Lewis Drug set for seasonal
Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Lewis Drug aims to be its customers’ “first stop for everything,” and the “Four Seasons” department in its newest store helps the chain fill that role.
The 4,000-sq.-ft. environmentally controlled room is a setting in which the chain can maximize its seasonal offerings throughout the year. In the winter months, Lewis kept the room at 45 degrees and displayed live Christmas trees and stands, wreathes, pine cones and twig dogwood branches, as well as shovels, snow blowers and other seasonal merchandise.
In spring, the chain switched over to annual and perennial plants, planters, and other garden and patio merchandise. The concept is working so well after one year of operation, the chain is considering expanding the concept to other locations where feasible.
In-store kiosks create convenience
Self-service is becoming more prevalent as consumers grow accustomed to using kiosks for everything from self-checkout in the supermarket to checking in for their flights. Experts estimated that by 2016, 3 million kiosks will be in use globally.
Retailers have learned to use kiosks as low-maintenance traffic-builders. Redbox, which marked its 2 billionth rental in March 2012, has become a dominant force in value DVD and video game rentals. In-store kiosks also could be the key to merchandising higher-priced shrink-prone electronics. Already used in rest stops and airports, the kiosks hold must-have ear buds, flash drives and headphones — convenience items drug stores can’t afford not to stock.
Photofinishing kiosks may take on new uses as images move online. Consumers already can print stationery, business cards and invitations on photo kiosks. If consumers embrace creating personalized cards, photo kiosks could grab share from online greeting cards.
What your shoppers say about you: Meet C2B Mobile Insights
“We want to make sure we’re talking to our members where and how they want to be spoken to.”
That was something Sam’s Club VP health and family care Jason Reiser said to me for the special report we did on the company that appeared on the cover of our April 2 issue. In case you missed it, you can download the full report here.
Sam’s Club isn’t the only one that feels that way. The Drug Store News Group feels the same way — except for us it’s not about members; it’s about our readers and users, both in print and online.
Case in point: Perhaps you’ve noticed the videos we have been producing as part of our new DSN.TV Executive Viewpoint Series, like the one we did in support of our Sam’s Club report or the one we did with CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo for our March 12 exclusive report on that company. It’s an exciting new way for us to communicate with our users — the way they want to connect with us.
One area we know our readers and users want more help is consumer insights — what can we tell you about what the consumer is doing today and how they will behave tomorrow.
That is why we are so excited to introduce DSN C2B Mobile Insights. Powered by the Engage.Me mobile-enabled/geo-trackable platform, C2B Mobile Insights is connecting with consumers in real time where they live and shop via their smartphones. How does it work? Through our partner Engage.Me’s extensive network of users, we can ask thousands of consumers all over the country — or target one specific area or region if we want to — anything we want about how they shop, what they buy and how new products, news events and various trends are reshaping those decisions everyday.
Check out our latest C2B Mobile Insights report here. Given all the attention around the hotly contested Express Scripts-Medco merger, we thought we’d ask our C2B consumer reporters, if all things were equal and every pharmacy accepted their insurance, what would be the most important factors in choosing a pharmacy? What you see here is just a taste. If you want the complete results, you’ll have to log on to to DrugStoreNews.com to see the full report, including how many are using multiple pharmacies and why; what they like — and what they hate — about their primary pharmacy; what they expect when shopping for OTCs; and how they feel about pharmacist consultations.
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