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Zak Designs assembles new Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ mealtime products

BY Jason Owen

SPOKANE, Wash. — After the huge success of Marvel’s "The Avengers" movie this past summer, a new generation of kids were turned on to one of the most popular superhero teams of all time. To capitalize on this burgeoning new fanbase, Zak Designs is launching a new line of mealtime products based on the blockbuster hit.

Zak’s line of "Marvel’s Avengers Assemble" includes a three-section tray with raised sides, standard plates, bowls, tumblers and flatware, as well as a 17-in. placemat to serve it all on. In addition to these home products, Zak is offering an 18-oz. pull-top bottle, a 17-oz. lenticular fun sip with 3-D graphics, and a new 11-oz. Loopity Loop tumbler with a wraparound straw so kids can take fun with them and stay hydrated on the go.

All products are BPA-free and durable enough to withstand the tough, little superheroes they’re made for.

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Nash Finch names EVP, president and COO of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Nash Finch, a Minneapolis-based food distributor, has announced that Kevin Elliott has been appointed EVP, president and COO of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail.

Elliott previously served as SVP of merchandising, logistics and marketing at 7-Eleven. Elliott worked at 7-Eleven from 2001 to 2010, where he was responsible for overseeing the corporate store and franchise operations as well as 7-Eleven’s national distribution network comprised of 26 distribution centers.

As president and COO of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail, Elliott will be responsible for the company’s food distribution and corporate retail operations reporting to Alec Covington, president and CEO of Nash Finch. Elliott’s top priority will be leading the company’s sales-growth strategy, building upon the company’s customer/consumer focused approach to serving independent retailers. Elliott will also focus on strengthening the performance of the company’s corporate retail banners.

 

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Latest retail clinic study illustrates continued embrace of convenient care clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

A recent survey found a significant increase in the number of U.S. adults who have visited a retail clinic in recent years. The growth is attributed to a rise in the number of clinics nationwide, as well as patients’ positive response to the convenience and lower cost of such clinic locations.

The findings come as little surprise and one should expect to see increased usage going forward. Why? Because health care is becoming increasingly consumer-centric as patients not only battle rising health care costs but also a growing shortage of primary care physicians. Patients want — need — convenient, high-quality health care services that are also cost effective. Convenient care clinics are increasingly illustrating the important role they play within the U.S. healthcare system.

According to numbers provided by the Convenient Care Association, as few as 2% of medical students coming out of U.S. medical schools intend to pursue a career in general primary care. And the Department of Health and Human Services, reports that nearly 67 million people in the United States live in a primacy care shortage area. And here’s another alarming stat: It is estimated that the primary care physician shortage will reach about 60,000 by 2015.

Now factor in the fact that some 30 million Americans will gain health insurance in 2014 due to healthcare reform — further straining the already overloaded healthcare system.

It should also be noted that on the heels of the release of the survey results, CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic announced yet another clinical affiliation to add to its roster: New Jersey-based Virtua. Under this partnership, Virtua physicians will serve as medical directors at clinics in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, while the two companies collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives.

The bottom line is that patients, as well as third-party payors and many others within the medical community, are increasingly realizing the vital role that retail-based health clinics, and the nurse practitioners working in those clinics, play in the U.S. healthcare system.

It is being illustrated by studies such as this one, the strides that are being made to ensure that nurse practitioners can practice to their fullest potential and the fact that The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners will now merge to serve as one powerful voice for nurse practitioners.

 

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