Duane Reade outlines breast cancer awareness programs
NEW YORK New York retail pharmacy chain Duane Reade hopes to raise awareness of breast cancer by selling paper Susan Komen for the Cure ribbon pinups through the month of August.
Duane Reade is a local presenting sponsor for the 2008 Komen New York City Race for the Cure, and also plans to mark the event with special pink shopping bags, the chain announced Wednesday.
The chain is selling the ribbon pinups for $1 in its 241 stores in the New York metropolitan area and has so far raised more than $90,000. It will also donate an additional $80,000 through Duane Reade’s Charitable Foundation. The money will go toward funding community-based breast health programs in the New York area and national peer-reviewed research.
“In 2008, more than 170,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,000 will die,” said Dara Richardson-Heron, chief executive officer of Komen Greater New York City. “We appreciate Duane Reade’s commitment to helping us run breast cancer out of town.”
CVS looks to donate more than 2,500 backpacks to needy schoolchildren
WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy hopes to provide school supplies for 2,600 children in need in the Washington area, with the help of the local NBC affiliate.
The drug store chain announced Tuesday that it would sell backpacks filled with more than a dozen school supplies at its stores for $12.99 for customers to donate to the Backpacks 4 Kids program. The supplies are valued at more than $25.
The backpacks and school supplies collected through the program are given to pre-selected schools and non-profit organizations to distribute to children in need. Customers at CVS/pharmacy can also purchase school supplies for donation.
The backpacks are available at CVS/pharmacy stores in Washington and surrounding cities in Virginia and Maryland. Last year, the program donated 2,300 backpacks.
Sammons’ speech to Rite Aid associates very positive
BALTIMORE Rite Aid is looking up, Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer, told Rite Aid associates last week at the 2008 Rite Aid Management Conference and Supplier Exhibition. “The momentum is with us to have positive comp sales in all of our stores in Q3,” she said, noting that the Brooks/Eckerd assimilation was nearly complete. All systems conversions were completed in May; each of the six distribution centers is online; and Rite Aid’s planograms have been ceded into all former Brooks/Eckerd store fronts.
And to help fuel that momentum going forward, Rite Aid has generated hundreds of thousands of new prescriptions out of its “Fill Up and Fuel Up” program—in shich customers transferring prescriptions receive a $30 Rite Aid gift card and a chance to win a year’s worth of gas.
And to entice even more seniors to shop Rite Aid, the chain is continuing to promote its Living More senior loyalty card program and will introduce a new health and wellness program in September.