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Walgreens makes changes to beauty, personal care merchant teams

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Mike Spear to divisional merchandise manager of the retailer’s personal care division and announced that Lauren Vondrasek is transitioning to the company’s beauty merchandising unit, which is headed by Barbara Larson.

Spear has more than 20 years of retail experience, most recently as director of category planning at Walgreens.

Vondrasek will manage cosmetic bags, fragrances, sunglasses and trial/travel items, according to an internal memo distributed by Walgreens. Vondrasek is a 16-year Walgreens veteran, having started her career as a store manager in 1994.

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Pampers dresses up baby’s bottoms

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Pampers has introduced Prints, a limited-edition diaper line.

Pampers limited-edition Prints are available in designs for both boys and girls, including floral and polka dot prints for girls, and argyle and toy car prints for boys. The diapers can be purchased at retailers nationwide through the summer and are available in sizes 1 through 4.

“Pampers prides itself on being at the forefront of not only comfort and performance, but also style,” P&G Baby Care North America general manager Fama Francisco said. “A diaper is the foundation for your baby’s wardrobe, so naturally we want it to be special. While performance always comes first, we know that design is also important. Pampers limited-edition Prints combine form and function with stylish design suitable for this summer season.”

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Ralphs, Food 4 Less kick off fundraising campaign to honor USO

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less have commenced their Honoring Our Heroes fundraising campaign to benefit the United Service Organizations.

The checkstand fundraising, which will run through Aug. 13, is in conjunction with the USO’s 70th anniversary.

All monies collected through the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Honoring Our Heroes fundraising program will be donated directly to the USO to support its programs, entertainment and other services for our service men and women.

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