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Kroger helps customers ‘know their numbers’ with HealthCenter kiosks

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced it will place self-use health screening kiosks at all of its 1,950 locations to help their pharmacy patients "know their numbers."

"Our customers tell us they want to make healthy choices but don’t always know where to start," Kroger’s health strategy coordinator Matthew Feltman said. "We’re pleased to expand the availability of Kroger HealthCenters to help customers take their first steps toward overall health and wellness."

The Kroger HealthCenter kiosks, supplied by Stayhealthy, will provide customers with an easy, free and secure solution to consistently measure, monitor and improve body composition and other clinical conditions. Assessments include blood pressure, weight, body composition, BMI, color vision and the ability to upload blood glucose numbers and other biometric results.

Kroger customers will be able to create personal health record accounts, which they can access at any time at Kroger.com, to chart their progress. They will also have access to health information and solutions designed to help them in their personal health and fitness goals.

Kroger has been piloting the HealthCenters in approximately 275 pharmacy locations since January. The kiosks are currently accessible to customers in Cincinnati, Lexington, Ky., and Denver, Colo. Kroger expects most other pharmacy locations will have the kiosks by early 2013.


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TeleManager product allows refills through Facebook

BY Alaric DeArment

NEWARK, N.J. — A company that develops cloud-based pharmacy automation and communications products has released a way for patients to refill their prescriptions on Facebook.

TeleManager announced the release of iRefill Facebook, the newest component of its iRefill Connect suite of products. Other components include iRefill Mobile, which allows two-way communication between patients and their pharmacists.

"Pharmacy patients desire more and more options and flexibility when communicating with their pharmacies," TeleManager Technologies VP and COO Paul Kobylevsky said. "The iRefill Connect Suite’s approach not only meets these patient demands, but also does so in a way that makes the solutions efficient, effective and affordable for pharmacies of all types and sizes."


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P&G names artist Janelle Monae as newest CoverGirl

BY Antoinette Alexander

HUNT VALLEY, Md. — Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl brand has tapped singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe to be its newest CoverGirl.

The artist, once called a “different kind of diva” by Vogue, just wrapped her first CoverGirl advertising shoot, which is scheduled to debut in the September issue of that publication next week.

“Ever since Janelle made her electrifying arrival on the music scene, she has captured our imaginations, stirred our souls, and made us all move our feet,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and GM of CoverGirl Cosmetics. “Janelle is a true force of energy and a beautiful spirit who truly delights in her creative journey, not just the destination. We’re elated and can’t wait to show the world another dimension of her artistic ‘superpowers’ as a member of our CoverGirl family.”

Since its introduction in 1961, the cosmetic brand has been a beauty industry leader in providing women with the makeup tools to rock their everyday cover moments. The long list of CoverGirls has included Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, Niki Taylor and Molly Sims. The current roster of CoverGirls includes such icons as P!nk, Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift and Mary Spencer, Canadian 2012 Olympian (women’s boxing).

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