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Kmart to launch online layaway

BY CSA STAFF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. Kmart is gearing up to launch its new online layaway service this Friday. Visitors to kmart.com will be able to browse items and place them on layaway for pick-up at a local store.

Kmart’s online layaway system features an availability grid to help shoppers confirm the availability of their items at time of purchase, a layaway calculator that details the layaway payment schedule and down-payment information on the layaway contract. It also includes a layaway manager that allows users to make payments, view their payment schedule and see other contract details.

“We have an entire generation of customers that grew up shopping online,” said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “Launching online layaway at Kmart engages these customers by allowing them to spread their payments out over time and better plan their spending.”

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Dollar General partners with Lysol/Air Wick for literacy campaign

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General has partnered with Lysol and Air Wick to raise money for its literacy charity.

For every Lysol and Air Wick product purchased at Dollar General from Oct. 2 through Nov. 13, 5 cents will be donated by Reckitt Benckiser to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, up to $150,000. In addition, customers can mail Dollar General receipts for Lysol or Air Wick purchases to Dollar General Literacy and a $1 donation will be made by Reckitt Benckiser to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, up to $10,000.

 

“We encourage shoppers to participate in Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others through the Improving Lives program,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s Chairman and CEO. “Improving Lives is an easy way to make a difference through everyday purchases of Lysol and Air Wick products. We’re excited about positively changing lives through this program.”

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Walgreens SVP pharmacy innovation, purchasing to leave company

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DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced that George Riedl, SVP pharmacy innovation and purchasing, will leave the company at the end of the year.

Since March, Riedl has overseen the rollout of a new pharmacy system in Florida and Arizona that centralizes administrative tasks and provides store pharmacists more time for patient counseling and other clinical services. With rollout of the system complete in Florida and nearing full implementation in Arizona, Riedl will finalize his transition from the company over the coming months.

“With the confidence I have in the direction of the company’s pharmacy operations and in Walgreens future as a whole, this is the right time for me to move on to other opportunities,” said Riedl. “I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead.”

Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said, “During his 27 years with Walgreens, George has played a key role in several areas, including marketing, merchandising, purchasing and pharmacy services. We appreciate all he has done for the company during that time and for his willingness to stay on during this transition period. George’s outstanding leadership skills in developing and motivating staff will benefit our company for years to come. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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