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Hasbro’s Boba Fett Star Wars action figure to be sold exclusively at Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
Starwars.com on Tuesday reported that Hasbro would introduce a 6-inch action figure of Boba Fett as part of its Black Series, to be sold exclusively at Walgreens. 
 
"While Boba Fett’s iconic Mandalorian armor has become one of the most famous designs in all of Star Wars, it started out with a very different color scheme," the site reported. "On June 28, 1978, Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt and The Empire Strikes Back assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham debuted the costume with a test video … detailing its weaponry and functionality; the colors would later be developed to what has become Fett’s definitive look, but it all began with this early version."
 
Preorders of the iconic Star Wars action figure will be available at the San Diego Comic-Con. 
 

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Survey: Retail shrink leads to $57 billion loss

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Shrinkage levels average 1.27% of sales, which translates to a $57 billion loss to the industry, according to the U.S. Retail Fraud Survey, which is based on research into the systems and strategies used by 100 leading North American retailers.

The biggest area of store loss remains employee theft (38% of shrink), up 3% from last year, according to the study, published by U.K. based Retail Knowledge and sponsored by Volumatic and Kount. It is followed by cash theft (24%), up 20% from last year, administration and book keeping errors (21%), down 9%, and shoplifting (11%), down 15%. The biggest area of online loss is fraudulent use of credit cards (59% of shrink).

In other survey highlights:
 

• Return fraud is costing retailers an average of 0.25% of sales this year, compared with an average of 0.4% last year.

• With regards to loss prevention departments, on average, each member of the fraud prevention team is responsible for $103 million of sales.

• Guards are used by 31% of all retailers, but never in all of their stores. The highest use of guards (9%) is used in less than 5% of stores and 45% of retailers do not use them in any of their stores.

• Most retailers manage store and online loss prevention separately.

• Retailers’investment in store-based and online fraud prevention is beginning to even up. Store fraud prevention spend has fallen from 0.6% of sales last year to 0.5% this year; online fraud prevention spend has increased from 0.2% of sales last year to 0.34% this year.

• Shrinkage rates vary by retail sector, with discount stores on the high end, at 2.5% of sales, and specialty retailers on the low end, at 0.7% of sales.

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Ralphs pharmacies offer pertussis shots as epidemic sweeps through California

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Ralphs Grocery Co. has announced that its 85 in-store pharmacies throughout Southern California continue to offer Tdap vaccinations as the number of pertussis cases, also known as whooping cough, reaches epidemic proportions in California.

The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination is available every day and no prescription or appointment is necessary. Ralphs pharmacists can vaccinate anyone 9 years old or older, including pregnant women. Tdap vaccinations at Ralphs Pharmacies are covered by most insurance plans.

"A Tdap shot administered at a Ralphs Pharmacy is a convenient, affordable option," stated Rebecca Cupp, director of pharmacy for Ralphs. "Our Tdap vaccination program is yet another way that Ralphs is helping our customers with easy, accessible and affordable health services — particularly when they need it most. Customers can rely on our team of expert Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to provide professional counsel and caring service in a convenient, friendly environment."

According to the California Department of Public Health, prevention through vaccination is the best way to ward off pertussis. The CDPH recommends Tdap vaccinations for pregnant women in the third trimester of each pregnancy, regardless of previous Tdap vaccination. Older children, pre-adolescents and adults should also be vaccinated against pertussis according to CDPH recommendations.

The symptoms of pertussis vary by age. For children, pertussis typically starts with a cough and runny nose that can last up to two weeks. The cough then worsens and turns into rapid coughing spells that end with a "whooping" sound. Young infants may not have typical pertussis symptoms and may have no apparent cough. Parents describe episodes in which the infant's face turns red or purple. For adults, pertussis may simply be a cough that lasts for several weeks.

Ralphs Grocery was founded in 1873 and currently operates 228 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles.
 

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