Sears Holdings award recognizes Supplylogix’s contributions to inventory management
WESTLAKE, Texas — Sears Holdings Corp. has given an award to a healthcare inventory logistics company for results from its pharmacy inventory management and compliance software.
Supplylogix announced Thursday that it was one of a select group of supplier companies that received the Partners in Transformation award at Sears Holdings’ 2013 Vendor Summit earlier this month. The award recognizes support for the retailer’s efforts to transform itself by using its Shop Your Way loyalty program, and is given to less than 0.5% of the more than 30,000 suppliers that work with Sears Holdings.
"The Partners in Transformation award recognizes our top-performing suppliers as true partners that support our transformation in becoming a leader in integrated retail," Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said. "They provide the quality products, services and experiences that exceed the expectations of our Shop Your Way members and enable us to build successful, meaningful relationships with them. Through our continued collaboration, we will be able to more effectively leverage the breadth of our portfolio and the power of our brands to meet our members’ and customers’ needs."
Supplylogix expressed gratitude for the award.
"Supplylogix is pleased to have been recognized by Sears Holdings with this award," Supplylogix president and CEO Mark Wilgus said. "We are proud to partner with the Kmart Pharmacy and Inventory teams in their efforts to maximize patient satisfaction, right-size inventory levels and reduce waste."
South Beach Diet launches new protein bars and smoothies
NEW YORK — South Beach Diet today unveiled new additions to its lineup of snacks and smoothies.
South Beach Diet ProteinFit Bars and a South Beach Diet Snack Bar join the snack lineup. South Beach Diet ProteinFit bars come with 16 grams of protein and are available in two flavors — Vanilla Caramel and Honey Peanut — both with a Greek yogurt coating. The new South Beach Diet Chocolate Caramel Nut Snack Bar contains six grams of protein and only 100 calories. South Beach Diet products have no artificial flavors or sweeteners; they are in stores now.
South Beach Diet ProteinFit bars and its Chocolate Caramel Nut Snack Bar join the trusted brand’s new creamy South Beach Diet Snack Smoothies — shelf-stable, single-serve, ready-to-drink smoothies in refreshing fruit flavors. Snack Smoothies help you feel full and satisfied between meals, with 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Made with natural sweeteners like monk fruit extract, ounce for ounce, each Smoothie has 45% less sugar than the leading weight-loss shake, according to the company.
"We’re pleased to provide great snacks that fit right into consumers’ plans to look terrific all summer long," said Elise Donahue, CEO of the South Beach Diet. "We like to satisfy their taste buds with surprisingly delicious snacks that are also protein-and fiber-rich to help curb sweet cravings as part of a balanced, weight-loss plan. These are tasty treats, for those on a diet or simply loving a perfect snack."
Jean Coutu Group to spend $184.3 million on relocation
LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Canadian retail pharmacy operator the Jean Coutu Group will spend nearly $200 million to relocate its headquarters and distribution center, the company said.
Jean Coutu Group said it would consolidate operations presently located in the city of Longueuil, Quebec, to a new, 800,000-sq.-ft. location in Varennes, on the south shore of Montreal.
Construction will begin in 2014, and the transfer is expected to start in early 2016. The company said its present space, which it has used since 1976, can no longer support its growing network. The project is expected to cost $190 million Canadian dollars, or $184.3 million U.S. dollars, based on an exchange rate of 97 Canadian cents to US$1.
"In a context of continued growth, it became essential for us to expand our facilities, which was impossible on the site we presently occupy because of the lack of space," Jean Coutu Group president and CEO Francois Coutu said. "The facilities in Varennes will be at the cutting edge of technology, guaranteeing high standards of productivity and enhanced performance. This project also confirms our determination to pursue our efforts to grow while offering a pleasant and secure working environment to all our employees."