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Walgreens donates nearly $2 million to Haiti

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens wrapped up its in-store giving campaign with customers donating nearly $2 million to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

“The outpouring of generosity from our customers and employees has been incredible,” said VP corporate affairs and communications Chuck Greener. “We want to thank all of them for their compassion and support.”

In addition to its customer donations, Walgreens donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the quake, and an additional $50,000 in employee donations was also matched by the company. Along with monetary assistance, Walgreens donated six semi-trailers worth of bottled water, medical supplies, hygiene products and non-perishable goods through the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development. In another relief effort, Walgreens contributed 40,000 bottles of water to United Airlines for relief work flights.

Walgreens logistics network helped stage and move donated supplies to points of distribution. Nearly a dozen suppliers worked through Walgreens to get medical supplies and basic necessities to relief workers on the ground in Haiti.

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Walgreens gift cards in demand by American consumers, index finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK An independent research and advisory group found that when it comes to gift cards, American consumers want them from one of the largest drug store chains.

The Global Prepaid Exchange found that gift cards from Walgreens were among the top preferences of American adults, according to 2,300 people surveyed in its Gift Card Performance Index. The drug store chain ranked No. 8 on the list.

Dan Horne, professor of Providence College in Rhode Island and the study’s principle investigator, said the high levels of consumer performance result from an interaction between the store and the gift giver’s perception of the tastes of the recipient.

“If a gift card giver really thinks about the kinds of store that a recipient likes, they will certainly make the experience more rewarding,” Horne noted. “Gift cards tend to be effective gifts because they show thought about the type of stores that recipients like, while still promoting a sense of autonomy and choice.”

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United Supermarkets launches NuVal nutritional scoring system

BY Allison Cerra

LUBBOCK, Texas In an effort to aid its customers in making healthy food choices, United Supermarkets is implementing a nutritional scoring system throughout its United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United grocery stores.

NuVal is a ranking system that provides comprehensive nutritional information of foods through a comprehensive scoring system. With the NuVal System currently assisting guests at Market Street’s Colleyville and Frisco, Texas, stores to better food choices, United debuts as the first grocery chain to implement the innovative nutritional ranking system in Texas.

All six of the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth area Market Street stores will feature the NuVal system by mid-March, and the company plans to have all 50 stores outfitted with the new system by the end of the year.

“NuVal’s innovative food scoring system is revolutionizing the shopping experience, and we’re proud to be the first Texas grocer to bring this innovation to our aisles,” said Robert Taylor, EVP and CEO, United Supermarkets.

In addition to the NuVal implementation, United staffs dietitians throughout its stores and serves as one of the founding members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, whose stated mission is to reduce obesity by 2015. HWCF members already have committed more than $20  million to the joint initiative to raise awareness about the importance of balancing a healthy diet with physical activity.

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