May 15, 2014

I have long believed that the lines that traditionally divided one channel of retail from another are long gone.

May 15, 2014

Well, it seems beauty mavens still love their beauty devices.

According to Kline Group, the market was just over $1 billion at the retail sales level in 2013 — driven by both new product launches from existing marketers and new players — with strong growth predicted for 2014.

May 15, 2014

Eos, the Evolution of Smooth, a line of niche fashion-savvy lip balms, has been flying off of retail shelves lately, generating almost $85.5 million in brand sales on triple-digit growth — 125.2% to be exact — for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

May 15, 2014

In time for spring allergy season, Procter & Gamble has introduced Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer, a product that eliminates odors and reduces up to 95% of inanimate allergens from pollen, pet dander and dust mite matter that can become airborne from fabrics after making their way into the home.

May 15, 2014

The VMS and diet aid/sports nutrition markets together command $11.9 billion in total retail sales, excluding specialty channels, and is growing at a steady clip.

May 15, 2014

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several of America's most recognized retail brands, on Wednesday launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center.

May 14, 2014

About half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days during 2007-2010, and 1-in-10 took five or more, according to "Health, United States, 2013," the government’s annual, comprehensive report on the nation’s health that was released Wednesday.

May 14, 2014

Retail sales rose ever so slightly in April, putting a damper on hopes of a sharp uptick in economic growth in the second quarter. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, retail sales — which include categories such as automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants — rose 0.1% in April, following a revised 1.5% increase in March that ranked as the biggest since March 2010.

May 13, 2014

Sales of medical marijuana will remain within a burgeoning specialty channel without competition from traditional retail players like CVS Caremark, Rite Aid or Walgreens, Bloomberg Businessweek reported Tuesday.

May 13, 2014

Brick-and-mortar operators may be able to take solace in the fact that a growing number of consumers are reverse-showrooming, or 'webrooming,' according to a report published Friday by Merchant Warehouse.

May 13, 2014

Interactions, a firm that organizes product demonstrations for retailers and brands, on Tuesday released its second Retail Perceptions trend report, “The Rise of Webrooming: A Changing Consumer Landscape.”

May 12, 2014

After several months of sluggish retail sales, consumer shopping in the United States rebounded in April, according to the latest MasterCard SpendingPulse report, which aggregates national retail sales activity in the MasterCard payments network, coupled with estimates for all other payment forms, including cash and check.

May 9, 2014

The Illinois chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council on May 15 will recognize Walgreens for its net-zero energy store in Evanston, Ill., with the Green Innovation Award, according to a report in the Daily Northwestern published Thursday.

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 7, 2014

M&M Products Co. has expanded its Nothing But product line with the recent debut of Nothing But’s Melted Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner.

May 7, 2014

Mitchum has expanded its portfolio with the 2014 launch of Mitchum Clinical, the brand’s only soft solid with the odor-fighting benefits of oxygen odor-control technology.

May 7, 2014

Symphony Health Solutions last week announced it now offers weekly views of pharmaceutical sales and prescription activity.

May 6, 2014

Alliance Boots on Tuesday announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Farmacias Ahumada.

May 6, 2014

URAC, a national accreditation company, has launched a new accreditation program, Community Pharmacy, and CVS/pharmacy has stepped forward to be the first applicant organization to seek community pharmacy accreditation from URAC.

May 5, 2014

Savings.com found a 10% increase in coupon redemptions for April 2014, leading the way for a robust May shopping season.

May 2, 2014

"NACDS helps to protect the value we currently deliver and sets the stage to provide an even higher level of care, all while sending a powerful message that chain pharmacies are doing far more than filling prescriptions and selling merchandise." That's the message incoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores John Standley had for NACDS Annual attendees. It's a critical juncture in the healthcare industry, he said, and everyone who participates in NACDS plays a substantial role.

NACDS is getting a seasoned performer at the helm. Standley has shown exemplary leadership and remarkable clarity of vision in leading the turnaround at Rite Aid — today the retail health care company is in the best shape it has been in financially in more than a decade, and introduced several very innovative new programs and initiatives from the wellness ambassadors to wellness+ to the Rite Aid Health Aliance, and most recently its acquisition of RediClinic.

May 2, 2014

National Geographic is partnering with Live Prepared, a division of Blue Chip Group and a leader in emergency preparedness, to bring consumers a line of high-quality preparedness products for natural disasters and unexpected events.

May 2, 2014

Walgreens and the National Urban League on Thursday announced the launch of the 2014 Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour.

May 1, 2014

M&M's added two new mega-sized confections to its product mix, officially introducing what the company is heralding as "the world's biggest M&M's."