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Discovery Kids and Walgreens Partner for Line of Outdoor Toys

discoveryDiscovery Communications Inc. will launch Discovery Kids Outdoor Adventure Toys exclusively at Walgreens for its Discovery Kids brand. The new toy line is available this summer at Walgreens stores nationwide.

The Outdoor Adventure line includes metal detectors, detective periscopes, a field tools kit featuring six options, a 4-in-1 magnifiers set to explore various surfaces, bug playgrounds, and binoculars. Each toy also incorporates a special QR code that links to exclusive Discovery Kids content and activities on DiscoveryKids.com. This new line of toys is the latest addition to the Discovery Kids and Walgreens merchandise program that launched last holiday season.

New Fundraising Opportunity To Benefit Local Businesses and Schools

Schoola.com announces a new idea for fundraising that helps both schools and retailers.

Retailers such as Walgreens, Shutterfly, Omaha Steaks, and ProFlowers will team up with schools, with 20 to 50 percent of earnings going to the purchaser’s school of choice.

Ickee Stikeez Now Available at Walmart and Walgreens

Ickee Stikeez, from Zing Toys, are squishy, monster-themed collectibles with suction cups that stick to flat surfaces. Ickeez stick to any flat surface, such as lockers, lunchboxes, windows, and cell phones. When pulled-off, the Ickeez make a loud “pop!” Characters come in “Podz” that are reminiscent of vending machine capsules, which also have built-in play. Kids can connect them to create various different structures and environments for their Ickee Stikeez characters. Each pack has a number, which can be entered on www.ickeez.com for additional content, back story, wallpaper, and short videos.
Ickeez Series 1 is now available at select Walmart locations and Walgreens. Ickee Stikeez Series 2 will be in all Walmart stores this holiday season. There are 24 total characters in Series 1. They are sold in three-pack blisters retailing for $2.99 each.

Walgreens to Purchase Duane Reade

Walgreens will acquire Duane Reade from affiliates of Oak Hill Capital Partners in a cash transaction for a total enterprise value of $1.075 billion, including the assumption of debt.

The transaction will include all 257 Duane Reade stores located in the New York City area, as well as the corporate office and two distribution centers. Walgreens purchased Duane Reade with existing cash and anticipates the transaction will close by August 31.

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