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McKesson names industry veterans Chris Dimos, Melanie Nallicheri to SVP roles

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Pharmacy veteran Chris Dimos has joined McKesson as SVP corporate strategy and business development, reporting to Brian Tyler, McKesson EVP corporate strategy and business development, DSN has learned. Also joining McKesson is Melanie Nallicheri as SVP McKesson Distribution Solutions. Nallicheri will similarly report to Tyler. 

Dimos comes to McKesson from Supervalu, where he was president of pharmacy operations. In addition to pharmacy, Dimos was responsbile for health, general merchandise and non-food grocery categories. Prior to Supervalu, Dimos served as VP pharmacy services with Albertsons. 

Dimos earned his bachelor degree in pharmacy at Purdue University and his masters degree from Indiana University. 

Nallicheri comes to McKesson from Geron Corp., where she was SVP corporate development since 2011. Before Geron, Nallicheri was a partner at Booz and Co. for 18 years.  

Nollicheri earned her MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Okla. regional supermarket chain introduces mobile payment system

BY Alaric DeArment

PASADENA, Calif. — Customers at Oklahoma City-based Homeland Stores can pay for groceries with their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile payment system announced Monday.

Homeland and Pasadena, Calif.-based mobile payments technology provider DoubleBeam announced the completion of a pilot of SwiftScan, a mobile application currently accepted at 20 of the chain’s 78 stores. The chain will add 26 more stores by the end of October.

"The SwiftScan app is another example of Homeland’s commitment to save our customers time and money each time they visit our stores," Homeland president and CEO Daryl Fitzgerald said. "We have had a tremendous response to the app and are pleased to make the convenient pay-by-phone services available at more Homeland locations throughout our community."

Within three months of the initial pilot, which started last June, 1,500 customers downloaded the app and have purchased $55,000 in goods using it. Once downloaded, customers can activate the payment option by taking a picture of a check and a photo ID and then scan a QR code at the register to pay for purchases, selecting a payment option. As part of an introductory reward, customers who pay for purchases with the app will earn 20 cents off per gallon for gas purchased at participating Homeland and Shell gas stations.

 

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Squeez’Ems allow easy storage for blended, pureed food

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Booginhead has introduced a way for parents who make their own baby food to conveniently carry and store it.

Booginhead’s Squeez’Ems are reusable food pouches for pureed and blended food, designed to be easy to fill, clean and store, and ideal for such foods as yogurt, applesauce and homemade baby food.

The pouches, which come with a resealable screw top, are free of BPA, PVC and phthalate and cost $7.99 per duo pack.

 

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