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Whole Foods commences test run of Wellness Clubs

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN — Retailer Whole Foods is continuing its foray into the health-and-wellness realm.

The retailer, which doesn’t shy from health-and-wellness initiatives — including a healthy eating mobile application, "cooking coaches" and the recently-launched charity aimed to provide children with access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations — has commenced a pilot of membership-only Wellness Clubs in five cities, including Dedham, Mass., Chicago, Oakland, Calif., New York and Princeton, N.J. Chicago and Oakland Wellness Clubs will open next month, while the New York and Princeton Wellness Clubs will launch in October. It is speculated that if the pilot program proves successful, the Wellness Club offering will be taken nationwide.

Whole Foods Market Wellness Clubs provide an inviting environment where members are empowered to make educated and positive lifestyle choices that promote their long-term health and well-being through coaching, delicious food and a supportive community," the Whole Foods Wellness Club page reads.

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A&P selects DemandTec for deal management

BY Drug Store News Team

SAN MATEO, Calif. — A&P has selected DemandTec’s Deal Management software service to help streamline its deal-and-allowance management capabilities.

DemandTec will convert A&P’s current paper-based approach into a collaborative, digital workflow across multiple divisions, formats, and store clusters.  A&P will capture vendor-submitted deal information in a secure online setting, negotiate and manage each deal, establish control points for data accuracy, and store information for seven years, providing an electronic trail to help support regulatory compliance.  The software service will be integrated with A&P’s existing systems to leverage current automation for coupon, tag, and sign production as well as automated billing and invoice reconciliation.

"Through A&P’s partnership with DemandTec, we expect to not only gain near-term benefits through a more streamlined, collaborative deal management workflow with our suppliers, but to also support a broader end-to-end promotion planning strategy that maps to our existing systems," said Tom O’Boyle, EVP marketing, and supply chain at A&P.

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American Diabetes Association encourages participation in annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Just a few months after Novo Nordisk announced it would serve as the national premier sponsor for the American Diabetes Association’s annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event in 2011 and 2012, the ADA is encouraging Americans to participate in this year’s annual fundraising walk.

The walk, which takes place in about 135 cities across the country, supports ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

National sponsors include Novo Nordisk, Cary’s sugar-free syrup, Equal zero-calorie sweetener, PureVia all-natural zero-calorie sweetener and the Dignity Memorial Network.

For more information and to register, click here.

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