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Rite Aid offers discount on influenza vaccinations as flu activity picks up

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is offering a $5 discount on flu vaccinations through the middle of this month, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

To mark National Influenza Vaccination Week, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started in 2005, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday, Rite Aid is administering flu vaccinations for $24.99 through Dec. 15. The original price was $29.99.

"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is reporting an increase in flu activity in parts of the country and expects to see more activity during the winter months, which is when flu season typically peaks," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for everyone aged 6 months and older.


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Zak Designs assembles new Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ mealtime products

BY Jason Owen

SPOKANE, Wash. — After the huge success of Marvel’s "The Avengers" movie this past summer, a new generation of kids were turned on to one of the most popular superhero teams of all time. To capitalize on this burgeoning new fanbase, Zak Designs is launching a new line of mealtime products based on the blockbuster hit.

Zak’s line of "Marvel’s Avengers Assemble" includes a three-section tray with raised sides, standard plates, bowls, tumblers and flatware, as well as a 17-in. placemat to serve it all on. In addition to these home products, Zak is offering an 18-oz. pull-top bottle, a 17-oz. lenticular fun sip with 3-D graphics, and a new 11-oz. Loopity Loop tumbler with a wraparound straw so kids can take fun with them and stay hydrated on the go.

All products are BPA-free and durable enough to withstand the tough, little superheroes they’re made for.

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Nash Finch names EVP, president and COO of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Nash Finch, a Minneapolis-based food distributor, has announced that Kevin Elliott has been appointed EVP, president and COO of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail.

Elliott previously served as SVP of merchandising, logistics and marketing at 7-Eleven. Elliott worked at 7-Eleven from 2001 to 2010, where he was responsible for overseeing the corporate store and franchise operations as well as 7-Eleven’s national distribution network comprised of 26 distribution centers.

As president and COO of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail, Elliott will be responsible for the company’s food distribution and corporate retail operations reporting to Alec Covington, president and CEO of Nash Finch. Elliott’s top priority will be leading the company’s sales-growth strategy, building upon the company’s customer/consumer focused approach to serving independent retailers. Elliott will also focus on strengthening the performance of the company’s corporate retail banners.

 

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