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Industry experts anchor new DSN blogs

BY DSN STAFF

This month The Drug Store News Group introduced “From the Blogs,” a hot, new content feature on DrugStoreNews.com. Meant to provide an interactive forum for DrugStoreNews.com users, DSN From the Blogs will be anchored by expert blogs written by leading opinion leaders.


Providing key insights from both the supplier and retailer points of view, Dan Mack, EVP strategic business development for The Swanson Group and founder of the Mack Elevation Forum, and Dave Van Howe, longtime Arbor Drug/CVS and Walgreens vet, currently VP/general manager at Market Performance Group, will anchor the monthly Customer Optimization blog. Other regular From the Blogs will include, Mobile Marketing and Healthcare IT (sponsored by Emdeon), with several more to be introduced in the coming months. A special commenting function enables DrugStoreNews.com users to become active participants in the online discussion.


DSN From The Blogs also will include several other key features, for which DrugStoreNews.com invites its users to share submissions, including:


  • Scene on Shelf: a photographic look at cool, in-store promotions and new merchandising concepts;

  • 
Store Tour: DSN’s extensive multimedia archive of hot, new store formats; and


  • Research Triangle: an online resource center for white papers, surveys and studies.



This month on DSN From the Blogs

In Customer Optimization, Dan Mack examines the three pillars of winning companies that succeed with ideas. What’s your company doing to create a culture where the ideas that create your products are as important as the products themselves?


And in Mobile Marketing, Moira Koch, senior consultant for Maia Strategy Group, discusses how CPG companies can partner with retailers to increase sales of their brands through the use of mobile applications.

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Japanese Uniqlo takes on New York

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Fast Retailing, parent company of apparel shop Uniqlo, is on the fast track. The Japanese retailer has more than 1,013 Uniqlo stores in 11 different countries, and is working to expand its U.S. presence by opening stores in major cities across the nation. Its latest stop: New York City.


On Oct. 14, the company celebrated the opening of its flagship location at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. One week later, a second flagship store opened at 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. These stores mark the second and third stores in the United States. The first global flagship store opened in 2006 in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.


The new Fifth Avenue store, coming in at 89,000-sq.-ft., is the largest single retailer on Fifth Avenue, and the largest Uniqlo store in the world. Technology is fused with such raw materials as glass, oak and steel to create a chic, modern shopping experience. Both locations feature the latest in technology with a combination of LED and LCD screens throughout the store, handheld inventory checking devices and custom-made spinning mannequins showcasing Uniqlo style.

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Food 4 Less, Ralphs launch campaign to support local food banks

BY DSN STAFF

LOS ANGELES — Food 4 Less and Ralphs Grocery announced that they are inviting customers to help support local food banks and families in need through a special fundraising campaign that kicks off Nov. 6. In addition, Food 4 Less’ Foods Co. division also is collecting donations for food banks in central and northern California.

Customers and Ralphs associates can support food banks in their community through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Ralphs Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Ralphs supermarket.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co. customers and team members can support food banks in their community through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co. Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in Food 4 Less stores in Southern California, southern Nevada and greater Chicago, and at Foods Co. supermarkets in central and northern California.

The fundraising campaign will run from Nov. 6 through Jan. 28, 2012.

Monies collected will be donated to food banks and hunger relief organizations in the communities served by Food 4 Less and Foods Co. in California, southern Nevada, and the greater Chicago area. Monies collected from Ralphs will be donated to food banks and hunger relief organizations in communities across Southern California served by Ralphs stores.

"Food 4 Less has a firm commitment to give back to the communities that our customers and team members call home," said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less/Foods Co. "Through our ‘Bringing Hope to the Table’ checkstand fundraising campaign, our customers and team members can drive funds to local food banks to help hungry families who are our neighbors."

"Now more than ever, food banks and other hunger organizations are stressed and stretched," Ralphs president Donna Giordano said. "People who have never been in need before have been hurt by the difficult economy and they are struggling to meet their families’ basic food needs."

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