June 21, 2011

Michael Kiss, a chef who works at Whole Foods’ store in Rockville, Md., is one of the natural food supermarket chain’s army of “cooking coaches,” who are on staff to talk to customers about what kinds of food are available at the store and how to pick out the right kinds of food — something that’s helpful in a store known for carrying a dizzying variety of exotic ingredients.

June 20, 2011

The new small-format Walmart Express stores that opened earlier this month are an interesting concept with intriguing growth potential. But for the time being, and possibly for much longer, competitors need not concern themselves with the small stores.


June 20, 2011

The humble coupon is back, in a big way.


June 20, 2011

CVS/pharmacy spent the last couple of months sponsoring nearly 300 free screening and consultation events in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia targeting African-American communities. 


Part of the chain’s To Your Health program, the events were an extension of the A Su Salud events targeting Hispanic customers in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and Miami. To Your Health started in Atlanta on April 17, moving on to Washington, D.C., on June 12 and Philadelphia on June 19.


June 20, 2011

CVS Caremark will launch a pilot of a 
real-time, integrated electronic prior authorization capability, available to its pharmacy benefit management clients, to help speed access to prescription medications.


June 20, 2011

CVS/pharmacy has introduced its latest initiative, designed to underscore the role pharmacists play in managing ongoing medications for chronic illnesses, particularly when a patient starts a new medication.

June 20, 2011

Couponing is digitizing.


Although printed circulars remain the workhorse of the nation’s coupon distribution system, a growing share of the coupons consumers are handing cashiers are emerging from online distribution sources and are being printed out at home. A smaller but growing segment also is being handled exclusively through electronic means via smartphones and mobile technology.


June 20, 2011

Fresh & Easy took home 39 medals for its exclusive wines from the 72nd Annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.

June 20, 2011

A shift in consumers’ shopping behavior to one that is focused on value, coupled with a desire to escape everyday stresses, likely helped drive the growth of bath and body scrubbers/massagers.


June 20, 2011

It may have a goofy name, but start-up website HellaWella, HellaWella.com, 
is serious about promoting healthy living and all the good stuff that goes with it.

June 20, 2011

Kroger announced that it has named Michael Donnelly as SVP merchandising. Donnelly has been president of the company's Ralphs division, based in Los Angeles, since August 2007.

June 20, 2011

With retail clinic sales rising an estimated 81% per year since 2005 and sales expansion projected to continue in the coming years, according to recent research, The Drug Store News Group and Retail Clinician magazine, in partnership with the Convenient Care Association, will host the fourth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress in August.


June 20, 2011

Nielsen has teamed up with a provider of digital grocery tools and a grocery media network to offer consumer packaged goods companies a view into consumers' online supermarket purchases.

June 20, 2011

What do you get when you cross-pollinate a grocery store, Bed Bath & Beyond and a pharmacy retailer? Prime Essentials Rx. Residents of New York’s Tribeca neighborhood now can check out the new one-stop shop located on Leonard Street and Broadway.

June 20, 2011

The booming healthcare market, which is expected to reach 19.6% of gross domestic product by 2019, is driving a surge of activity from companies looking to develop new products and services to bolster profits and create more convenient patient care, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute. 


June 20, 2011

Beiersdorf’s Eucerin skin care brand has embarked on a yearlong Skin First Movement to help educate women across the country on the importance of skin health as part of overall wellness

June 20, 2011

It has been weeks since a massive tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., bringing with it widespread destruction and a death toll that, by most recent reports, has surpassed 150. As residents now work to clean up the devastation and piece back together their tattered homes and shattered community, several industry members have stepped up to show their support.


June 20, 2011

Safeway celebrated National Picnic Day on Saturday by breaking the Guinness World Record for longest picnic table and debuting its new private-label brand.

June 20, 2011

Retailers and small- to mid-sized brand marketers shouldn’t be quick to dismiss social media as an effective avenue to communicate with consumers versus traditional media outreach like TV and radio. That was a key takeaway of a recent survey conducted on behalf of marketing/public relations firm Robin Leedy & Associates.


June 20, 2011

Target is poised to become an even more significant player in the world of health, wellness and beauty in the coming years, assuming the company can execute a range of initiatives designed to grow sales to $100 billion and double earnings per share to at least $8.


June 20, 2011

Who’s clipping coupons? Ironically, coupon redemptions in the wake of the Great Recession are heaviest among higher-income, better-
educated Americans, researchers reported.


June 20, 2011

After piloting a food recovery program in 2009 and expanding it to all of its stores last year, Winn-Dixie announced Monday that it has provided more than 6 million meals to the affiliate food banks of Feeding America.

June 17, 2011

Many adults across the United States opted to visit their local drug store or supermarket to receive their flu shot during the 2010-2011 influenza season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."

June 17, 2011

Walmart is moving forward with what could be characterized as a rollout of its Neighborhood Market format nearly 13 years after the first unit opened in fall 1998. Just don’t call it a Neighborhood Market.