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Amazon, Whole Foods add markets to grocery delivery

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon and Whole Foods Market are adding four more markets to their two-hour grocery delivery program.

On June 12, the online giant launched free two-hour delivery of products from Whole Foods through Prime Now in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond. The service first launched in February, and was available in seven cities by April.

With the additional markets, the service is now available in 14 cities. Amazon plans to continue expanding the service across the United States throughout the rest of the year, the company said.

The service extension comes on the heels of another program expansion across the Whole Foods Market chain. Starting this week, Amazon will introduce its Prime discounts program to Whole Foods stores across 10 additional states, a move that gives members an extra 10% off sale items.

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Walgreens marks availability of 1,000 medication disposal kiosks

BY Antoinette Alexander

Walgreens celebrated a milestone on Monday as it reached 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosk installations at its stores nationwide.

Joining company officials to mark the milestone at one of its Las Vegas stores was Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, where Walgreens has expanded its safe medication disposal kiosks this year to 12 locations throughout Nevada.

“I was pleased to join Walgreens today as they installed their 1,000th safe medicine disposal kiosk,” Sandoval said. “Kiosks like these are yet another tool in the fight against opioids and I congratulate Walgreens for its commitment to this fight.”

The first of its kind program to allow for safe medication disposal in a drug store setting allows individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescription and OTC medications year-round at no cost. It makes the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours.

Walgreens safe medication disposal program has collected and safely disposed of more than 270 tons of medications — or the equivalent of about 150 cars — since the launch of the program in 2016.

“As we mark the installation of 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosks in our drug stores, we are truly inspired by the response to the program from communities around the country,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. “We are proud to provide a solution to get unwanted medications out of home medicine cabinets and avoid landfills while we continue to expand the program to address a real health crisis facing the country.”

Last fall, the company announced its partnership with health care organizations AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics to expand the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks to approximately 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide.

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Weis Markets opens latest beer, wine café

BY Antoinette Alexander

Following the opening of a beer-wine café in its Berwick, Pa., store, Weis Markets has announced the opening of another café in its Newport, Pa., location.

Weis Markets operates 61 beer-wine cafes in its Pennsylvania stores.

The café sells more than 200 varieties of imported and domestic wines including ones from Pennsylvania vineyards, as well as a chilled section. The café also offers 560 varieties of domestic, imported and craft beer, including local craft beers brewed by Troeg’s, Liquid Hero and Wyndridge Farms.

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 206 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.

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