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Amazon to expand fulfillment footprint in 2 states

BY Marianne Wilson
SEATTLE — Amazon continues to bolster its distribution fleet.
 
The online giant will be adding a new 1 million-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Monroe, Ohio — its fourth warehouse in The Buckeye State. Amazon will hire 1,000 associates to manage the picking, packing and shipping larger customer items, such as sports equipment, gardening tools, and pet food. 
 
Amazon already operates fulfillment centers in the cities of Etna and Obetz, and is preparing for the opening of a new facility in North Randall.
 
Amazon is also preparing to open its third fulfillment center in Oregon. The new building, which will also be 1 million-sq.-ft., will reside in Portland.
 
Similar to the building in Monroe, Ohio, this depot will also pick, pack and ship sports equipment, gardening tools, and pet food. It will also create 1,000 new jobs.
 
Oregon already features a sortation center in Hillsboro, and a Prime Now hub in Portland. It is also preparing for the opening of two fulfillment centers in Troutdale and Salem.
 
“Our quick growth in the Beaver state is our drive to continue growing and innovating on behalf of customers,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s VP of North America customer fulfillment. “Fulfillment centers in the state will increase speed of delivery, expand inventory selection, and provide great Prime membership benefits. We are excited to better serve customers, and create 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon.”

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Health Dialog to host webinar on shared decision making

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON, Mass.— Rite Aid's Health Dialog on Monday announced it will host a complimentary webinar, “Five tactical steps for successful implementation of shared decision making,” on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

Peter Goldbach, the company’s chief medical officer and a national authority on SDM, will provide strategic advice to help organizations execute effective shared decision making programs that reduce costs, improve outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.

“The most successful shared decision making programs have three characteristics: a keen understanding of individual members’ health needs achieved through population analytics, excellent support for on-boarding and the use of impactful, high-quality SDM tools and coaching,” Goldbach said. “We’ll be sharing key learnings from Health Dialog’s 20 years of SDM experience as well as best practices from some of the nation’s oldest and most successful SDM programs, which healthcare leaders are rapidly recognizing as an effective and member-beloved path to patient-centric care.”

Health Dialog’s SDM programs use proprietary analytics to identify individuals in a member, employee or patient population who are facing decisions about treatment for their preference-sensitive conditions. Health Dialog’s registered nurse health coaches provide personalized, on-demand guidance, helping patients use decision aids to choose the most appropriate treatment option. These programs save money through reductions in unnecessary surgeries and better outcomes for those who elect surgery. Research shows patients who use decision aids are happier with both their care and their provider.

The webinar will draw on key points from Goldbach’s recent white paper, “Implementing Shared Decision Making at the Point of Care.” Goldbach will outline five tactical steps providers and health plans must take to successfully implement shared decision making.

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Report: Walgreens close to satisfying FTC with new Rite Aid deal

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill.— Walgreens is expected to again modify the number of stores the Chicagoland retailer is seeking to buy from Rite Aid in an effort to satisfy FTC concerns, Bloomberg reported Monday morning, citing sources familiar with the matter.

"A modified deal would mark the fourth attempt by Walgreens to win approval for its plan to dramatically expand its footprint through a transaction with Rite Aid," Bloomberg noted. "If successful, it would become the No. 1 pharmacy chain in the U.S. by number of store locations, edging out market leader CVS Health."

In an email to Drug Store News, a Walgreens spokesman offered no comment regarding the Bloomberg article, though advised followers "to continue to stay tuned."

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