Dermatitis spray promises relief from incontinence rashes
SAN ANTONIO — A new spray being introduced by Mission Pharmacal is offering relief from dermatitis caused by incontinence.
Dr. Smith’s Adult Barrier spray is a zinc oxide treatment for rashes and irritation that typically accompanies adult incontinence, which afflicts some 50% of residents in nursing homes. The spray offers an alternative to the lotions and creams that are typically used to treat rash associated with incontinence, with a lower risk of cross-contamination and thus, infection.
The product is meant to offer relief from chafing and protect the skin from possibly irritating moisture, and can be applied without drips or staining clothes.
NACDS Total Store Expo to feature ‘Vision 2025’
ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Monday the creation of “Vision 2025” to provide attendees with a glimpse of “what comes next” in the industry through technology platforms, displays and interactive experiences.
This year’s NACDS Total Store Expo will be held Aug. 23 to 26 in Boston. Partnering with NACDS in this endeavor are Checkpoint Systems and Kantar Retail, providers of global retail merchandising and technology.
Located at the entrance to the exhibit floor of the NACDS Total Store Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the space also will feature the NACDS-TV studio, which will provide broadcast coverage of the four-day trade show and strategic exchange. Vision 2025 will be open during the exhibit hall hours of the NACDS Total Store Expo.
“We are pleased to be partnering with two industry thought leaders who can help deliver on our objectives in providing forward-focused opportunities for attendees at the NACDS Total Store Expo,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “As the industry prepares for the implementation of provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act in 2025, we believe that Vision 2025 will help demonstrate what the industry — including the pharmacy and other departments in retail stores — may look like in 10 years. Additionally, we know that retailers will continue to be laser-focused on serving as solution providers for consumers’ evolving wants and needs.”
Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, will illustrate how pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pharmacy retailers can leverage radio-frequency identification to comply with the Drug Quality and Security Act. At the NACDS Total Store Expo, Checkpoint will demonstrate its Merchandise Visibility Solution, which will enable pharmaceutical suppliers, distributors, pharmacy retailers and consumer packaged goods providers to obtain additional benefits, while complying with the new federal regulation.
“DQSA is going to improve the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain for all stakeholders,” stated Farrokh Abadi, president and COO merchandise availability solutions for Checkpoint Systems. “Our Merchandise Visibility Solutions are already making a compelling difference for apparel retailers and brand owners, and we look forward to delivering similar value to pharmacy retailers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors as well, as they plan for the new federal regulation.”
Kantar Retail will provide a multi-lensed and multimedia view of retail’s future, with an eye toward the major trends impacting retail in the convenience, beauty and healthcare space for Vision 2025.
“Our vision for the future will focus on delighting shoppers in 2025 with an eye toward what they care about and how to meet their retail needs, as well as managing the ‘Store Of The Future,’ demonstrating best-in-class operational and analytic technologies to optimize tomorrow’s supply chain,” stated Brian Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer of Kantar Retail.
Kantar Retail anticipates these key elements to be focus areas of their presentation at the NACDS Total Store Expo:
- Consumer 2025 – what a much more diverse consumer will expect from their retail experience;
- The “endless shelf” and ideas on what best-in-class solutions will look like to bring a world of assortment to a small space;
- Convenience Reinvented – what will make the store shopping experience faster;
- Demonstrating the technologies/services that will be available to help shoppers identify and treat health conditions;
- In-store displays in health and beauty – understanding the future of physical fixtures and how they can help entice incremental purchase and tie to the virtual world;
- In-store automation techniques and how the free flow of information can truly optimize store management and product flow;
- The brainpower – what do the analytic capabilities of retailers and suppliers look like to optimize this complex world; and
- The virtual store – how real will the experience be when shoppers are shopping in “non-retail environments.”
Kantar Retail, as part of Kantar, and WPP will be using a number of partner companies to bring this vision to life — notably, Red Dot Square, experts in virtual reality merchandising, and WPP digital innovation agency Rockfish, which has expertise in both consumer-facing technology and retail automation technology platforms.
DSN, Mack Elevation Forum announce exclusive, all-star lineup to ‘elevate’ your game at NACDS TSE
BOSTON — To help leading manufacturers gain greater clarity and insight into the ever-changing retail landscape and gain a leg up on the competition, the Mack Elevation Forum and Drug Store News will co-host an exclusive, one-day summit Aug. 22, at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Modeled in the spirit of the popular TEDx conference series, the joint Mack Elevation Forum/DSN summit, “The Seven Drivers of Breakthrough Growth,” features a full-day of presentations from some of the biggest thinkers and brightest minds in retailing, technology, social media and the world of CPG. Slated for the day prior to the official start of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, this special edition of the Elevation Forum will deliver important, leading-edge insights about the business just in time to maximize selling efforts at one of the most crucial industry events of the year.
Special guest keynote speaker Seth Rogin, chief revenue officer, Mashable, and former New York Times vp advertising, will tackle one of the most elusive and critical consumers for the future growth of all brands, retailers and vendors alike — the Millennial shopper.
The all-star lineup also includes —
• “The Big Blind Spot,” with Jason Reiser, chief merchant, Family Dollar. With dollar stores continuing to drive growth, Reiser challenges suppliers to bring innovation to the low-income consumer — a group estimated in value at about 40% of the U.S. economy.
• “How to Co-Exist in a World of Private Brands,” with Moe Alkemade, GVP/GMM convenience, Walgreens. Alkemade, who recently led Walgreens’ private brands, lays out the secret sauce for creating experiential brands that deliver game-changing results, deep customer engagement, and differentiation from retailers’ private brands.
• “Little Giants Matter,” with Chris Skyers, VP of health & beauty, Wakefern/Shoprite. Skyers discusses why smaller retailers are critical partners, vital to innovation and deep customer alignment; you may make your annual sales targets with the big retailers, but you drive innovation and customer insights with smaller, more nimble regional operators.
• “Embracing Hyper-Rationalization,” with Vic Curtis, SVP pharmacy, Costco. Costco’s blueprint for item rationalization is one of the most disciplined in the industry. Curtis offers manufacturers a different perspective on item rationalization to help win at Costco; learn the secrets to creating a distinct and winning program in a world of hyper-rationalization.
• “Real-Time Influence,” with Jeremy Anderson, Head of Healthcare, Twitter. The very best experiential brands have a deep understanding of their community and have learned to tailor their message — on a daily basis — to their customers. Anderson discusses how to build a relevant, authentic and infectious brand through real-time social media outreach.
• “The Challenge of Challenging Traditional Retail,” Brett Goffin, industry head-retail, Google. Google is very often at the center of consumer demand and is obsessed with relevance and the end-user benefit. Goffin discusses how the best brands are attempting to overcome the challenge of acquiring the ever-elusive omni-channel shopper and turn them into advocates for your brand.
• “Seven Reasons New Items Fail,” Larry Levin, EVP and practice leader, iRI. Levin discusses the key reasons new items fail to measure up to expectations, and shares multiple insights to align new item launches, meet revenue targets and achieve consumer expectations.
This event is closed to retailers and trade press and is open to suppliers only. For more information and easy online registration, visit ElevationForum.com.