April 22, 2013

To the skepticism of many, Walgreens last year made a big global splash with its two-step merger deal with Alliance Boots across the pond. But with the announcement that the co-joined Walgreens/Alliance Boots had signed a 10-year distribution deal with wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, that included an equity stake to boot, well, it seemed that many analysts on Wall Street finally got it.

April 21, 2013

The Hispanic opportunity represents a "new American reality," noted Roberto Ruiz, SVP strategy and insights for Univision Communications, last month at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association's Annual Executive Conference.

April 21, 2013

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy introduced in 2012 its new Natural Beauty Bar at its Pacific Palisades location.

April 21, 2013

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart is further elevating the beauty experience with its newly opened BeautyBoutique.

April 21, 2013

This is going to be a big year for community pharmacy, said Thrifty White president and CEO Bob Narveson, as the nation reaches full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014.

April 21, 2013

According to research, ownership of smartphones and tablets in particular have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and that has created a multi-headed omnichannel hydra of a customer who retailers across all channels are desperately trying to appease.

April 21, 2013

Looking to further tap into the high-growth nail category, CVS/pharmacy unveiled in late 2012 its Nail HQ Kiosk. The Nail HQ Kiosk is available at more than 2,000 CVS/pharmacy locations.

April 21, 2013

Technology has certainly changed the landscape of the drug channel's general merchandise department. As categories shift, electronic accessories have become a crucial addition to the mix.

April 21, 2013

Say "hello" to a new personal care brand that is looking to turn the oral care segment on its head with exotic flavors like Pink Grapefruit Mint and creative packaging that is a far departure from the traditional oral care offerings.

April 21, 2013

New technology and types of introductions could bring some heat to the frozen food category. Frozen food sales have been flat to declining for the past few years, according to a recent study from Packaged Facts, with nearly all dollar sales gains coming from higher prices or new products rather than increased consumer demand.

April 21, 2013

Last month, the Supreme Court heard Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, which could impact the future of the generic drug industry at a time when 80% of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States are generic.

April 21, 2013

This month Walgreens announced that it would begin to offer chronic care services at its Take Care Clinics. Its biggest competitor, MinuteClinic, made a similar announcement about a year ago. With full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the people paying the bills are going to get a good look at what retail clinics can do to lower costs and improve outcomes.

April 21, 2013

Procter and Gamble's Bounty unveiled a new cloth-like disposable paper towel designed to be used in place of dishcloths.

April 21, 2013

If fat, sodium and partially hydrogenated oils were yesterday's undesirable ingredients, the substance many Americans are currently looking to avoid is gluten.

April 21, 2013

Consumers are snacking more than ever, but they aren't necessarily reaching for a bag of chips and a can of soda.

April 21, 2013

Hointer, which opened last fall, allows men to buy jeans by combining "online conveniences without the offline B.S." Customers walk in, download an app onto a smartphone or tablet, scan a QR code on the tag and are automatically directed to a dressing room.

April 21, 2013

What are the key trends driving sales of false eyelashes? What are the greatest misconceptions about false lashes?

April 21, 2013

UrgentRx's fast powder OTC treatments are beginning to show up at the check-stand. As a brand offering, it represents a unique delivery format with unique merchandising opportunities. DSN sought out founder and president Jordan Eisenberg for the details.

April 21, 2013

Programs incentivizing health care won't be effective if they're not intuitive and easy to use. That's why Medagate's MasterCard Dual Value Health Card, which enables employers and health plans to combine a member/employee healthcare funding purse with a restricted-spend purse for targeted items and incentives, is so important.

April 21, 2013

Westport Pharmaceuticals has been showcasing its Zephrex-D "meth-resistant" pseudoephedrine-based decongestant that is now available in retail stores throughout Missouri. It's a hot product as much for the sales generated, as for the sales not lost.

April 21, 2013

As the Total Store Expo draws near, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has put together a checklist to help industry members gear up for a successful event.

April 21, 2013

Earlier this year Olay's new Fresh Effects skin care line hit retail shelves — but in an unprecedented way for the beauty brand.

April 21, 2013

While the recession has caused some pet lovers to cut back spending on toys and treats, when it comes to their pets' health, consumers aren't skimping.

April 21, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration over the past year has been exploring ways to further increase the value of the over-the-counter medicine space through the utilization of technology to support new Rx-to-OTC switches.