Kroger puts spotlight on flu vaccinations
CINCINNATI — Kroger is highlighting immunization against the flu this season on the company’s website.
Although Kroger has provided a triple protection flu vaccine — which protects against H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B viruses — to customers since September 2010 at its 1,900 in-store pharmacies and 77 Little Clinic locations, the retailer noted its inoculation offering on its site with a flu facts page that features a "The Flu ends with U!" header and links to Flu.gov and other sites.
During the holiday season, Kroger offered free flu shot vouchers to underinsured and uninsured customers.
P&G seeks LEED certification for all sites
CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is working toward making its sites LEED-certified as part of the company’s long-term sustainability commitment.
Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. All new P&G sites, including those in the United States, that currently are in the design phase or early construction are working toward achieving LEED certification, P&G said.
"Pursuing LEED certification for all new sites, including offices, innovation centers and our manufacturing and distribution centers, is the next evolution in our facility eco-design process that will ensure excellence in sustainable design," said Keith Harrison, P&G global product supply officer. "Having all of our new sites LEED-certified will help us make progress toward our long-term sustainability vision, which includes powering our plants with 100%-renewable energy and zero manufacturing waste to landfill."
Kmart’s gains offset by Sears declines in Q4
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Mass merchandiser Kmart had sales of $4.99 billion during fourth quarter 2010 and $15.6 billion for the year as a whole, according to an earnings statement released Thursday by parent company Sears Holdings.
The sales for the quarter, which ended Jan. 29, were a slight improvement over fourth quarter 2009 sales of $4.92 billion, while the annual sales represented a decline in dollar terms from 2009’s $15.74 billion. Comparable-store sales for the year increased in percentage terms, by 0.7%, while quarterly sales increased by 2.5%.
The chain said the increase in comparable-store sales resulted from increases in clothing and footwear, jewelry, toys and sporting goods, partially offset by declines in pharmacy, food and consumables.
Still, Kmart’s gains were offset by declines at Sears stores, which took overall sales down to $13.1 billion for the quarter and $43.3 billion for the year, compared with $13.3 billion in fourth quarter 2009 and $44 billion in fiscal year 2009.
The company’s profits for the quarter were down nearly 15% to $374 million, compared with the year-ago period. Profits for the year also fell, totaling $133 million, compared with $235 million in 2009. Quarterly profits were larger than annual profits due to being offset by losses in previous quarters.