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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon develop a robot for use in retail stores

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The campus store at Carnegie Mellon University has a new attraction: a small robot called AndyVision. Developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing, the robot is designed to help keep track of store inventories and assist customers in finding products, according to a report on PCWorld.

The robotic device is outfitted with a Kinect sensor, a combination of image-processing and machine-learning algorithms and has an on-board computer that comes with a database of 3D and 2D images of the store’s products and a basic map of the store’s layout, the report said. It glides around the Carnegie Mellon store, checking the shelves for low stock or misplaced items. The information it gathers is sent back to the store’s iPad-equipped associates.

Once the initial campus store trial is finished, the researchers hope to test AndyVision in several local, PCWorld reported.

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Francesca’s taps Men’s Wearhouse CFO as new president

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Houston — Francesca’s Holdings Corp. announced Monday that it has appointed Men’s Wearhouse CFO Neill Davis to its newly created position of president. Both companies are based in Houston.

Davis, a 15-year executive of Men’s Wearhouse, has been a board member of the apparel and accessories chain for the past five years. He will officially become Francesca’s president on Aug. 6.

Men’s Wearhouse chief accounting officer and executive VP Diana Wilson will step in to the CFO role on an interim basis, said the company. VP finance and accounting Kelly Dilts will fill Wilson’s role of chief accounting officer.

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CVS Caremark’s workforce well-being program recognized by National Business Group on Health

BY CSA STAFF

WOONSOCKET, R.I — CVS Caremark has been selected by the National Business Group on Health as a platinum winner for its 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards. CVS Caremark’s workforce well-being program was noted to be a role model for other companies striving to improve employee health, productivity and well-being.

The award was presented at the Business Group’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

"As a pharmacy innovation company, we know our colleagues are our greatest asset and we are committed to their health, careers and well-being," said Lisa Bisaccia, SVP and chief human resources officer for CVS Caremark. "We are excited to be recognized and we thank the National Business Group on Health for this honor."

The three main components of CVS Caremark’s WellRewards program are biometric screenings, health risk assessment and rewards. With the WellRewards program, colleagues earn rewards each time they take a step to improve their well-being, such as getting a preventive screening or flu shot, or joining a smoking cessation, weight loss, EAP or maternity program.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards program, now in its eighth year, acknowledges those employers that have responded to the need to improve their employees’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to encourage all employers to take action.

The National Business Group on Health is a nonprofit, membership organization of large employers devoted to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national healthcare issues.

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