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Food Lion’s bagged apples campaign provides meals to those in need

BY DSN STAFF

Food Lion is doing its part to help the community.

The Salisbury, N.C.-based retailer is partnering with customers to help do its part to help end hunger. To do this, the company is launching specially-marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples, and through its sales donate meals to local food banks in partnership with Feeding America.

Each of the bags will maintain a retail price of $2.99 throughout the campaign, which is set to begin on Oct. 2.

This marks the fifth year the bagged apple campaign will help provide more than one million meals to families facing hunger in local communities across its 10-state footprint, the company said.

Through its Food Lion Feeds initiative, the company has made a commitment to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, the retailer has donated more than 402 million meals through in-store campaigns, in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism.

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CVS Health helps East Coast customers prepare for Hurricane Florence

BY Sandra Levy

In anticipation of Hurricance Florence, CVS Health is instituting several measures to ensure that patients get their medication. The company said it will issue a number of advisories to help customers and patients prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

“The health and safety of our customers, patients and colleagues are most important to us,” CVS Health executive vice president and CVS Pharmacy president Kevin Hourican said. “In light of weather advisories and local warnings in effect in North and South Carolina, we’re working hard to ensure that our customers have the medications they need to ride out the storm safely.”

CVS Health is using text messages and email where possible to remind patients to refill prescriptions in advance of Hurricane Florence. Through CVS Caremark, CVS Health’s pharmacy benefit manager, the company has activated a process that allows it to provide one-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for plan members in impacted areas.

Several CVS Pharmacy locations in areas with mandatory evacuation orders will be closed until it is deemed safe to re-open. Customers from impacted evacuation areas that need prescription refills can go to any open CVS Pharmacy location outside of the evacuation zone.

CVS Health also suggests that patients take a waterproof bag with their current medication, even if the bottle is empty. The information on the prescription label will help pharmacy staff with refill requests. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, therefore CVS urges patients to try to protect them from extreme weather conditions.

CVS Health also urges patients to keep a written record of current prescriptions in valuable papers files. If you are taking several prescription drugs, it’s an especially good idea to keep a record of your current dosage and doctor’s contact information.

Stores are stocked with such emergency items as bottled water, batteries, flashlights and first aid supplies. In the last 10 years, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have donated more than $11 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

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NRF: Escalating tariff threats could spell trouble for retail imports

BY Marianne Wilson

The threat of escalating tariffs is putting a damper on the otherwise healthy retail marketplace and has caused retailers to up their import orders.

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to remain strong this month after setting three new records this summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“More tariffs could come any day, and retailers have been bringing in record amounts of merchandise ahead of that in order to mitigate the impact on their customers,” said NRF VP for supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retail sales are growing stronger than expected this year thanks to tax cuts and job creation, but tariffs are the wild card that threaten to throw away a significant portion of those benefits.”

The current boom in shipping can primarily be explained by importers’ response to the U.S. trade war with China, according to Hackett Associates founder Ben Hackett.

“Consumers appear to be spending money on goods ahead of the tariff price increases that will eventually come,” he said. “But there could be a rocky road ahead as the impact of tariffs begins to be more fully felt.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (a TEU is one 20-ft.-long cargo container or its equivalent).

In July, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 2.8% from June and up 5.6% year-over-year.
August was estimated at 1.92 million TEU, up 4.8% year-over-year. September is forecast at 1.83 million TEU, up 2.4%; October at 1.88 million, up 5%; November at 1.79 million TEU, up 1.7%, and December also at 1.79 million TEU, up 3.6%.

August was the third month in a row to set a new record for the number of containers imported during a single month, following July’s 1.9 million TEU and June’s 1.85 million TEU. The previous record of 1.83 million TEU was set in August 2017.

The first half of 2018 totaled 10.3 million TEU, an increase of 5.1% over the first half of 2017. The total for 2018 is expected to reach 21.4 million TEU, an increase of 4.4% over last year’s record 20.5 million TEU.

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Port of Virginia, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Miami and Jacksonville on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.

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