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Reflexis names Infor exec as VP of sales

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dedham, Mass. – Reflexis Systems Inc. today announced the appointment of Brett Friedman as senior VP of global sales and marketing. He will be responsible for expanding the Reflexis global sales team and building upon the company’s growth.

Friedman brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience and joins Reflexis from Infor, where he had global revenue responsibility for supply chain and PLM solutions. Prior to Infor, he was senior VP of global sales at Allegro Development and has also held leadership positions at SAP and i2 Technologies.

“Brett Friedman further strengthens our executive team, all of whom have more than 25 years of experience in deploying software solutions for some of the world’s most demanding customers,” said Prashanth Palakurthi, founder and CEO of Reflexis. “He has a demonstrable track record of driving revenues in multiple industries and leading from the front.”

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CVS, Walgreens recognized for healthy work environment

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – CVS Caremark and Walgreens have both been honored by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, for promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging employees and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles. CVS Caremark received a Gold Award for its WellRewards employee wellness program, while Walgreens received a gold award for its “You and Walgreens” company wellness program.

This marks the sixth year CVS Caremark has received an award for its employee health-and-wellness initiatives and second year for Walgreens. CVS Caremark’s WellRewards program offers services such as preventive screenings, flu shots, smoking cessation, weight management, health coaching, health management for chronic and rare conditions, EAP life services, and maternity management. “You and Walgreens” provides access to a variety of health-and-wellness resources, including free health testing, wellness programs, personal health coaches, tobacco-free program, fitness center, weight-management programs, and on-site Healthy Living Centers.

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Whole Foods fined $800,000 for overcharging

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas – Whole Foods Market Inc. is being fined about $800,000 for charging excessive prices in California. Inspections of Whole Foods and Mrs. Gooch’s stores in the state revealed that the retailer was charging for the weight of salad bar containers, selling prepared foods by the item rather than the pound, and labeling items as heavier than their actual weight.

The fines stem from a consumer protection suit brought by the city attorney’s office of San Diego. Whole Foods must pay $210,000 each to the cities of San Diego, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, as well as $100,000 to a weights and measures protection fund and additional reimbursements to the state and county agencies who investigated its pricing tactics.

For the next five years, Whole Foods will also install pricing managers at the state and store levels in California and submit to random quarterly pricing audits of all 74 of its stores in California. Whole Foods said it cooperated with the investigation, had 98% pricing accuracy in California, and will improve its internal pricing procedures.

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