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Flur to leave Family Dollar

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Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said Monday that Dorlisa K. Flur, vice chair-strategy and chief administrative officer, plans to leave the company to pursue other interests, effective May 2.

Flur joined Family Dollar in 2004 as SVP strategy and business development.

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NRF taps Walmart’s Thorne as senior VP communications/public affairs

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Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation announced that Bill Thorne has been named senior VP communications and public affairs. He will join NRF on June 1 to oversee the organization’s industry and public affairs communications strategy. Thorne currently serves as senior director Community Affairs at Walmart Corp.

During his tenure at Walmart, Thorne oversaw the creation and execution of campaigns for urban market entry, including budgets, strategy, and planning and development of both long- and short-term campaigns. He also served as senior director of advocacy outreach, where he created and successfully launched Walmart’s Corporate, Public, and Political Advocacy Network.

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Walgreens launches online search tool to connect customers and pharmacist

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Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens launched a new online tool called “Find Your Pharmacist,” that allows customers to select a pharmacist by matching their health care needs with the areas of expertise, specialties, languages and clinical backgrounds of Walgreens pharmacists.

While location historically has been a leading factor for selecting a pharmacy or pharmacist for prescription needs, new research by Walgreens shows clinical training and areas of expertise are also among respondents’ main reasons for selecting a pharmacy or pharmacist. In fact, nearly 70% of respondents would consider a different location or pharmacist if the pharmacist was trained in specific areas that suit their needs.

The search tool also provides a map and the opportunity to meet the store pharmacy team. Mobile users can also access the tool on-the-go through any web-enabled mobile device.

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