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Meijer introduces Order to Store program

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Just a few months after launching its Doorstep Grocer program, Meijer is allowing its online shoppers to order items and have the merchandise shipped to a local store at no cost.

The new Order-to-Store program allows shoppers to designate which Meijer store they would like to use as their pickup location. Once the order is received by the store, the customer will receive email notification that his or her items are ready for pickup.

"This is another example of how Meijer is making the online shopping experience as convenient and affordable as possible for our customers," said Rick Keyes, Meijer EVP supply chain operations and e-commerce. "Not only are we eliminating shipping costs, we’re also enabling shoppers to return the items to their local stores. This is a money- and time-saving program that allows even more customers to take advantage of the great offerings we have at Meijer.com."

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Rite Aid’s same-store sales edge up 0.5%

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s same-store sales for April increased by 0.5%, compared with April 2010, the pharmacy retailer said Wednesday.

This included a 0.4% decrease in sales at the front end and a 1% increase in pharmacy sales, offset by 133 basis points due to new introductions of generic drugs. Prescription count at comparable stores increased by 0.7%.

Total store sales decreased by 0.4% to $1.95 billion, compared with $1.96 billion in April 2010. Prescription revenue accounted for 68.3% of sales, while third-party prescription revenue accounted for 96.5% of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-date same-store sales for the eight weeks ended April 23 increased by 0.2%, including a 1.1% decrease in front-end sales and a 0.9% increase in pharmacy sales, while prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 0.6%. Rite Aid’s fiscal year 2010 ended Feb. 26.

Also during that period, total store sales decreased by 0.7% to nearly $3.91 billion, compared with $3.93 billion during the same period last year. Prescription revenue accounted for 68.8% of total store sales, while third-party prescription revenue accounted for 96.5% of pharmacy sales.

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ECRM launches new website

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing, known to industry executives as ECRM, announced the launch of its updated website.

The new site offers retailers and suppliers a unique approach to conducting business by incorporating social media to facilitate communication among Efficient Program Planning Session, or EPPS, event attendees and MarketGate users, ECRM said.

To view the revamped site, visit ECRM.MarketGate.com.

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