Naloxone now available at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Feb. 15, 2017) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at more than 630 pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

“As the epidemic continues to grow, as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent statistic, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With the ability to dispense naloxone without a prescription in more than 20 states, Rite Aid is not only showing its commitment to increasing customer access to this potentially lifesaving medication, but we are also raising awareness and helping fight drug abuse in the communities we serve.”

Naloxone is also available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 17 additional states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

To date, Rite Aid has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is   also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

UTAH: Macey’s and Lin’s deploy DUMAC’s POS software system to increase operational efficiency and customer engagement

Syracuse, NY, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macey’s and Lin’s, two of Utah’s premiere community grocery stores, recently installed DUMAC’s RORCv6 point-of-sale (POS) software system, which is specifically designed for the independent grocer. Both retailers, which are members of Associated Food Stores, have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of their business operations and customer engagement through this system upgrade.

Although adding the new software meant retraining staff, Ashlee K. Johnstun, manager, Associated Food Stores, said the process was quick, easy and user friendly.

“Training was great and everybody was able to catch on right away,” said Johnstun. “The system’s intuitive design means we spend less time on training for our POS system and more time developing employees in other areas.”

One area where RORCv6 has benefited Macey’s and Lin’s is at checkout. The system enables the stores to go from cashier accountability to lane accountability, making shift changeover quick and efficient, without any disruption to guest service. Cash and sales information are accounted for via the RORCv6 system at each checkout lane. This streamlined approach reduces the time required when changing shifts by 50 percent and virtually eliminates counting errors. Lanes are now counted only once a day, by a trained manager, versus multiple times a day by cashiers. Efficiency and accuracy are further improved because bookkeepers no longer have to enter drawer amounts by hand.

In keeping with their belief in creating a great shopping experience and adjusting to their customers’ needs, Macey’s and Lin’s provide their customers with the option to shop for groceries online. Macey’s and Lin’s integrated Rosie’s eCommerce platform into the RORCv6 system. All retailers using RORCv6 software have access to Rosie’s eCommerce suite, which includes web and mobile shopping apps for consumers, order fulfillment tools, digital marketing services and data analytics.

“Our partnership with the Rosie app from day one has just been awesome,” said Troy Marchant, assistant store director, Lin’s. “The Rosie app truly does make it very simple to offer online shopping and it’s been a perfect fit.”

To further serve their customers, Lin’s and Macey’s recently added a loyalty program. With the RORCv6 system, DUMAC was able to seamlessly integrate the third-party loyalty program, helping to engage customers and encourage customer loyalty.

“The biggest thing we like is that whenever we ask DUMAC for new features and capabilities, they’re easy to add,” noted Johnstun. “Whether our customers are shopping in-store or online, RORCv6 has helped improve the customer experience, both at Macey’s and Lin’s, which keeps our customers coming back.”

According to Phil McCarthy, vice president, DUMAC Business Services, customer service is key to their business. “It’s really important to us that independent grocers have all of the capabilities that big chains have and then some,” said McCarthy. “What makes independent retailers stand out is their creativity, so it’s really important that we listen to their ideas and respond with the features that make them come to life.”

ABOUT DUMAC BUSINESS SYSTEMS
Headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., since 1952, DUMAC has been in the grocery business for more than 40 years. More than a thousand independently owned supermarkets across the U.S. use POS solutions from DUMAC. DUMAC also sells POS hardware to the hospitality and restaurant markets.

ABOUT MACEY’S
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rosepark, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and a non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information, visit maceys.com.

ABOUT LIN’S
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visit linsgrocery.com.

Lin’s Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Macey’s Media Contact:
Sarah Pettit
scpettit@afstores.com
801-978-8948

DUMAC Media Contact:
Allie Friedman
afriedman@mower.com
(716) 880-1445

Source: Associated Food Stores

 

Utah: Macey’s and Lin’s installed DUMAC’s RORCv6 point-of-sale (POS) software system

Syracuse, NY, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macey’s and Lin’s, two of Utah’s premiere community grocery stores, recently installed DUMAC’s RORCv6 point-of-sale (POS) software system, which is specifically designed for the independent grocer. Both retailers, which are members of Associated Food Stores, have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of their business operations and customer engagement through this system upgrade.

Although adding the new software meant retraining staff, Ashlee K. Johnstun, manager, Associated Food Stores, said the process was quick, easy and user friendly.

