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The U.S. Veterans Magazine publishes list of veteran-friendly employers

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINE, Calif. — The Exchange, Safeway and Walmart were among the companies identified as the nation’s top veteran-friendly companies by the U.S. Veterans Magazine last week. The publication released the results of its 2013 evaluation of the nation’s top veteran-friendly companies, which also included 3M, the Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg Co., Novartis, Sears Holdings and Target, following a poll of Fortune 1000 companies.  

“It is our firm belief that veterans possess the character, discipline and skills that every business can profit from,” stated Mona Lisa Faris, president and publisher of the U.S. Veterans Magazine. “This magazine was created to support our troops, and we at USVM are proud to recognize other businesses that are also making veterans a priority.”

The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. The goal of the annual evaluations is to not only bring the latest information and guidance to readers, the publication stated, but also to encourage active outreach and diversity policies among corporations and government agencies. 

The lists were compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses that were performed by DiversityComm’s agents and/or affiliates. This year, more than 250 companies and institutions participated.

The results are published in the summer issue of the U.S. Veterans Magazine, featuring Bill Cosby as the cover story and available on newsstands on Aug. 15.


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FDA approves GSK’s four-strain Flulaval vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

LONDON — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline that protects against four strains of the flu, the drug maker said.

GSK announced the approval of Flulaval Quadrivalent (influenza virus vaccine) in patients aged 3 years and older for protecting against two strains of the A and B strains of the virus; quadrivalent refers to the four strains the vaccines protect against, as opposed to three-strain trivalent vaccines. The FDA also approved GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent in December 2012, and the company received FDA approval for shipment of that vaccine earlier this month.

"Since the late 1980s, public health authorities have known that four primary influenza strains circulate each year, causing the majority of influenza illness, but the influenza vaccines used for the past 30 years only covered against three strains," GSK Vaccines North America director of scientific affairs and public health Leonard Friedland said. "With this limitation, global influenza experts have had to make a difficult determination around the strains each season to cover, and in six of the past 11 influenza seasons, one of the predominant strains was not included in the season’s influenza vaccines."


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GMDC highlights two GM modeling tools at the 2013 GMDC General Merchandise Marketing Conference

BY Michael Johnsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — GMDC on Friday highlighted two key business sessions that the association will showcase at its 2013 GMDC General Merchandise Marketing Conference held in Phoenix Sept. 6 to 10.  

The highlighted business sessions include Retail 2017 — The External Drivers of Change, a presentation that will showcase RetailNet Group’s STEIP framework, a tool that helps retailers and manufacturers identify and prioritize societal, technological, economic, industry and political forces of change.  RetailNet Group’s VP and senior analyst Keith Anderson will share insights on tomorrow’s winning store formats, the evolution of pricing strategies, next-generation loyalty and retention models and a playbook for competing in a digital world.

There will also be the Nielsen and GM Hierarchy and Retailer Panel. Attendees of this session, taking place on the Sunday and Monday during the conference, will be shown examples of the data reports and presentation tools available to support the new GM category hierarchy.  Stuart Taylor, SVP, custom analytics with Nielsen and Todd Hale, SVP, consumer and shopper insights with Nielsen, will provide an overview of the tool along with some of the category insights available through this new solution.  

In addition to the meeting sessions, this year’s GM Conference features educational workshops, new product showcases, expanded networking events and a special Guinness World Records Event. 

GMDC’s Guinness World Record Event will be attempting to break five Guinness World Record titles in unique booths and one title at its main event during the dinner on Sunday evening. Each challenge booth will be hosted by GMDC Supplier Member companies located around the perimeter of the ballroom including Big Time Products, ShurTech Brands, American Greetings, Unilever and Quickie Manufacturing, with operational support provided by TNG.

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