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Mansuy posthumously receives Rite Aid’s highest honor

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Gary Mansuy, senior director of merchandising for Rite Aid, received the company’s highest honor, the President’s Award, posthumously at the company’s recent annual management conference and supplier exhibition last month, the chain announced Thursday.

”Gary was someone we always trusted to do the right thing. He consistently demonstrated integrity, talent and met every performance standard,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “He was a person of action, not just words, and worked tirelessly with corporate planners, regional vice presidents, store merchandisers and store managers to reap the best possible results.

“I had so much respect for Gary on a personal and professional basis,” stated Jim Mastrian, Rite Aid special advisor on corporate strategy who, as Rite Aid’s former chief operating officer, worked closely with Mansuy. “He was more than a business associate to me. Gary was a man of action. He didn’t say much, his actions spoke louder than his words. I loved his style, no fancy words and no idle promises. He simply got the job done, the right way.” 

Rite Aid’s President’s Award was established to honor a Rite Aid associate who consistently demonstrates high standards of performance, talent, integrity, a positive attitude, creativity and the willingness to meet challenges that arise.

 

A U.S. Navy Veteran, Mansuy joined the Rite Aid team in 1970 as a store manager in Hoboken, N.J. He was promoted to district supervisor and then division manager, where he oversaw 130 stores. Mansuy moved to corporate headquarters in the early 90’s and held various positions in operations and merchandising.

Most recently, as senior director of merchandising, Gary played an integral role in developing merchandising reset plans for the integration of the Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains, recently acquired by Rite Aid. Mansuy, a resident of Lewisberry, Pa., passed away June 21 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Patti as well as two daughters, a son and a step-daughter. 

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NPD’s Grant stresses four “P’s” at HBA Global Expo

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Over the years, the beauty industry has undergone a great deal of change and going forward it will be critical that companies understand the four “P’s,” was a key message Karen Grant of the NPD Group had for attendees of her keynote address at this year’s HBA Global Expo held here this week.

The 15th annual event, produced by CMP Information, is a product development event and educational conference for the beauty, health and wellness industries. In addition to more than 40 educational sessions, the event features an exhibit floor that boasts more than 600 exhibitors. This year’s conference kicked off Tuesday with Grant’s State of the Industry address and wraps up Thursday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

During the presentation aptly titled, “Beauty: Through the Looking Glass of … Time,” Grant, a senior beauty industry analyst for the NPD Group, explained how the industry has changed over the years.

Today’s beauty shoppers have more choices than ever whether it be where they shop—specialty, drug store, mass or warehouse clubs—or which product they desire. As a result, customer loyalty is essentially a thing of the past.

In order for companies to successful tap into the beauty industry—which NPD Group estimates stands at $42 billion and grows at a rate of $1 billion annually—they must understand the four “P’s,” explained Grant.

  • Preferences: What kind of product information does she want? How does she want to receive that information? What products does she want?
  • Place: Where does she shop? For example, it is important to understand that many ethnic women will buy their beauty products at a beauty supply store.
  • People: Today’s society is very diverse and it is important to understand that different people have different preferences. It is not a one-size-fits-all.
  • Products: What claims should be on the product? What is the right messaging? What is the most effective marketing?
  • In addition to the sessions, the HBA Expo debuted a New Product Showcase, featuring new products from exhibitors ranging from the latest in skin care formulations to unique packaging design and matiarials.

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Safeway debuts solar-powered store

BY Doug Desjardins

DUBLIN, Calif. Safeway this week unveiled its first-ever “solar powered grocery store” in Dublin, Calif. on Sept. 13. Safeway said the one-acre network of solar panels on the rooftop powers the entire 55,000-square-foot supermarket. The company also noted that the store’s gas station is powered by wind energy.

Another chain using solar panels to power its stores is Costco. The chain has solar panels providing power at two of its stores in California and announced plans this week to install solar systems at four stores in Hawaii by the end of the year.

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