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DSN video captures CES healthcare buzz

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — An unprecedented 100-plus vendors presented the latest in healthcare technology earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. CES added the healthcare-driven Digital Health Pavilion to its show some years ago, and the number of exhibitors participating continues to increase.

“There’s definitely a distinct interest now from a consumer perspective around health, and we’re starting to see that grow,” Continua Health executive director Chuck Parker told Drug Store News.

Drug Store News recently caught up with Colleen Lerro, Consumer Electronics Association communications specialist and fitness instructor, in a video interview to talk about some of the health-related electronics that were showcased this year. 
In addition to the hot health products identified by Lerro, Continua Health Alliance member ZyXEL introduced its Smart Home Gateway, a battery-powered 3G wireless platform for health monitoring and assisted living solutions that was recognized as a CES Innovations Honoree.

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Report: Winn-Dixie sues Dollar General

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Winn-Dixie has filed suit against Dolgencorp, the parent company of Dollar General. The grocer confirmed that the suit was filed because Dolgencorp “knowingly violates legal, noncompete provisions of Winn-Dixie leases in shopping centers in which both businesses operate,” Winn-Dixie told the Jacksonville Business Journal in an email.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, claims that the discount retailer Dollar General should not be selling groceries at stores that are in shopping centers where Winn-Dixie is the anchor tenant. As part of its leases, Winn-Dixie has the exclusive right to sell groceries.

In addition, Winn-Dixie claims that Dollar General is in violation of its grocery exclusive arrangement with the supermarket operator. According to Winn-Dixie, violation of this agreement comes from the following:

  • More than 10% of the store’s sales come from groceries, or the store has more than 500 ft. of grocery shelf space; and/or

  • Dollar General needs to be at least 500 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft. away from Winn-Dixie (if landlord owns that property) to sell groceries.

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Magic Bullet, Jenny McCarthy launch Rescue Bullet

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Magic Bullet has teamed up with celebrity mom Jenny McCarthy to introduce a limited-edition product designed for McCarthy’s charitable organization, Generation Rescue.

New Rescue Bullet is a blue, limited-edition Magic Bullet that will benefit Generation Rescue, an organization that provides guidance and support for medical treatment, which directly improves the quality of life for children living with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for all families in need.

"Our partnership with Jenny allows Magic Bullet to leverage its worldwide popularity to generate much-needed funds for an organization doing important work in the crusade to treat childhood autism," said Lenny Sands and Colin Sapire, principals of Capital Brands, the developer and marketer of the Magic Bullet. "We’re inspired by Jenny’s dedication to this cause and commitment to Generation Rescue, and we’re honored to team with her to support her efforts."

The blue, limited-edition, 20-piece Rescue Bullet blender will launch and be available for purchase on July 18 on HSN, where McCarthy will present and demonstrate the product live. The product also will be available via the Magic Bullet Facebook page, website and select retail stores.

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