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Food Lion kicks off campaign to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion once again is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Through its latest campaign, called "Kickoff for Kids," which will run through Sept. 18, Food Lion is inviting its customers customers to donate $1 at the register, in exchange for signing their name on a football balloon. The company hopes to raise an additional $1.2 million for children who receive care at 32 regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

In addition to the football balloon campaign, customers may also support the hospitals by purchasing specially-designed Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts® and Cheez-It boxes that feature five CMN-H children who were treated at hospitals in Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., Greenville, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Columbia, S.C. Kellogg also will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for every four boxes sold, up to $50,000.

Food Lion has supported CMN Hospitals since 1991 and has raised more than $40 million.

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Good news first…

BY Rob Eder

This is one of those good news/bad news situations. On one hand, 77% of pharmacy patients believe that the pharmacist at their preferred pharmacy is always available to answer their questions and consult on medications, with local independents ranking at the high end of the curve at 84%. Unsurprisingly, pharmacists at mail-order pharmacies got the lowest marks (56%), according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August.

The bad news — for all their accessibility, it appears they are a vastly underutilized resource. How underutilized? Stay tuned for the next Patient Views to find out.

To see more Patient Views, click here.

Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that will be appear in every edition of DSN magazine and the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

As a consumer, how accessible do you think pharmacists are?

Source: AccentHealth. To view the methodology, click here.

 

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Supervalu announces additional store closures

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Wednesday afternoon announced it will close approximately 60 underperforming or nonstrategic stores this fiscal year, including 38 in its retail food reporting segment and 22 Save-A-Lot locations. The majority of the stores are expected to close before Dec. 1, which marks the end of the company’s fiscal 2013 third quarter.

"These decisions are never easy because of the impact a store closure has on our team members, our customers and our communities," Supervalu chairman, president and CEO Wayne Sales said. "Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to move with a greater sense of urgency to reduce costs and improve shareholder value."

The company owns the real estate for approximately one-third of the retail food stores being closed. The closures in the retail food segment include 27 Albertsons stores (19 in Southern California, including one previously announced location, and eight in the Intermountain West region), four Acme stores and one previously announced Jewel-Osco location.

Eight additional stores are included in this announcement but due to ongoing contractual discussions the specific details of each store are not being disclosed at this time, Supervalu stated. All eight are expected to close by the end of Supervalu’s fiscal year Feb. 23, 2013.

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