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Xploderz making retail debut

BY Allison Cerra

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A new line of toy firing systems features ammunition that disintegrates on impact.

The Xploderz lineup of products include the XBlaster 200, Face Off 400, XStormer 1000 and XRanger 2000. Each gun shoots ammunition made with H2Grow technology that disintegrates on impact.

The XBlaster 200 is an easy-to-handle blaster that features a power arm, ammo clip and 200 Xploderz rounds, and shoots up to 50 ft. The XBlaster 200 carries a suggested retail price of $12.99.

The Face Off 400 is a battle pack of easy-to-handle blasters with ammo clips and 400 Xploderz rounds, ideal for a pair of players. Each blaster shoots up to 50 ft and carries a suggested retail price of $19.99.

The XStormer 1000 is a versatile blaster with good distance and easy maneuverability. It comes with power arm, flip-up sight, ammo clip and 1,000 Xploderz rounds, with the potential to shoot up to 75 ft. The XStormer 1000 carries a suggested retail price of $24.99.

The XRanger 2000 is a long-distance fire power with shoulder stock, bi-pod, flip-up sight, ammo clip and 2000 Xploderz rounds. The XRanger 2000 shoots a distance of 85 ft and retails for $39.99.

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With business units consolidated, P&G shuffles executives

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Following the retirement of Procter & Gamble vice chairman Robert Steele, the company said it consolidated its current three global business units into two: beauty and grooming, and household care.

Thee oral care and feminine care businesses will become part of P&G’s beauty and grooming GBU, and will be lead by Ed Shirley, P&G’s vice chairman of global beauty and grooming. Charlie Pierce, group president, global oral care and Steve Bishop, group president, global feminine care, will report to Shirley.

Meanwhile, the personal health care, pet care and snacks businesses will become part of P&G’s household care GBU, which will be lead by Dimitri Panayotopoulos, who is vice chairman of P&G’s global household care business. Tom Finn, global health care president and Dan Rajczak, SVP global snacks and pet care, will report to Panayotopoulos.

Steele, who oversees oral care, feminine care, personal health care, pet care and snacks for P&G, will retire effective Sept. 1.

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CVS/pharmacy hopes to set hearts aflutter this Valentine’s Day

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is positioning itself as a go-to shopping destination this Valentine’s Day.

"Showing loved ones that you care is easier than ever this Valentine’s Day with the variety of meaningful gifts available at your local CVS/pharmacy," said Mike Bloom, EVP merchandising, supply chain, marketing and advertising. "From cards and candy to the most popular designer fragrances, we offer what the variety shoppers are looking for in one convenient stop."

The drug store chain said it is offering a wide selection of chocolates and candy, heartfelt greeting cards and spa-at-home products, as well as personalized photo keepsakes.

CVS/pharmacy said it will announce promotions on its Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as in store circulars. The company also is encouraging ExtraCare members to purchase Valentine’s Day items, and can save money when they purchase specially advertised items and receive instant ExtraBucks every time they shop.

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