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Rite Aid announces winner of 2013 truck-driving contest

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A California truck driver has won an annual driving-skills contest sponsored by Rite Aid, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

William Plevney, representing the chain’s Lancaster, Calif., distribution center, took top honors in July in the Rite Aid 2013 Driver Skills Challenge, followed by Tuscaloosa, Ala., driver Lowell Lee and El Monte, Calif., driver Roger Melton.

 

From left to right: Rite Aid SVP supply chain Wilson Lester, William Plevney, Lowell Lee, Roger Melton

The contest recognizes drivers’ skill and safety practices based on a series of American Trucking Association format challenges designed to challenge them in maneuvering behind the wheel, safety knowledge in a written test and pre-trip safety inspections.

"The competition was a great reflection on all our talented drivers, and I just happened to come out on top today," Plevney, who has a decade of driving experience, said. "The level of skill and dedication to safety on display at the contest is what we do on a daily basis."

 

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Walgreens partners with United Nations Foundation’s [email protected] campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday partnered with the United Nations Foundation to help provide up to 3 million vaccines during this flu season to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundation’s [email protected] campaign.

Beginning Sept. 3 through Oct. 14, for every vaccine administered at any Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy in New York, Walgreens will donate the value of a vaccine, primarily those for polio and measles, through [email protected] for up to 3 million vaccines. 

"We’ve developed a number of innovative programs and public-private partnerships through which we’ve helped improve immunization rates in medically underserved areas, and among other targeted populations in need across the U.S.," stated Harry Leider, Walgreens chief medical officer. "With the growing need for life-saving vaccines such as polio and measles in developing countries, we’re proud to work with the UN Foundation on this important cause that provides access to vaccine for children in need, creates greater awareness and furthers our mission to help people get, stay and live well."

[email protected] is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing vaccines where they are needed most. The campaign is focused on educating and empowering Americans to support and advocate for decreasing vaccine-preventable childhood deaths while giving children around the world a shot at a healthy life.

The collaboration with [email protected] builds upon Walgreens’ national and international efforts to provide greater access to healthcare services. Over the last two years, Walgreens has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to donate more than 400,000 doses of flu vaccine for at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua. In the United States, Walgreens is in its fourth year of a flu shot voucher program developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through that program, Walgreens has distributed approximately 1 million flu shot vouchers to uninsured and underinsured individuals nationwide.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the incorrect start date. We apologize for the error.

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IRI acquires Aztec from Aegis Media

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO  — IRI announced it has acquired Aztec, a provider of market measurement and related services for consumer packaged goods, liquor and pharmaceutical manufacturers and retailers in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Aztec was acquired from Aegis Media.

“This agreement directly supports our overarching ‘Growth Delivered’ business strategy and underscores IRI’s ongoing commitment to expanding its geographic footprint and capabilities to meet our multi-country clients’ evolving research needs,” stated Andrew Appel, president and CEO, IRI. “Aztec is a recognized leader in its markets and offers a host of distinctive assets, tools and relationships, including highly-differentiated offerings in the wholesaler and convenience sectors. This partnership immediately delivers a significant step change in value through an expanded presence, complementing IRI’s existing capabilities in the eight countries it currently serves.”

“Combining our complementary strengths with Aztec’s furthers IRI’s position as an innovation and market leader in all the markets it serves by offering enhanced data, combined with superior advanced analytics, consumer and shopper marketing, and consulting services to increase the pace of growth for each entity’s clients,” Appel added.

Aztec includes six service lines: CRM, scan data sourcing, data processing, market measurement, shopper insights, and advanced analytics. The company, which was founded in 1995, has more than 500 employees and was previously part of Aegis Media, a global media and digital communications specialist.


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