March 4, 2015

There’s no denying that the proliferation of ecards has been eroding sales of traditional greeting cards. A recent report from Ibis World predicts that industry revenue will decline over the next the five years to 2019 at an annualized rate of 2.4% to $5.4 billion.

March 4, 2015

Jaws dropped six years ago when Duane Reade unwrapped its first LOOK Boutique. The concept exemplified what many drug store merchants had only dreamed about — a selection brimming with prestige brands presented in an environment on par with specialty stores.

March 4, 2015

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with about 20% of children ages 5 years to 11 years old having at least one untreated decayed tooth. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable.

March 4, 2015

Barb Larson has seen myriad changes in her role as division merchandise manager at Walgreens. But what she’s most proud of today is how Walgreens has become more connected to shoppers than ever.

March 4, 2015

The pressure on mass market fragrances has yet to ease due in part to declining sales of celebrity fragrances and a reduction in fragrance innovation. And men’s fragrance is no exception.

March 4, 2015

Chattem’s launch of the first nasal corticosteroid onto OTC shelves represented the most significant success story in the cough-cold-allergy space in the past year. 

March 4, 2015

The introduction in January of bipartisan legislation that would grant retail pharmacists provider status for Medicare patients in “underserved” communities certainly sounds like a step in the right direction.

March 4, 2015

While the big four analgesic manufacturers — Bayer, Pfizer, McNeil and Novartis — command the lion’s share of retail ad support behind their mega analgesic brands, Prestige Brands and BedRock Brands are making headway promoting their niche pain relieving products.

March 4, 2015

As part of its quest to be the most loved and shopped beauty destination, Walgreens offers an array of its “owned brands.” These chain exclusives fill in gaps in assortments or offer tremendous value, according to Kina Guyton, Walgreens director of beauty owned brands.

March 4, 2015

Walgreens is taking its Go Big in Beauty mission to the streets — literally. Starting last year, Walgreens began loading up its best beauty products — along with hair, makeup and nail professionals — on a mobile beauty studio that traveled to key markets across the country to herald the arrival of each new issue of Discover Beauty Within.

March 4, 2015

Do you truly understand the dimensions of cosmetics consumer behavior and how these dimensions impact brand choices, outlet shopping patterns and attitudes toward the category overall? That was the focus of a webinar presented in February by consumer analytics company TABS Group.

March 4, 2015

Walgreens once again served as the official retail partner for the People’s Choice Awards in January and teamed up with Procter & Gamble to promote the role of their brands in helping consumers meet New Year resolutions.

March 4, 2015

To be sure, Walgreens started out on its Go Big in Beauty mission before its partnership with Boots began in 2012. But Boots, with its rich portfolio of beauty brands certainly helped ‘kick’ things up a notch or two.

March 4, 2015

One of retail pharmacy’s core customers — today’s working mom — is very much focused on health-and-wellness these days, and with good reason. 

February 27, 2015

Remedies for conditions like hepatitis C, NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) and oncology will all help contribute to growth within the biotech sector, according to an analysis from Bloomberg Intelligence. 

February 27, 2015

Walgreens and Vitamin Angels have generated enough funds to help more than 37.5 million children to date.

 

February 26, 2015

Ahold USA is realigning its value proposition in an effort to drive sales in 2015. 

February 25, 2015

Credit Suisse analyst Ed Kelly reported that a strong cold-and-flu season not enough to lift February front-end sales. 

February 25, 2015

In 10 years, the percentage of opioid analgesic users who used an opioid analgesic stronger than morphine increased from 17% to 37%, NCHS reported Wednesday. 

February 23, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week reported several influenza hot spots across the nation. 

February 23, 2015

The Drug Store News Group capped off 2014 with a bang as some of the top minds in pharmacy retailing gathered for the 16th annual Industry Issues Summit on Dec. 3 to take part in a candid discussion of the top issues and trends impacting the industry.

February 20, 2015

Boiron app is leading 4,500 customers per week to the most appropriate homeopathic remedy.

February 18, 2015

Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose visited ECRM's Cough/Cold, Analgesics and Allergy EPPS meeting on Monday in support of Ducere Pharma and its Myoflex pain reliever.

February 17, 2015

Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, U.S. Department of Treasury, on Friday discussed next-generation retail payment technologies with several industry leaders.