“Training was great and everybody was able to catch on right away,” said Johnstun. “The system’s intuitive design means we spend less time on training for our POS system and more time developing employees in other areas.”

One area where RORCv6 has benefited Macey’s and Lin’s is at checkout. The system enables the stores to go from cashier accountability to lane accountability, making shift changeover quick and efficient, without any disruption to guest service. Cash and sales information are accounted for via the RORCv6 system at each checkout lane. This streamlined approach reduces the time required when changing shifts by 50 percent and virtually eliminates counting errors. Lanes are now counted only once a day, by a trained manager, versus multiple times a day by cashiers. Efficiency and accuracy are further improved because bookkeepers no longer have to enter drawer amounts by hand.

In keeping with their belief in creating a great shopping experience and adjusting to their customers’ needs, Macey’s and Lin’s provide their customers with the option to shop for groceries online. Macey’s and Lin’s integrated Rosie’s eCommerce platform into the RORCv6 system. All retailers using RORCv6 software have access to Rosie’s eCommerce suite, which includes web and mobile shopping apps for consumers, order fulfillment tools, digital marketing services and data analytics.

“Our partnership with the Rosie app from day one has just been awesome,” said Troy Marchant, assistant store director, Lin’s. “The Rosie app truly does make it very simple to offer online shopping and it’s been a perfect fit.”

To further serve their customers, Lin’s and Macey’s recently added a loyalty program. With the RORCv6 system, DUMAC was able to seamlessly integrate the third-party loyalty program, helping to engage customers and encourage customer loyalty.

“The biggest thing we like is that whenever we ask DUMAC for new features and capabilities, they’re easy to add,” noted Johnstun. “Whether our customers are shopping in-store or online, RORCv6 has helped improve the customer experience, both at Macey’s and Lin’s, which keeps our customers coming back.”

According to Phil McCarthy, vice president, DUMAC Business Services, customer service is key to their business. “It’s really important to us that independent grocers have all of the capabilities that big chains have and then some,” said McCarthy. “What makes independent retailers stand out is their creativity, so it’s really important that we listen to their ideas and respond with the features that make them come to life.”

ABOUT DUMAC BUSINESS SYSTEMS
Headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., since 1952, DUMAC has been in the grocery business for more than 40 years. More than a thousand independently owned supermarkets across the U.S. use POS solutions from DUMAC. DUMAC also sells POS hardware to the hospitality and restaurant markets.

ABOUT MACEY’S
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rosepark, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and a non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information, visit maceys.com.

ABOUT LIN’S
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visit linsgrocery.com.

Lins Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

DUMAC BUSINESS SYSTEMS Media Contact:
Allie Friedman
afriedman@mower.com
(716) 880-1445

Macey’s Media Contact:
Sarah Pettit
scpettit@afstores.com
801-978-8948

Source: AFS

Associated Food Stores members to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —Before the sun rises each morning, Alan Bangerter rolls out of bed, throws on his coveralls, pulls on his work gloves and heads to the fields with his family to harvest and pack. For over six generations the Bangerter family has sold fresh corn, radishes, zucchini and a variety of other fine vegetables to the people of Utah from their farm in Bountiful. Now, over 30 local Utah farmers, like the Bangerter’s, have teamed up with Associated Food Stores members Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout the state.

Each Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon through September 3, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dicks, Lin’s and Fresh Market stores will feature farmer’s markets, proudly displaying local produce on the porch of their store fronts.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the local farmers and will be able to sample the beehive state’s best produce.

The Utah-grown fruits and vegetables will also be sold while supply is available inside the local grocery stores produce departments, clearly marked with the name, location of the farm and story of the grower—giving customers a glimpse of where their produce came from and more importantly, the local farms they’re supporting.

“Our guests can find a wide assortment of local produce—from watermelon to peaches, corn, zucchini—we have all the goodness,” said Danni Barnhart, produce merchandiser for Associated Retail Operations. “As a local grocery store, we find working with local farmers is a win-win for everyone. Our guests get the best produce available, local farmers are able to sell their crops—supplying our locally owned grocery stores, which ultimately strengthens Utah’s economy.”

Darin Worden, owner of Heirloom’s and More starts his day out like many other farmers. Lacing his boots on his porch while he watches the sun rise. Some days, he even works by the light of his headlamp to irrigate his fields. Worden’s farm specializes in unique produce items that are not typically commercially grown, like rainbow beets carrots, pink chiogga Italian beets, atomic red carrots, cosmic purple carrots and more.

