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Staples adding Ryder natural gas vehicles to fleet

BY Marianne Wilson

Miami — Ryder System announced that it and Staples have agreed to add 10 heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to Ryder’s dedicated fleet servicing Staples. The tractors — the first of their kind used in Staples’ third party dedicated operations — will replace ten diesel tractors currently used by Ryder for Staples, and have been made available through Ryder’s natural gas vehicle project agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments in Southern California.

The $38.7 million Ryder/SANBAG project is part of a public/private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, and Ryder.

Staples has been a Ryder Dedicated Contract Carriage customer for 19 years, benefiting from a customized suite of transportation services that optimize fleet operations, including drivers, equipment, management, and ongoing engineering support. Ryder’s DCC solution enables businesses to provide and control product and service delivery without having to invest in their own private fleets.

The CNG tractors will be used to transport inventory to Staples stores in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire, and will be serviced out of Ryder’s network of natural gas compliant maintenance facilities in Southern California.

“Improving the efficiency of our transportation fleet is an important part of our strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy conservation in our operations,” said Mark Day, senior manager of carrier management at Staples. “Leveraging the environmental and cost-saving benefits of natural gas vehicles is one example of the kind of sustainable choices that we are making to reduce our operational impacts. We believe that by partnering with Ryder in this type of initiative, we can do our part to help protect the environment and save money at the same time.”

According to Ryder, CNG vehicles produce 20% to 30% less emissions than comparable diesel vehicles, and natural gas costs as much as 42% less per equivalent gallon of diesel (based on current diesel fuel prices).

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Hannibal Regional Medical Group to open first in-store clinic at Walmart

BY CSA STAFF

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal Regional Medical Group has announced that on Sept. 13 it will open its first “The Clinic at Walmart” inside a Walmart in Hannibal, Mo.

“By partnering with Walmart to operate a clinic within their store, Hannibal Regional Medical Group is improving access to health care in our community,” stated Tim Polley, director of business development. “Our clinic is staffed on nights and weekends, so families can walk in and know they will receive quality care without a long wait. Our mission is to serve the health interests of this community, and the clinic is one more way we fulfill our mission.”

"Walmart is dedicated to serving our customers and our communities, and this type of clinic helps expand their access to quality health care,” added Bruce Shepard, Walmart’s director of healthcare innovations. “Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a well-known and respected healthcare provider in this area, so our customers will receive quality care from people they know and trust.”

With the opening of this clinic, there will be 130 in-store clinics in Walmart stores across 30 states.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group, a subsidiary of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, is a multispecialty physician group.

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PetSmart ‘pur’fects Martha Stewart line with cat products

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PHOENIX — PetSmart has the announced the launch of a new collection from Martha Stewart Pets.The collection features innovative, cat-friendly feeding bowls and mats, a well-designed bed and a range of fun, stimulating toys made exclusively for PetSmart stores and PetSmart.com, the company reported.

“My family of pets includes five wonderful cats, so I know what products are useful to keep our feline friends comfortable and content,” Martha Stewart, Founder of MSLO said. “I’m very happy to be extending our Martha Stewart Pets offering to include a line of attractive, practical, high-quality and affordable products designed especially for cats.”

Martha Stewart Pets products for cats began arriving at PetSmart stores in July with products being added through October. The introduction of Martha Stewart Pets products for cats follows the launch of the line’s dog products in 2010, also available exclusively at PetSmart stores and www.PetSmart.com.

Items in the collection include 3-piece bowl sets, silicone mats, can cover, food scoop, food jar, 2-in-1 bed and several toys.

“Our pet parents appreciate the innovation and style of the Martha Stewart Pets products for dogs launched in 2010,” said Gayle Franger, vice president of merchandise marketing for PetSmart. “Our pet parents want to find high-quality products for their cats, and we are excited to once again collaborate with Martha Stewart to meet the expectations of our pet parents.”

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