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Wellesse kicks off ‘Your Wellpower to Succeed’ sweepstakes

BY Michael Johnsen

FERNDALE, Wash. — Wellesse on Wednesday announced the launch of the "Your Wellpower to Succeed" sweepstakes, where consumers can enter for a chance to win three grand prizes with a combined worth of $4,500, including a spa retreat for two, one year’s supply of five Wellesse liquid supplements and a choice of a treadmill, elliptical or exercise membership.

"This new online sweepstakes campaign is part of our commitment to be a resource for nutritional supplements, as well as health-and-wellness support because we recognize a little motivation goes a long way in helping our customer’s succeed in their goals for a healthier lifestyle," Wellesse online marketing manager Leslie Ellis said. Consumers may enter for a chance to win one of four ways, plus earn extra entries by sharing on Facebook, retweeting messages on Twitter and commenting on the Vital to Health and Wellness blog.

The sweepstakes launched Aug. 1 and continues through Oct. 31 with a grand-prize drawing each month, as well as weekly drawings.

In related news, Wellesse also is providing healthy living tips in a three part mini-series by partnering with Lifetime TV’s "The Balancing Act," featuring nutritionist expert and dietitian Marie Spano, beginning Aug. 6.


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Walgreens’ Chawla named to apparel retailer’s board

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Walgreens’ e-commerce president Sona Chawla has been appointed to serve on the board of directors at specialty retail apparel chain Express.

Chawla, who will serve as a class-3 director and brings the number of directors on Express’ board to seven, also will serve on the Express’ compensation and governance committee. Chawla has lead Walgreens’ e-commerce business since January 2011. Prior to her role at Walgreens, she served in roles at Dell and Wells Fargo.

"I am pleased to welcome Sona to the board," Express board chairman, president and CEO Michael Weiss said. "Sona’s particular knowledge and experience in e-commerce, marketing, strategy and general management will be extremely beneficial to Express as we continue to deliver on our four pillars of growth, particularly e-commerce."

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Q2 sales, comps up for Publix as stock price drops

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Wednesday posted sales of $6.8 billion for second quarter 2012, up 3.2%. Comparable-store sales for the second quarter increased 1.9%.

The amounts are based on unaudited reports that will be filed Aug. 9 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the grocer reported.

Effective Aug. 1, Publix’s stock price decreased from $22.70 per share to $22.00 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

"The economy continues to affect our results and stock price," Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said. "During these difficult times, our associates remain focused on providing excellent customer service."

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