September 25, 2012

For years, Wall Street — and customers, too — rewarded Walgreens for being the hedgehog of retail. A homage to the old Aesop fable, unlike the fox, the hedgehog is steady and methodical. And, that’s just how Walgreens operated its business.

September 25, 2012

For the more than 100 years that Walgreens has been in operation, the company has been focused on helping its customers, communities and patients feel well. And now, it is poised to transform the traditional drug store into a health and daily living destination. 


September 25, 2012

Walgreens has really helped to transform why consumers shop a drug store with its position in healthier-for-you foods and fresh produce. That’s not just thinking outside of the box for traditional retail pharmacy operators; that’s throwing out the box altogether and replacing it with an in-store food pyramid. 


September 24, 2012

McKesson on Monday named Mark Walchirk president of its U.S. pharmaceutical division, effective immediately.

September 24, 2012

In a statement issued on Monday, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauded the U.S. Senate for its passage of the “Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety Act of 2012,” also known as the “Safe Doses Act” (H.R. 4223 and S. 1002).

September 24, 2012

The U.S. frozen and refrigerated pizza market will register sales of nearly $5 billion at retail, according to a recently released Packaged Facts report.

September 24, 2012

The retail health clinic and urgent care center market currently is worth about $10 billion and is poised for strong growth in the coming years as the shortage of primary care physicians and crowded emergency rooms increasingly move patients to retail sites, according to new data by Marketdata Enterprises, an independent market research publisher.

September 21, 2012

Once again, mobile capabilities made headlines as a study by ComScore revealed that nearly 86 million Americans are now shopping on their smartphones. To put it another way: That’s 4-out-of-5 smartphone users.

September 21, 2012

The general consensus seems to be that the turnaround that the country's third-largest retail pharmacy chain has engineered over the past few years is working.

September 21, 2012

Udi's Gluten Free Foods is boosting its portfolio with the launch of five new items.

September 21, 2012

"It is not from the benevolence of the patient, the pharmacist or the payer that we expect our better health, but from their regard to their own self interest." While the somewhat-modified quote is ascribable to Adam Smith, an 18th-century economist credited with the invisible hand theory, the principle holds true.

September 20, 2012

Retailers are up in arms over the proposed settlement filed in July of antitrust lawsuits by merchants against Visa, MasterCard and the nation's largest banks.

September 20, 2012

Supervalu on Thursday announced the appointment of Kathy Persian as SVP and chief information officer.

September 20, 2012

Four-out-of-every-5 smartphone users — 85.9 million people — accessed retail content on their device in July, according to a study by ComScore.

September 20, 2012

As consumers anxiously await the debut of Apple's iPhone 5, two retailer applications — both of which were updated Wednesday — rank among the top 20 free "best-seller" apps as ranked by Apple.

September 19, 2012

While holiday retail sales will remain flat or only slightly up from last year, emerging consumer buying trends will have significant implications for retailers, according to a new survey from Booz & Co.

September 19, 2012

Giant Food announced that customers who utilize Coinstar kiosks at its stores now have the option of placing the full value of their coins on to a no-fee Giant Food gift card.

September 19, 2012

People go to doctor offices for a variety of reasons — for annual physicals, for checkups after previous appointments, to figure out why something is acting up or if they just feel sick. Whatever the reasons, most of them walk out of the office with a prescription in hand, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August.

September 19, 2012

Beauty retailer Sephora launched this month at select locations its new Sephora Skincare IQ, which is in-store technology to make addressing skin care concerns faster, smarter and simpler.

September 18, 2012

The interest in healthcare reform has reached a new high, especially in light of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, yet there's no denying that consumers are still unclear as to the impact on their personal healthcare and insurance issues. That being said, Americans see a need for change as they battle rising costs and a lack of access to care, and many are saying "aye" to healthcare reform, according to the most recent Patient Views infographic. To be specific, two-thirds of respondents say they support healthcare reform, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August.

September 18, 2012

It turns out that the Baby Boomer generation was just the opening act. The Millennials are here, and the world changed overnight, at least for marketers. Brand loyalty is out the window, transparency rules and convenience is king. Millennials are savvy about marketing, and they want what they want when they want it. 


September 18, 2012

As Seen On TV products have become a powerhouse general merchandise category.

September 18, 2012

Omron Healthcare on Tuesday introduced a new electrotherapy solution for muscle and joint pain relief called the Omron ElectroTherapy Pain Relief unit.

September 18, 2012

Social media was the biggest topic of discussion as regional retail pharmacy executives from around the country gathered last month for the Southern Drug Stores Association's annual meeting.