November 26, 2013

The Jean Coutu Group is looking to bolster holiday sales and make shopping even easier this holiday season with the launch of an e-store window inside the Longueuil Metro Station.

November 19, 2013

Many of the most popular anti-smoking apps for iPhones or Androids lack some basic strategies that are known to help smokers quit, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine released Tuesday.

November 8, 2013

Fitbit in May released the Fitbit Flex, an activity-tracking wristband that syncs wirelessly on-the-go via Bluetooth 4.0 to select iOS and Android devices. Users can seamlessly make fitness and wellness a part of their everyday lifestyle and check their stats from anywhere.

November 8, 2013
Higi ‘scores’ with kiosks

Through its biometric screening kiosks, its smartphone application and its website, Higi encourages users to take a more holistic approach to their health. True wellness, its creators insist, springs not just from such physical metrics as blood pressure, glucose readings and body mass index, but from lifestyle choices and connections to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

November 1, 2013

A new study by IMS Health finds that most apps focused on health and wellness have limited functionality or evidence of value in advancing healthcare provision and outcomes, with fewer than half of them directly related to patient health and treatment, and more than half of them having fewer than 500 downloads.

With more than 43,000 health-and-wellness apps from the Apple App Store alone included in the IMS study, but a dearth of apps for elderly patients with chronic conditions, there is ample opportunity for developers to address this need. That will become especially important as health care becomes increasingly focused on patient outcomes. And this means opportunities for apps that address the ever-present issue of poor medication adherence.

October 24, 2013

A mobile app described as the specialty pharmacy industry's first for patients with hemophilia has become available.

October 24, 2013

A new product is designed to allow people to carry their smartphone, money, photo ID, credit card and key in one container, and the company is giving thousands of them away for free as part of a limited-time offer.

October 16, 2013

Drug Store News editors talked to vendors at the Shopper Marketing Expo from Oct. 8 to 10 at Navy Pier in Chicago about what they were hoping to get out of the event and the buzz among the companies at the show. To view pictures of the vendors, click here.

September 30, 2013

Customers at Oklahoma City-based Homeland Stores can pay for groceries with their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile payment system announced Monday.

September 17, 2013

Speck, a designer of slim-fitting protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets and laptops, on Tuesday announced a new iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

September 11, 2013

Walgreens announced the latest updates to its iPhone mobile app that allows users to create photo cards with such special themes as thank you, holidays, announcements and invitations. Unique collages also can be created directly from an iPhone.

September 10, 2013

Walmart announced today that starting Sept. 21 consumers will be able to receive immediate credit toward the purchase of a new smartphone when they trade in their current smartphone at more than 3,600 participating Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Club locations across the United States.

September 6, 2013

MarketsandMarkets has projected the global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a new report. That's some 3.5 times larger than today — MarketsandMarkets estimates health apps generate some $6.3 billion today. That's also a lot of consumer/patients interested in getting a better handle on their own care — and that spells opportunity for pharmacy operators.

The truth is, these could be very conservative figures. Both smartphone and tablet penetration is on a steep incline across the world, leading to more app downloads. And the baby boomer generation — tech savvy most of them — aren't getting any younger. And that leads to more health and wellness downloads.

September 5, 2013

The global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a new report.

August 19, 2013

Gigwalk, an on-demand mobile workforce, has announced the launch of its Android app in North America and the United Kingdom, making Gigwalk the first mobile-centric marketplace for temporary work to have both an iPhone and Android app.

August 19, 2013

The maker of a mobile app designed to help consumers track and remember products for later has secured $5 million in new capital.

August 15, 2013

Research by Mintel shared on Thursday reveals how parents across the country are trying to save on items for the back-to-school shopping season.

August 8, 2013

For the three months ended in May, smartphone penetration reached 61% of the U.S. market, according to Nielsen. Penetration of smartphones remained lowest among Americans ages 55 years and older (42%), but this group is catching up fast, as penetration among this demographic has nearly doubled over the past year.

July 30, 2013

Cardinal Health has created a special mobile app to help put everything attendees of its annual Retail Business Conference need to know about this year’s event in the palm of their hands — and then some.

July 25, 2013

Lifestyle brand RuMe announced today select customizable iPhone and iPad cases and organizational accessories will be sold in Target locations nationwide as part of a back-to-school campaign beginning on July 28.

July 22, 2013

Discount Drug Mart implemented Kodak's wireless connectivity for Kodak Picture Kiosks across its more than 70 locations, Kodak announced.

July 12, 2013

Mobile apps used for sports and fitness activities are set to rise by 63% from 2012 to 2017 around the world, according to a report — “The World Market for Sports & Fitness Monitors–2013 Edition” — released by information and analytics provider IHS.

July 12, 2013

You can call it "taking the store out of the store." Whatever you call it, it's certainly another example of how routine the shattering of retail paradigms has become as retailers — online, brick-and-mortar and everything in between — find new ways to connect with consumers.

July 10, 2013

A new app for Android and the Apple iPhone aims to combine technology with psychology to reduce poor patient adherence to medication therapies.