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GMDC Member Spotlight: EVENFLO

Evenflo has been building its trust and dedication to families as a partner in nurturing children through its wide range of quality baby products for those who care for them.

Evenflo has over 90 years' experience helping families grow and thrive. Founded on innovation, its longstanding mission is to be a leading manufacturer and marketer of infant and juvenile products. Evenflo was founded in 1920 and is a top supplier of infant and juvenile products to key retailers such as Toys "R" Us, Babies "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Buy Buy Baby and Kmart. The company's product offering spans a broad range of essential infant and juvenile product categories. Evenflo's premier brand name has 96 percent awareness with new mothers, and the company enjoys No. 1 or 2 market share positions in several product categories. For more information on Evenflo, visit .

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How Unilever connects with Hispanics on Facebook
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Unilever's Vivemejor, launched in May 2007 as a website and magazine for Latinos, has since expanded its presence to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. In an email interview, Russel Lilly, Unilever multicultural marketing director, discussed the consumer packaged goods brand's approach to connecting with a community. More

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Put aside your social media phobias
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In its early days, social media meant "connecting with people." That's still what it's mostly about. It's still about connecting. But now organizations use it for targeted marketing purposes, where once social media was considered the protected domain of the individual. More

Facebook rolls out Timeline to Brand Pages
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The day has come. Facebook's Timeline profile format is finally available for brand pages after rolling out to consumers in waves since Timeline was announced in September. The new page layout shares many features with the consumer version, such as the vertically oriented content timeline and addition of a widescreen image atop the page, but also adds features not previously available to brands. More

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Study: Tablet owners' local searches often lead to a purchase
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Tablet owners are the most active local searchers with 64 percent using their devices at least weekly for local searches and 86 percent making a purchase from their most recent tablet-based local search, according to a new report. More

Weis Markets launches mobile app
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Weis Markets has launched a free mobile app which allows customers to view its weekly circulars and compile detailed shopping lists on their iPhone and Android devices. With the Weis mobile app, shoppers can customize settings to see weekly circular specials at their local store. More

Supervalu launches integrated mobile app
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Following a successful pilot at its Cub Food stores in November, Supervalu has launched a custom-built mobile application it developed to give customers the tools they need to be efficient while shopping its stores. "As our customers continue to be crunched for time, this new app and its capabilities allow for a more hassle-free shopping experience," said Kat Kozitza, Supervalu's director of digital and social media. More

Target and Walmart working together on mobile payments
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Mobile payments are going to be big, as in billions of dollars big. That's the general consensus in one story after another on the topic. On RetailWire in October, 80 percent of respondents to a poll said that Google's Wallet had a big upside. Google hasn't been the only company pursuing the opportunity. More

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Walmart Canada CEO: Target won't throw us off course
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With Target set to move into Canada next year, Walmart Canada's top executive says the discount retailer will continue to focus on what it does best, offering savings to consumers. "We don't take new competition lightly, but we have carved out a very specific niche around lowering the cost of living, and focusing like a laser beam on the cost of goods," said Shelley Broader, who became president and CEO last September of the chain with 333 stores. More

Loblaw targets a well-oiled loyalty program
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Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is racing to launch a new rewards card next year, in a bid to catch up to rivals' loyalty program initiatives — and learn more about its customers. Vicente Trius, the retailer's new president, said at an investor conference that the company is working on a new card that it will roll out in 2013. More

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BI-LO to host PAWS 'Feed the Love' pet food drive
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BI-LO, said it is teaming up with shoppers to present its third annual PAWS "Feed the Love" pet food drive. Through March 27, the pet food drive will help those already receiving assistance from local food banks care for their pets as well. More

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Walgreens tapped for AARP's retail drug store program
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Walgreens and AARP are expanding their relationship with a new retail drug store program that will provide AARP members with exclusive offers and rewards, and includes member and community outreach to promote health and wellness. The program will run for three years and builds on an already-established relationship between the two, which have collaborated on several initiatives since 2006. More

Harris Teeter partners with American Cancer Society
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Cancer is a disease affecting the lives of millions of Americans, and Harris Teeter is partnering with the American Cancer Society during the month of March to help the nonprofit organization create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Thanks in part to the Society, more than 11 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year. More

Pifzer cancer drug hits BioPlus' shelves
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A specialty pharmacy provider has begun selling a drug made by Pfizer for treating kidney cancer. The company announced that it had launched Inlyta, which the Food and Drug Administration approved for treating renal cell carcinoma in patients with advanced disease for whom first-line systemic therapy has failed. More

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Consumer confidence heads back up in February
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After decreasing in January, this month's Consumer Confidence Index rose by a healthy 9.3 points to 70.8. The jump brought the index close to its 72.0 reading from last February. Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center of The Conference Board, which compiles the monthly indicator, said, "Consumers are considerably less pessimistic about current business and labor market conditions than they were in January." More

Consumer spending pushes up US growth
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The economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the final three months of last year, and Americans earned more income than previously reported. That could set the stage for stronger growth this year. The Commerce Department said the economy expanded at a 3 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter — the fastest pace since the spring of 2010. More

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Walgreens plans large downtown Boston store
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Fresh hand-rolled sushi. A juice bar with made-to-order smoothies. A hair and nail salon. It's certainly not a typical drugstore. But these are among the amenities that Walgreens will offer in the former Borders space when it debuts a 24,000-square-foot store this fall in Downtown Crossing in Boston. More

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Kroger records Q4 record net loss despite boost in total, same-store sales
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Despite recording an increase in total and identical-store sales during fourth quarter 2011, Kroger reported a net loss due to costs associated with consolidating its pension plan for union workers. The grocer, whose banners include Kroger, Ralphs and Food 4 Less, said the loss of $306.9 million, or 54 cents per share, compared with a profit of $278.8 million in the year-ago period. More

Publix Q4 sales, earnings up
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Publix Super Markets Inc. has posted sales for the fourth quarter of 2011, a 14-week period, of $7.2 billion, a 13.4 percent rise from last year's $6.4 billion, a 13-week period. The extra week in the fourth quarter of 2011 resulted in a 7.6 percent sales increase, according to the Lakeland, Fla.,-based company. More

P&G expands job cuts as part of new $10 million cost savings program
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Procter & Gamble unveiled a larger than expected cost-savings program that involves cutting a total of 5,700 nonmanufacturing jobs in an effort to trim costs by the end of fiscal 2016, said P&G CEO Bob McDonald during the company's annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Fla. More

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Safeway names Brian Baer president of Dominick's
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Safeway Inc. has officially named Brian Baer as president of its Chicago-area Dominick's Finer Foods division. "Brian has proven himself ideally-suited for the leadership role at Dominick's," said Steve Burd, Safeway's chairman, president, and CEO. "He has demonstrated himself to be a well-rounded executive who will serve this operating division well going forward. More

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