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3-D kiosk maker expands Rite Aid partnership after 10-store pilot

BY Alaric DeArment

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — The maker of a line of 3-D kiosks is installing them at 200 Rite Aid stores in New York and Los Angeles after the completion of a 10-store pilot program last year.

Provision Interactive Technologies said Tuesday that it had entered a multi-year deal with Rite Aid to install its 3-D Reward Centers, which generate 3-D holographic videos, information about the Wellness+ loyalty card program and promotions.

"These kiosks provide convenient access for our Wellness+ members to better maximize the value they can get from our program, providing meaningful savings right at the point of purchase on featured products and services advertised on the Provision network," Rite Aid VP marketing Craig Riner said. "They also represent another way we are trying to leverage technology in our stores to create a more engaging experience for our customers."

After installing the kiosks at 200 stores in the New York and Los Angeles markets, the companies will start a phased rollout at additional stores. In addition to the 3-D holographic display, the units have 2-D interactive touch screens that provide access to promotions, rewards, coupons, product samples and Wellness+ information.


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S.MOSHER says:
Jun-08-2013 02:16 am

Very much looking forward to seeing Rite Aid's 3D Kiosk progam installed/implemented at many more locations. Hard work & perseverence is certainly paying off for the proverbial 'little train that could'. As evidenced by this recent introduction, just one of many 'rite' moves for Rite Aid!

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Ahold sales strong in Q1

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM — Royal Ahold is quadrupling the size of its share-buyback program amid strong first-quarter 2013 sales and the sale of its majority stake in a supermarket chain, the Netherlands-based supermarket operator said Tuesday.

Ahold reported U.S. sales of $8.1 billion, a 3.4% increase over first-quarter 2012, the result of strong same-store sales and the benefit of 15 former Genuardi stores in the Philadelphia area that it bought from Safeway last year. Those stores are now part of Ahold’s Giant-Carlisle division. The company also reported a negative effect on sales from increased sales of generic drugs, offset by the timing of New Year’s Eve.

Sales for the company overall were $13.2 billion, compared with $12.7 billion during the same period last year. The company also benefited from the $3.05 million sale of its 60% stake in Swedish chain ICA to Hakon Invest, announced in February.

In light of the results, Ahold said it would increase the $653.8 million share-buyback program announced in February to $2.6 billion. So far, the company has repurchased $79.8 million worth of shares and plans to complete the program by the end of next year.


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Murad expands Resurgence line with new cleansing oil

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Murad has announced the launch of its new Renewing Cleansing Oil for face, eyes and lips, a cleansing oil developed to revitalize and purify the skin while locking in moisture.
 
This non-comedogenic cleanser is formulated with a blend of botanical oils that are designed to remove impurities, irritants and makeup, including eye makeup, while delivering moisture to restore dull, dry, lackluster skin. Renewing Cleansing Oil for face, eyes and lips is part of the company’s Resurgence line skin care line developed to treat hormonally aging skin.
 
Designed for those who are experiencing medium to deep wrinkles, loss of elasticity and dry, thinning skin, the Renewing Cleansing Oil formula features a botanical blend of oils, including grape seed, pomegranate seed and sunflower seed oils along with olive fruit extract. It also contains jojoba and licorice extract, which helps to improve dry, cracked skin, and almond oil to soothe and soften the skin.
 
Murad’s Renewing Cleansing Oil is priced at $32 and is available at Sephora and Ulta beginning in June and online at Murad.com, Murad Inclusive Health Spa and Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group.


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