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Hallmark exits online flower and gift business

BY Doug Desjardins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hallmark is exiting the online gift and flower business, citing a less-than-acceptable return on investment. The move will result in the loss of about 100 jobs at its corporate headquarters and distribution center in Memphis, Tenn., though Hallmark said it would try to find new jobs in the company for those workers.

Hallmark started its online flower business in 2001 and its online and catalog gift and decor business in 2005. The decision will not affect its online business for greeting cards and stationery. A company spokeswoman said Hallmark decided to shutter the flower and gift divisions after determining they “couldn’t guarantee the results we needed.”

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Environmentally friendly odor eliminator to be sold in Walgreens and PETCO stores

BY Diana Alickaj

KENT, Wash. Upon its tenth anniversary celebration, Clean Earth has announced that its odor eliminator, PureAyre, will now be available in PETCO and Walgreens stores nationwide.

According to published reports, PurAyre is an environmentally friendly tool that eliminates odors without using unnatural chemicals and perfumes. It is safe to use around infants or pets and is named as the only “food-grade air freshening formula.”

For the many consumers that are now becoming more conscious about the environment, Pureayre does not contain harmful chemicals like propene or isobutene, which are used in other air fresheners sold nationally. It also does not use an aerosol spray, which depletes the ozone layer. The goal of PureAyre is to provide actual fresh air so a pump is used in order to provide the freshest air possible without harming the environment. PureAyre is also available in Walgreens for the home and for dogs.

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Sam’s Club adds pharmacy to Winterville location

BY Diana Alickaj

BETONVILLE , Ark. Sam’s Club has announced that it will be expanding a North Carolina facility to include a pharmacy. The facility is located at 42040 NE Highway 11 South, and will be celebrating its re-grand opening on March 20.

The event is scheduled to begin with a business appreciation event at 7:00 a.m., which will then be followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m..

The Winterville location is said to include not only a new pharmacy, but also a new Sam’s Club logo on the exterior of the store, and the bakery and cafe have been relocated and updated. Sam’s Club has chosen Kevin Pandya as pharmacy manager and Carol Neubert as staff pharmacist.

The new pharmacy is not limited only to Sam’s Club members, so it will be accessible to the whole public. It has been stocking $4 generic drugs, and promises excellent pricing on its branded drugs as well.

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