Gift and decor market hit $65 billion in 2007
STEVENS, Pa. The market for gifts and home decor generated $65.2 billion in sales in 2007, according to a new study from Unity Marketing.
Unity said the market grew by 72 percent since its last major study conducted in 2002, when gift and decor accents hit $37.9 billion. The study said giftware sales grew faster than decor in recent years, rising 14.7 percent at an annual rate, compared with a 9.4 percent annual increase in decor.
“The giftware market has completely re-invented itself in the past five years,” said Unity Marketing president Pam Danziger. “The key for success in the giftware market is for companies to continually offer new and distinctly different products for a consumer market that is hungry for concepts that are new and unique.”
Cast named CEO of NoMoreClipboard.com
FORT WAYNE, Ind. Bill Cast has been named chief executive officer of NoMoreClipboard.com, an online personal health record company.
Previously, he has served as board director of the American Academy of Otolaryngolgy and the Indiana State Medical Association, and as the president of the Fort Wayne Medical Surety Company. At Indiana University, Cast had extensive contact with informatics experts, and as part of the Dupont Hospital, launched a subscription-based medical economic news publication.
“NoMoreClipboard.com is poised to bridge the gap between patients, physicians, and public and private institutions to advance the future of medicine,” Cast said. “Initially, our goal is to improve patient care through simple information exchange, but ultimately, the possibilities for PHRs in life science innovation are endless.”
CIGNA Healthcare adds MedBasics clinics to network
DALLAS CIGNA HealthCare has added MedBasics Family Health Centers to its network for those members in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Little Rock, Ark.
The in-store clinics are located within Carnival Super Markets in Dallas-Fort Worth and inside USA Drug Stores in Little Rock.
“This agreement will provide CIGNA members with another option for convenient and quick treatment for routine medical conditions at a cost significantly less than a trip to an urgent care clinic or hospital emergency room,” stated Brian Jones, MedBasics chief executive officer. “We plan to continue to reach agreements with health insurance companies in order to make our services accessible and affordable for more individuals.”
CIGNA HealthCare was among the first health services companies to include retail clinics into its network, announcing the addition of MinuteClinic, RediClinic, Take Care Health Systems, Little Clinic and CIGNA Medical Group’s CMG CareToday clinics over the past two years.
“MedBasics Family Health Centers work well for the average American, always on the go,” stated Kenneth Phenow, market medical executive for CIGNA. “From the parent trying to get a child’s immunizations up to date while running between children’s many activities to the working adult trying to get a minor illness checked during a lunch hour, retail clinics offer an affordable, efficient and convenient option.”