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NRF takes ‘Retail Means Jobs’ campaign to Orlando, Fla.

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is moving forward with a campaign that seeks to show the role the retail industry plays in powering economic growth and job creation, and engages business, political, industry and civic leaders in a conversation about the retail industry’s public policy priorities.

NRF said its Retail Means Jobs campaign, which launched last fall, made a stop in Orlando, Fla., this week, where president and CEO Matthew Shay addressed hundreds of business and industry leaders gathered at the Association of Golf Merchandisers’ Orlando Retail Conference and the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, where he detailed the retail industry’s top public policy priorities, and NRF’s jobs, innovation and consumer value agenda.

“In the retail industry, we have a vision for a more hopeful future,” Shay said in prepared remarks. “It’s a vision for creating millions of new jobs, so we can put Americans back to work. It’s a vision for spurring innovation, so we can speed the flow of business and improve service. And it’s a vision for delivering value for consumers, so we can put the American dream within reach of every American family.”

“Our campaign is called ‘Retail Means Jobs’ — and for good reason.” Shay said. “Retail supports one in four American jobs — 2.6 million jobs here in Florida alone. Retail generates almost one-fifth of our nation’s GDP. And retail contributes billions to other industries — from manufacturing to real estate to finance.”

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Walgreens helped raise $1.4 million-plus for JDRF in 2011

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday jointly announced that Walgreens’ community-based programs helped raise more than $1.4 million in 2011 for JDRF causes. The year marked the 20th anniversary of Walgreens’ partnership with JDRF to raise funds for research to put an end to Type 1 diabetes.

During back-to-school season throughout the month of August, as part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, customers at more than 7,500 Walgreens stores could make donations of $1 or more at checkout. This effort alone raised more than $1.4 million for JDRF. Through Walgreens’ Crayola Campaign, $1 from every Crayola crayon 64-pack purchased at Walgreens in August benefited JDRF, raising an additional $20,000 for the charity.

"Walgreens is proud to support JDRF, and we’re thankful to our customers and employees who have helped raise more than $18 million toward Type 1 diabetes efforts over the past 20 years," stated John Gremer, director of community affairs for Walgreens.

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Former Walgreens CEO Rein joins Stat Health Services board

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Stat Health Services on Wednesday named Jeffrey Rein, former chairman and CEO of Walgreens, to the company’s board of directors.

“Jeff Rein’s invaluable and well-rounded experience working for, growing and leading the largest drug store chain makes him a tremendous asset to our board of directors,” stated Alan Roga, CEO and chairman of Stat Health. “Having a board member with Jeff’s experience, who’s passionate about health care, knows the industry and played a key role in launching Take Care Clinics at Walgreens will help take Stat Doctors to the next level.”

Stat Health Services is an eHealth services company utilizing technology to provide personalized, private, secure and safe 24/7 virtual house calls with a national network of board-certified emergency room physicians, helping patients with simple but inconvenient health problems.

Stat Doctors increases access to providers, improves quality of care and reduces costs, the company stated. The company offers such features as a secure single sign-on, a virtual waiting room, online medical consultations (what the company terms as "eVisits"), electronic health records and electronic prescribing.

Rein began his career at Walgreens in 1982 as an assistant manager and held numerous positions throughout the company before becoming chairman and CEO more than 20 years later. Rein earned his accounting and pharmacy degrees from the University of Arizona. He serves on the board of directors for Meijer Co., Midwest Young Artists and Midtown Educational Foundation.

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jack1000 says:
Apr-04-2012 11:12 pm

Health services has definitely gotten a great person. There is so much to get from his work. He did such a great job with Walgreens. I see a great future here.

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