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Dollar General boasts best prices at shelf

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — For the second year in a row, Dollar General has topped Kantar Retail’s opening price point survey, narrowly beating out Walmart. 

“It’s clear that the low-income shopper has an array of credible options when it comes to selecting outlets that meet her basket requirements," stated Leon Nicholas, SVP Kantar Retail. "As more retailers try to engage with this shopper, it seems likely that the portfolio of options will grow along with the subsequent competition between retailers. Retailers who are able to provide both actual and perceived price leadership, in part through Opening Price Points, will win wallet share with this large shopper segment."

According to Kantar Retail, Dollar General’s total basket was the least expensive among retailers surveyed, edging out Walmart Supercenter’s basket by just 12 cents.

This represents a substantial closing of the gap in the survey conducted last year, when Dollar General’s basket of OPP items was 18% cheaper than Walmart’s. The edible grocery and HBA sub-baskets drove Dollar General’s basket lead over Walmart. And while Walmart’s basket came in a close second overall, it recorded the least expensive non-edible sub-basket by a sizable margin.

Conversely, Target’s total OPP basket was the most expensive, registering 48% more than Dollar General’s basket and 12% greater than the next highest-priced competitor, Aldi.

“Retailers’ use of temporary price cuts did not affect the overall outcome of our survey. For the most part, all the retailers in this study achieved their OPP positions through everyday pricing," Nicholas said. "Private labels, however, had a more significant impact than in previous iterations of this study, as the retailer with the least expensive sub-basket achieved that standing primarily through private labels in each case.”

The OPP survey, now in its third year, determines how select retailers meet the grocery and consumable needs of shoppers looking for the lowest shelf prices to fulfill their basket requirements.

In this year’s study, Kantar Retail selected 21 categories across the edible grocery, non-edible grocery and HBA segments. In a change from last year, Walgreens was left out of the study due to a lack of opening price point competitiveness in previous years; all other retailers from last year were included. All data was collected in the southern New Hampshire/northern Massachusetts area in October 2013. For each retailer, Kantar Retail assessed the lowest price point available to the shopper in that category, excluding trial sizes.

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Point-of-Care Communication Council growing its membership base headed into first PoC3 conference

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Four leading healthcare media and information companies have joined the recently formed Point-of-Care Communication Council as general members, bringing the total to 10 since it was founded in May of this year, the organization announced Friday.  

The new members include ContextMedia, LDM Group, Remedy Health Media and WebMD.

As communication becomes an even more critical part of the healthcare process – particularly with the new Affordable Care Act in place — PoC3 was formed to ensure the effective use of the point-of-care channel to advance health and healthcare outcomes for patients, physicians and all parties involved. The new members join the founding six — AccentHealth, Catalina Health, HealthBridge, Health Media Network, Health Monitor Network and PatientPoint — which collectively impact millions of patients across the country each day. 

“We are encouraged by the strong reception to the mission and goals of PoC3 and our ability to rapidly assemble the leaders in the Point-of-Care space,” stated Dan Stone, CEO, AccentHealth, and co-chair PoC3. “We look forward to continuing to expand our general membership, as well as our affiliate members. This is an exciting time for the industry, and we are fully committed to further engaging all stakeholders in growing the PoC sector.”

Next month, PoC3 will share insights on the latest trends within the Point-of-Care, partnering with DTC Perspectives for the first-ever Point of Care National Conference. Scheduled in Philadelphia Nov. 6 and 7, the conference will offer delegates the opportunity to tap prime case studies, brand-new market research, top media and marketing gurus, as well as networking opportunities.

On Nov. 7, immediately following the POC National Conference, the PoC3 will hold a meeting of its general, associate and affiliate members. This meeting will review the goals and activities of the PoC3 and feature updates from each of the PoC3 working committees.

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We look forward to sharing this event with the industry! For more information on how to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/the-point-of-care-national/event-summary-68ed247aa8a6433b8a9aba71544d7f03.aspx

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Health Minister Deb Matthews kicks off flu shot season at Shoppers Drug Mart

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot. This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able to provide the flu shot.

Ontario Health Minister, Deb Matthews, receives her flu shot by Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist, Hitesh Pandya, to launch the annual flu immunization campaign. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart)

"We are happy to see Minister Matthews’ dedication to keeping Ontarians healthy this flu season," stated Domenic Pilla, CEO and president of Shoppers Drug Mart.  "With more than 600 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the province offering flu vaccinations, it’s more convenient for Ontarians to follow Minister Matthews’ lead and take this important step in protecting themselves and their families from the flu."

"Getting a flu shot is the most reliable way to prevent the flu — that’s why it’s important for families to add the flu shot to their to-do list this flu season," Matthews added. "Pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals, and now that they can provide the flu shot in Ontario, it’s easier than ever to protect yourself and your family from the flu."

Between 3.4 million and 8.6 million Canadians get the flu each year, and the flu can result in serious consequences for many including seniors, children and those with chronic health conditions. In fact, 2,000 to 8,000 people die annually as a result of complications from the flu, the retailer stated.

 

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