August 5, 2013

A growing number of cities — including Seattle, where Glen Hiemstra lives — are ditching the 1950s highways-and-suburbs school of development and embracing dense city centers and walkable communities. One of the biggest things people want to walk to is a place to get food, Hiemstra told DSN. Drug stores' approach to food has often been similar to that of convenience stores, but changing living patterns mean that fresh foods and prepared foods could become more common, making the drug store a destination for everything from fruit salad to sushi. In addition, 3D printing could grow in importance as drug stores use it to create small products and components, as well as on-demand items for customers, saving storeroom space in the process.

November 11, 2014

Robert Craves, a founding officer of Costco, died last week shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, The Seattle Times reported. 

October 27, 2014

Regional pharmacy retailer Bartell Drugs plans to open a new store in 2016 at Ballard Commons, a mixed-use development planned for the site currently occupied by the Bartell Drugs store at 5605 22nd Ave N.W.

October 17, 2014

Starbucks Coffee Company continues to extend its mobile offerings. The coffee giant will launch mobile ordering in its locations in the Portland, Ore., area by year end, with a full rollout nationwide in 2015.

October 15, 2014

If any U.S. retail company understands the importance of selling not just its product, but also the experience of consuming that product in its stores, that company is Starbucks. The Seattle-based king of coffee excels at hiring friendly, motivated and upbeat sales people to help create the relaxed, refuge-from-the-world atmosphere that sets Starbucks apart and keeps customers coming back.

September 30, 2014

E-commerce beauty brand Julep has unveiled its new Plush Pout Lip Crayon, a full-coverage lip pencil with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle.

September 23, 2014

The retail industry is expected to benefit from mobile commerce, free shipping offers, in-store pickup promotions and e-commerce videos during the 2014 holiday season. 

September 18, 2014

McKesson donated four million pairs of latex gloves to World Vision, the wholesaler announced Thursday.

September 8, 2014

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Friday announced the opening of Pharmaca Wellness & Natural Beauty in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. 

September 2, 2014

Seattle-based Bartell Drugs and Metropolitan Market are hosting a rally this week to celebrate the Seattle Seahawks’ season kick off.

August 20, 2014

Created by a group of scientists and Sonicare engineers in Seattle in 2001 and snapped up by beauty giant L’Oréal in 2011, Clarisonic has changed skin care and helped fuel growth in the burgeoning beauty devices market.

August 18, 2014

Bartell Drugs on Monday announced the launch of a seasonal flu vaccination program, which offers in-store vaccinations at 63 Bartell Drug locations, as well as an off-site flu clinic program that serves area businesses and retirement communities.

August 11, 2014

CVS/pharmacy celebrated on Monday its entrance into the Seattle market with the grand opening of a new location in the city of Renton, marking the first CVS/pharmacy in the state of Washington.

August 7, 2014

The J.M. Smucker Co. will acquire Sahale Snacks, a privately held company located in Seattle. Sahale is a manufacturer and marketer of branded nut and fruit snacks.

July 29, 2014

Amazon on Monday announced the launch of the 3D Printed Products store.

July 28, 2014

Indie beauty brand Butter London has announced that private equity investment firm Encore Consumer Capital has made a majority investment in the company and will form a partnership to help develop and market the Seattle-based brand.

June 2, 2014

Bodystrap announced the launch of a patented, compact strap that will allow consumers to apply sun care, lotion and body wash products to their backs.

May 30, 2014

Jones Soda Co. announced an expansion to its line of natural sodas into the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Canada.

May 14, 2014

Start-up beauty brand Julep Beauty has launched this month its first fully customizable monthly beauty box subscription, enabling beauty mavens to choose from among two million possible combinations of full-size beauty products and limited-batch nail polishes.

May 9, 2014

Amazon.com has announced that customers in 15 additional cities are now eligible for Sunday delivery.

May 8, 2014

Paula's Choice has officially landed its first brick-and-mortar retail space at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, the company announced Thursday.

May 8, 2014

Conventional wisdom holds that when the risk of catching a disease is high, people are more likely to get vaccinated to protect themselves. This may not be the case, however, according to a study presented May 5 at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting.

May 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15. Although Murray said the hike has broad support across local government, business and labor communities, the City Council still has to vote on the proposal.

April 28, 2014

Whole Foods Market made a $46,784 donation to Solid Ground, a Seattle-based organization with a mission to build a community to end poverty.