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High hopes for comfort, restoration, trend products

BY Barbara White-Sax

The fourth quarter is always the busiest season for As Seen on TV products. Products in the $9.99 to $19.99 range are expected to generate the most movement in the drug channel.

Jordan Pine, president of SciMark Corp. anticipated solid sales in comfort products (Ahh Bra, Miracle Socks), restoration products (Furniture Fix repair system, Flex Seal liquid rubber) and trend products (Snap-On Feathers).

He said he’s also seeing a focus on products for kids. “The huge success of Pillow Pets last holiday season has everyone trying their hand at this category,” he said.

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete As Seen On TV Sell-Through Report, click here.

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CVS/pharmacy recognizes Veterans Day by supporting USO, encouraging flu shots

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As Veterans Day approaches, CVS/pharmacy is reminding all Americans, including veterans, military service members and their families, about the importance of getting a flu shot for protection against the flu.

In addition, to honor military heroes, CVS/pharmacy will donate $3 to the USO for every flu shot given at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic during the week of Veterans Day, Nov. 6 to 12, up to $50,000.

The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered private organization whose mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families through its many programs and services.

"Veterans Day falls within the peak of flu season, so this is an ideal opportunity for people to protect themselves against the flu while at the same time supporting those who protect our country," stated Papatya Tankut, VP pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. "We are pleased to recognize Veterans Day through our donation to the USO, an organization that has supported countless U.S. service members over the years."

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USA Drug Charitable Foundation raises $600K for nonprofits

BY Allison Cerra

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — USA Drug announced that its charitable arm raised more than half a million dollars, which will benefit nonprofit health-related organizations.

The USA Drug Charitable Foundation, which was created in 2008, raised $600,000 at its annual charity golf tournament held last month, marking a fundraising record for the fourth consecutive year.

Funds are distributed several charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation, Salvation Army, CARTI, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, AR Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, Neighbor To Neighbor, UAMS and more.

"Our company has a culture of giving back to our community. This is even more evident with our store associates and the pride they take in our fundraising initiatives," USA Drug president and CEO Joe Courtright said. "All of us at USA Drug look forward to this event each year. We are very fortunate to have built so many friendships with our supplier partners, who are always great at entertaining us. The golf tournament and dinners allow us a chance to return the hospitality that our partners constantly bestow upon us."

The USA Drug family of drug stores currently consists of 152 stores across eight states.

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