Kroger to implement Sharps Compliance’s TakeAway program
HOUSTON — Sharps Compliance’s TakeAway envelope solution is making its way to Kroger and its family of stores.
Kroger, which operates stores under several banners across 31 states, will offer the the medication disposal envelopes at its pharmacy counters. The goal: to offer a safe and environmentally responsible means of disposing unused, expired or unwanted noncontrolled prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Kroger joins such retailers as Rite Aid, which recently implemented Sharps Compliance’s TakeAway program in its stores.
"Sharps is a leading provider of solutions for the proper handling and disposal of individuals’ unwanted or expired prescription or OTC medications, and we are excited that our TakeAway System will now be available in Kroger pharmacies," said David Tusa, Sharps Compliance president and CEO. "We estimate that more than 200 million lbs. of unused dispensed medications each year are disposed of improperly and as a result are adversely affecting our water systems and placing our citizens at risk for accidental poisonings. We believe our cost-effective and convenient solutions are ideal for addressing these issues."
SpendingPulse: Solid retail growth in March
PURCHASE, N.Y. — Most retail segments showed solid year-over-year retail growth in March, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a macroeconomic report tracking national retail and services sales.
“Most retail sectors continued to record solid growth year over year, similar to February, although we’re not seeing an acceleration of momentum from February to March,” said Michael McNamara, VP research and analysis, MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse. "The lack of increased momentum in some sectors could be due to calendar shifts, given that Easter falls very late this year.”
Gasoline prices remain a concern as the average price continues to be more than $3.50 a gallon, McNamara said.
“Compared to March 2010, we’re seeing drivers pump less gasoline,” he said. “Based on what we’ve observed in the last three to four years, high gasoline prices typically result in consumers consolidating shopping trips, shopping closer to home, and making fewer trips to the brick-and-mortar locations as we get to Saturday. On the other hand, we’ve seen the e-commerce channel benefitting somewhat from this trend.”
Walmart reports increase in global giving
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that, through the Walmart Foundation, it has donated $319 million in cash and $480 million in in-kind contributions around the globe during the fiscal year ended Jan. 31.
According to Walmart, the company’s U.S. giving grew by 64%, largely due to donations of produce, meats, poultry and other nutritious food to local food banks from Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution centers.
"For many years we have used our size and scale to develop programs that have a positive impact on the serious social issues in the U.S. and around the globe," said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. "Our funding is helping families put nutritious meals on kitchen tables, break barriers to finding jobs and gain access to a quality education. Through the programs that we support, millions of people are overcoming challenges and living better lives."
Walmart’s charitable donations in the fiscal year 2011 include:
$732 million in cash and in-kind gifts in the United States, up from $467 million in fiscal year ending 2010;
$66.8 million in cash and in-kind gifts in international markets, up from $45 million in fiscal year ending 2010;
$114 million from Walmart’s customers and associates through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities; and
$913 million in total charitable contributions from Walmart, its foundations, its customers and its associates around the globe in fiscal year ending 2011.