Purchases in brick-and-mortar stores still accounted for more than 94% of all retail sales in the United States last year, totaling $4.4 trillion. But according to the new “Reality of Retail” report from retail marketing firm InReality, consumers are shifting their in-store shopping habits.
Store brand sales in all the major retail channels are continuing their upwards trend, setting new records across the board for annual revenue, according to the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s 2015 Private Label Yearbook.
Pharmacies and clinics on wheels? That’s the premise behind the growing effort by retail pharmacy and clinic providers to expand their reach via specially equipped buses and other vehicles that provide on-the-spot, temporary access to needed health services in hundreds of communities nationwide.
With health reform and the shift to accountable, evidence-based medicine slowly but surely transforming the nation’s massive but troubled healthcare system, new moves are afoot in both the legislative and executive branches of government that will further elevate the role played by the nation’s 300,000 pharmacists.
When hurricanes, tornadoes, foods and other disasters strike, where do people turn for help? Retail pharmacies have become a critical community resource in times of great stress, offering food, water, emergency items, medical supplies and healthcare services when most other local businesses are still struggling to reopen or rebuild.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care now offers a nationally recognized accreditation program specifically designed for healthcare organizations with multiple care sites, such as retail-based health clinics.