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Toys ‘R’ Us names chief merchandising officer

BY Staff Writer

Wayne, N.J. –Toys “R” Us has named Richard Barry as senior VP, chief merchandising officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S. In his new role, Barry is responsible for all aspects of merchandising initiatives for the company’s U.S. operations.

Prior to the promotion, Barry served as VP, general merchandising manager for Toys“R”Us, U.S., overseeing the learning and electronics and entertainment product categories.

In addition, the retailer appointed Lisa Harnisch as senior VP, general merchandising manager, Toys, overseeing the merchandising function for the core toy, seasonal and learning product categories.

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NPD Group to analyze Walmart POS data

BY CSA STAFF

New York –The NPD Group, Port Washington, N.Y., has signed an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores to receive and analyze its U.S. point-of-sale data.

Under the terms of the agreement, NPD will receive sales data from Walmart U.S. stores and the retailer’s Web site. The deal covers a broad range of general merchandise categories, but does not include beauty.

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Sam’s Club screenings get to the heart of the matter

BY CSA STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In honor of American Heart Month, Sam’s Club will be hosting free heart health screenings on Feb. 11 at all locations with a pharmacy.

The company annnounced that from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., members and guests can receive total cholesterol, HDL, glucose, body mass index and blood-pressure tests for. During the screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacies also will offer free samples of related items, the company said.

Tests are limited to the first 100 participants at each club location. Cholesterol and glucose testing not available in Tennessee, Maryland and Hawaii; cholesterol testing is not available in New Jersey; and glucose testing not available in Pennsylvania.

In line with this weekend’s screenings, Sam’s Club on Feb. 8 will host a Twitter chat Q&A at 7 p.m. CST, whereby followers of Sam’s Club can learn more about heart health tips and guidelines. Five Twitter participants who tweet with #simplesavings and @SamsClub will receive a "healthy heart’s desire" prize pack, Sam’s Club said.

"With such high prevalence of heart disease in this country, at Sam’s Club we feel it is important to raise awareness and educate our communities about this serious health concern," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchae said. "In honor of February’s Heart Health Awareness Month, Sam’s Club health screenings offer individuals the opportunity to manage their heart health by first learning where they stand with several cardiovascular disease risk factors."

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