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Walgreens donates water, supplies to flooded in Iowa

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. As residents of Iowa struggle with the severe flooding in several areas of the state, Walgreens has stepped in to help.

In collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Linn County Emergency Management Authority, Walgreens has donated two semi-trailers of bottled water, as well as cleaning and personal-care products. Stores have also increased supplies of cleaning products and fans for people returning to their homes.

Flooding forced Walgreens’ store at 102 2nd St. in Coralville, Iowa, to close, but it has kept its other store, at 2751 Heartland Drive, open to fill prescriptions.

Floodwaters also breached a levee on the Mississippi River near Meyer, Ill., Wednesday, threatening to cover thousands of acres of farmland along a 25-mile stretch of the river, CNN.com reported.

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IRI inks deal for tracking data with Duane Reade

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO Information Resources Inc., a Chicago-based market research firm, has announced that its IRI InfoScan Reviews retail tracking service now includes data from Manhattan-based pharmacy retailer Duane Reade.

The data covers Duane Reade’s 240-plus stores in New York and New Jersey and will be available starting June 26.

“The addition of Duane Reade data provides a significant upgrade to IRI’s industry leading InfoScan Reviews offering and gives IRS customers incredible insights to performance at Duane Reade stores,” stated IRI retail president Tom Peterson. “We are delighted to establish a partnership with New York City’s largest drug store chain.

InfoScan Reviews present IRI InfoScan census-level data from more than 34,000 stores as a syndicated service. InfoScan Reviews includes category definitions, a standard single-product hierarchy, a measure set and list geographies to provide visibility into the grocery, drug and mass merchandiser and convenience channels, as well as a combination of those channels.

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Supervalu to eliminate some corporate jobs

BY Doug Desjardins

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu said it will eliminate more than 100 jobs at its corporate offices in Minneapolis and Boise over the next 12 to 18 months as it switches to a third-party provider for some of its financial services.

In a statement, Supervalu said the decision was made “after months of careful analysis as part of our ongoing efforts to improve operational efficiencies and enhance our competitiveness.” Supervalu did not identify the third party provider in its statement. 

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