Lowe’s launches mobile health-screening tour for employees
Mooresville, N.C. Lowe’s Cos. is offering on-site health screenings for its employees through its Lowe’s Life Track health-and-wellness program. On March 1, two mobile health units began traveling across the country to provide more than 70,000 Lowe’s employees with free basic health screenings and guidance about how to improve and maintain their health.
Over the next two and a half years, the two units will travel more than 100,000 miles across the United States. Employees will be able to track the units online as they travel across the country and book their appointments ahead of time.
The dedicated screening units will be staffed with trained medical professionals, who will upload the employees’ results to their personal, confidential online health risk assessments.
“Lowe’s is the first national retailer to provide free health screenings exclusively to our employees using mobile units,” said Bob Ihrie, Lowe’s senior VP employee rewards and services. “When employees choose to take a health risk assessment and participate in the health screening, they become actively engaged in their health and are able to get personal advice for their health needs. Over time, we will have a healthier, more productive work force.”
Duane Reade rolls out enhanced workforce-management solution
Milwaukee Red Prairie announced that New York-based drug store operator Duane Reade has rolled out RedPrairie’s Site Manager — an enhanced user interface for RedPrairie’s Workforce Management solution — at its more than 250 stores. (In February, Walgreen Co. announced it was buying Duane Reade, with the transaction expected to close by Aug. 31.)
“When we first saw the new user interface at RedPrairie’s user group meeting, we recognized it could provide immediate benefits to our managers, and be implemented very quickly,” said Chuck Newsom, senior VP store operations, Duane Reade. “We asked RedPrairie’s development and services teams to work with us to implement the new Site Manager as soon as possible. We feel the feedback and adoption from our managers and users has been excellent, with administration time reduced by as much as 50%.”
Duane Reade has already realized significant benefits attributed to RedPrairie’s workforce-management solution, and wanted to find ways to improve productivity for all store-level users. The company felt the new interface’s action-oriented navigation and extendible framework would improve efficiency in daily workforce-management operations, enabling managers to spend more time with customers and associates. “
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J.C. Penney promotes exec to lead home business
Plano, Texas J.C. Penney has promoted John J. Tighe to serve as senior VP and general merchandise manager of J.C. Penney’s Home business. He also is expected to join the company’s executive board.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Sweney, executive VP and senior general merchandise manager, will add fine jewelry to her merchandising duties over the women’s apparel, women’s accessories and shoes divisions.
Jeffrey J. Allison, who was recently named the leader of the home and fine jewelry business, has left J.C. Penney Co. for personal reasons.
With Sweney now over all of the company’s women’s divisions, CEO Myron E. Ullman III said the company will better deliver consistent fashion looks to customers.
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