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Rite Aid brings back free skin cancer screenings

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid and Aveeno are sponsoring the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, offering Americans free full-body skin cancer screenings and the latest sun care information.

Rite Aid, which has been a presenting sponsor of the tour since it started in 2008, will kick off its leg of the tour Friday, when the tour stops at the first of two Atlanta Rite Aid stores before heading east to Charlotte, N.C. The 2010 tour stops at Rite Aid stores in the District of Columbia and in 17 states as follows, in order of appearance: Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado.

In addition to the free skin cancer screenings, visitors also can pick up educational materials explaining how to perform monthly skin checks at home and how to guard daily against the sun. Coupons and samples of sun protection products also will be available.

"Rite Aid is proud to be sponsoring this unique tour because proactive initiatives such as health screenings are a crucial part of Rite Aid’s overall mission to help our patients lead healthier lives," said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid EVP pharmacy.

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Matsumotokiyoshi debuted new store format in Yokohama City

BY Drug Store News Team

YOKOHAMA CITY, Japan On March 19, Japan’s largest drug store chain, Matsumotokiyoshi, opened a health-and-beauty specialty store named H&B Place in Yokohama City, according to Chain Store Age Japan.

The new store will have a certified beauty advisor and registered dietitian on full-time basis and will provide counseling for beauty and healthy diet to its customers.

The first H&B Place is located at the basement of Colette Mare Minato-Mirai Shopping Center in front of JR Sakuragicho Station. The store has a sales floor of 328 square meters and is open from 11 a.m to 8 p.m.

Matsumotokiyoshi has been accelerating their efforts in developing smaller new store formats, suitable for inner-city locations, where larger retail sites are hard to find.

Last year, the company developed a small drug specialty store format called Medi+ (Mediplus) and opened two units in Gotanda, Tokyo and Umeda,  Medi+ Osaka, both located in an underground shopping arcade.

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Former P&G executive joins private equity firm

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Former Procter & Gamble chairman, president and CEO A.G. Lafley has joined private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as a special partner.

“Private equity can be a powerful agent of constructive change and corporate renewal,” stated Lafley. “CD&R’s successful history of building long-term value by improving the operational performance of its portfolio businesses exemplifies the positive role that private equity can play in the economy and is what attracted me to the firm.”

In his 32-year career at P&G, Lafley served in a variety of leadership positions, including nine years as president and CEO. Originally brought on in P&G’s marketing division in 1977, Lafley held numerous senior management positions before being named group VP in 1992, an EVP in 1995 and, in 1999, president of global beauty care and North America. He served as CEO from 2000 to 2009 and as chairman from 2002 to 2009.

As CEO, Lafley led a dramatic transformation of P&G, which included re-focusing the company on: core businesses and brands; faster-growing and higher-margin beauty, grooming and healthcare segments; and building market share in developing countries. Under his leadership the number of P&G billion-dollar brands grew from 10 to 24, and the company more than doubled sales from $38 billion in 1999 to $79 billion in 2009. The company’s market capitalization also more than doubled.

“A.G. has proven to be one of the most effective corporate leaders of the 21st century, and we are very pleased to welcome him to CD&R,” stated Donald J. Gogel, president and CEO of CD&R.  “His experience building strong business operations, promoting innovation, and spurring growth across global markets enhances our value creation capabilities.”

Lafley is on the board of directors of General Electric and has served as a director at General Motors Corp. and Dell Inc. during the last five years. He also serves as chairman of the Hamilton College Board of Trustees.

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