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April 11, 2011 GMDC Industry Sourcing Guide:     
 
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This week's newsletter contents:
GMDC Updates

Business and Consumer Insights
Category News, Business Insights & Trends

Executive Updates
Personnel Moves & Announcements

Financial
Financial & Sales Reports

General Merchandise
Category & Product News

Health Beauty Wellness
Category & Product News

Legislative & Regulatory
Product Regulation and Recalls

Retail
Wholesaler/Distributor & Retail News
GMDC Matters

Increased GM sales opportunities exist in pet categories
By Jeanie McIntyre, Manager of Content & Communications, GMDC

Supermarket News recently ran the following article and it caught my eye. They've described me (and my spending habits) to a tee — single, very busy lifestyle and no children — but I do have two, medium-sized dogs and boy do I love to spoil them. I spend a small fortune every month on their premium dog food, their treats and toys — most of which I buy at specialty stores because they aren't available at my local supermarket. The General Merchandise Marketing Conference is right around the corner, so I urge buyers to take a second look at pet categories. I'm your customer, and I would just assume spend my money at one location, buying all of my GM products and groceries in one location. And I'm obviously not alone, so take a second look at GM — it's important and your customers want it! More...




      GMDC UPDATES


2011 GM Marketing Conference — if your company is currently registered, you may still add attendees
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June 3 to 7, 2011
Location: JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.
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2011 HBW Marketing Conference — NEW! "HBW Connections on Retail Insight and Consumer Engagement"
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Sept. 9 to 12, 2011
Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix
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Increase your sales potential with the Showcase/Showcase Plus
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Do you want to increase your visibility to every attending wholesaler/retailer and increase your potential for additional on-site appointments and post-conference sales follow-up? More

Reserve your hotel room at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
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Rooms at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, site of the GMDC GM Marketing Conference, are available at a special group rate through April 29 and are going quickly. GM supplier members are encouraged to reserve rooms now. More

GM Marketing Conference Guide — great opportunity to promote your business
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The conference guide is the "who's who guide" that stays on the desks of top contacts at GMDC member companies all year long. Advertise in the conference guide and be seen by hundreds of members who attend the 2011 conference. More

Category sales information available to members
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Take advantage of GMDC's Category Sales Recaps for General Merchandise and Health and Beauty categories. More

Industry Sourcing Guide — category sales information available 24/7 for GMDC members
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A valuable resource for association members and other industry professionals who use the Internet to locate products and services for the entire retail General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness industry. More

ProductSpotlight — make sure that you list your product before the next spotlight is distributed in May
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Reach more buyers and gain unparalleled exposure when you promote specific product news in the GMDC monthly e-Product spotlight, the perfect resource to distribute new product launches, seasonal purchasing opportunities, promotions or year-end specials — exclusively to wholesalers and retailers throughout the industry. More

SAV Transportation Group — save time and money!
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Are you looking for a program that will help you streamline the shipping process, improve your quality of service and bring you closer to your customers? SAV Transportation Group has access to 21 national and regional LTL carriers that provide superior service to all 50 states! More

CodeBaby characters incorporate innovative technology — dramatic discounting is still available!
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GMDC has collaborated with technology partner CodeBaby to offer significant pricing discounts for GMDC members. Enhance your website and engage your own online character in business-to-business and business-to-consumer capabilities! More

Recall InfoLink continues to offer 33 percent discount for GMDC members
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The recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act will bring many changes as the Food and Drug Administration steps up its regulatory oversight of recalls. GMDC has partnered with a state-of-the-art company, Recall InfoLink, to offer a considerable discount that will allow you to strengthen your recall preparedness! More

Online training
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"How to do Business With" training for suppliers, as well as category training that targets store-level personnel and the boosting of GM and HBW. More

Free business magazines
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GMDC members, take advantage of this valuable benefit for free! More

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      BUSINESS & CONSUMER INSIGHTS


Independent pharmacies earn top scores
from Consumer Reports readers

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An overwhelming majority of Consumer Reports readers are highly satisfied with their independent pharmacy experiences, as compared with experiences at some of the national chains, a report to be published in the May issue found. More

Ripped off by theft rings, stores fight back
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With frosted, unmarked windows and no sign hanging from the storefront, Target's retail crime investigations center doesn't even look like it is being used. But inside, analysts and investigators are poring over footage from surveillance cameras and inventory spreadsheets. They are searching for leads on theft rings that have replaced old-school shoplifters with sophisticated criminals. More

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      EXECUTIVE UPDATES


AmerisourceBergen Names David W. Neu President of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation
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AmerisourceBergen Corporation recently announced that David W. Neu, 53, has been promoted to President of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, the company's largest operating unit, effective immediately. Neu, a 29 year veteran of the Company, was most recently Senior Vice President, Operations for ABDC. More

Majestic Drug Co. names national sales, marketing manager
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Majestic Drug, a manufacturer of niche oral care and personal care products, has promoted Nilda Oyola to national sales and marketing manager. "Innovation, creativity and energy are at an all-time high at Majestic with the promotion of Nilda to national sales and marketing manager," stated president Larry Fishman. More

