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NACDS presents lifetime achievement awards at Annual Meeting closing ceremony

BY Drug Store News Report

Palm Beach, Fl — NACDS Annual Meeting concluded here, Tuesday night, with the Board of Directors Dinner and the annual presentation of the industry’s lifetime achievement award.

Renamed the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 in honor of People’s Drug Stores’ Bud Fantle, the award was originally established in 1989 to recognize exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the industry.

Receiving the award this year were Bob Loeffler, former CEO of H-E-B and past NACDS chairman, and Chain Drug Review editor David Pinto.

“Our honoree exemplifies that hard work, dedication and leadership can make a real difference within a company. From his upbringing in a small town to assuming the President’s position in his company, tonight’s recipient worked diligently to develop a career and life of significance,” noted Bob Narveson, chairman of the Board of NACDS and president and president and CEO of Thrifty White Pharmacy, who presented the award to Loeffler. “[He is] also recognized one’s obligation to serve the community and is active in various civic and charitable endeavors. He is a man dedicated to action, his family and making a difference for others. He is detail oriented and has a keen financial eye. He is a tough competitor and was responsible for his company operating some of the best run stores in our industry.”


Tony Civello, president and CEO of Kerr Drug, Inc. and a past chairman of NACDS, noted, “He uses words, rolls-up his sleeves and even swings an elbow now and again,” in his presentation to CDR’s Pinto.

During the event, NACDS also paid tribute to Sam Skaggs, American Stores. Skaggs, the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, died in March.



Four past recipients of the Fantle Award attended the ceremony Tuesday evening, including Jack Futterman, Supermarkets General (1997), Jerry Heller, May’s Drug Stores (2003), Robert Kwait, Kwait & Associates (2005) and Morry Weiss, American Greetings (2006). Nancy Ziegler, wife of the late Ron Ziegler, NACDS president and CEO from 1988 to 1999, also was in attendance.

 

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Twenty percent of consumers visit stores after receiving geo-targeted notifications of deals

BY Alaric DeArment

WHITING, Ind. — Notice of nearby savings could bring smartphone owners into stores, according to a new survey.

CouponCabin released results of a survey Wednesday finding that 20% of smartphone owners have visited a store after receiving notification that specials, coupons or deals were available nearby. The online survey, conducted between Feb. 28 and March 4, polled 2,219 adults, including 1,096 smartphone owners.

The survey focused on geo-targeted savings alerts that prompt users to visit stores nearby with specials, coupons and deals and are a new feature from CouponCabin’s mobile app for the iPhone and iPad. The alerts are based on the smartphone’s GPS capability. Sixty-seven percent of respondents who owned smartphones said they would be at least somewhat interested in a mobile app that allows them to receive notifications for geo-targeted coupons.

"Our new mobile app puts even more savings power into our users’ hands," CouponCabin senior savings adviser Jackie Warrick said. "Now during their daily routine, people can be alerted simply and easily when they can save money around them."

 

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Fifty-nine percent of nasal allergy sufferers report sleeping problems, while 35% treat symptoms, survey finds

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LANDOVER, Md. — More than half of people with nasal allergies report problems sleeping, while slightly more than a third proactively treat their symptoms, according to a new survey.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Teva Respiratory released results of the survey, showing sleeping problems among 59% of sufferers, while 48% said symptoms like congestion and sneezing interrupted a partner’s sleep.

The survey was part of an educational program featuring Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist and nasal allergy sufferer Misty May-Treanor titled "Ditch the Drip: Get Serious about Nasal Allergies." May-Treanor has been hired as a celebrity spokeswoman for the second year to educate the estimated 60 million Americans who have it.

"I made the difficult decision to retire from international beach volleyball after the 2012 Olympic Games, but I still lead an incredibly active lifestyle," May-Treanor said. "As I move into this next chapter of my life, I’m focused on spending quality time with my husband and pursuing both professional and educational goals, so suffering from bothersome nasal allergy symptoms just doesn’t fit into my plans."

 

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