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Kodak extends Facebook relationship with social photo album creator

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak’s latest social network innovation has arrived.

The social photo album creator for Facebook — which can be accessed at Apps.facebook.com/kodak-social and also is available on Kodak photo kiosks — allows consumers to easily combine photos from the social networking site with other photo albums, thereby taking the guesswork out of combining photos from multiple albums into one.

"Today, pictures on Facebook are only fleeting glimpses of an event; but now with our new app, consumers can tell their stories collaboratively, which leverages the real strength of Facebook," said Rolando Martinez, business manager of retail systems solutions Americas for Kodak. "We’re very proud to say that now consumers get the choice of easily making something permanent and special together — beyond simple online picture sharing — where their pictures are right on Facebook."

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Report projects drop in December spending

BY Allison Cerra

YONKERS, N.Y. — Despite strong November retail sales, consumers still worry about what lies ahead.

According to a projection by the Consumer Reports Index, planned December spending is slightly down (11.8), versus the year-ago period (12.2). The waning confidence may be because of consumer financial difficulties, whether anticipated or unexpected, the report noted. More optimistic customers are those ages 18 years to 34 years, and those with household incomes of $100,000 or more, while pessimistic customers are those ages 65 years and older and those who have a household income less than $50,000.

"Despite all the talk and media attention about positive economic growth, consumers are telling us that they are not seeing or, more importantly, not feeling the difference," said Ed Farrell, a director of the Consumer Reports National Research Center. "The consumer may not be confident enough to continue spending through the holiday season. It may require deep discounting from retailers to get consumers back to the store in the final weeks of December."

The full Consumer Reports Index report can be found here.

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Deffenbaugh, Cerner develop on-site health clinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Deffenbaugh Industries, which is a Kansas City waste and recycling services company, has collaborated with Cerner to develop an on-site health-and-wellness center for its employees.

The clinic, which opens Monday at Deffenbaugh’s Kansas City headquarters, will serve more than 800 local company employees, giving them convenient access to pharmacy services, primary and urgent care, and occupational health-and-wellness programs.

Employees will benefit from a larger focus on preventing injuries and illnesses with access to confidential biometric screenings, wellness programs and education, and free or low-cost routine physicals and shots, the company stated.

As it relates to pharmacy services, the clinic will dispense, at no charge, up to 50 of the most commonly used non-narcotic pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs.

Looking to battle rising healthcare costs and maintain affordable health plans, Deffenbaugh Industries reached out to CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services to assist with creating an integrated employee health strategy, as well as with evaluating the selection of a healthcare partner that could assist in developing and operating an on-site health clinic. CBIZ selected Cerner, which has been operating its own primary care clinic on its headquarters campus since 2006 and works with employers across the country to reduce healthcare costs.

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