Laurel Grocery enhances executive staff
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John McCurry, executive vice president of marketing at Laurel Grocery Co., has added the additional responsibilities of sales to his position, for which he reports directly to Dennis Butler, who was recently appointed president from his most recent EVP and COO post. More

Yankee Candle promotes Deborah Norris, Margala Klein
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The Yankee Candle Company has promoted Deborah Norris to vice president and general merchandise manager for merchandise planning and allocation. In addition, Hope Margala Klein, senior vice president of brand, design and innovation, will assume responsibility for the gift and accessory development teams. More

Foodtown board elects new chairman/CEO
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The board of directors of Foodtown Inc. has elected David Maniaci to be its chairman and CEO. Maniaci succeeds Gerard Norkus, who is planning to retire. The Maniaci family has been a member of the Foodtown cooperative, which currently comprises 66 independently owned grocery stores in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, for more than 50 years. More

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      FINANCIAL


Tops parent posts double-digit net sales boost for 2010
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In the wake of its January 2010 acquisition of most of Penn Traffic's assets, including 55 stores, Tops Holding Corp., the parent company of Tops Markets, LLC, reported net sales of $530.8 million in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, a 12-week period ended Jan. 1, an increase of $106.4 million, or 25.1 percent, vs. the year-ago period. More

Senate repeals 1099 tax reporting requirement
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The U.S. Senate recently voted to repeal a law that posed a burdensome tax reporting requirement for businesses. In an 87-12 decision, the legislative body passed H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, sponsored by Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif. More

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      GENERAL MERCHANDISE


Cleaning up the dirty ingredients list
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Why is it important to make soap more sustainable? How do you do that? How can sustainability be built into a high-touch, design-centric brand? And if you do it right, what does sustainability strategy do for a company? More

Reese introduces Licide bed bug spray
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Reese Pharmaceutical has launched a water-based aerosol that is designed to kill bed bugs. The new Licide bed bug spray is designed to keep homes free of bed bugs for up to four weeks, the company said. The product is available in a 5-oz. size. More

Engine protection and environmental benefit meet in new Valvoline™ Motor Oil
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Valvoline™, a brand of Ashland Inc., recently announced the wide-scale availability of NextGen™ motor oil. The new formula is made from 50 percent recycled oil and delivers 100 percent Valvoline engine protection. NextGen motor oil is great for engines and better for the environment, exceeding industry specifications with reduced environmental impact compared to non-recycled motor oil. More

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      HEALTH BEAUTY WELLNESS


Dove encourages women to 'go sleeveless' with new deodorant
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A recent study found that nearly 100 percent of women think their underarms are unattractive, while more than half said that the condition on their underarms impacts their wardrobe choices. In response to this, Unilever is looking to help women "go sleeveless" with confidence with the launch of its new Dove Ultimate Go Sleeveless deodorant. More

USDA features Purell product as BioPreferred
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purell green certified instant hand sanitizer foam as a featured product for the formal launch of its new BioPreferred label program. USDA deputy secretary Kathleen Merrigan made the announcement recently at a biobased product meeting in Glenwillow, Ohio. More

Nature's Gate expands portfolio with new hand creams
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Nature's Gate is expanding its portfolio in May to include the new Herbal Blend hand creams, the first hand products from the personal care brand and the latest additions to the Herbal Blend collection. Nature's Gate Herbal Blend hand creams combine certified organic shea butter, soybean oil and sunflower oil with botanical extracts to hydrate, nourish and pamper dry hands. More

Xlear adds Spry Sponge Floss with Xylitol to oral care line
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Xlear, Inc., the leading manufacturer of xylitol products, recently introduced Spry Sponge Floss with Xylitol, a smooth and shred-resistant dental floss that when used daily gently stimulates gums, removes plaque and helps prevent gingivitis. More

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      LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY


GMA commends FDA recall site
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Are you interested in being well prepared in case of a product recall? Be sure to visit GMDC's preferred partner, Recall InfoLink, on our website at http://tinyurl.com/3ujx9w5. More

Senate repeals 1099 form provision — A significant win for retailers and suppliers
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The Senate approved a bill that repeals the unpopular 1099 health care law provision, the National Journal reports. Earlier last month, the House passed a similar measure. The Senate passed the bill 87 to 12. The full roll call vote can be seen here. More

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       RETAIL


Marsh converts 6 more stores to MainStreet Market
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Marsh Supermarkets said that it would rebanner six store locations in Muncie, Ind., under its MainStreet Markets banner. The business rationale for MainStreet Markets is based on an increasing need to better position many of Marsh's smaller and more traditional facilities with offerings and services consistent with consumer preferences in these store's trading areas, the company said. More

Sunflower Farmers Market opening first California store
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Sunflower Farmers Market plans to open its inaugural California store on May 11 at 7 a.m. in the town of Roseville, bringing at least 100 jobs to the area. The Boulder, Colo.-based organic and natural grocer already operates 33 locations in six Southwestern states. More

Walmart eyed pop-up store business
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As it gears up for another holiday season, Toys "R" Us may have to fight Walmart on two fronts. Top executives at the giant toy chain are concerned they may face competition from the world's biggest retailer as they look to secure prime locations for "pop-up" stores that open only during the holiday season, sources said. More

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