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Zarbee’s Naturals names Plum Organics CEO to board

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Zarbee’s Naturals on Tuesday announced that Neil Grimmer, co-founder and CEO of Plum Organics, was appointed to the company’s board of directors.

“Neil is a mastermind when it comes to developing ideas, products and brands, and we are thrilled that he is joining Zarbee’s board of directors,” stated Zak Zarbock, founder of Zarbee’s Naturals.

Grimmer currently serves as CEO of Plum Organics, where he has led the launch of more than 100 new products, making Plum Organics one of the fastest-growing organic baby and kids food brand in the United States.

A recent winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Grimmer pioneered the first-to-market eco-pouch that has revolutionized the baby and kids food category.

“Neil will be a valuable addition to our board. He brings extraordinary experience that aligns perfectly with our mission at Zarbee’s,” said Bryce Johnson, CEO of Zarbee’s Naturals. “His innovative thinking will be a great contribution to our future growth.”

Grimmer will have opportunity to weigh in on Zarbee’s new product introductions right from the start. This year, Zarbee’s plans to introduce a number of new products, including Zarbee’s Children’s Sleep, Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief, a new Baby Cough Syrup and Children’s Cough for Mucus, the company noted.

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Walgreens featured on CNBC segment regarding benefits in hiring Americans with disabilities

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson was featured as a best-practice employer on a CNBC
segment Tuesday afternoon on the hiring of Americans with disabilities. Walgreens employs approximately 1,000 persons with disabilities throughout its supply chain, or 10% of its supply chain workforce. Wasson wants to hit that mark across its retail workforce as well, Wasson said.  

The Kessler Foundation, a national organization spearheading employment efforts among persons with disabilities, reported that as many as 70% of Americans with disabilities are not working. That translates into about 10 million potential taxpayers. "What we’ve been focused on at Kessler — how can we demonstrate to American corporations that hiring people with disabilities adds to their bottom line, potentially adds to their market share and does something great that helps an individual feel like they are contributing to society again," commented Rodger DeRose, Kessler Foundation CEO. 

 

Wasson testified to the many benefits that materialize out of a motivated workforce. "They absolutely can be qualified to work in a variety of positions in our supply chain and distribution centers and retail stores and really have a deep-down desire to do the best job they can," he said. "We started employing people with disabilities in the first distribution center in North Carolina [some] eight years ago. We have studies that show 20% fewer accidents in our distribution centers, we have 70% lower workers’ compensation costs, lower absenteeism and nearly twice the retention," he said. "This was not charity for us. This is about making sure we have the same standards for people with disabilities and typically abled people, and the entire work environment has improved."

The two distribution centers where nearly 40% of the workforce incorporate persons with disabilities are 20% more efficient than the company’s older generation DCs, Wasson added. 


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ScriptPro to use biometric authentication systems from Xelios

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSION, Kan. — The pharmacy automation and management systems made by ScriptPro will begin using biometric authentication technology from Xelios Biometrics, under a multi-year licensing agreement between the two companies.

The companies said such biometric identifiers as fingerprints would be more reliable in verifying identity than identification cards or personal identification numbers, which are currently used in ScriptPro’s systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We believe biometric authentication is the simplest and most powerful way to implement controls over pharmacy processes," ScriptPro president and CEO Mike Coughlin said. "We have tested a number of technologies in this area and feel that Xelios has taken this method to a new level of speed and accuracy."

ScriptPro will use Xelios’ system during the prescription-dispensing process to identify authorized pharmacy staff and track and store information about who handles a prescription.

 

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