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SoloHealth Stations to roll out in Sam’s Club locations nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

Atlanta — Sam’s Club has become the first warehouse club retailer to install SoloHealth’s comprehensive health-and-wellness screening kiosks, SoloHealth announced Wednesday.

SoloHealth said it will begin the rollout of its SoloHealth Station to more than 500 Sam’s Club locations nationwide. The kiosks, currently available in select U.S. retail locations, is expected to be in more than 2,500 retail locations by mid-2013.

"Providing innovative, preventative products and wellness services to our members is a major priority for Sam’s Club," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "As the first warehouse club retailer to install the SoloHealth Station for our members, Sam’s Club continues to deliver on that priority, providing support of preventive health to our communities and enabling our members to take charge of their health."

The SoloHealth Station provides health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, a symptom checker as well as an overall health assessment free of charge. The kiosk received the Food and Drug Administration’s stamp of approval this past June and also was recently honored with Intel’s coveted IT healthcare award, the "Intel Innovation Award."

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RadioShack CEO steps down

BY Marianne Wilson

Fort Worth, Texas — RadioShack Corp. said CEO James Gooch has agreed to step down from his position, effective immediately. The company did not specify a reason for his departure. Gooch was appointed CEO in 2011 and has been working to boost stagnant sales.

RadioShack said its board is conducting a search for a successor and would not rule out internal candidates. In the interim, executive VP and CFO Dorvin Lively will serve as the acting CEO.

In July, RadioShack posted an unexpected second-quarter loss and suspended its dividend. The chain’s struggles are at least partly due to wider problems in the traditional consumer electronics industry.

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Judge grants class status to female employees suing Costco

BY Staff Writer

New York — A U.S. judge in San Francisco has certified a class-action lawsuit against Costco Wholesale Corp. that involved allegations of gender discrimination in the store’s promotion practices.

“Costco offers numerous competing explanations for the observed gender disparity in promotions,” U.S. District Judge Edward Chen said in the ruling, Bloomberg reported. “None of these explanations undermine the companywide nature of the challenged policies and their disparate effects.”

Costco was sued in 2004 for allegedly limiting promotions of female employees to assistant general manager and general manager by failing to post job openings, the report said. The company denies the claims.

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