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FujiFilm Offers Pre-Paid Mailers

BY Doug Desjardins

VALHALLA, N.Y. FujiFilm has debuted pre-paid mailers that make it easier for customers to have their film processed and delivered to their homes. The new program allows customers to buy the pre-paid mailers when they purchase their Fuji film or single-use camera.

“This program offers the consumer value and convenience,” said Rafi Haqqani, senior product manager for one-time-use cameras for Fujifilm. “It brings quality Fujicolor processing right to the consumers’ doorstep with easy-to-use postage-paid mailers.”

The suggested retail price for the pre-paid film mailer is $15.99 and the pre-paid single-use camera mailer is $17.99. Prints come in the standard 4 x 6 size and are mailed back in 7-10 days.

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Rite Aid announces 1 percent sales increase

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid Thursday morning reported a same-store sales increase of 1 percent for the five weeks ended Sept. 1. (Same-store sales do not presently include the recently acquired Brooks and Eckerd stores.) Pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.5 percent, which included an approximate 405 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, and front-end same-store sales were flat.

Total drug store sales for the five-week period increased 52.9 percent to $2.5 billion (which does include Brooks and Eckerd sales) compared with $1.6 billion for the same period last year.

Prescription revenue accounted for 68.2 percent of drug store sales, and third-party prescription revenue represented approximately 95.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Second-Quarter Sales 

Same-store sales for the 13-week quarter ended Sept. 1 increased 1.1 percent over the prior year quarter, with a 1.4 percent lift in pharmacy same-store sales and a 0.6 percent increase in front-end same-store sales.

Total drug store sales for the quarter increased 54.1 percent to $6.6 billion from $4.3 billion in last year’s second quarter.

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Publix CEO retires, will become chairman of board

BY Allison Cerra

LAKELAND, Fla. Publix Super Markets chief executive officer Charlie Jenkins Jr. announced his retirement today.

Jenkins, who has been an employee of Publix for nearly 40 years, and chief executive officer for 6 years, will continue to be an active member of the Publix board of directors, and has agreed to accept the role of chairman of the board. Howard Jenkins, Publix Super Markets’ current chairman of the board, will become chairman of the executive committee. Both will take their new positions on March 30, 2008.

“The board of directors is pleased that Charlie has agreed to accept this position, and we look forward to working with him to continue the success of Publix,” Jenkins said.

Publix Super Markets, a privately owned and operated grocery chain with more than 900 stores in the southern United States, will undergo additional corporate changes upon Charlie Jenkins’ retirement. Publix president Ed Crenshaw will become chief executive officer. Todd Jones, senior vice president of product business development, will replace Crenshaw as president.

“We are pleased to have leaders with the experience of Ed and Todd who are ready to take the next steps in their careers,” said Jenkins. “I’m confident they will be successful in continuing Publix’s success.”

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