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Kroger kicks off Honoring Our Heroes sales event

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger announced that it has kicked off a sales event during May that will support the broad range of programs and services the United Service Organizations provides to service members, their families and veterans.

Kroger said that its Honoring Our Heroes sales event will allow shoppers to save while supporting the USO. Shoppers can choose from hundreds of participating national and corporate brand items in departments throughout the store. When shoppers use their loyalty card to buy 10 participating items in a single transaction, Kroger will donate an additional $1 to the USO. What’s more, shoppers will instantly save $4 on their transaction.

Kroger hopes to generate a more than $1 million donation to the USO, driven by customer purchases, during the two-week sales event. Since 2010, Kroger has provided nearly $2 million to support the USO.

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Reports: Costco looks to grow sales online

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Club retailer Costco Wholesale is looking to grow its online retail presence, according to published reports.

According to The Seattle Times, the company plans to introduce apps for Apple and Android devices this month in order to boost its online sales, which, at about $2 billion a year, are behind companies like Walmart and Amazon.

Citing industry statistics, The Seattle Times reported that Costco ranked 17th among online retailers, while Amazon had the top spot, and Walmart was fourth.

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UBM Medica: PAs earn more, while NPs have more employment opportunities

BY Allison Cerra

NORWALK, Conn. — UBM Medica has unveiled the results of its "Physician’s Practice 2012 Staff Salary" survey.

UBM Medica found that the highest-paid nonphysicians on staff were physician assistants, earning an average $84,000 per year, followed by nurse practitioners, who earned an annual salary of $83,000. Despite PAs earning more per year, UBM Medica found that NPs enjoyed more employment opportunities: 35% of practices are employing one NP, compared with only 25% of practices who employ a PA.

Overall, the survey also revealed that nurses were in high demand and many U.S. medical practices started paying a premium for their services last year, despite pay for most other clinical and administrative support staff stagnated or declined.

Click here for the full results.


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