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Giant-Carlisle launches mobile app

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — A supermarket chain in the Northeast is the latest to enter the mobile application game.

Giant Food Stores, based in Carlisle, Pa., announced the launch of a mobile app for iPhone and Android devices that it said syncs with a customer’s BonusCard, provides access to an online account and allows customers to check point totals for Gas Extra Rewards and A+ School Rewards and view personalized savings offers.

"More customers are relying on the convenience that technology can offer, and we are committed to bringing that innovation to our customers and to our stores," Giant president Rick Herring said. "The launch of a mobile app is a natural extension to the suite of technologies we currently offer in store."

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Bartell launches teddy bear drive for kids

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is accepting donations of teddy bears for children in stressful and traumatic situations at its stores as part of a program set to last through the first of April, the regional chain said Monday.

Bartell’s, which operates 58 stores in and around Seattle, said customers could buy an official "Bartell Bear" for $7 or donate a new or gently used teddy bear less than 12-in. size for the "Teddy Bear Patrol" campaign. The company is teaming up with local radio station Warm 106.9 FM for the effort.

The drive also includes special collection events at three of the chain’s stores.

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First Databank launches rebranding effort

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Clinical drug information provider First Databank is rebranding itself, the company said Monday.

FDB said the rebranding initiative was designed to focus attention on the role of integrated drug knowledge in healthcare information technology. The initiative will include a new logo and corporate identity program and revamped website, as well as changes to its drug database, the National Drug Data File and FDB MedKnowledge, and a new blog.

"The healthcare environment, including how medications are ordered, dispensed and administered, has evolved and so have we," FDB president and CEO Greg Dorn said. "Today, we are looking at medication decision-making in a whole new way — driven by a crystal-clear understanding that technology must work, first and foremost, to serve the needs of the clinician. We live in an era where insights and innovation, propelled by collaboration in healthcare delivery, will make an enormous difference in the lives of patients."

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