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E.F. Bavis announces Bavis Solar Transaction Drawer

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI — E.F. Bavis and Associates has launched a solar-powered transaction drawer for banking and pharmacy drive-through lanes, the company said.

The Bavis Solar Transaction Drawer is a recent modification of its original, nonsolar drawer and part of its energy-saving product line. The drawer — designed to eliminate problems at drive-through windows, such as inability to reach transactions and poor audio communication — is for companies with an eye on environmental sustainability, but also saving, as the new drawer requires little maintenance and fewer replacement parts or service calls. In addition, virtually every component of the drawer is recyclable and is manufactured in the United States.

"Not only is it the world’s first transaction drawer to earn UL-Listed certification as a solar pdocut, it is one of two products made by my company that recently earned UL-Listed certification as solar drive-through equipment," E.F. Bavis president William Sieber said. "Our other product is a remote delivery system for financial and pharmacy applications allowing customers to have a complete solar drive-through setup."

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Giancamilli lets Scorpiniti take the wheel

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that retail vet Andy Giancamilli is retiring in February after more than 40 years in the industry is obviously important news in its own right. However, the end of one storied retail career dovetails with the rise of another, which makes the news especially important.

(THE NEWS: Retail vet Giancamilli announces retirement; Scorpiniti to lead 1,800 Katz stores. For the full story, click here)

Frank Scorpiniti, long regarded as one of the bright young executives in retail pharmacy, now gets a chance to lead a progressive Canadian pharmacy chain, with a hot new format, a national presence under Rexall, and a slew of interesting programs like the Rexall Network.

Scorpiniti, who joined Katz Group in April as COO, will take the helm upon Giancamilli’s retirement.

"Frank is a strategic thinker who has a passion for the retail pharmacy industry, and a proven ability to drive growth and performance within an organization," Giancamilli said of Scorpiniti when announcing his appointment to Katz Group in April.

With more than 20 years of retail pharmacy experience, Scorpiniti previously served as SVP pharmacy operations at Duane Reade, a post he had held since December 2008. At Duane Reade, the efforts on the back end in pharmacy, spearheaded by Scorpiniti and his team, resulted in a cost reduction for the company, better in-stocks for stores and less wait time for pharmacy customers.

Now, Scorpiniti inherits the innovative Canadian pharmacy retailer, which encompasses more than 1,800 chain, franchise and independent pharmacies across the country.

You can be certain that Giancamilli, who learned from his mentors long ago never to sacrifice integrity and honesty under any circumstances, wouldn’t be stepping aside to pursue personal endeavors if he didn’t truly believe that the company was in good hands.

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Philosophy introduces limited-edition product

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Philosophy has introduced its latest limited-edition product: Sweet Dreams shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath.

As part of the launch of Sweet Dreams, the company said that 100% of the product’s net sales will be donated to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children from low-income families.

"Celebrating the innocence and curiosity of childhood is inherent to the Philosophy brand. By partnering with our friends at First Book, we will make it our shared mission to ensure children have access to books and encourage a lifelong love of reading," Philosophy’s chief creative officer Michael D’Arminio said.

Philosophy was acquired by Coty’s prestige portfolio in 2010.

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