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J&J, Red Cross patch up red cross dispute

BY Alaric DeArment

The American Red Cross and Johnson & Johnson have ended the legal dispute over their use of the red cross emblem.

The pharmaceutical giant and medical relief organization, both have which have used the emblem for more than 100 years, will both be able to use it, a U.S. District Court ruled Tuesday.

J&J brought a trademark infringement lawsuit against the American Red Cross last August. According to the lawsuit, J&J has used the symbol on its products since 1887 and made an agreement with the American Red Cross in 1895 that the company had the exclusive right to use the emblem for its products. A 1900 Congressional charter granted the relief organization the right to use it for its relief work.

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IRI inks deal for tracking data with Duane Reade

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO Information Resources Inc., a Chicago-based market research firm, has announced that its IRI InfoScan Reviews retail tracking service now includes data from Manhattan-based pharmacy retailer Duane Reade.

The data covers Duane Reade’s 240-plus stores in New York and New Jersey and will be available starting June 26.

“The addition of Duane Reade data provides a significant upgrade to IRI’s industry leading InfoScan Reviews offering and gives IRS customers incredible insights to performance at Duane Reade stores,” stated IRI retail president Tom Peterson. “We are delighted to establish a partnership with New York City’s largest drug store chain.

InfoScan Reviews present IRI InfoScan census-level data from more than 34,000 stores as a syndicated service. InfoScan Reviews includes category definitions, a standard single-product hierarchy, a measure set and list geographies to provide visibility into the grocery, drug and mass merchandiser and convenience channels, as well as a combination of those channels.

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Supervalu to eliminate some corporate jobs

BY Doug Desjardins

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu said it will eliminate more than 100 jobs at its corporate offices in Minneapolis and Boise over the next 12 to 18 months as it switches to a third-party provider for some of its financial services.

In a statement, Supervalu said the decision was made “after months of careful analysis as part of our ongoing efforts to improve operational efficiencies and enhance our competitiveness.” Supervalu did not identify the third party provider in its statement. 

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