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CVS/pharmacy offers insurance payment service

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS/pharmacy is launching a new service called Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy in spring 2014 to help customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums. Members of participating health plans can bring their insurance bills to any CVS/pharmacy store in the U.S. to pay their premiums at no additional cost.

CVS/pharmacy has partnered with InComm to facilitate bill payments at all cash registers in the pharmacy or at front checkout. Members of health plans that participate in Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy will receive their monthly premium bills featuring a customer-specific barcode and instructions on how it may be used to pay their premium. CVS will scan the barcode and collect the member’s desired payment, which may be made using cash, credit card or debit card.

CVS/pharmacy also accepts insurance bill payments from members of health plans that are enrolled in MoneyGram’s bill payment service. Most CVS/pharmacy locations are equipped with MoneyGram phones or kiosks to facilitate a cash-only bill payment at a store’s front checkout.

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Campbell’s hires Walmart’s social exec

BY CSA STAFF

Umang Shah was named global director for social media and digital marketing at Campbell’s after serving in a similar capacity at Walmart for the past two years.

Ad Age reported that Shah will start at Campbell on April 28 after holding the position of director of social media strategy at Walmart for the past two years. Prior to that he served as a social media strategist at Microsoft. His responsibilities at Campbell will include leading mobile and emerging media activation in paid, owned and earned media channels and he will report to the soup company’s vp of integrated marketing Yin Rani.

Shah’s departure from Walmart comes as the retailer loses Marc Rosen as SVP of global e-commerce at Walmart to Levi Strauss & Co. Levi hired Rosen to service as president of global e-commerce effective May 5.

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Report: California shopping center to expand use permit

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woodland, Calif. – The Gateway Shopping Center in Woodland, Calif. has reportedly received permission to expand the types of businesses allowed in its use permit. According to the Woodland Daily Democrat, the Woodland Planning Commission is granting approval for food services, banks, professional service offices, nail salons and dry cleaners to be located at the center.

RadioShack and Payless Shoes are also reportedly awaiting approval to open stores at the center.

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