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Target partners with Always to support Girls on the Run

BY Gisselle Gaitan

CINCINATTI — Target is partnering with Always based on insight from the #LikeAGirl campaign, to prevent the loss of confidence in young girls. Together, both brands are supporting Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization which provides physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls between third to eighth grades.

“We’re committed to helping our communities thrive and empowering families to take good care of themselves so they can live their best lives,” Jennifer Silberman, VP corporate responsibility at Target, said.

Girls on the Run reports that beginning at the age of 9 years old, confidence levels in young girls begin to drop and by the age of 10 years physical activity levels lower as well. Target will be donating $1 million to the nonprofit in efforts to remove financial barriers and allow thousands of young girls nationwide to enroll in the program.

“The Always #LikeAGirl mission is to stop the drop in confidence girls experience at puberty, which is why we are so excited to partner with Target on this program,” Amanda Hill, Always brand director at Procter & Gamble, said. “We know that the funds will allow more puberty-aged girls to benefit from Girls on the Run, providing them with the necessary tools to help maintain their self-confidence through puberty and beyond.”

As part of the 10-week program, participants will learn vital life skills, while being encouraged to tackle new obstacles in non-competitive environments to build confidence and inner strength.

“We are eager to give more girls across the country the opportunity to participate in our life-changing programs and the donation will allow us to expand our reach. The impact this will have on local communities is amazing and will also bring us closer to our goal of serving 2 million girls by 2021,” Theresa Miller, chief engagement officer at Girls on the Run, said.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, a supporter of the organization, also is working alongside them to encourage young girls across the nation.  “It’s so important for girls to know that they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to, and Girls on the Run plays an important role in helping girls build their confidence and pursue their dreams,” Biles said.

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Walgreens to shutter 600 stores by next spring as part of Rite Aid purchase

BY Marianne Wilson

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance expects to shutter about 600 stores in the wake of its purchase of 1,932 stores from rival Rite Aid.

The closings will start next year and take place over 18 months, Walgreens CFO George Fairweather said on the chain’s quarterly earnings call. The stores marked for closing will mostly be Rite Aid locations. The retailer expects to close stores within a mile of another Walgreens or Rite Aid location.

Walgreens won regulatory approval in September to buy 1,932 stores and three distribution centers from Rite Aid for $4.38 billion.

In its quarterly earnings report released Wednesday, Walgreens said the first few Rite Aid locations have been acquired in the past week. Ownership of the remaining stores is expected to be transferred in phases and be completed by spring 2018.

Walgreens expects to complete the integration of the acquired stores and related assets within the next three years for an estimated cost of approximately $750 million, which will be reported as acquisition-related costs. The company also plans to spend approximately $500 million of capital on store conversions and related activities.

During the company’s quarterly earnings call, leadership highlighted Walgreens’ commitment to a fluid go-to-market strategy that is constantly evaluating customer behavior.

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DSN brings together top industry innovators, experts for 19th Industry Issues Summit

BY DSN STAFF

Call it a meeting of the minds. 

The annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit — taking place in New York City at the Plaza on Nov. 29 — is fast-approaching, and ahead of the event, Drug Store News has announced another top-tier roster of some of the most innovative and talented retail executives in the business for the thought leadership and networking event.

Now in its 19th year, the DSN Industry Issues Summit brings together the top pharmacy retailing, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods manufacturers and technology companies to discuss emerging industry trends, coming challenges and the opportunities that influence the most important business decisions facing panelists and attendees. The panels bring real-world insights to help drive sales and strengthen retailer-supplier relationships.  strengthening relationships between retailers and suppliers.

In addition to a keynote from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, the event will feature five panels whose topics and participants are:

Enabling Patient-Facing Care: McKesson’s Chris Dimos will moderate a panel featuring Walgreens’ Rick Gates, Thrifty White’s Tim Weippert, CVS Health’s Kevin Hourican, BD’s Anne Messing, SupplyLogix’s Rick Sage, Innovation’s Doyle Jensen and Perceptimed’s Frank Maione.

Payer Partnerships and Delivering Outcomes: Hamacher Resource Group’s Dave Wendland will moderate a discussion between The Little Clinic’s Dr. Marc Watikins, UnitedHealthcare’s Shannon Huneke, Rite Aid’s Jocelyn Konrad, Walmart’s Alex Hurd, Johnson & Johnson’s Geoff Betru, PioneerRx’s Jeff Key and Vicki Harter of higi.

Chronic Care Patient Management: Independent consultant Andre Persaud will moderate a panel featuring Health Mart’s Crystal Lennartz, H-E-B Pharmacy’s Leon Nevers, Costco’s Becky Dant, Cardinal Health/Medicine Shoppe International’s Todd Treon, QS/1’s Saul Factor, Smart Meter’s Brahim Zabeli and BD Diabetes Care’s Marcus Silva.

Bridging the Gap Between Pharmacy and the Front Store: PhileciaDayle’s Philecia Avery will moderate a panel featuring Thrifty White’s Tim Weippert; H-E-B Pharmacy’s Craig Norman; Rite Aid’s Tammy Royer, Cardinal Health’s John Fiacco, Menasha’s Paul Murphy and Inmar’s Lari Harding.

7 Ideas that Matter: Mack Elevation’s Dan Mack will moderate a panel featuring CVS Health’s George Coleman, Sam’s Club’s Jill Turner-Mitchell, AmerisourceBergen’s Tim Buskey, Walgreens’ Robert Tompkins, Walmart’s Annie Walker and Target’s John Peine.

“The Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit is part of our commitment to providing timely, topical and engaging industry events where retailer and supplier industry leaders gather to discuss co-creation strategies and partnership opportunities,” Drug Store News publisher Eric Savitch said. “This event helps attendees set their agendas for the coming year.”

To register or for more information, visit dsnindustryissues.com. For sponsorship opportunities, contact DSN publisher Eric Savitch, [email protected].

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