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Walgreens promotes pharmacy president to president of operations

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced the promotion of Richard Ashworth to president operations from his current role of president, pharmacy and retail operations.

“Effective immediately, Richard will bring his talent and tremendous experience to the leadership of all our critical operating functions with the new title of president of operations,” the company stated in an internal memo.

In this expanded role, Ashworth will add to his responsibilities Walgreen’s healthcare commercial, IT and supply chain areas and will continue to oversee his current team from pharmacy and retail operations.

With this change, Alex Gourlay, co-COO of Walgreens Boots Alliance and president of Walgreens, will have the opportunity to devote more time to the development of WBA’s business plan and transformation, the company noted.

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V.Ayuso says:
Nov-03-2017 03:54 pm

Congratulations to Ashworth. Wish him much success in his expanded role.

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Litter for small dogs could be the next big trend among pet owners

BY Gisselle Gaitan

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Litter for small dogs could become the next wave of in-demand items by pet owners, according to market research firm Packaged Facts. The company reports that despite the cat litter market being at $2.8 billion, it holds an opportunity for sales growth that does not depend entirely on felines.

Canines weighing under 25 pounds could be the next target, considering 12% of U.S. households own dogs weighing under pounds, while 43% have ones weighing between 8-24 pounds — making them the most popular household pet in the nation.

"Litter for dogs is an opportunity for cat litter marketers to expand into an entirely new demographic and attract a growing number of pet owners," Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle said.

Packaged Facts suggests taking advantage of the trend of small dogs in urban settings, and creating products that would convenience this demographic. The company points out that dogs who have been littered-trained do not need to be taken outside as frequently as those who have not. The opportunity to create an environmentally product that could become biodegradable to becomes available as well.

"The shift to smaller dogs should continue in the years ahead, driven by both older and younger pet owners," Sprinkle said. "For older pet owners, smaller dogs can be much easier to manage, lighter to lift and requiring less outdoor time. As living situations change, smaller pets are more easily admissible to apartments and other group dwellings, including assisted living communities. Also favoring the smaller dog shift are preferences among younger pet owners, along with increased urbanization and apartment/condo ownership. In addition, for pet owners young and old alike, smaller dogs are easier to travel with and care for in vacation environments."

Beyond litter-training, the report also highlights the potential for the smaller dog trend to help bolster food sales — which Packaged Facts said face difficulties with volume sales, as these pets consume little food. It notes that size- and breed-specific foods could combat this potential issue.

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Publix kicks season off with annual Food For All fundraiser

BY Gisselle Gaitan

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets has launched the company’s annual fundraiser, Food For All. Running from Nov. 1 through Nov. 22, the campaign works with customers and associates to raise money in support of nonprofit organizations serving individuals within the local community.

Food For All is a charitable organization of Making a Change, which partners with thousands of grocery retailers nationwide. Since beginning in 1985, more than $105 million has been collected by the charity to fund nonprofit organizations across the United States, and around the world.

“Each year, we are humbled by the kindness and giving spirit of our customers and associates to help their neighbors that may be facing food insecurity and other challenges,” Maria Brous, director of media and community relations of Publix said. “The Food For All campaign provides our customers and associates with a simple way to help and we’re looking forward to another successful program.”

Themed campaign boards are displayed at checkout counters and customers participate by asking the cashier to add a $1, $3, or $5 contribution to the grocery bill. In the last year, more than 15 organizations were represented and more than $5 million in grants were awarded to charities across the U.S.

“We are honored to partner with Publix and help facilitate the Food For All fundraiser each year,” Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change said. “Publix’s determination and commitment to this fundraiser continues to successfully help nonprofit organizations feed communities all across the southeast.”

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