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CVS Health honored for colleague-focused health-and-wellness initiatives

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health was honored on Wednesday by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging employees and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles.

CVS Health was among 64 U.S. employers that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.

“At CVS Health, we believe that wellness is as important for our colleagues as it is for our patients and customers,” CVS Health’s EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Lisa Bisaccia said.

CVS Health's WellRewards program helps colleagues improve their well-being with an array of programs including preventive screenings, flu shots, smoking cessation, weight management, health coaching, health management for chronic and rare conditions, EAP life services, and maternity management. In addition to tobacco-free corporate campuses, CVS Health offers team-based walking programs and healthy dining options in campus cafeterias, which make it easier for colleagues to make healthy choices. As a further demonstration of its commitment to health, CVS Health stopped the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in its retail stores.

“We congratulate CVS Health for being among an elite group of companies that are making a difference every day in improving the health and overall well-being of their employees and families," Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, said. "CVS Health and its leadership team are to be commended for their commitment to promoting healthy work environments and for their innovation in developing outstanding programs for employees that encourage good health and well-being.”

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Rite Aid giving 100 shoppers Plenti of reasons to visit latest remodel

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid will be giving 100 Plenti cardholders in Flushing, N.Y. an evening of music at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom. The first 100 shoppers hitting this weekend’s opening of the latest remodeled Rite Aid and spending at least $50 using their Plenti card between noon and 4 p.m. will be given two tickets to the July 19 PlentiTogether LIVE concert featuring Pitbull, Keith Urban and Nick Jonas.
 
The special concert event is being hosted by Plenti, the first U.S.-based loyalty coalition, of which Rite Aid is a founding partner. Announced earlier this year, Plenti is the first multi-brand rewards program in the U.S. that lets members earn points at one retailer and spend them at another through a single card. The program, operated by American Express, brings together thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu.
 
In addition to a chance to earn concert tickets, the celebration will include free health screenings, product samples and activities. Additional free item giveaways will also be provided to customers during the event while supplies last.

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Report: Amazon expands two-day shipping assortment for Prime members

BY DSN STAFF

SEATTLE — Amazon.com is reportedly expanding the assortment of items eligible for free two-day shipping for members of its Prime paid subscription. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is now listing items shipped directly from third-party seller warehouses for free Prime two-day shipping, without any publicity.

Previously, only goods shipped from an Amazon warehouse were eligible for free Prime two-day shipping. According to online retailers quoted in the Journal, Amazon is inviting third-party sellers with good shipping records to participate in Prime. Sellers decide what items to list and must pay for shipping themselves.

Amazon can remove sellers from the Prime program at any time if they fail to meet standards. It is estimated that fewer than 10 sellers are currently participating in Prime. Amazon refused comment.

Amazon is expanding the range and features of Prime as an increasing number of other e-commerce retailers are attempting to directly compete with the free delivery service. For example, subscription-based e-commerce site Jet.com is launching soon and EBay is piloting a service to compete with Amazon Prime in Germany. Amazon has recently launched same-day free Prime shipping in a number of select cities and is also offering some private-label grocery products via Prime.

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