March 4, 2011

Alarming statistics are as common in the healthcare world as healthcare workers themselves, but some of the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are particularly dramatic: Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, the agency said in late January, and an estimated 79 million U.S. adults — representing more than one-third of all adults in the country — have prediabetes.

March 4, 2011

A funny thing happened on the way to the cash register. A coveted diabetic shopper intent on saving money saw promotions that resonated with value. She was hooked.

On this trip, promotions influenced her to expand her basket from just insulin to related care items, foot cream and a sugar-free treat. It was as if the retailer and suppliers completely understood her daily regimen, lifestyle, shopping behaviors, willingness to spend and purchase triggers. Indeed, they did.

How? They mastered the process of promotion optimization.

March 4, 2011

Aisle7 and Boiron last month partnered on the Aisle7 Online Decision Support Tools, an online decision support engine to provide science-based, self-care homeopathic product recommendations. Called the Homeopathic Medicine Finder, the Boiron-branded tool enables consumers to filter through more than 350 health conditions and symptoms to find the right product.  The new tool will be featured across more than 2,000 in-store retail locations and 150 websites served by Aisle7.

March 4, 2011

NEW YORK — The Manhattan Institute has come up with a novel idea to help New York state slash its healthcare costs by a hefty $350 million by 2020: Expand access to retail health clinics.

Sounds simple enough, right? Think again.

March 4, 2011

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite recently introduced a new probiotic daily supplement combined with a multivitamin that may encourage regular use of probiotics. Called Nature Made Triple Probiotic, the blend includes three probiotic strains, along with vitamins A, C and E; minerals iron, magnesium and zinc; and other vitamins and minerals.

March 4, 2011

SUPPLIER NEWS — Juicy Fruit has expanded its sugar-free gum offerings with new mystery-flavored Juicy Secret gum. The gum builds on the 2009 launch of Juicy Fruit’s foray into sugar-free treats with its pellet gum, available in parent company Wrigley’s Big E-pak. Juicy Secret will be available in a 15-stick slim pack nationwide.

March 4, 2011

The name of the game for tomorrow’s successful healthcare retailer is ubiquity — because it’s no longer good enough to have the better corner location or the splashiest of websites; tomorrow’s healthcare retailer will need to be able to interact with its patient whenever, however and wherever that patient happens to be at the time.

March 4, 2011

With pharmacists across the country now able to administer vaccinations, the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan came at just the right time.

March 3, 2011

The nurse practitioner-staffed retail clinic concept has sparked a revolution in health care, and now even physicians are re-examining the model to find new ways to create value and improve healthcare delivery.

March 3, 2011

ECRM on Wednesday evening announced the Vendor Award recipients for its ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy event, recognizing GOJO Industries for the “Most Prepared,” the Emerson Group for “Best Room” and Cobalis for “Best New Product.”

March 3, 2011

More than 2,000 of today's most influential retail executives from drug, food, and mass merchandising and their supplier partners will make their way to The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona to share insights, forge relationships, and explore future opportunities.

March 3, 2011

The NACDS Marketplace offers the industry leaders from drug, food, mass and specialty retail an unparalleled opportunity to do business.

March 3, 2011

Retail sales in February rose in most categories, despite winter storms and rising gas prices, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

March 2, 2011

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March 1, 2011

A weight-loss supplement has gained retail distribution in Weis Markets.

March 1, 2011

The push of private label at retail continues to gain momentum as Food Lion kicked off a promotion whereby shoppers can earn up to $10 in free groceries every time they buy private-brand products.

March 1, 2011

As previously announced and widely reported, March 1 marks the day that Larry Merlo officially assumes the role of CEO of CVS Caremark.

March 1, 2011

Consumer products company Scerene Healthcare is bringing its Puristics Totally Ageless skin care line to Walgreens on a regional basis in April.

March 1, 2011

A New Jersey merchant was arrested on charges related to selling goods stolen from a local Rite Aid store, particularly cigarettes, according to published reports.

March 1, 2011

Rite Aid has regained compliance with the New York Stock Exchange’s share price-listing requirements, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

February 28, 2011

Freeman Beauty has launched for 2011 its new Pssssst instant dry shampoo for wavy or curly hair.

February 28, 2011

The National Retail Federation last week responded to the Federal Reserve's proposal to cap debit card swipe fees at 12 cents per transaction.

February 25, 2011

Walgreens on Friday announced that Hal Rosenbluth will retire as president of its health-and-wellness division in April but will continue with the company as a senior consultant to the CEO for healthcare services.

February 25, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is gearing up to host a conference designed for retail and manufacturer supply chain executives and logistics professionals.