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ShedRain rolls out new umbrella innovations

BY Allison Cerra

PORTLAND, Ore. — ShedRain has introduced new umbrellas designed to protect users from all types of weather.

As we enter the warm summer months, ShedRain is offering users a way to shed harmful sun rays and protect themselves from the rain with the new ShedRays umbrella, which touts an ultraviolet protection factor of 50+, ShedRain said.

ShedRain also announced that it has expanded its WalkSafe line of products with umbrellas just for kids. The WalkSafe kids’ umbrellas feature 3M Scotchlite reflective material affixed to each panel to assure the users are seen from every angle. What’s more, the umbrellas are available in six prints and smaller sizes.

In addition to the kids’ line of WalkSafe products, ShedRain also is helping protect golfers from the dreariest days on the course with a vented manual golf umbrella. Similar to other WalkSafe products, the golf umbrella also features 3M Scotchlite reflective material that adorns each panel of the umbrella.

ShedRain umbrellas are available online and in various retailers.

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DSN video captures CES healthcare buzz

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — An unprecedented 100-plus vendors presented the latest in healthcare technology earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. CES added the healthcare-driven Digital Health Pavilion to its show some years ago, and the number of exhibitors participating continues to increase.

“There’s definitely a distinct interest now from a consumer perspective around health, and we’re starting to see that grow,” Continua Health executive director Chuck Parker told Drug Store News.

Drug Store News recently caught up with Colleen Lerro, Consumer Electronics Association communications specialist and fitness instructor, in a video interview to talk about some of the health-related electronics that were showcased this year. 
In addition to the hot health products identified by Lerro, Continua Health Alliance member ZyXEL introduced its Smart Home Gateway, a battery-powered 3G wireless platform for health monitoring and assisted living solutions that was recognized as a CES Innovations Honoree.

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Report: Winn-Dixie sues Dollar General

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Winn-Dixie has filed suit against Dolgencorp, the parent company of Dollar General. The grocer confirmed that the suit was filed because Dolgencorp “knowingly violates legal, noncompete provisions of Winn-Dixie leases in shopping centers in which both businesses operate,” Winn-Dixie told the Jacksonville Business Journal in an email.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, claims that the discount retailer Dollar General should not be selling groceries at stores that are in shopping centers where Winn-Dixie is the anchor tenant. As part of its leases, Winn-Dixie has the exclusive right to sell groceries.

In addition, Winn-Dixie claims that Dollar General is in violation of its grocery exclusive arrangement with the supermarket operator. According to Winn-Dixie, violation of this agreement comes from the following:

  • More than 10% of the store’s sales come from groceries, or the store has more than 500 ft. of grocery shelf space; and/or

  • Dollar General needs to be at least 500 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft. away from Winn-Dixie (if landlord owns that property) to sell groceries.

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