RediClinic, Virginia Attorney General support flu prevention
RICHMOND, Va. RediClinic on Tuesday announced that it has teamed with Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell to address the importance of flu prevention during National Influenza Vaccination Week.
As part of the partnership, McDonnell received his flu shot Tuesday morning at the RediClinic located inside the Forest Hill Avenue Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated Nov. 27 through Dec. 2 as National Influenza Vaccination Week in an effort to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine through the months of November, December and beyond.
“Receiving a flu vaccination is the single, most effective way to avoid getting the flu, and we are pleased that Attorney General McDonnell received his vaccination at a RediClinic in support of this important public health effort,” stated Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. “Although the flu season is already underway, there is still time to get vaccinated, and you can’t beat the convenience and affordability of RediClinic.”
Cyber Monday shoppers jam internet
NEW YORK Cyber Monday generated record volume online that caused traffic jams at some retail sites. And while the final numbers are still coming in, total sales for the day are expected to equal or exceed the $700 million forecast by research firm ComScore Networks.
According to Internet tracking firm Akamai, online traffic peaked at 4.6 million visitors per minute at the more than 300 retail Internet site it tracks. The peak traffic was 37 percent higher than Cyber Monday in 2006.
That traffic also created problems at a few Web sites. Matt Poepsel, a vice president at online research firm Gomez, reported slow checkout times at Toysrus.com, Costco.com and CompUSA.com and said smaller retailers using Yahoo reported glitches during the payment process.
As usual, consumer electronics were the main draw for online shoppers looking for bargains. Some of the deals included $50 instant savings on digital cameras at Bestbuy.com and $300 off a Garmin GPS navigation system at Walmart.com. Wal-Mart also said that it’s extending Cyber Monday for the entire week and plans to offer new bargains each day.
Shop.org, the group that coined the “Cyber Monday” phrase in 2005, expected 72 million people to shop online Monday. And while sales were heavy yesterday, Cyber Monday isn’t likely to be the busiest day of the year. The top online sales day in 2006 was Dec. 13 and on Dec. 12 in 2005. Online sales are expected to top $39 billion during the holiday season this year.
A&P sells off Metro for $347 million as part of Pathmark acquisition
MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P announced on Monday that it had completed the sale of its 11.7 million shares of Metro Inc. as part of its financing plan for buying Pathmark.
A&P expects to use the $347 million from the sale, together with borrowings under a reduced Bridge Facility and a portion of its increased $675 million ABL Facility to finance the deal.
A&P announced on Nov. 19 that it had filed the 14-day notice period with the Federal Trade Commission, stating that it may consummate its acquisition of Pathmark any time after Nov. 27. It expects the deal to close in early December.
A&P had revealed in March plans to acquire Pathmark for $1.3 billion in cash, stock and debt. The move—which hardly took the industry by surprise—will create a 550-store, $11 billion supermarket chain that will likely have a greater presence in pharmacy going forward.