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Walmart stocks Black Diamond Stoneworks cleaning products

BY Jason Owen

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Black Diamond Stoneworks’ cleaning products will soon be seen on the shelves of Walmart across the country.

Based in San Clemente, Calif., Black Diamond Stoneworks manufactures products to clean and seal natural stone surfaces, maintain and restore wood and laminate floors, remove pesky spots and traffic areas on carpets, and eliminate unwanted pet and human odors. Two of the company’s most popular products, Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer and Black Diamond Stoneworks’ Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with PS3 will be distributed through Walmart.

The move to the mass-merchanise retailer is in conjunction with a January announcement by Walmart to spend $50 billion on U.S. products over the next 10 years to bring into its stores. A recent USA Today report found more than 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for products if it carries the "Made in the USA" tagline and helps to support jobs in the United States, rather than purchase products made abroad.

For Black Diamond Stoneworks, the move means big distribution.

“Our customers really appreciate the convenience of buying our products from Walmart,” said Stacey Morrow, co-owner of Black Diamond Stoneworks. “We’re delighted to be able to say that our Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer will be available in more than 1,900 Walmarts across the country,” she added. The Black Diamond Stoneworks’ Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with PS3 product will be distributed in more than 100 Walmart stores initially.

Black Diamond Stoneworks’ Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with PS3 can be used to clean both natural wood floors and laminate floors without leaving streaks or dulling residue. The new formula includes the new PS3 additive, a triple-action poly shield.

Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer is a safe, pH-neutral cleaner enhanced with the company’s NEX-GEN Granite Sealer. Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer also is safe for use on marble, travertine, limestone, ceramic and quartz surfaces.

“People just don’t enjoy cleaning,” Morrow said. “We understand that. Our products are designed to be easy, effective and safe to have in your home and around your family. And best of all, they work!”


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Health professionals are ‘go-to’ information source

BY Michael Johnsen

When it comes to medical treatment, healthcare professionals remain the most trusted source for information. According to a recent online survey of more than 600 AccentHealth viewers, 64% of viewers cite their healthcare professional as their source of information for prescription medicines, while 31% say they go to healthcare professionals for information on OTCs.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in every edition of DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 5,500 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

 

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Target said deal with TD Bank will profitably grow credit card portfolio

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has sold its consumer credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group for $5.7 billion, the mass merchandise retailer said.

Target said that under the seven-year deal, TD Bank will underwrite, fund and own future Target Credit Card and Target Visa receivables in the United States, control risk management policies and oversee regulatory compliance. Meanwhile, Target will perform account servicing functions and maintain the current integration between its financial services operations and retail operations; the agreement will have no effect on its 5% REDcard Rewards program.

"We’re pleased that we’ve completed the sale of our credit card portfolio," Target Corp. chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said. "We look forward to working with TD Bank Group, a premier financial institution, to provide innovative financial products to our guests and profitably grow the portfolio over time."

The company said that president of financial and retail services Terry Scully would retire in March 2014 and move into a strategic advisory role starting on April 1, 2013. 

In other news, Ecolab chairman and CEO Douglas Baker and Yahoo! COO COO Henrique De Castro have been appointed to Target’s board of directors, effective immediately, the company said.


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