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Rite Aid offers flu shots for $24.99

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is offering a $5 discount on flu shots as a way to encourage more people to protect themselves, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Rite Aid said that in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14, it would offer flu shots at its stores for $24.99. NIVW started in 2005 as a national campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends annual flu shots for everyone aged 6 months and older.

"Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "The good news is, it’s not too late to get a flu shot, and by lowering the price of flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week, we’re hoping to encourage people to get vaccinated and be protected throughout the winter months, as flu activity is expected to increase."

 

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IBM: Cyber Monday sales to hit record numbers

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK – Cyber Monday online sales were 17.5% over the same period last year as of 6 p.m. EST on Monday, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

Mobile traffic accounted for 29.4% of all online traffic, up almost 62% compared to the same period last year.

In other findings from IBM:

  • Smartphones drove 20.2% of all online traffic compared to tablets at 9.2%, making it the browsing device of choice.
  • When it comes to making the sale, tablets drove 9.6% of all online sales, more than one and a half times that of smartphones, which accounted for 5.9%.
  • Tablet users also averaged $129.82 per order, versus smartphone users, who averaged $112.34 per order.
  • Shoppers referred from Facebook averaged $97.46 per order, versus Pinterest referrals, which drove $91.53 per order. Facebook referrals converted sales at the same rate as Pinterest referrals.

 

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Ahold USA CFO steps down

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. – Paula Price is stepping down as Ahold USA’s EVP and CFO, the supermarket operator said Tuesday.

Ahold USA – a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold and owner of the Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., and Giant Food of Landover, Md., banners, as well as online grocer Peapod – said that current SVP business planning and performance Dan Sullivan would become the new EVP and CFO, effective Jan. 1. Sullivan will report to COO James McCann.

Price has worked with Ahold for nearly five years, but has decided to take her career "in a new direction," the company said. She will also pursue further corporate board roles to complement her existing corporate and non-profit board positions.

"I want to thank Paula for her many contributions to Ahold USA," McCann said. "During her tenure, Paula transformed Ahold USA’s financial organization and led programs that delivered hundreds of millions of cost savings and helped to build a strong foundation for our future."

Sullivan has worked with Ahold since 2010, having previously served as CFO and operating officer and SVP strategy for Heineken USA.

 

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