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SymphonyIRI taps former P&G exec to lead retail solutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Market research firm SymphonyIRI Group has named former Procter & Gamble executive Beverly Grant as president of Retail Solutions.

She will report to Mark Parise, president of IRI, SymphonyIRI.

 “We are very excited to have Beverly join us,” stated Andrew Appel, president and CEO of SymphonyIRI. “Her proven record in building successful collaboration partnerships coupled with her broad set of industry relationships makes her a great addition to our team. She is the right leader to help us accelerate growth for our CPG and retail partners.”

Before joining SymphonyIRI, Grant spent 26 years at P&G in various roles, including VP, GM and chief channel officer for the North America Grocery Channel; and global business director of Beauty, Market Strategy and Planning, Food, Beverage and Pet Nutrition.

Most recently, she led P&G’s $8.5 billion retail grocery business.. Prior to P&G, Grant also gained experience in the food and beverage channel at Kroger, as well as in the healthcare, oral care and beauty categories.

“Collaboration between manufacturers and retailers is an essential need in order for our industry to truly advance, and SymphonyIRI has the right assets to boost these important conversations,” stated Grant. “I look forward to undertaking the task of enhancing and implementing SymphonyIRI’s broader U.S. retail strategy and am excited to be a part of the industry transformation that is about to take place.”

 

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Bartell’s donates eyeglasses to developing countries

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — A regional retail pharmacy chain is donating nearly 20,000 pairs of eyeglasses to poor communities around the world.

Bartell Drugs, which operates 58 stores in the Seattle metropolitan area, is donating more than 19,500 pairs of glasses to Medical Teams International, which will distribute them to impoverished communities in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and the Balkans. The glasses are from the retail pharmacy chain’s back product inventory and will be donated instead of being returned to Foster Grant, the eyewear manufacturer with which Bartell’s has a long-standing vendor relationship.

"We are committed to providing care for people who struggle as a result of poverty, conflict and disaster," Medical Teams International CEO Jeff Pinneo said. "The struggle to see clearly is often one more roadblock on the path to a healthy, self-sufficient life. That’s we are enormously grateful for the generosity of Bartell Drugs and their contribution of eyeglasses. This gift will not only improve sight, but improve the lives of people in need in some of the most distressed regions in the world."

 

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University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics adopts Voalte smartphone communication system

BY Alaric DeArment

SARASOTA, Fla. — A Midwestern hospital system will implement a system in which nurses, physicians and others will use smartphones for communications.

Voalte, which develops a clinical communications system, said the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics would use its system to improve clinical workflow by using iPhones to merge voice, text and alarms, allowing patient care providers to send and receive high-definition voice calls, secure text messages and alarms on one device.

"The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the top academic hospitals in the country," Voalte chief information officer Trey Lauderdale said. "As one of the country’s most technologically advanced hospital systems, it is an honor to be chosen to work with them on adding a mobile solution to their communications."


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