“It’s challenging for small farms like ours to compete against large, traditional produce farms. I think the partnership we have with Associated Food Stores is amazing—I really take my hat off to them. These local grocery stores have placed orders with us that are not only helping us survive, but will one day help us to be even more successful,” said Worden. “It takes a lot of hard work to put a great local product on the table— a lot of our farming is actually done by hand—but it also provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to see our customers enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious produce.”

More than 30 local growers’ produce will be featured at Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s and Fresh Market stores throughout the summer while supplies last.

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit
801.978.8948
Scpettit@afstores.com

Rachael Wabel
801.978.8913
rmwabel@afstores.com

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Associated Food Stores members to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout Utah
Associated Food Stores members to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout Utah

 

Source: Associated Food Stores

Starbucks opens Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah

SEATTLE, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Everyone told me when you leave the military you’ll never find the camaraderie you have now,” said Mike Campbell, a U.S. Navy veteran. “I actually found it on day one working at Starbucks.”

Campbell is one of 3,700 partners (employees) with a military affiliation who have joined Starbucks since the company announced its commitment to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018. He’ll be managing a new type of store that connects Starbucks with military communities through relationships with veterans’ service organizations.

Today, Starbucks is opening a Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base run primarily by veterans and military spouses.  The store is located just outside the gate of the base in Clearfield, Utah. The area, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, has a population of 5,500 active duty airmen on base.

10 More Military Family Stores to Come

The new store in Utah is one of at least 12 Military Family Stores Starbucks will dedicate nationwide before the end of 2015 to recognize the sacrifices and leadership of service members. Earlier this year, Starbucks dedicated a Military Family Store near Camp Pendleton in Southern California. More Starbucks stores will receive the special designation in July, including locations near these military bases: Ft. Carson, Colorado; Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; Travis Air Force Base, California; Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

Each Starbucks Military Family Store teams up with a nonprofit partner organization in their community. The location near Hill Air Force Base is working with Team Red, White and Blue to help military personnel transition from military to civilian life.

“It is life changing for veterans and their families when they leave the service,” said Mark Taylor, outreach coordinator for Team Red, White and Blue. “We are honored to work with Starbucks to help veterans’ and their families become involved in their communities through social activities, volunteer service and special events.”

United by Service

“I feel at home in my new store. We want to make service members and their families feel the same way,” said Campbell, the store manager. “We’ll greet people in uniform by saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’ I remember how much those words of thanks meant to me when I was in the Navy.”

Campbell joined the Navy in 2004 and served in both the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. With a wife and two children at home, being away from his family “wasn’t good for me or for them,” he said. After 10 years in the Navy, Campbell left military service and wasn’t sure what to do next.

“I worked with hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics on weapons systems and taught people how to shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns. There’s not a large market out there for those skills,” he said.

Campbell’s brother suggested he “give Starbucks a try.” He discovered many of the attributes of military service translate well to his management role at Starbucks. While holding himself and his team to a consistently high standard of service, Campbell said he also shows “care for my comrades, in this case partners.”

‘Starbucks has become my family’

“Until Starbucks, I’d never worked at a place where I felt supported and felt like I belonged,” said Alyx Hoskovec.

In December of 2014, her husband – an Air Force F-16 aircraft engine mechanic – returned from a year-long tour of duty to discover he was being relocated from Arizona to Utah. As her husband settled into a new routine at Hill Air Force Base, she looked for a new job. Hoskovec said she sought out Starbucks because she “loves Starbucks coffee” and the way the company appreciates veterans every day, not just on Veterans Day.

She made an instant connection with the other veterans and military spouses hired to work in the new Military Family Store just outside the base.

“Starbucks has become my family,” Hoskovec said. “Before Starbucks I was looking for a place to belong. Now I’m excited to get up and go to work. It’s especially meaningful to be in this military store.”

It’s possible the Hoskovec family will have to relocate again. The average military family will move six to nine times in a 20-year career, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. But Hoskovec is no longer worried about what she would do if that happens.

“I know that the company has stores near most bases,” she said, “and if we have to move again I’ll find another Starbucks to work for. It’ll feel like home no matter where we might go.”

Read more Starbucks veterans stories here: Paying Tribute and Creating Opportunity

For more information on this news release, contact Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks opens Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah

Starbucks opens Military Family Store near Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah