August 8, 2013

According to a July 2013 poll of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with children of school age, kid's annual physicals and back-to-school shopping go hand-in-hand.

August 8, 2013

Numbers can be deceiving in the baby category. While overall category sales are down, the drug channel is seeing nice increases in specific segments within the category. The numbers suggest that drug retailers could be missing an opportunity.

August 6, 2013

GNC Holdings concluded its Total Lean Challenge and Sweepstakes, rewarding 13 participants with a share of $25,000 in cash and prizes.

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.

August 1, 2013

Leading the way within the vital Latino demographic are women, suggested Nielsen in an analysis of the consumer segment.

July 31, 2013

Kmart is offering savings on gas to members of its loyalty program who purchase Procter & Gamble products, the mass merchandise retailer said.

July 31, 2013

The National Retail Federation issued a statement from SVP and general counsel Mallory Duncan on U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s decision that found that the Federal Reserve misapplied Congress’ intent when it implemented required swipe fees reforms.

July 31, 2013

Promotions were up across the front-end over the first half of 2013 as compared with the corresponding year-ago period, and digital coupons have continued to sustain double-digit growth as more marketers adopt a digital strategy and more retailers employ an omnichannel loyalty program to attract and retain customers.

July 31, 2013

Walgreens continues to associate its brand with all things "well" with an ad campaign on the retailer's YouTube page that links its Walk with Walgreens initiative to the company's Balance Rewards loyalty program.

July 30, 2013

As reported in DSN Monday, Rite Aid is launching a nationwide marketing campaign around Wellness65+, the latest extension to its Wellness+ loyalty card program, aimed at seniors.

July 30, 2013

A newly remodeled Giant Food Stores location includes an expanded selection of gluten-free items and digital kiosks for finding savings and placing orders.

July 29, 2013

Walgreens and Duane Reade are testing a new mobile shopping system at stores in New York that help shoppers make choices by providing relevant product information from a network of friends and experts and then sending them "perks" they can redeem at checkout. The system combines the respective mobile platforms of Pretty in my Pocket and Sparkfly, and L'Oreal Paris has signed on as the first brand partner.

As retail industry futurist Doug Stephens recently told Drug Store News in an interview for an article in the Aug. 12 issue of the magazine about the future of retail pharmacy, younger consumers are "conditioned to understand that they can have whatever they want, whenever they want it, wherever they happen to be."

July 29, 2013

Rite Aid is launching a marketing campaign centered around its new extension to the Wellness+ loyalty card program aimed at seniors, the retail pharmacy chain said.

July 25, 2013

Pretty in my Pocket, a mobile social beauty shopping and sharing platform, has partnered with Sparkfly, a mobile point-of-sale redemption technology platform, to launch, deliver and track closed loop, in-store mobile promotions. Signing on as the first brand partner to test the technology at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations throughout New York City is beauty giant L’Oréal Paris.

July 25, 2013

Results of the survey indicate that 68% of consumers plan to spend up to $500 this back-to-school shopping season compared with 63% in 2012 and 48% in 2011. Additionally, 17% of respondents plan to spend between $500 and $1,000, and 15% of shoppers said they have no back-to-school shopping budget this year.

July 25, 2013

Viviscal, a dietary hair growth supplement brand, has announced the debut of its first national direct response television spot.

July 22, 2013

Sears is offering electronic coupons for back-to-school shopping that it's calling the first of their kind.

July 18, 2013

More than one-third of U.S. consumers say they're likely to spend more during the back-to-school season this year, according to a study.

July 17, 2013

Skin care and sun lotion enthusiasts are more inclined to engage in online and mobile activities, and they are more influenced in their beauty purchases by online ads compared with the average consumer, according to new research by Interactive Advertising Bureau.

July 17, 2013

Retailer promotion activity continued to grow with a 21.6% increase to more than 11.3 billion pages in the first half of 2013, with Walmart leading in retailer activity followed by Walgreens, Target and Family Dollar, reported Marx, a Kantar Media solution.

July 16, 2013

Walgreens on Tuesday named Mark Lelinski as its new corporate VP, market access. Lelinski will be responsible for contracting and pricing strategies; the integration efforts across Walgreens pharmacy, health and wellness division; overseeing sales and account management; and managing the continued evolution of the company’s managed market strategies.

July 15, 2013

Loblaw Cos. and Shoppers Drug Mart signed a definitive agreement under which Loblaw will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart. The move follows the acquisition of Safeway Canada by Sobey's last month and a growing incursion of U.S. retail north of the border, including both Target Canada and Walmart Canada.

When Loblaw announced last week it would debut a new health-focused format to take on Whole Foods, no one could have expected it would make a deal to become the No. 1 pharmacy retailer in Canada, leapfrogging from No. 8 to that top spot with the stroke of a pen. Together the companies will operate 1,797 pharmacies across a total of 2,348 locations, meaning 1-in-5 Canadian pharmacies now will be operated by the merged company. Shoppers Drug Mart represents $4.9 billion in annual pharmacy sales, representing 47.3% of sales and $3.9 million in pharmacy sales on a per store basis. And if Loblaw's pharmacy sales are brought up to that level, the merged companies will represent $6.8 billion in pharmacy revenue.

July 15, 2013

The National Advertising Division referred to the Federal Trade Commission advertising claims made by Fiore RX, for its Antifungal Nail Lacquer after the company failed to respond to an NAD inquiry.

July 15, 2013

While today's cost-conscious consumers are increasingly choosing private-label over-the-counter medications over national name brands, new qualitative research from Market Strategies International has identified a high level of loyalty to name brands for consumers who believe they need "more" from their medications, Market Strategies noted in a report released last week.