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• The Washington Post reports that top executives at Stop & Shop and Giant Food Stores met with thousands of store employees last week “to discuss improvements to stores and ways to boost morale after the merger of the two companies.” CEO Marc E. Smith spoke at each of the six sessions.

The Post says that most of the discussions “focused mainly on the mundane -- improving inventory at pharmacies and getting hand-held scanners for cashiers, for example. But they also represented an olive branch from the Quincy, Mass.-based management to local workers,” as Giant deals with the fact that much of the company’s management is now coming from Stop & Shop headquarters in Massachusetts.

•The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that “Procter & Gamble Co. will eliminate some 300 jobs from its pharmaceuticals unit by this summer” with most of the cuts coming from its Health Care Research Center as the company focuses more on buying and licensing drugs from other companies as opposed to developing them itself.

• The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) plans to make an effort to unionize workers at some Target stores in the region.
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