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Yankee Candle Co. launches collection inspired by ‘The Sound of Music’

BY Rebecca Haughey

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. – The Yankee Candle Co. today announced the launch of its latest limited edition collection — My Favorite Things, inspired by the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein song from the musical "The Sound of Music."

The collection features three new fragrances: Brown Paper Packages, Whiskers on Kittens, and Schnitzel with Noodles. Returning from 2011 are Bright Copper Kettles, Crisp Apple Strudel, and Warm Woolen Mittens.

"We are thrilled to bring the memories of the Rodgers & Hammerstein song ‘My Favorite Things’ to life through fragrance," said Hope Margala Klein, EVP brand, innovation and merchandising for The Yankee Candle Co. "The collection brings you back to nostalgic childhood moments."

The My Favorite Things collection is available in large jar (SRP of $27.99) or special Samplers votive storybook gift set (SRP of $19.99) in more than 550 company-owned retail stores, select specialty retailers and gift shops, Yankee Candle Village stores and online at www.YankeeCandle.com from November through December, while supplies last.

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McKesson to acquire Emendo, a company that helps optimize patient flow

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — McKesson on Tuesday announced it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Emendo, whose CapPlan Predictive Capacity Planning solution equips healthcare providers to optimize operational performance by intelligently forecasting patient demand. 

CapPlan also supports clinicians in their delivery of quality patient care by using a patient-centered, enterprisewide view of activity to make real-time adjustments for patient flow and staffed capacity allocations.

“It’s estimated that there is more than $700 billion in waste across the U.S. healthcare system,” stated Chris Bauleke, president of Health Systems Performance Management for McKesson Provider Technologies. “Much of that waste results from inefficiencies that can be reduced with greater visibility to patient flow and the use of capacity management solutions. In turn, organizations can achieve better business results and also deliver higher-quality care that’s more patient-centered.” 

Bauleke noted that health systems can use capacity management solutions to fine-tune staffing requirements, procedure scheduling and resource utilization. “The potential savings and increased revenues from improved management of staff and other key assets are especially attractive as pressure mounts to reduce costs,” he said.

Unique in its ability to forecast future patient activity, CapPlan enables health systems to allocate resources efficiently while identifying unnecessary costs. By proactively managing clinician schedules and workloads, patient flow, length of stay and discharges, providers can achieve measurable results. For example, using CapPlan, a 400-bed hospital realized $895,000 savings for inpatient areas, and a 450-bed facility identified potential efficiency savings exceeding $1 million in the first year of use.

“Our team has focused on the intricacies of the healthcare setting and how to manage for sustained operational effectiveness,” Dave Tinkler, Emendo CEO, explained. “We provide actionable intelligence that hospitals and health systems use to manage their business operations on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis — no matter what comes at them.”

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Wegmans working with local food banks, American Red Cross on food and ice distributions

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets on Monday announced it has worked closely with the Monmouth County Food Bank and the American Red Cross in New Jersey on food and ice distributions since Hurricane Sandy came through the area last week. 

“I have stayed in close touch with both organizations on a daily basis to understand their needs, and I will continue to do so,” stated Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans’ community relations manager. “We have always worked closely with food banks and disaster relief agencies so that we can react quickly when disaster strikes.”

Lovejoy also noted that in affected areas of Pennsylvania where Wegmans has stores, individual stores have donated food and ice directly to agencies that are operating emergency shelters.

"Rather than implement a separate scanning program for Hurricane Sandy, we are reminding our customers that by giving at check out to their local food bank, they are, in fact, helping the entire food relief system help the victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout the Northeast," Lovejoy noted. "Food banks will help today, but also in the weeks and months to come.”

To date, Wegmans delivered three truckloads of food to MCFB, with an additional truckload to be delivered Tuesday and three truckloads of food and ice to the American Red Cross central distribution facility in New Jersey. The combined value of the donation is approximately $200,000. 

Wegmans operates seven stores in New Jersey, two of which are in Monmouth County, an area severely impacted by the hurricane. 

All 81 of Wegmans stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts were able to stay open and stocked throughout the storm and its aftermath as a result of advance planning, Lovejoy said. Generators were used to power stores in areas where utility power failed, and Wegmans’ merchants planned ahead with vendors to have an adequate supply of the most in-demand products. 

Wegmans also was able to successfully deliver orders to its stores. All stores are now back on utility power and have resumed their regular hours of operation, the company reported. 

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