10/24/2014 - 3:54pm

Sam's Club announced the introduction of a health exchange service in partnership with Aetna, to better serve its small business clientele. With that announcement, Sam’s Club becomes the first retailer to complement its full suite of healthcare offerings — optical, hearing, pharmacy — with a health exchange solution specifically targeting those who are arguably most concerned about health care: small business owners.

The move aligns Sam’s Club brands with all things health. “Whenever people visit Sam’s Club at all, I want them to be able to experience health-and-wellness in a way that they leave healthier no matter how they engage with us,” Sherri Thomas, director, managed care services for Sam's Club, told Drug Store News. “If it’s through our pharmacy, optical or hearing services, if they’re engaged in the exchange, if it’s through our health screenings, I want them to be a healthier person because they’re engaged with Sam’s Club.”

 

10/17/2014 - 2:29pm
Canadian pharmacy retailers are up in arms in British Columbia, threatening to take legal action against the College of Pharmacists of BC if the group attempts to block tobacco sales in their stores. It's a juxtaposition between advocating for health in all parts of the pharmacy and being responsible to the shareholders of the company. 
 
To sell or not to sell? That has become the question in both Canada and the United States. 
10/10/2014 - 1:31pm

Kicking off American Pharmacists Month this year on Oct. 2 was the second annual #Pharmacist tweet-a-thon. Highlighting the important role pharmacists have in patient care, their communities and the broader healthcare landscape, more than 11,000 tweets with the hashtag #Pharmacist were sent during the 24-hour period — some 467 an hour, according to healthcare social media watcher Symplur. 

10/03/2014 - 3:23pm

Two iconic health brands were brought together last week with the partnership between WebMD Health and Walgreens. The deal couples the online go-to source for healthcare information with one of the retail pharmacy leaders in advancing the scope of practice across the back bench. The deal also underscores the industry trend toward making healthcare coaching readily available at the pharmacy counter by combining WebMD's digital engagement tools with on-hand assistance from Walgreens' pharmacists and nurse practitioners.

 

09/19/2014 - 8:57am
Revising year-end guidance on account of reimbursement rate headwinds, Rite Aid's stock took a hit after reporting second-quarter earnings even though the company beat analysts' consensus estimates for the quarter. The retail pharmacy operation recorded second-quarter profit of $127.8 million, or 13 cents per share, more than doubling FactSet consensus analyst estimate of 6 cents a share, according to a MarketWatch report. And while revenue of $6.5 billion was in line with analyst expectations, Rite Aid topped expected same-store sales growth of 3.3% by recording 4.1% in same-store sales growth. 
 
Rite Aid is still on the right track. 
09/12/2014 - 1:28pm

Walgreens recently became one of the first retailers to enable Apple's new Apple Pay system, keeping the retail pharmacy giant on the cutting edge of mobile and omnichannel shopping. 

Walgreens isn't alone, of course, http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/target-app-integrate-new-apple-pay " target="_blank">Target also will enable Apple's new payment system. “We know mobile is becoming the front door to Target, and we’re focused on creating the best possible mobile experiences for our guests,” said Jason Goldberger, SVP of Target.com and mobile, in the company’s “A Bullseye View” newsletter. “We’re thrilled to support Apple Pay to streamline how our guests pay in the Target app — this absolutely makes purchasing from Target’s mobile app easier than ever.”
 
It's a smart play, especially with all of the recent hacking incidents at retail — Apple Pay serves as an encrypted payment service that doesn't reveal such identifiers as name and credit card number as part of the transaction. Apple Pay, and other similar services no doubt, will evolve into the latest facet of omnichannel shopping. Not only will tomorrow's mobile shopper get what she wants, where she wants it and when she wants it, but also how she wants to pay for it. 
 
But it's a smart play for other reasons, too. Apple Pay stands a strong chance of defining the mobile payment space. There aren't too many companies that garner the kind of media attention that Apple does for a new product announcement (USA Today promised its app users live updates from California). But it's with good reason, people interested in news about Apple products tend to be higher-income consumers who actively embrace the new features with each upgraded iPhone. 
09/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Social media outlets. Consumers. Wall Street. Government officials. Everyone was buzzing over CVS Caremark’s news on Wednesday that it has changed its corporate name to CVS Health and stopped selling tobacco in all of its stores.

08/22/2014 - 9:10am

Feeling under the weather and need an over-the-counter medication delivered to your door or diapers for the little one? Call Uber.

08/14/2014 - 2:49pm

First with its iPod, and then with its iPhone and iPad, Apple has successfully introduced the kind of disruptive innovation that has helped redefine whole industries.