients and their loved ones to know they can play a vital role in helping speed a cure," added Todd Sherer, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. "Our collaboration with Accordant will help us provide the Parkinson’s community with information and tools that can help them get involved and make a difference for everyone living with the disease."


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Supervalu makes shopping trips more efficient with debut of mobile app

BY DSN STAFF

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu announced the launch of a custom-built mobile application designed to give customers the tools they need to be efficient while shopping at its stores.

The company tested the mobile app at its Cub Food stores this past November, and formally launched the app to the rest of the company’s traditional banners during this month. One of the unique features to the app is its synchronization with the banner websites. The shopping list is synchronized with the website in real time so a member of the family can update the list from home while another is shopping, Supervalu said.

The mobile app is available for use on all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and Android devices. The app also now is available in the Apple App Store, the Android Market and the Amazon Android Market.

As our customers continue to be crunched for time, this new app and its capabilities allow for a more hassle-free shopping experience,” said Kat Kozitza, Supervalu’s director of digital and social media. “Customers of our 1,100 retail locations can now find a store close to them, view the current weekly ad and manage a shopping list all from their mobile device.”

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Costco profit up in Q2

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ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco is off to a good start in 2012, with high increases in second-quarter sales and earnings.

The company reported that net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 10% to $22.5 billion, from $20.5 billion last year. Total comparable-store sales for the quarter increased 8%, consisting of an 8% increase at both U.S. and international clubs. Excluding the impact of fuel, comparable-store sales were up 7%, consisting of a 7% increase at U.S. clubs and a 10% increase at international clubs.

Net income for the quarter was $394 million, or 90 cents per diluted share, compared with $348 million, or 79 cents per diluted share, last year.

Costco currently operates 600 warehouses, including 433 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, 13 in Japan, eight in Taiwan, seven in Korea and three in Australia.

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