Former Walgreens SVP writes book on company’s outreach to workers with disabilities
CHICAGO — Former SVP Walgreens Randy Lewis on Wednesday announced the release of his book "No Greatness without Goodness," which outlines the progression Walgreens has made in giving people with disabilities the opportunity for employment.
According to Lewis, 1-in-5 Americans has a disability, and nearly 70% of people with disabilities and 95% with severe cognitive disabilities, such as autism, will never hold down a job.
Having experienced success with the Walgreens disability initiative and knowing it had the potential to make an impact on the broader workplace, Walgreens invited other companies to visit their facilities and see the program in action. Dozens of companies took them up on their invitation —Lowes, Best Buy and Proctor & Gamble, to name a few, have launched their own initiatives, Lewis noted.
Lewis led the logistics division for 16 years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores, he noted. Today, Walgreens’ distribution centers boasts 10% of its workforce consists of people with disabilities.
Kline: Cosmetics and toiletries market sees growth in 2013
NEW YORK — The cosmetics and toiletries market enjoyed growth in 2013, despite a challenging economy, and that growth is expected to continue into the future as the economy improves and manufacturers set their sights on innovation and products with multi-purpose functionality, according to a recent Kline & Co. blog.
According to Kline, U.S. sales exceeded $41 billion at the manufacturers’ level in 2013, up 2.4% compared with 2012. Fueling sales were strong performances in makeup and skin care. In addition, such mature product classes as oral care and hair care also contributed to the market’s overall growth, thanks to innovation and new product launches.
Kline also noted that private-label products increasingly are moving into the spotlight, proving to be a strong force among shoppers who are looking for lower-priced alternatives to expensive branded products.
Pillsbury’s Funfetti line gets colorful
ORRVILLE, OH — Pillsbury, a brand from J.M. Smucker Co., is adding some bold touches to its line of Funfetti Cupcake and Cake mixes with the introduction of four new varieties. The brand’s Funfetti Frostings also will get two new additions. The eye-catching baking mixes and frostings can be mixed and matched to create eye-catching treats for friends and family, the company said.
The four new cupcake and cake mixes include:
- Funfetti Aqua Blude Cupcake and Cake Mix;
- Funfetti Orange All Star Cupcake and Cake Mix;
- Funfetti Neon Yellow Cupcake and Cake Mix; and
- Funfetti Vibrant Green Cupcake and Cake Mix.
Pillsbury Funfetti Frostings with Candy Bits will be available in Funfetti Orange All Star Vanilla Flavored Frosting, which includes star-shaped candy bits; and Funfetti Neon Yellow Vanilla Flavored Frosting with multi-colored candy bits.
Pillsbury Cake and Cupcake Mixes and Pillsbury Frostings are available at grocery stores nationwide at a suggested price of $1.00 to $1.99.