Walmart and two non-profits promote women-owned businesses with new CPG logo
WASHINGTON — The Women's Business Enterprise National Council, WEConnect International and Walmart on Wednesday joined forces to establish a unique logo for retail packaging of products from women-owned businesses. The new logo will bring consumer recognition of products provided by women-owned businesses on store shelves both in the U.S. and international markets.
Women-owned businesses that are WBENC and/or WEConnect International certified will be eligible to display the logo on their product packaging. Walmart's collaboration with WBENC and WEConnect International on the new logo is aligned with their overall strategy and focus on women-owned businesses.
"At Walmart we are committed to empowering women and impacting women-owned businesses from around the world-and so are our customers. In fact, we recently conducted a survey that found 90% of female customers in the U.S. would go out of their way to purchase products from women, believing they would offer higher quality," stated MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon, senior director of Women's Economic Empowerment at Walmart. "We hope our collaboration with Women's Business Enterprise National Council and WEConnect International will make customers around the world more aware of great products from women-owned businesses, and help these women continue to grow their businesses."
In September 2011, Walmart launched its Global Women's Economic Empowerment initiative and as a part of this initiative, committed to source $20 billion from women for the US business and to double sourcing from women internationally by the end of 2016.
Women-owned businesses contribute over $1.3 trillion dollars to the US economy and women are responsible for more than 80% of the consumer decisions globally.
Texas State Board of Pharmacy renews contract with Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
WASHINGTON — The Texas State Board of Pharmacy on Thursday awarded the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board a contract designating PTCB as the only TSBP-recognized certifying body for pharmacy technicians. The four-year agreement will take effect on Sept. 1 and replace a previous contract with PTCB due to expire on August 31.
"Pharmacy technicians help manage pharmacy operations and provide essential support to pharmacists in the dispensing of medications," stated PTCB executive director and CEO Everett McAllister. "PTCB applauds TSBP’s commitment to patient safety and its leadership in requiring pharmacy technicians to meet a uniform standard for certification in Texas."
"The Texas State Board of Pharmacy is pleased that PTCB was again awarded this contract," added TSBP executive director/secretary Gay Dodson. "We look forward to working with PTCB to advance patient care and safety in our state."
TSBP is the state agency responsible for registration of Texas pharmacy technicians, and for licensure and discipline of Texas pharmacists and pharmacies. In 1995, TSBP acted to make Texas the first state to require all pharmacy technicians to pass the PTCE before applying for registration. In 2001, the Texas legislature added this requirement to the Pharmacy Act and made passage of a TSBP-approved certification examination a prerequisite to technician registration.
FMI, Prevention magazine release 22nd annual survey tracking health and nutrition attitudes
CHICAGO — The Food Marketing Institute on Thursday launched its 22nd annual survey with Prevention that explores consumers’ health and nutrition attitudes. "’Shopping for Health’ offers valuable shopper insights regarding the growing trend at retail to provide patient-centered care, specifically opportunities for pharmacy, nutrition and merchandising to come together as a support system in the supermarket aisles," explained Cathy Polley, FMI VP health and wellness and executive director, FMI Foundation, in a blog published Thursday.
"The report details that nearly half of shoppers (44%) say they are buying more fresh ingredients now, up from 34% two years ago," Polley added. "One-third say they are buying more food based on nutritional components, and 31% say they are buying more foods with reduced or no calories/fat/sugar/salt."
“It’s important to recognize that shoppers said they use multiple strategies to achieve healthy eating, so there are numerous pathways to a common goal," said Anne Alexander, SVP and editorial director for Prevention magazine. "Our research identified the top-three strategies as consuming fewer unhealthy food items (62% of respondents), preparing and cooking more healthy dishes (57%) and eating out less often (39%).”
The report also outlines which channels consumers are patronizing for their food shopping. In 2013, 64% of consumers shopped for food in a discount store, for example, versus 56% in 2007. "The increase has been driven mainly by quick trips for just a few food items, with the share of shoppers who usually do their quick fill-in shopping at discount stores up 8% since 2007," according to the report. "But convenience stores still lead as the top destination for quick trips, with 83% of shoppers utilizing them when they need to pick up just a few items."