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Eastman Kodak Co. to roll out two photo center kiosks

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. The Eastman Kodak Co. introduced two new members of its family of innovative retail photo center solutions that provide consumers with a superior and more environmentally-conscious experience in retail photo centers.

The KODAK Picture Kiosk G4XE Order Station and the KODAK 8810 Photo Printer deliver outstanding photo processing performance and efficiency, and allow consumers to create stunning photo creations faster and with more choices than older kiosk models, the company said in a release.

“With an estimated four to five trillion pictures captured globally every year, and more being taken every day, consumers have a strong desire for easy, affordable and creative ways to convert their pictures into treasured keepsakes,” said Nicki Zongrone, general manager, worldwide kiosk systems and services, Eastman Kodak Co. “Kodak’s innovation and investment in consumer retail photo solutions enable retailers to create a much richer consumer experience, which in turn helps promote profitable premium products.”

The KODAK Picture Kiosk G4XE and KODAK 8810 Photo Printer will be available in select retail stores beginning this month.

“The G4XE Kiosk and 8810 Printer demonstrate our commitment to continuous innovation, by leading the industry to more profit from existing and new premium products. Our solutions continue to lead in their quality, flexibility and scalability – we have a solution for almost any retailer store type and configuration,” said Zongrone.

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Stop & Shop to offer flu shots to customers

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. For more than twenty years, Stop & Shop has provided seasonal flu shots as part of its Health & Wellness initiative in a continuing effort to best meet the needs of its customersduring the cough and cold season. This year, Stop & Shop will offer seasonal influenza immunizations at a reduced price to Stop & Shop card holders in the pharmacy department beginning Sept. 11 through Nov. 26 or until quantities associated with this program last.

“As part of our continued commitment to provide value to our customers, Stop & Shop is offering seasonal flu shots for $20 when customers use their Stop & Shop card,” said Jim Wonderly, VP pharmacy operations for Stop & Shop. “Unfortunately, many Americans are foregoing medical care because of increased costs, and we want to do our part by offering affordable immunizations during these challenging economic times.”

Seasonal flu shots will be administered at a reduced price in most Stop & Shop stores starting Friday, expanding to all stores in October. Immunizations will be provided by certified and trained Stop & Shop pharmacists and through Stop & Shop’s partnership with Maxim Health Systems and their trained health care professionals. The cost of the seasonal immunization is $30, but customers with a Stop & Shop loyalty card can save an additional $10. Thus, the final cost to Stop & Shop customers, with the Card, is $20.

“Last month, we introduced millions of customers to the new Stop & Shop card along with a commitment to provide them with the best possible value,” said Stop & Shop EVP Jeff Martin. “With the savings Stop & Shop is offering on seasonal flu shots, we are demonstrating that ongoing value commitment as well as a commitment to the health and wellness of ourcustomers.”

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Louisiana seeks to curb methamphetamine abuse with new legislation

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Two government officials from Louisiana invited the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for a signing of a new law aimed at curbing methamphetamine abuse.

On Sept. 8, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Fred Mills invited NACDS, law enforcement and other select stakeholders to the Governor’s Mansion for a special signing ceremony for HB890 (Act 314). NACDS was instrumental in the negotiations and eventual passage of the new law which establishes a real-time pseudoephedrine reporting system once federal grants are secured.

The law also provides liability protections to pharmacy, and specifically states that no fees will be collected from pharmacies or pharmacists to operate or transmit the data to state police.

NACDS thanked both Gov. Jindal and Rep. Mills for initiating this important legislation, and for working with pharmacies to make it even better.

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