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Bi-Lo to buy 165 stores from Delhaize for $265 million

BY Alaric DeArment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains will buy three chains from Belgium-based Delhaize Group.

Bi-Lo Holdings said it would acquire the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s chains from Delhaize for $265 million. The deal includes 72 Sweetbay stores, leases for 10 prior Sweetbay locations, 72 Harveys stores and 11 Reid’s stores, for a total of 165 stores and 10,000 employees throughout the Southeast. Bi-Lo Holdings already operates 686 stores, 482 of which have pharmacies, throughout the southeast.

"Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s are well-recognized and trusted businesses that share our passion for exceptional service," Bi-Lo Holdings president and CEO Randall Onstead said. "We look forward to welcoming the outstanding associates of all three chains to the Bi-Lo Winn-Dixie family."

 

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Hy-Vee hires NBA star to promote children’s health, wellness

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has hired an NBA player to promote health and fitness among children around the Midwest, the supermarket chain said Wednesday.

Hy-Vee, which operates 233 stores in eight Midwestern states, announced that it hired Iowa native and NBA rookie Harrison Barnes, who will appear at stores and events such as the Hy-Vee Triathlon and Hy-Vee IronKids youth triathlons, encouraging participation in sports and fitness activities while also reaching to the public through social media. Barnes started this past season with the Golden State Warriors, based in Oakland, Calif.

"We’ve had the privilege of watching Harrison Barnes grow up here in Iowa and go on to succeed at the highest level of his sport," Hy-Vee VP marketing and brand image Donna Tweeten said. "We’re proud not only of the things he’s accomplished, but also the way in which he’s accomplished them — through discipline, drive and determination to be the best he can be. He’s a role model who will inspire both kids and adults to achieve their own health and fitness goals."

 

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NCPA partners with RxWiki to offer digital solutions to community pharmacies and patients

BY Jason Owen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association and RxWiki, Inc., a leading pharmacy media network, announced today a new partnership that will offer digital solutions to more than 23,000 community pharmacies across the country. Through this strategic partnership, NCPA will incorporate RxWiki’s Digital Pharmacist offering as a new, cost-free benefit for its members. The Digital Pharmacist suite includes website, social media, and mobile solutions for pharmacists to deliver medication information to patients.

"With pharmacists becoming more involved in the delivery and management of patient care, there is a valuable opportunity for greater collaboration with patients to improve overall health outcomes," said NCPA president Donnie Calhoun , RPh, a pharmacy owner in Anniston, Alabama.

"The strategic goal of this partnership is to empower community pharmacists with world-class medication information and digital solutions to better engage patients within the pharmacy and from any digital device," said Donald W. Hackett , CEO and publisher of RxWiki.

RxWiki’s digital solutions enable community pharmacists on any scale to connect and engage with patients on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Additionally, patients will be able to leave the pharmacy with a mobile app customized for their needs.

"RxWiki’s Digital Pharmacist program has delivered measurable results for my pharmacy," said Mark Newberry , PharmD, owner of Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin, who tested the program earlier this year. "Within the first two months, Tarrytown Pharmacy’s Facebook audience more than doubled, our customer reviews on Google+ earned us a ranking of excellent, and we received more than 300 online requests for driving directions to our store. That digital visibility translates to new patients coming through our pharmacy’s front door."

"At NCPA, we are constantly seeking new ways to help our members become more successful business owners," said Calhoun. "I am confident NCPA members will find this new Digital Pharmacist program to be a valuable addition to their NCPA membership that will help to attract new customers and increase profitability at their businesses."

"As healthcare delivery shifts toward an age of accountable care, RxWiki’s solutions are supporting community pharmacists transition into a new role as the ‘primary-care-pharmacist,’" said Hackett. "In partnering with NCPA, RxWiki will have the opportunity to connect thousands of community pharmacies and their patients to timely, trusted medication information and digital tools to improve patient medication management."

To learn more about these solutions and how to enroll, please visit http://www.ncpanet.org/digitalpharmacist.


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