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Cybera releases VAN for NBS processors

BY Dan Berthiaume

Nashville, Tenn. – Cybera Inc., a provider of virtual application network services, has completed a new National Bankcard Service (NBS) payment Virtual Application Network (VAN) that enables connectivity between POS and NBS payment processors. With this new partnership, Cybera has given NBS the ability to process payment through POS systems that emit payment through serial interface.

Cybera will facilitate the conversion of the serial signal emitted from the POS system into IP, allowing existing POS customers the ability to implement NBS as a payment processor. By performing the embedded serial conversion and placing the payment traffic into a secure end-to-end segmented network, Cybera is able to reduce the scope of the customers’ Card Data Environment (CDE), improving PCI compliance.

The NBS Payment Virtual Application Network (VAN) enables connectivity between the VeriFone POS and any given payment processor. This solution also maintains a highly available connection between Cybera’s cloud and NBS’s payment infrastructure.

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GMA bestows highest honor on retired Walmart CEO Mike Duke

BY CSA STAFF

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has presented retired Walmart president and CEO Mike Duke with its 2014 Hall of Achievement Award at the GMA Leadership Forum at The Broadmoor. The Hall of Achievement Award represents the highest honor given by the more than 100 year-old association.

“Mike Duke’s record of service and success is an inspiration and model to all in the food, beverage and consumer products industry. His visionary leadership has had a profound and lasting impact on the companies, communities and consumers he has served in the course of his impressive career,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. “It is with great pleasure that we recognize his many contributions with the Hall of Achievement Award.”

Duke’s tenure at Walmart began in 1995, and he quickly rose through the ranks, leading the logistics, distribution and administration divisions. In 2005 he assumed responsibility for its international arm, and also served as vice chairman. Duke was named president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores in 2009, becoming just the fourth person to hold the position in the retailer’s history. As CEO, he is credited with delivering strong financial performances while making critical investments in technology and human resources to support Walmart’s global expansion. Duke has also been a champion of the company’s efforts to address social and environmental issues. During his tenure, the company opened more than 220 stores in food deserts across the U.S., launched the Great For You icon to help customers quickly and easily identify more nutritious foods for their families, saved customers more than $3.5 billion on fresh fruits and vegetables, donated more than 1.58 billion pounds of food to local food banks, and pledged to source $20 billion in goods from women-owned businesses by 2016. Today, Duke serves as chairman of the executive committee of the Walmart Stores board of directors. Prior to joining Walmart, Duke gained 23 years of retail experience as an executive with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.

Duke has served on the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, the executive committee of the Business Roundtable and the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. He currently sits on the executive board of Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and on the board of advisers of the University of Arkansas.

The GMA Hall of Achievement Award honors the extraordinary service and contributions of the consumer packaged goods industry’s most distinguished leaders. Established in 1984, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the award, of which past recipients include A.G. Lafley of The Procter & Gamble Company, Doug Conant of Campbell Soup Company, Ric Jurgens of Hy-Vee, Inc. and Danny Wegman of Wegmans Food Markets.

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HEB and Thrifty White honored for advocacy

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Two industry retailers were honored for their political advocacy and grassroots support at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Political Involvement Reception during the NACDS Total Store Expo.

NACDS chain member H-E-B received the NACDS RxIMPACT “Leader of the Year” award for its efforts to engage in practically every program of the NACDS RxIMPACT brand, including congressional meetings during the annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, conducting numerous NACDS RxIMPACT Pharmacy tours and hosting pharmacy advocacy training programs.

NACDS member Thrifty White Pharmacy received the NACDS Political Action Committee (PAC) “Politically Engaged Pharmacy,” or PEP, award. This award is presented to a company or individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to advancing pharmacy through the NACDS-PAC. Distinguishing itself as a leader in political involvement, Thrifty White has generously supported and is consistent in its commitment to the NACDS-PAC.

“Political and grassroots involvement is so vital for pharmacy to succeed in public policy,” NACDS president and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE stated. “We congratulate H-E-B and Thrifty White for their commitment to the NACDS RxIMPACT program and the NACDS-PAC. Everything we do on behalf of the chain pharmacy industry is done to reinforce our theme of pharmacy being the face of neighborhood healthcare, and these two companies do so much to convey that important message.”

The NACDS RxIMPACT grassroots program was launched in 2009 to further advance pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policies. The program’s many facets — including the NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill meetings with policymakers in Washington and NACDS RxIMPACT Pharmacy Tours bringing Members of Congress into pharmacies in their states and districts — are just some of the opportunities to help engage policymakers about the value of pharmacy in improving healthcare delivery. In the last six years, more than 300 pharmacy tours and nearly 2,000 Capitol Hill meetings have been conducted by pharmacy advocates.

The NACDS-PAC supports federal congressional candidates who advance pro-patient and pro-pharmacy policies.

Headlining the advocacy event was David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, which provides analyses of presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races.

Wasserman examines the current political environment and trends at the national and local levels. He served as an analyst for NBC News during election nights in 2012, 2010 and 2008, and appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-SPAN Washington Journal, CNN and NPR.

In 2011, Wasserman authored “Better Know a District,” the Cook Political Report’s comprehensive 2012 redistricting outlook. He also serves as an associate editor of National Journal magazine and a contributor to the Almanac of American Politics 2014. Prior to joining the Cook Political Report in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a political analysis newsletter and website founded by professor Larry Sabato, the director and founder of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“Similar to a GPS device, David has the remarkable ability to zoom in on the smallest of political geographic areas and navigate the landscape to arrive at political predictions with great accuracy,” said Anderson. “We very much appreciated his insights for the upcoming congressional elections this fall and a sneak peak of his predictions for the 2016 Presidential elections.”

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