Target donates $100K for tornado and flood relief in the South
MINNEAPOLIS — Target has donated $100,000 in monetary support and product to assist with storm and tornado relief efforts impacting many Southern states, the retailer has announced.
The donation includes a $55,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross, $20,000 in gift cards to local non-profits to provide items they need to help the community recover. Target stated that it will also donate $25,000 to aid in recovery efforts at impacted schools.
“Communities where we have a presence don’t just represent a store to Target; it’s home to many of our team members and countless valued guests,” stated John Mulligan, interim president and CEO, Target. “Our team supports local recovery responses by volunteering and donating product and funds, in addition to making sure our stores closest to the disaster area are able to offer needed supplies. We are proud of the commitment to community our team members exhibit, and hope our support helps to provide relief and comfort during the recovery.”
On May 1, more than 50 team members across eight different Target stores in Arkansas volunteered in the affected communities. Their work included distributing food, medical supplies, clothing, and water; clearing debris from an area roughly the size of eight football fields; and going door to door to help residents with their various needs.
Report: U.S. Green Building Council to recognize Walgreens for net-zero retail store
CHICAGO — The Illinois chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council on May 15 will recognize Walgreens for its net-zero energy store in Evanston, Ill., with the Green Innovation Award, according to a report in the Daily Northwestern published Thursday.
“I think the obvious reason we picked the net-zero Walgreens for the award is that it’s one of the first retail stores in the world to generate more energy than it uses, which is really exciting,” Brian Imus, executive director of the council’s Illinois chapter, told the Daily.
The 14,000-sq.-ft. space combines a variety of renewable energy technologies, including two wind turbines and 850 solar panels, to generate as much energy as possible. Eight geothermal wells burrowed deep into the ground help heat and cool the building, whose roof was oriented to maximize the amount of solar energy generated on site. The store also was the winner of the Sustainable Store of the Year category in DSN sister publication Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year Competition.
NACDS, PAPC Coalition ask FTC to back ‘provider status’ for pharmacists
ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and a national coalition working to achieve “provider status” for pharmacists under Medicare Part B have asked the Federal Trade Commission to back legislation to this effect, as well as other policies that would help pharmacists practice at the top of their education level, NACDS reported Thursday.
NACDS and the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition submitted separate yet complementary comments to the FTC as a follow-up to the Commission’s “Examining Healthcare Competition” workshop, which was held March 20 to 21 to study activities and trends that may affect competition in the evolving healthcare industry.
“Pharmacies remain committed to their valuable role in providing medications, fostering medication safety and effectiveness, and providing health and wellness services. In addition, innovative pharmacy services and other healthcare services available in accessible retail settings can do even more to improve patient health and wellness, often in collaboration with primary care physicians, nurses and other professionals,” NACDS wrote in its comments.
“NACDS supports efforts by the FTC to create a robust healthcare marketplace that advances patient choice and competition to improve the accessibility, quality and affordability of healthcare in America. To that end, NACDS asks FTC to support the removal of needless barriers to the effective functioning of innovative healthcare delivery for the patients we seek to serve; support fairer scope of practice, supervision and reimbursement laws across states to advance competition and patient choice; and support federal legislation that would designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B, removing an unwarranted and harmful exclusionary, competition barrier.”
Meanwhile, the Coalition wrote in its comments, “A number of factors will combine to create excess demand and a shortage of primary healthcare providers in the near future. The factors include an aging population, a rise in chronic conditions, and policy changes such as those associated with the Affordable Care Act. Patient demand and the resulting problems associated with a lack of access to care are particularly acute in medically underserved areas. To address this increase in demand, all providers in the healthcare system should practice to the fullest extent allowed by their license.”