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Kirby Lester pharmacy robot users report improved operation

BY Ryan Chavis

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Kirby Lester, a pharmacy automation provider, announced that 97% of the company's KL60 and KL100 pharmacy robot users reported that the device improved their pharmacy's operations. The study included retail and outpatient pharmacies across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The robotic dispensers were found to boost efficiency and result in a positive ROI, according to the company. Other findings from the Kirby Lester Robotics User Study include:

  • 92%: the Kirby Lester robot significantly reduced time and stress during Pharmacist Check;
  • 85%: the Kirby Lester robot saved five to 10 hours per week in technician labor alone;
  • 78%: the Kirby Lester robot enabled the pharmacy to increase or expand business;
  • 74%: the Kirby Lester robot enabled the pharmacy to increase prescription volume without adding additional staff; and
  • 85%: pharmacies processing as few as 150 to 200 prescriptions per day would reach positive ROI with a Kirby Lester robot.

"The old rule of thumb stated that an ROI for a pharmacy robot was at 300 or more prescriptions per day, but that was before Kirby Lester brought out the first compact, actually affordable robot in 2010. The KL60 changed the model completely," said Christopher Thomsen, Kirby Lester's VP business development. "Today, our customers engage in serious discussions about robot ROI much earlier. They realize that if they can reduce prescription production labor, they can then reallocate their staff and those hours to MTM, medication synchronization and other patient-focused and higher-margin projects."

Kirby Lester's KL60 and KL100 pharmacy robots will be on display at the NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston, Mass., which takes place Aug. 22 to Aug. 26.

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Duncan Hines, Wilton bake up new product for cake decorators

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Duncan Hines and Wilton are partnering to bring consumers the new Duncan Hines Wilton Decorator’s Choice Yellow Cake Mix to store shelves. The mix is optimized to ensure that the finished cake is smooth, cutting down on the issues of cracking and crumbing.

“Both Duncan Hines and Wilton are committed to listening to our consumers,” said Fran Hinckley, senior director of marketing at Duncan Hines. “When the opportunity arose to bring to market a cake mix that would make cake frosting and stacking easier, we immediately collaborated to develop this new product to help bakers.”

Duncan Hines and Wilton’s Decorator’s Choice Yellow Cake Mix is now available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.99.

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Progresso adds new soups to lineup

BY Ryan Chavis

MINNEAPOLIS — Progresso Soup, a brand from General Mills, will bring six new varieties that will suit a wide range of taste preferences, according to the company. The new additions brings Progresso's number of ready-to-eat soup selections to 90 flavors.

The new soups joining the lineup are: Tuscan-Style White Bean, Southwestern-Style Corn with Potatoes & Peppers, Progresso Light Creamy Chicken Alfredo with Pasta, Light Savory Beef Barley Vegetable, Traditional Creamy Roasted Chicken with Herb Dumplings and Creamy Tomato with Bacon and Cheese.

"Many Progresso consumers are seeking exciting new flavor options, but also are looking to manage their weight. They don't want to sacrifice great flavor while watching their calories," said Jill Haspert, associate marketing manager for Progresso Soup. "Progresso offers 40 soups with 100 calories or less per serving that are great ways to manage calories while still enjoying the creamy, savory flavors our consumers are craving."

All Progresso soups are available in the soup aisle and come with a suggested retail price of $2.39 for Vegetable Classics and $2.69 for Light and Traditional varieties.

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