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‘Detox Flow Yoga’ arrives on DVD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Gaiam announced the release of Seane Corn’s "Detox Flow Yoga" DVD.

The DVD stars Corn, a renowned yoga instructor, which introduces users to poses that improve circulation and digestion, build strength, and help lose weight, the company said. The DVD features two Vinyasa practices, along with a bonus downloadable practice, including a 30-minute Twist and Flow routine, a 60-minute Purify routine a 10-minute Core Energy bonus routine.

"Detox Flow Yoga" has a run time of 90 minutes and will be available in stores and online with a suggested retail price of $14.98.

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A&P takes key step toward completing financial restructuring

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. — Bankrupt grocer A&P has announced that the Locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union have ratified modifications to the collective bargaining agreements with the company — a key step toward completing the company’s financial restructuring.

“This agreement with our labor unions marks a significant milestone in our turnaround efforts,” stated Sam Martin, A&P’s president and CEO. “I want to thank our associates for their steadfast commitment to serving our customers throughout this process. As we position the company to emerge from Chapter 11 early next year with a much stronger financial and operating foundation, we intend to continue making operational and service improvements to further enhance the value and in-store experience we provide to our customers.”

The agreement with A&P’s labor unions is consistent with and contemplated by the previously announced joint financing commitment from The Yucaipa Cos., Mount Kellett and investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The bankruptcy court granted approval of the investment agreement on Nov. 14, contingent upon successful resolution of the company’s negotiations with its labor unions.

A&P and its subsidiaries filed Chapter 11 in December 2010.

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With Grant Pill assuming new responsibilities at CVS, 2011 shapes up to be big year for company

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The year 2011 has shaped up to be quite the year for CVS Caremark, with Larry Merlo taking the helm following the retirement of Tom Ryan, longtime CVS/pharmacy executive Mike Bloom resigning and Judy Sansone assuming responsibility for the merchandising organization at CVS/pharmacy. Well, the year isn’t over yet, and Grant Pill — who is regarded as a bright, young merchant — now has responsibility for one of the most critical areas of CVS’ business.

(THE NEWS: CVS Caremark’s Jim Trappani steps down. For the full story, click here)

Pill has taken on the role of VP merchandising for OTC healthcare and store brands. In light of Pill’s new responsibilities, industry members can expect to see some innovation out of this group.

Meanwhile, Jim Trappani, VP merchandising for health care and multicultural, has decided to step down, and there’s been no official announcement as of yet as to where Trappani will land next. Could he land at a major dollar store chain like many other drug executives?

In recent years, there’s been an influx of drug executives flocking to the dollar store channel. It’s only been about a month since Bloom — Trappani’s former boss at CVS — left CVS to take the president and COO position at Family Dollar Stores. Meanwhile, several industry veterans have landed at Dollar General, such as Rick Dreiling, who serves as chairman and CEO, and former Longs Drug Store executives Todd Vasos and John Flanigan. Given the trend, it wouldn¹t be unimaginable for Trappani to follow suit, but for now, the industry will have to wait and see.

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