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Hy-Vee and Dahl’s expand in-store clinic locations, hours in Des Moines

BY Drew Buono

DES MOINES, Iowa Hy-Vee and Dahl’s stores in the Des Moines area are now offering walk-in clinics to their customers, according to the Des Moines Register.

Curaquick Clinics are now open at four Hy-Vee stores in Des Moines, West Des Moines and Ankeny, said Russ Frazier, chief operating officer of the Sioux City-based Curaquick. Curaquick is working with Iowa Health-Des Moines and the Iowa Clinic to provide the in-store services.

“It does seem that on a national level that health care is responding to the consumer-driven society that we’re living in,” Frazier said.

Nurse practitioners staff the Quick Care Clinics, at which patients can be treated for such problems as strep throat and ear and urinary tract infections, which can be diagnosed through observation or simple lab tests.

Patient demand prompted Mercy’s Quick Care Clinics, located in three Dahl’s Foods stores, to expand their weekday hours and add Saturday hours. Beginning this week, the new hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’ve always wanted more hours available to patients, and we were waiting until business started up,” said Kent Carr, chief executive officer of Mercy Clinics.

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NPD’s Grant stresses four “P’s” at HBA Global Expo

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Over the years, the beauty industry has undergone a great deal of change and going forward it will be critical that companies understand the four “P’s,” was a key message Karen Grant of the NPD Group had for attendees of her keynote address at this year’s HBA Global Expo held here this week.

The 15th annual event, produced by CMP Information, is a product development event and educational conference for the beauty, health and wellness industries. In addition to more than 40 educational sessions, the event features an exhibit floor that boasts more than 600 exhibitors. This year’s conference kicked off Tuesday with Grant’s State of the Industry address and wraps up Thursday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

During the presentation aptly titled, “Beauty: Through the Looking Glass of … Time,” Grant, a senior beauty industry analyst for the NPD Group, explained how the industry has changed over the years.

Today’s beauty shoppers have more choices than ever whether it be where they shop—specialty, drug store, mass or warehouse clubs—or which product they desire. As a result, customer loyalty is essentially a thing of the past.

In order for companies to successful tap into the beauty industry—which NPD Group estimates stands at $42 billion and grows at a rate of $1 billion annually—they must understand the four “P’s,” explained Grant.

  • Preferences: What kind of product information does she want? How does she want to receive that information? What products does she want?
  • Place: Where does she shop? For example, it is important to understand that many ethnic women will buy their beauty products at a beauty supply store.
  • People: Today’s society is very diverse and it is important to understand that different people have different preferences. It is not a one-size-fits-all.
  • Products: What claims should be on the product? What is the right messaging? What is the most effective marketing?
  • In addition to the sessions, the HBA Expo debuted a New Product Showcase, featuring new products from exhibitors ranging from the latest in skin care formulations to unique packaging design and matiarials.

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Safeway debuts solar-powered store

BY Doug Desjardins

DUBLIN, Calif. Safeway this week unveiled its first-ever “solar powered grocery store” in Dublin, Calif. on Sept. 13. Safeway said the one-acre network of solar panels on the rooftop powers the entire 55,000-square-foot supermarket. The company also noted that the store’s gas station is powered by wind energy.

Another chain using solar panels to power its stores is Costco. The chain has solar panels providing power at two of its stores in California and announced plans this week to install solar systems at four stores in Hawaii by the end of the year.

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