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Walmart offers market for women-owned businesses with new website

BY Mike Troy

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Empowering Women Together, an online destination on Walmart.com, gives shoppers who want to buy unique and interesting products the opportunity to do so while supporting small women-owned businesses around the world, the retailer announced. At launch, Empowering Women Together will offer shoppers more than 200 items from 19 businesses in nine countries.

"Empowering Women Together is a simple concept; it connects shoppers in the United States with quality products made by women-owned businesses around the world," said Andrea Thomas, SVP Walmart. "And in doing that, it helps achieve so much more. Through Walmart’s Empowering Women Together, customers can help these suppliers increase their incomes, better their lives and create new jobs for others, and Walmart can help these suppliers gain experience with buying trends, scaling, product development and acumen they need to build their businesses."

Empowering Women Together will be part of Store for Good, a developing Walmart.com program dedicated to connecting consumers with products that do good for other people, for themselves, or for our environment. The initiative will grow and potentially include eco-friendly products and healthier food options.

Empowering Women Together is also dedicated to helping U.S.-based women-owned businesses grow and expand their distribution. Nine of the initial 19 Empowering Women Together businesses are U.S. based.

The inaugural Empowering Women Together collection includes jewelry from Peru, Rwanda, Kenya and the United States; home accessories from Rwanda and Haiti; paper mache from Haiti, apparel and accessories from Rwanda; iPad and laptop cases from Cambodia and Nepal; coffee and tea sets sourced globally and made in America; and specialty foods made in America and Canada. The full collection can be viewed online at http://www.walmart.com/empoweringwomentogether.

 

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Publix promotes four executives across operation

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Friday named four new officer positions effective April 1. The new officer positions are in corporate purchasing and manufacturing, the grocer reported. 

“I am very proud that we continue to have talented associates who are ready to assume higher leadership roles in our organization,” stated Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our ability to promote from within is one of the ways we are able to perpetuate our Publix culture.”

In corporate purchasing, Dave Bornmann will be promoted to SVP. In this senior leadership role, the following positions will report to him: VP grocery/non-foods, VP retail business development, director of corporate purchasing support and director of emerging business.

Bornmann began his career at Publix in 1983 as a computer programmer. He was promoted to strategic project manager in 1992 and business development manager for dairy, processed meats and DSD items in 1994. In 1998, he was promoted to his current position of VP grocery/non-foods. Bornmann earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and qualitative analysis and a masters in business administration from University of Florida. 

With Bornmann’s promotion to SVP, Pete Mowitt will be promoted to VP grocery/non-foods. Mowitt began his career at Publix as a part-time grocery clerk and was promoted to second assistant manager in 1984, assistant store manager in 1987, store manager in 1991, district manager in 1995 and director of merchandising in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to his current role as business development director of grocery. Mowitt earned his bachelor’s degree in history from University of Florida.

In manufacturing, Mike Smith will be promoted to SVP. In this senior leadership role, the following positions will report to him: VP manufacturing, VP distribution and director manufacturing supply purchasing.

Smith began his career at Publix as a rail dock associate and was promoted to shipping/receiving manager in 1988, senior purchasing analyst in 1991, manager of manufacturing supply purchasing in 1993, director of deli and bakery manufacturing in 2001 and director of fresh product manufacturing in 2004. In 2005, he was promoted to his current role as VP manufacturing. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Murray State University. 

With Smith’s promotion to SVP, Jeff Stephens will be promoted to VP manufacturing. Stephens began his career at Publix as a rail dock associate. He was promoted to lab technician in the dairy plant in 1983, quality control foreman in 1986, quality control manager in 1988, general manager of dairy plant in 2000 and director of fresh product manufacturing in 2005. In 2010, he was promoted to his current role of director of manufacturing operations. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from University of South Florida.

 

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Diabetes costs have risen 41% in five years, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The cost of diabetes has increased by more than $70 billion over the past five years, according to new research from the American Diabetes Association.

The ADA announced the release of a report estimating that the total costs of diagnosed diabetes had risen 41%, from 2007’s $174 billion to $245 billion in 2012. The report, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012, was commissioned by the ADA and addresses increased financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with the disease.

"As the number of people with diabetes grows, so does the economic burden it places on this country," ADA chief scientific and medical officer Robert Ratner said. "The cost of diabetes is rising at a rate higher than overall medical costs with more than one-in-10 healthcare dollars in the country being spent directly on diabetes and its complications, and more than one-in-five healthcare dollars in the U.S. going to the care of people with diagnosed diabetes."

According to the organization, nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes — mostly Type 2, which results largely from lifestyle factors — while an additional 79 million are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a condition known as prediabetes. The total costs include direct medical costs of $176 billion and indirect medical costs of $69 billion, including absenteeism, reduced productivity, unemployment resulting from disability and lost productivity due to early mortality.

Medical expenditures for people with diabetes are 2.3 times higher than for those without the disease, and the primary driver of increased costs is the increasing prevalence of the disease in the United States, according to the report. Despite the introduction of new classes of medication for treating diabetes, diabetes drugs and supplies accounted for 12% of medical expenditures in 2007 and 2012.

The study found disparities between various demographic groups as well. Per capita health expenditures are $8,331 for men versus $7,458 for women. Hispanics had the lowest per capita healthcare expenditures, at $5,930, compared with $9,540 among blacks and $8,101 among whites. Meanwhile, government insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare covered 62.4% of the cost for diabetes care, compared with 34.4% paid by private insurance and 3.2% paid by the uninsured. Among states, California had the largest population of people with diabetes and thus the highest costs, at $27.6 billion; Florida had the fourth highest population of people with the disease, behind California, Texas and New York, but the second highest costs, at $18.9 billion.

"When it comes to the rising cost of diabetes, one of the key factors explaining the increase is that there are many more people that are now being treated for diabetes in the U.S.," Ratner said. "It is important to note that while treating diabetes is expensive, it is the fact that the prevalence of the disease is increasing dramatically. Recent estimates project that as many as one-in-three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. These numbers are alarming and further highlight the need for our nation to address this epidemic."

 

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