Report: Walgreens files mobile refill patent suit
Deerfield Park, Ill. – Walgreen Co. is reportedly suing CVS Caremark Corp., Rite Aid Corp. and Shopko Stores Inc. for allegedly infringing on a patent for using mobile phone scanners to refill prescriptions. According to Bloomberg, Walgreens filed a complaint in federal court in Wilmington, Del., saying the three competitors are violating a patent it received in January 2013.
Walgreens reportedly said in its complaint that it owns, offers and operates mobile express refill applications that run on iPhones, Android-equipped phones and Blackberrys. The retailer is asking for unspecified damages and a halt to the infringement. Representatives of CVS, Rite Aid and Shopko all declined to comment in the article.
Wet Seal director resigns for retail CEO role
Foothill Ranch, Calif. — Mindy C. Meads has resigned from the board of directors of The Wet Seal, effective Feb. 4, in order to focus on her new role as CEO of specialty women’s apparel retailer Calypso St. Barth.
“Mindy has been a valued member of the board of directors and we wish her well in her future endeavors with Calypso St. Barth,” said Lynda Davey, non-executive chairman of the board Wet Seal. “Mindy’s leadership as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee and her general contributions to the board were a value to the Company and its shareholders.”
Krispy Kreme appoints Cold Stone exec as president, international
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Dan Beem will be joining Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. as senior VP of the company and president international later in February 2014. Beem, 44, will report to president and CEO Jim Morgan, and will be responsible for the company’s international franchise business segment.
Beem succeeds Jeff Welch, who has left the company. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, and most recently served as president of Cold Stone Creamery and Kahala Corp. International, where he directed all international development, operations and franchise development for Kahala’s 14 brands and more than 3,000 stores worldwide, including more than 1,500 Cold Stone Creamery locations in 25 countries. Prior to joining Cold Stone in 2003, he held executive and management positions with Planet Hollywood, T.G.I. Fridays, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and NASCAR.