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Checkpoint Systems releases new RFID label

BY Dan Berthiaume

Orlando, Fla. — Checkpoint Systems Inc. is releasing its new Zephyr 2 RFID label, which is certified by the University of Arkansas’ ARC Center for item-level tagging of all apparel categories in the U.S. and Europe. The Zephyr 2 RFID label design has an integrated UCode 7 chip from NXP Semiconductors, and comes with optimal read/write sensitivity for accurate counting and quicker encoding.

The Zephyr 2, offered with a label size of 54x34mm, has been optimized for performance with all of Checkpoint’s RFID solutions. It has received certification from the University of Arkansas’ ARC Center for Categories A (denim), B (polybagged apparel), C (boxed items) and D (hanging apparel) for use in North America, and Categories I (apparel) and K (apparel) for European apparel items. This will allow retailers to use the same tag globally across many categories.

“Major apparel retailers have expressed a strong interest in the capabilities that the Zephyr 2 offers, particularly those with broad apparel product lines with large-scale deployment needs,” said Umesh Cooduvalli, Checkpoint’s senior director, RFID consumables. “We’re excited that this product is already being used in RFID pilots and we look forward to scaling up supply for future deployments.”

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Rite Aid gets URAC accreditation in specialty pharmacy

BY CSA STAFF

Rite Aid has been awarded specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

“We are very proud to have received full accreditation as a specialty pharmacy provider from URAC,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid EVP of pharmacy. “Every day, Rite Aid pharmacists are committed to providing all of our patients, especially those receiving specialty pharmacy treatments, with the best care possible. This designation from URAC recognizes our efforts and is great achievement for our specialty pharmacy team.”

“By applying for and receiving URAC accreditation, Rite Aid has demonstrated a commitment to quality healthcare,” said URAC president and CEO Kylanne Green. “In today’s healthcare market, URAC accreditation provides a mark of distinction and we applaud Rite Aid for meeting strict quality standards and achieving URAC specialty pharmacy accreditation.”

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that model the rapid changes in the healthcare system and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.

Rite Aid operates nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion.

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BJ’s foundation donates 70 grants to nonprofits

BY CSA STAFF

BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated 70 grants totaling $431,000 to several nonprofit organizations whose goals are to help improve the lives of local residents in the areas surrounding BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.

The funds will go toward healthcare, education, hunger prevention and self-sufficiency.

"We take pride in being able to give back through our foundation," said Jessica Newman, executive director for the BJ’s Charitable Organization. "It’s an important part of our company’s culture to support local non-profit organizations with programs that touch so many people in the communities we serve."

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated nearly $19 million to more than 2,100 community organizations. All recipients are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Click here for a complete listing of all of the organizations that received grants.

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