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Health Minister Deb Matthews kicks off flu shot season at Shoppers Drug Mart

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot. This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able to provide the flu shot.

Ontario Health Minister, Deb Matthews, receives her flu shot by Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist, Hitesh Pandya, to launch the annual flu immunization campaign. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart)

"We are happy to see Minister Matthews’ dedication to keeping Ontarians healthy this flu season," stated Domenic Pilla, CEO and president of Shoppers Drug Mart.  "With more than 600 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the province offering flu vaccinations, it’s more convenient for Ontarians to follow Minister Matthews’ lead and take this important step in protecting themselves and their families from the flu."

"Getting a flu shot is the most reliable way to prevent the flu — that’s why it’s important for families to add the flu shot to their to-do list this flu season," Matthews added. "Pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals, and now that they can provide the flu shot in Ontario, it’s easier than ever to protect yourself and your family from the flu."

Between 3.4 million and 8.6 million Canadians get the flu each year, and the flu can result in serious consequences for many including seniors, children and those with chronic health conditions. In fact, 2,000 to 8,000 people die annually as a result of complications from the flu, the retailer stated.

 

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Coupons.com taps Safeway executive to be CFO, COO

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Coupons.com on Thursday announced the appointment of former Safeway executive Mir Aamir as the company’s CFO and COO. He will oversee all financial and accounting functions.  

The roles are presently managed by Richard Hornstein, the company’s CFO and general counsel. Hornstein will continue in the role of general counsel and chief legal officer, a role he has held for the past two-and-a-half years. Aamir, in addition to the finance functions, will also oversee the company’s operations and the international business.

“For the past 15 years, Coupons.com has worked to bring a digital consumer experience to high-volume retail and CPG industries. Mir also has been a pioneer in this space and is a recognized and well-respected thought leader who brings extensive, highly relevant experience to our business,” stated Steven Boal, Coupons.com CEO. “Not only does Mir have large-scale financial experience, he also has deep expertise in both CPG and high-volume retail. As a thought leader in direct-to-consumer and retail trade promotions, Mir has spent almost two decades understanding consumer shopping behavior and how to effectively engage with shoppers, whether they are at home, on the go or in the store. Mir’s unique combination of experiences will serve our company well.”

Aamir joins Coupons.com from Safeway, where he was president of customer loyalty and digital technologies. Aamir helped found and lead the Just for U platform, Safeway’s digital and mobile platform for loyalty and targeted marketing, reaching more than 6 million registered shoppers to date. Previously at Safeway, he was SVP marketing strategy, financial planning & analysis, pricing and shopper card. Before that, he held the position of group VP, FP&A and strategy, for all of Safeway’s U.S. business units with annual sales exceeding $33 billion.

Prior to Safeway, Aamir was at A.T. Kearney, where he was officer and VP strategy for the management consulting firm’s consumer and retail practice. His clients included top grocery retailers and CPG manufacturers. Prior, Aamir held various positions at Procter & Gamble and Citicorp in Asia.

Aamir holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.B.A/M.B.A. in Finance from the Institute of Business at the University of Karachi.

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New product allows storage of smartphones, cards, cash, keys in one place

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A new product is designed to allow people to carry their smartphone, money, photo ID, credit card and key in one container, and the company is giving thousands of them away for free as part of a limited-time offer.

Grab N Go Band said it would give one free band for everyone who signs up at its website, and the final number of giveaways is limited only by the number of backers of the associated Kickstarter campaign.

"I’m confident that we will surpass our funding goal, but I still want to increase awareness of this one-of-a-kind minimalist product," creator Danny Wilk said. "Every day, I see people fumbling with a wallet in one hand and a smartphone in the other. I asked myself, how much stuff does a person really need when going to the gym, walking the dog or stopping by the store? That got me thinking about how to improve the concept of the minimalist wallet."

 

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R.MURRAY says:
Oct-29-2013 05:29 pm

Yes and it is called a purse, male or female; like really?

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