March 25, 2011

There are a million stories in the retail pharmacy industry — this is about a dozen of them. Early in 2011, the editors and publishers of Drug Store News put out a call to select members of the vendor community for a chance to tell the stories of their companies, in their own words. What followed is DSN’s first-ever user-generated special report.

March 25, 2011

Almost two-thirds of consumers live within 3 miles of a Walgreens. For the rest of America, Walgreens is using its multichannel strategy to get even closer. The deal with Drugstore.com considerably accelerates the chain's plans.

March 24, 2011

Carex has introduced its Ultra Grip bath suction handle, the brand's first and only product with suction power.

March 24, 2011

Net income for Fred's jumped 49% during the fourth quarter to $8.6 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, compared with the year-ago period.

March 24, 2011

The 2011 NACDS Marketplace Conference will take place in Boston, June 25 to 28. More than 230 retail companies — representing more than $500 billion in annual buying power — and more than 90% of the consumer packaged goods industry is expected to attend. To learn more, Drug Store News talked with NACDS SVP member programs and services Jim Whitman and NACDS director of conference exhibits and registration Roy McGrath.

DSN: Why is Marketplace more important than ever? What’s new this year?

March 24, 2011

Personalization of the in-store customer experience will be a key objective for retailers over the next two years, according to two new Aberdeen Group reports sponsored by HP.

March 23, 2011

Kashi has added an entree and pizza to its line of all-natural frozen foods.

March 23, 2011

A new report released this week unveiled the top go-to markets for retailers that are looking to boost their national presence.

March 22, 2011

Sargento has introduced a new line of natural cheeses that combine two delicious flavors into one unique taste.

March 22, 2011

With record second-quarter sales and earnings under its belt, a grasp on 20.1% of the retail prescription drug market and a sharpened focus on core assets, Walgreens' executives expressed optimism on future growth — despite such external challenges as a soft economy and continued pressure on Medicaid reimbursement — and reiterated the company's focus on core strategies.

March 21, 2011

Coinstar will help boost the retail presence of a self-service kiosks provider through a new deal.

March 21, 2011

Nature's Health Connection said its over-the-counter pain-relief cream has garnered record retail sales.

March 18, 2011

Due to the public concern related to the nuclear incident in Japan, there has been an increased demand for such drugs as potassium iodide (KI), used to prevent and treat the harmful effects of radiation, according to a Food and Drug Administration Web page updated Thursday.

March 17, 2011

A report released Tuesday by payment system provider ACI Worldwide found that many retail loyalty programs leave consumers feeling underappreciated, and many consumers are enrolled in a program they don’t completely understand.

March 17, 2011

Target has made the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2011 list, the retail chain said Thursday.

March 17, 2011

New federal and state regulations are expanding the role of the pharmacist, noted Richard Ashworth, Walgreens VP pharmacy services, during a live “Health Chat” hosted by Chicago Tribune reporter Bruce Japsen on Thursday afternoon. And that’s of benefit to patients at large, especially as “community pharmacy is located in the local communities and [is] a natural extension of the healthcare system,” Ashworth wrote.

March 16, 2011

Bartell Drugs will celebrate health and beauty with a series of events at some of its stores in the Puget Sound area, the metropolitan area around Seattle, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

March 16, 2011

Murad, whose skin care products are sold at select retail locations, including Sephora and Ulta, has announced the launch of Complete Reform with glyco firming complex, the latest anti-aging treatment product in the company's Age Reform line.

March 16, 2011

Perrigo on Wednesday named Tony Schott VP diabetes care for the consumer healthcare division.

March 15, 2011

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index rose to more than 4% during the month of February, thanks to slight improvements in two sectors.

March 15, 2011

Consumers looking for a quick way to create great-tasting meals and snacks now have new options.

March 15, 2011

Unilever, the maker of Dove Men+Care, is celebrating the launch of its new Dove Men+Care antiperspirants/deodorants and Sensitive Clean personal wash by inking a corporate partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

March 15, 2011

Hitting select mass retail locations in April is the new FX Wild Harvest Hydra Silk collection, which contains a blend of natural, wild ingredients harvested from different regions of the world to make hair shiny, thicker and fuller.

March 15, 2011

Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care has announced the launch of two new products: Plump Up and Major Body.