From large-scale, high-volume processors to “cobots’’ that require a minimal amount of countertop space, a new generation of dispensing tools is allowing pharmacies to shift more of the workload to technicians and central-fill sites.
The growth trends in sales of vitamins and supplements in specialty channels, ranging from natural grocers to gourmet wellness stores, are great harbingers of what might soon be best-selling categories within mass outlets.
Drug and discount stores have managed to lure customers away from specialty and department stores to their doors for color cosmetics, where brows and lashes are leading the charge to attract shoppers, skin care and bubble bath products.
Sales of artificial eyelashes packaged with adhesives rose 31% to $157 million, according to IRI data for multi-outlet retailers for the 52-week period ended March 19. Eyelash adhesives kicked in another $30 million and showed growth of 24%.