October 16, 2013

Candy maker Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new set of planning tools to help retailers develop their marketing strategies and build chocolate sales, the company said.

October 16, 2013

Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, 2% less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year. Despite this reduction in individual holiday budgets, NRF is forecasting holiday sales will increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion.

October 16, 2013

Contrary to the pharmaceutical industry’s commonly-held belief that active Rx and OTC brand consumers are harder to find online than offline, a new study released Tuesday reveals that the online audience is just as active — and for select categories, more active — than the general population.

October 16, 2013

The executive director of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy is leaving, according to published reports.

October 16, 2013

A seismic shift in how people interact with technology, consume media and forge bonds with brands is forcing manufacturers, retailers and agencies to rethink how they go about business in order to win over consumers. The reality is we are living in a revolutionary period, and for marketers, that means a new marketing manifesto.

October 16, 2013

Being safe can make one sorry. Because it’s the unconventional that captures a consumer’s attention, and that’s just as true for designers of display units as it is for anything else. Indeed, it’s often the displays that deviate most from the norm that have the greatest impact and the greatest potential to get a shopper to stop, shop and buy. That was the key message Leslie Clifford, executive director strategic planning at Geometry Global, and Nick Patterson, associate director of shopper marketing for Procter & Gamble, had for Shopper Marketing Expo attendees, during an Oct. 10 breakout session, “Breaking the Rules the Right Way.”

October 16, 2013

Ritzman Pharmacies and Mast Pharmacies on Monday announced the completed acquisition of all Mast-owned pharmacies to Ritzman Pharmacies.

October 16, 2013

Sears Holdings Corp. is honoring members of the armed forces with an inaugural "Invite a Veteran to Work Day" at its headquarters and nearly 2,000 stores next month.

October 16, 2013

In looking at the data and insights that are shaping today’s path to purchase one thing is clear — the consumer is in the driver’s seat.

October 16, 2013

Drug Store News editors talked to vendors at the Shopper Marketing Expo from Oct. 8 to 10 at Navy Pier in Chicago about what they were hoping to get out of the event and the buzz among the companies at the show. To view pictures of the vendors, click here.

October 16, 2013

Medicare beneficiaries' use of medications — both effective and risky — varies widely across different regions of the United States, according to a new report.

October 16, 2013

Target is creating a new ranking system that evaluates personal care and cleaning products based on ingredient safety and disclosure of environmental effects, as well as asking the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to collaborate with it in developing a standard for cosmetic safety next year.

October 16, 2013

The drug channel winner of the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition fired on all cylinders in meeting the “Four C’s” judges use to measure each of the displays — ability to command attention, connect with the shopper, convey a clear message and close the sale.

October 16, 2013

Retailers and manufacturers may understand that strategic alignment and a shopper-centric focus is imperative for successful collaboration, but what does the path to success look like? How do brands and retailers get from point to A to point B?

October 16, 2013

The Vitamin Shoppe on Wednesday announced the grand opening of its new distribution center in Ashland, Va.

October 16, 2013

Patients taking a drug used for weight loss were able to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

October 16, 2013

The 2012-2013 flu season was one of the most severe in the United States in more than a decade and, according to a new study, had two to three times the impact than a more typical flu season on the workplace, school, family and other segments of people’s everyday lives.

October 16, 2013

WellStar Health System and Walgreens on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in the northwest Atlanta market.

October 16, 2013

Walmart will be opening more small stores next year and beyond as the company pursues a vision of omnichannel retailing that it contends no other company is capable of executing.

October 16, 2013

Boca Cosmetic Group’s Zelo Brazilian keratin smoothing system is now available on drugstore.com, the manufacturer has announced.

October 15, 2013

Actavis is hoping to become the first to market a generic version of a drug used to treat patients who have become dependent on opioid drugs, triggering a lawsuit from the branded drug's manufacturer.

October 15, 2013

AstraZeneca has acquired a British developer of biotech drugs for treating cancer, AstraZeneca said Tuesday.

October 15, 2013

Two associations representing the dietary supplement industry issued separate statements in response to what they characterized as a faulty meta-analysis, “Effects of Vitamin D Supplements on Bone Mineral Density: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” published last week in The Lancet.

October 15, 2013

CVS/pharmacy is offering its senior patients a new way to compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the annual enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, the pharmacy retailer has announced.