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Winn-Dixie inks deal with Green Secure Solutions

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Through a new exclusive agreement with Green Secure Solutions, Winn-Dixie is implementing a patent-pending process to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at its 484 stores.

Winn-Dixie said Green Secure Solutions’ mobile sanitizing units act like a car wash, where shopping carts and other equipment are cleaned with a high-temperature, pressurized shower sterilized with hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet light. The retailer said by using this process, it can assure customers’ health is protected.

"This service protects our customers’ health by using an environmentally safe product that continues to kill bacteria and other microorganisms for six months between treatments," said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie group VP marketing. "Green Secure Solutions has serviced every one of our stores, and now they are beginning a second round of treatments, creating an invisible shield that provides additional protection for our customers and the food they’re buying."

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Apr-12-2011 03:07 pm

We at Fleet Cleaning Supply have invented a Grocery Cart Sanitizing System called the Germ Annihilator that will kill 99.8% of the Germs on a Grocery Cart etc. as they come in from the parking lot an passed through a 4.5 ft. tunnel.Not one at a time , but a many as you choose to push through. The unit uses about 16 Sq. ft of space and uses only (1) 120 Volt grounded outlet.It uses UVC to accomplish this. The testing was done at EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL LABRATORY to insure the above results. Paten is Pending. To view the unit go www.fleetsupply.org We refer to it as the GREEN MACHINE because it generates no waste and no Wipes to be disposed of.Surveys have indicated a Grocery Cart is used 7 times per day ,this means it would be degermed 7 times per day. Its that simple

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Doctors Express opens two physician-led urgent care centers in San Diego

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN DIEGO — The nurse practitioner-staffed retail clinic concept has sparked a revolution in health care, and now even physicians are re-examining the model to find new ways to create value and improve healthcare delivery.
 
According to a recent Sign On San Diego article, San Diego already has a number of urgent care centers that are open into the evening and on weekends for walk-in patients, most of which are run by large medical groups. However, Doctors Express, the only for-profit national urgent care franchise in the country, has opened two offices in San Diego County since November 2010, and is expecting continued growth.
 
Doctors Express, which was founded in Maryland in 2006, requires partnerships between a business manager and physician, who serves as a medical director, typically overseeing several other doctors and medical assistants.
 
Doctors Express CEO Peter Ross told Sign On San Diego that the company has 34 franchises in 18 states, with an additional 40 centers slated to open this year.
 
In addition, some hospitals in that local area have opened “fast-track” units designed to relieve overcrowding in the emergency room.
 
The article noted that the UCSD Health system has opened what it refers to as urgent care centers within ER departments at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

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Rite Aid’s February sales increase

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — February sales at Rite Aid increased 1% over the prior-year period, while the chain’s front-end and pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.1% and 0.9%, respectively.

Total drug store sales for the five-week period increased 0.1% to about $2.44 billion, Rite Aid reported.

The earnings were below expectations issued by Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly in a research note released Monday, which projected a 1.5% to 2% increase in comparable sales for Rite Aid versus consensus of 0.5%. Kelly added that he believed pharmacy comparable sales would see a 1.5% boost, while the chain’s front-end sales would rise 2.5%, thanks to increased traffic from the chain’s loyalty program, Wellness+.

Meanwhile, Rite Aid’s sales for the 13-week fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 26, totaled $6.43 billion, compared with nearly $6.44 billion in fourth quarter 2010, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

Despite the slight decrease in total store sales, same-store sales for the quarter increased 0.9%, and front-end same-store sales increased by 1%, compared with last year. Same-store prescriptions filled increased 0.8%.

Total store sales for the fiscal year were $25.1 billion, a 1.8% decrease from last year’s $25.6 billion. Same-store sales decreased by 0.7%, including a 0.3% decrease in front-end sales and a 0.9% decrease in pharmacy sales. Prescription sales accounted for 67.8% of the total, while third-party prescription sales constituted 96.2% of pharmacy sales.

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