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Target Clinics, Duke Medicine enter new relationship for four new clinics in N.C.

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Clinic has inked a new strategic relationship with healthcare system Duke Medicine in an effort to provide greater access to care at four new Target Clinic locations in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which opened on July 29.

Physicians from Duke Primary Care will provide medical directorship services, such as availability for consultation with Target Clinic providers and regular chart reviews, at the four new clinics.

“As we introduce Target Clinic to our guests in Raleigh-Durham, we are excited about this relationship with Duke’s world-renowned health system, which was recently ranked among the top 10 medical centers nationally by U.S. News & World Report,” stated Kevin Ronneberg, medical director for Target Clinic. “The physicians at Duke Medicine and Target Clinic’s nurse practitioners will work together to provide our guests with greater access to convenient, affordable, high-quality health care.”

“These four new clinics will be capable of offering a high level of convenience and accessibility for people seeking care for a variety of basic health needs,” added John Anderson, chief medical officer for Duke Primary Care. “Target Clinic has developed a strong model of care for the services it will provide in its clinics, and we look forward to working with them.”

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Reports: SpotOn rolls out tablet-based loyalty program network

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new network allows customers to use tablets to participate in customer loyalty programs, according to published reports.

MediaPost reported that SpotOn, a San Rafael, Calif.-based company that develops customer loyalty platforms, rolled out its network Friday, with about 1,500 independent and regional chain retailers; the network had previously been under development for more than a year. Most of the retailers are in the Atlanta area, Texas, Arizona, California and the Midwest, but that it’s adding about 500 new ones per month.

Under the program, customers are given a tablet that they can use to scan their loyalty cards or enter their loyalty numbers and then "check in" at the retailer to receive discounts, electronic coupons and other benefits.

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Supervalu names new president of its DC/Baltimore Shoppers division

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Monday announced Robert Bly will join the company as president of Shoppers, a 56-store division in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., market.

Bly is expected to begin his new role on Aug. 22 and will report to Chuck Elias, SVP retail operations. Bly replaces Tim Lowe, who recently accepted a new leadership role in Supervalu’s merchandising organization.

"[Bly’s] knowledge of grocery operations and improving company performance through proven business acumen will lead Shoppers to improving the bottom line while maintaining our customer experience,” Elias stated.

Bly, 49, most recently VP of the Kmart and Sears divisions for Sears Holdings, has experience turning around underperforming retail operations and helping companies streamline operational costs while ensuring that team members are engaged in the business, Supervalu noted.

Prior to Sears, Bly held positions with Road Ranger, a convenience store chain, and spent 22 years with Meijer, a grocery and general merchandise store where he held executive and store-level positions and implemented statergic plans to improve sales, inventory management and operational execution.

“Bob’s experience in transforming companies makes him an excellent addition to our leadership team. We look forward to his contributions to Shoppers as we pursue our sales, profitability and growth objectives,” Elias said.

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