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Walgreens opens health center at BMW Manufacturing’s U.S. site

BY Staff Writer

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens and BMW Manufacturing on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of a comprehensive worksite health center on the BMW campus in Spartanburg, S.C.

The 25,000-sq. ft. facility, managed by Walgreens Employer Solutions Group, will provide BMW associates, dependents and eligible retirees a wide range of health services, including primary and occupational care.

“Walgreens has increasingly shown how investing in worksite health programs can be instrumental in helping to reduce costs for employers, while improving the overall health and productivity of their workforce,” stated Peter Hotz, Walgreens group VP.

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A.Socolov says:
Jan-21-2013 10:37 am

It is great to see that employers are taking more and more care of their employees through better healthcare administration measures. Indeed, this is the best way to increase productivity, thus the company being the one who gains in the end. I've always admired German people's style of dealing with employees.

A.Socolov says:
Jan-21-2013 10:37 am

It is great to see that employers are taking more and more care of their employees through better healthcare administration measures. Indeed, this is the best way to increase productivity, thus the company being the one who gains in the end. I've always admired German people's style of dealing with employees.

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Famous Footwear selects Empower MediaMarketing as agency

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Louis — Famous Footwear, a division of Brown Shoe Co., said Tuesday it has selected Cincinnati-based Empower MediaMarketing as its media agency of record.

Empower will work with Famous Footwear to reach its target customer, as well as to help drive sales online and in-store.

“The landscape of paid, owned and earned media continues to change, and Famous Footwear needs to make sure its marketing efforts are effective and efficient,” said Amy Rose, media manager, Famous Footwear.

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Wolverine Worldwide announces new operating groups

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Rockford, Mich. — Wolverine Worldwide said Tuesday it will make several organizational moves to drive future growth and global brand building in the wake of its October 2012 acquisition of the Performance & Lifestyle Group.

“The acquisition of the Performance & Lifestyle Group has been transformational for our company and has created many new opportunities for global growth, brand building, and operational excellence," said Blake W. Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide chairman and CEO. "Today, we are taking important steps to better align the team and realize our vision of having the best brands, products, operating platform, and consumer experiences in the industry."

The parent of Stride-Rite and Keds brands, among others, said Tuesday that CEO and president of PLG Gregg Ribatt has resigned to pursue other opportunities, following a transition period to aid the company in organizing the new structure.

Under the new structure, the company will migrate from four to three brand operating groups, each led by a group president. The Heritage Group, and comprising the Wolverine, Caterpillar Footwear, Bates, Sebago, Harley-Davidson Footwear, and HyTest brands, will be led by Ted Gedra, a 27-year Wolverine Worldwide veteran.

The Lifestyle Group, comprising the Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite Children’s Group, Hush Puppies, Keds, and Soft Style brands, will be led Mark Neal, an 18-year Wolverine veteran.

The Performance Group, comprising the Merrell, Saucony, Chaco, Patagonia Footwear, and Cushe brands, will be led by led by group president Jim Zwiers, a 15-year Wolverine veteran.

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