Everybody loves a comeback story, and it looks as though the pharmacy retail industry has one of its own in the making as Rite Aid’s latest earnings report showed another strong quarter for the Camp Hill, Pa.-based chain, which has been steadily growing its sales and narrowing its losses for several quarters already.
One of the most visible representations of Rite Aid’s efforts to make a comeback is its Wellness store format. The company first unveiled the format in several test markets in the Northeast last year, gradually expanding it to other states.
In March, The Drug Store News Group in partnership with the Food Marketing Institute co-hosted a special retailer-supplier panel discussion at FMI’s annual Health & Wellness Conference in Orlando, Fla. DSN editor Rob Eder moderated a lively roundtable discussion that examined key opportunities to align retailer and supplier strategies to better match the needs of today’s consumers — and the moving target that is their definition of health and wellness.
In June the National Posture Institute designated personal wellness company BackJoy an educational partner. Improving posture and preventing injury through education is a long-term commitment of the National Posture Institute, the group stated.
You want Rite Aid to win. A Rite Aid win represents a proof of concept — that concept being the creation of an effective market-driven loyalty program that incorporates savings on the healthcare services that actually works and in fact cross-pollinates pharmacy patients and front-end shoppers; that concept being that generic waves need not wash out all pharmacy sales volume if a pharmacy retailer can successfully grow ancillary healthcare services, such as immunizations or Rite Aid's new Rite Care Prescription Advisor; that concept being that there is in fact a return on investment from placing a knowledgeable team member armed with a tablet of health information physically in the aisles to proactively engage patients.
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Rite Aid maintained its same-store sales momentum, posting gains across front-end and pharmacy comparable sales for the sixth consecutive quarter: Overall same-store sales were up 2.5%, reflecting a 2.7% increase across the front-end and a 2.4% uptick across pharmacy, for the first quarter ended June 2.
Rolling Strong, a provider of wellness programs for professional drivers, has partnered with Stayhealthy to bring professional drivers access to the Stayhealthy kiosk so they can self-monitor health levels.
The CRN Foundation’s “Life…supplemented” consumer wellness campaign on Monday launched its new blog, "the Supplemental," which will provide consumers with fun, fresh, new perspectives to educate and inform consumers on combining healthy diet, supplements and exercise to optimize one’s health and well-being.
Aisle7 announced the launch of Aisle7 Wellness Shops, a targeted online marketing program that helps food and drug retailers, e-retailers and manufacturers connect with consumers who are concerned about chronic health problems, including diabetes, weight management and heart health.
Several health-and-wellness programs targeting professional drivers have been gaining traction in the past few months. And for the consumer packaged goods industry, professional drivers represent a crucial cog in the whole supply chain.
The news that Take Care Clinics now are offering wellness services for Medicare enrollees clearly demonstrates that there’s an opportunity for retail clinics to fill gaps in care, and promote wellness and better patient outcomes.
One of the highlights for Rite Aid’s business has been Wellness+, its loyalty card program that has played a major role in driving growth in the company’s comps, as well as attracting new and more loyal customers.
Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, now is providing wellness services for Medicare enrollees at all Take Care Clinic locations throughout the country, the retail health clinic operator announced on Thursday.
It's no secret that something has been afoot for the last few years: Retail pharmacies have gradually metamorphosed from places to pick up pills to destinations for health care — places to get everything from vaccines to care from nurses and even from physicians.