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Online gifting service Wrapp makes U.S. debut; launch partners include H&M, Gap and Sephora

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Wrapp, a new online gift service from Sweden, has launched in the United States, partnering with such retailers as Gap, H&M and Sephora to let consumers send free virtual gift cards to friends on Facebook.

Wrapp launched in Sweden at the end of last year, and has since gone live in Norway and the United Kingdom, Germany, France and The Netherlands. An application that runs on mobile devices and computers, Wrapp provides users with free gift cards (typically for a small amount of value) from participating retailers that they can send to a Facebook friend. Users can also add more money on to the card before sending it to a friend on Facebook. The friend can redeem the card online, via a mobile device or in a store.

Retailers who participate in Wrapp can set the criteria for their cards, such as the expiration date, the target demographic and the like.

Wrapp’s founders include the world-famous tech expert Hjalmar Winbladh, a co-founder of Sendit, and a co-founder of Rebtel, the world’s largest independent mobile VoIP firm. Former H&M chief executive Fabian Mansson is Wrapp’s chairman.

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Retail clinics poised for dramatic expansion

BY Marianne Wilson

San Jose, Calif. — Retail clinics and big-name medical centers are poised for dramatic expansion, according to two well-known speakers at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting in San Jose this week.

Smartphones, medical centers of excellence, automated clinical labs and digital medical devices will transform retail-affiliated clinics into global ports of entry to some of the best healthcare in the world at dramatically lower costs to patients, physicians, employers, governments and insurers, according to Ronald L. Hammerle and Jay H. Sanders, M.D.

"Clinic retailers like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Safeway, Kroger, Target and Rite Aid are beginning to see major growth opportunities and new business models that actually make economic sense," according to Hammerle, the founder and chairman of Health Resources, Ltd., Tampa.

The next round of growth will electronically link large numbers of clinics, pharmacies and independently owned and operated primary care clinics to a small number of medical centers of excellence, using telemedicine technologies, computer information and proven systems for branding, management and expansion, according to Hammerle.

"Imagine combining the distribution of global retailers, the branding models of companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, Marriott and Century 21 and the clinical knowledge of some of the best physicians in the world,” he said. “That’s where healthcare is going, regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act in the United States."

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FMI forms partnership with TopSource to provide procurement solutions

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced that it has entered into a strategic business partnership with TopSource LLC, a sourcing company and wholly owned subsidiary of Topco Associates LLC. FMI said the partnership will provide its members the opportunity to support the foundations of their growing businesses with significant savings related to costs in not-for-resale areas.

“This new partnership with TopSource addresses FMI members’ needs as they enhance their businesses, create efficiencies in operations and address their ultimate bottom lines,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI. “TopSource and FMI will bridge membership value and provide access to savings in not-for-resale areas.”

“As an active member of both FMI and Topco, I am confident that this partnership will provide tremendous value to independent retail members of both organizations.” Steve Smith, president and CEO of K-Va-T Food Stores, Topco’s chairman of the board and past FMI chairman

FMI and TopSource will work together on program initiatives to help food retailers and wholesalers identify business opportunities and better serve the needs of their customers.

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