Hallmark launches mobile greetings Web site
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hallmark has launched a line of greetings that can be accessed through a mobile device.
Hallmark Mobile Greetings, which launched Tuesday, is an innovative new product for cell phones that combines the immediacy of a text message with creative design and editorial. Senders can also add their own personal message to any of the greetings. The initial launch includes a small network of phone models, eventually Hallmark Mobile Greetings will work on the majority of mobile phone models and will be able to be sent from most major mobile phone networks to any other network.
Hallmark Mobile Greetings is available by downloading to a cell phone the free mobile phone application from www.mobile.hallmark.com. Users can then send greetings to other mobile phones. In addition, consumers also can send greetings directly from mobile.hallmark.com for delivery to a mobile device.
Each Hallmark Mobile Greeting costs 99 cents. Fees are billed as part of monthly service-provider charges and the sender is only charged if the recipient opens the mobile greeting. The application itself is free of charge, though standard data rates may apply so consumers are advised to check their contract with their carrier.
More than 500 Hallmark Mobile Greetings are available in the following categories: Just for Fun, Birthday, Thinking of You, Love, Holidays, Characters & Collections, Congratulations and Business Greetings. More categories and mobile greetings will be added in the future.
Fred Canning: Life in retailing
NEW YORK —When Fred Canning retired as president and COO of Walgreens, one overriding question arose among many people both inside and outside the company: Was anyone big enough to fill the shoes of this legendary retail leader? It’s a measure of Canning’s impact on drug store retailing, and a credit to his successor Dan Jorndt, that he was up to the job.
Canning, the architect of Walgreens’ turnaround in the 1970s and 1980s, died peacefully at Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois June 28 of complications from cancer. He was 85.
In a little over three decades, Canning rose from stock clerk, making 49 cents an hour, to top manager of the company under chairman and CEO Charles R. Walgreen III. He was part of a century-long line of highly skilled and charismatic executives who ran day-to-day operations at the nation’s premier drug chain. But Canning ranks at or near the top of that line for leading Walgreens through a top-to-bottom turnaround at the company and guiding it to a preeminent position as the nation’s premier drug store retailer.
Canning was the company’s president and COO from 1978 to 1990. Under his leadership, Walgreens shed such distracting sideline businesses as discount stores and restaurants, beefed up its store expansion strategy and refocused on its core drug store operations. Upon Canning’s retirement, Walgreens was a rejuvenated retail behemoth with a proven track record for sales and earnings growth, a reputation for retail innovation and unrivaled leadership of the U.S. drug store industry.
Canning’s impact on Walgreens extended to the investment world, as well. During his tenure, the company’s stock delivered steady returns as its financial performance turned predictably golden, and the loyalty he engendered among Walgreens’ shareholders—from big institutional investors to retirees holding a couple of hundred shares—became a thing of legend. His presence at the company’s annual meetings was electric; at his last gathering as president, investors gave him two standing ovations.
“For Walgreens, Fred Canning was the right man for the right time,” said Laurie Meyer, who recently retired as Walgreens’ divisional VP corporate communications. “He set Walgreens up for the success and expansion that we enjoyed in the ‘90s. He loved being in the stores; that was really where his heart was. Fred knew where the company made its money, and it wasn’t in the office—it was in the stores.”
That instinct for staying one step ahead of customer needs and expectations served Walgreens well. Canning encouraged flawless execution of headquarters strategy in the stores, brought in many of the highly skilled merchandising and operations executives who would lead the company into the next century and insisted on adopting the best cutting-edge technology Walgreens could wield in its pharmacies, its forecasting and replenishment systems, and its increasingly sophisticated supply-chain operations.
Those contributions made a huge impact on the company he helped lead, said his friend and former colleague, Charles R. “Cork” Walgreen III. “Fred was a true, supportive friend, key in building a cohesive team that would clear the way for future company expansion,” Walgreen told Drug Store News. “We wouldn’t have known the growth we had without Fred Canning. Our stockholders never had a better ally. He was always there when we needed him, and he left us a wonderful guidepost to follow. His former co-workers will miss him. And my family and I have lost a dear and loyal friend.”
Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, called Canning “an industry visionary…[whose] use of innovation and technology were trend-setting.”
Canning’s son Tim, who is president of McKesson Corp.’s Health Mart retail franchise, cited his father’s accomplishments. “The hallmark of his career was the management team that he assembled and the leadership that he provided to leverage [its] collective strengths,” added the younger Canning. “As Fred often stated, ‘I’ve been one of the team. You don’t win the game if you don’t have the players.’”
Canning is survived by his wife Margaret, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage, along with their eight children, 21 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church of St. Mary, 175 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, Ill., or the American Cancer Society’s Lake County Regional Office at 100 Tri-State International, Ste. 125, Lincolnshire, Ill., 60069.
AANP honors Sandy Ryan as a 2009 Fellow
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. —Take Care Health Systems’ Sandy Ryan, who has been instrumental in the growth and success of the convenient care industry as the industry’s first chief nurse practitioner, has been honored by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners for her outstanding contributions to health care.
The AANP honored Ryan as a 2009 Fellow during the 24th AANP National Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in June.
Ryan, who has more than 25 years of nursing experience and 16 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Air Force, is an industry trailblazer. She leads Take Care’s clinical forces, including nearly 1,300 board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have a leader and healthcare professional of Sandy’s caliber at Take Care Health Systems,” stated Peter Miller, president and CEO of Take Care Health Systems. “Her pioneering spirit and vast array of experience has allowed us to harness the diversified skill-set and patient-centric knowledge of the nurse practitioner community, which in turn enables us to become part of a solution to the healthcare crisis that’s currently facing the United States.”
Added Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association, “Sandy’s leadership and clinical expertise has been extremely valuable in shaping the convenient care industry as we strive to provide true healthcare access points for millions of [Americans]. The [AANP’s recognition] is well deserved as Sandy continues to be a powerful voice in the healthcare community, creating the framework to allow nurse practitioners to do what they do best—compassionately and holistically treat patients.”