August 7, 2013

CVS/pharmacy is gearing up for back-to-school season with a new "Classroom Gift Card" promotion that allows customers to earn gift cards when shopping for essentials at more than 7,500 locations nationwide.

Running from Aug. 11 to 31, members of the ExtraCare program will receive a $5 CVS/pharmacy gift card after spending $20 on select items featured in the weekly circular.

August 6, 2013

During Tuesday morning’s second-quarter conference call with analysts, CVS Caremark executives said they were pleased with the “strong” operating results enterprise-wide and expressed optimism looking ahead as it continues to position itself along the front lines of health care and leverage the upcoming changes under health reform.

August 5, 2013

When Seattle-based Bartell Drugs opened its 61st store in the city's rapidly growing South Lake Union neighborhood, it unveiled a store that included not only a nice new format, but also a variety of amenities rarely seen in drug stores, including cold beer on tap; such pet-friendly features as water bowls, pet-hitching posts and free dog biscuits; and a selection of local spirits.

The large-scale evolution of the American drug store has mostly happened in the big, national chains, and despite some doubts from naysayers about some of the concepts in the Walgreens flagship stores, that format has already expanded to several cities. CVS and Rite Aid have expanded their respective Urban Cluster and Wellness store formats as well, providing clear indication of their popularity with consumers.

August 5, 2013

CVS Caremark is reportedly planning to re-enter the metro Toledo, Ohio, market by snapping up parcels of property, according to a local news report.

August 2, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that it has agreed to a $20 million civil penalty to resolve a previously disclosed investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into 2009 public disclosures made by the company, securities transactions and certain aspects of the purchase accounting adjustment related to the October 2008 Longs Drug Stores acquisition.

August 2, 2013

Looking to further strengthen its relationship with beauty shoppers — both inside and outside of the store — CVS/pharmacy launched on Aug. 2 a new website and mobile site dedicated to its growing Essence of Beauty brand, which is available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy. Drug Store News talked with George Coleman, VP merchandising for store brands at CVS/pharmacy, to learn more about the unique content featured on the new essenceofbeauty.com site and how the retailer is adjusting its in-store merchandising strategy to further promote its Essence of Beauty collection.

July 26, 2013

Unreal — a company specializing in candy made with 100% real ingredients, no corn syrup, no GMOs and less sugar — announced new packaging for its "unjunked" candy and retail displays set to roll out into retail stores nationwide.

July 25, 2013

As states prepare their health insurance exchanges for open enrollment beginning Oct. 1, a new survey from CVS Caremark shows that while there has been an overall increase in awareness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many of those eligible to enroll in health exchanges are asking for help.

July 25, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced that it is an official sponsor of the National Urban League's 2013 Conference in Philadelphia this week and will exhibit at the conference its diversity programs, including work-force initiatives, health screenings and multicultural product offerings.

July 22, 2013

Crystal Geyser Water Company’s Tejava Premium Iced Tea is now available for purchase in more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy stores across the country, and more than 320 Target stores in California and Arizona.

July 18, 2013

CVS Caremark’s distribution center in Vero Beach, Fla., is leading the company’s effort to hire veterans and military spouses at its CVS/pharmacy stores, distribution centers and corporate offices nationwide.

July 18, 2013

Following the cacophony of tweets from Bostonians regarding a Rolling Stone cover featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Kmart joined CVS/pharmacy and announced that they would not stock the magazine altogether.

July 17, 2013

CVS Caremark announced its colleagues collected nearly 25,000 lbs. of trash from shorelines across the country in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, an organization that educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.

July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone magazine has sparked an uproar with its current issue, which features a cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Many are criticizing the publication for glamorizing a “terrorist” and the backlash is even evident at the retail level, as CVS/pharmacy has said it will not stock the issue of the magazine.

July 15, 2013

MinuteClinic has created a weight-loss program that incorporates what has been ranked as one of the top diets in the country.

July 11, 2013

Sundial Brands, the maker of natural skin and hair brand SheaMoisture, has expanded its SheaMoisture Baby Care Collection to more than 5,000 CVS/pharmacy stores, 1,500 Kroger locations and more than 700 Stop & Shop/Giant retail outlets nationwide, the manufacturer announced on Thursday.

July 10, 2013

CVS Caremark has partnered with Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program to support women veterans and military/veteran spouses as they navigate the civilian workplace.

July 10, 2013

CVS/pharmacy and private sector benefits program Veterans Advantage have announced a new in-store savings program for Veterans Advantage's VetRewards Card members, honoring military and veteran families with savings on thousands of CVS/pharmacy brand products at CVS/pharmacy stores.

July 9, 2013

In honor of Independence Day and to express gratitude to disabled military veterans for their service, CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox teamed up at Fenway Park for a special batting camp for veterans from across New England.

July 3, 2013

The Obama administration's delay in implementing a key healthcare provision in 2014 only serves to add confusion around the overall package, especially as individuals will still be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, Mac Crawford, Crawford Ross partner and former CVS Caremark chairman, told Benzinga.

July 1, 2013

CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing OTC products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.

July 1, 2013

At a time when more and more retailers are embracing mobile technology, North America is set to account for one of the highest percentages of tablet sales, according to a new study.

June 27, 2013

The U.S. healthcare system could avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in medical costs if medication adherence rates improved, according to the CVS Caremark "2013 State of the States: Adherence Report" released today.

June 26, 2013

MinuteClinic has made a deal with a Tennessee healthcare system to expand clinics in three counties in the state, the CVS Caremark clinics division said Wednesday.