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Mobile coupon in aisle seven — Aisle411 showcases latest shopping app in Las Vegas Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Aisle411 last week announced their Indoor Location Geo-Fence Alerts API was being showcased in the Aisle411 Android application at Las Vegas-area Walgreens stores. 

With Aisle411’s scalable Indoor Geo-Fence Alerts solution, the platform allows retailers and third-party developers to deliver welcome messages as shoppers enter a store on Android and iOS devices, and deliver messages based on in-store geo-fences on Android devices. The Indoor Geo-Fence Alerts solution builds on top of Aisle411’s established and growing indoor map and search solution covering more than 10,000 indoor retail locations.

"One of the most powerful assets brick-and-mortar retailers have is their physical store," stated Nathan Pettyjohn, Aisle411 CEO. "Our Indoor Geo-Fence Alerts API, combined with our indoor map and product search platform, allows retailers to leverage their stores to the fullest extent by digitizing and making their stores mobile," he said. "For example, if a shopper enters a particular area of the store, a retailer might remind them with an alert message on their phone that they can find a bigger selection of related items via the retailer’s mobile website, or suggest a special offer located in a different aisle. This truly extends the shopper experience into an endless aisle where the in-store and online purchasing experience is blurred. Retailers can own that complete experience with this new Indoor Geo-Fence Alerts API from Aisle411."

Aisle411’s positioning solution leverages a building’s existing Wi-Fi infrastructure and sensor information from mobile devices, such as data provided by the gyroscope, pedometer and compass, to deliver precise location information indoors without the need for any specialized hardware or additional infrastructure. 

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Profitect launches its predictive analytics tool into Weis Markets

BY Michael Johnsen

WALTHAM, Mass. — Profitect on Monday announced that Weis Markets has selected its cloud-based Profit Amplification solution, a pattern-seeking predictive analytics tool, for deployment throughout the chain. 

Profitect’s cloud offering was selected by Weis Markets "to provide a single, integrated solution which could transform our teams and stores processes," stated Scott Frost, SVP, CFO and treasurer, Weis Markets. "The ability to quickly impact the top and bottom line and make more informed decisions is a critical component of our strategy to exceed the expectations of our customers."

"We needed a predictive analytics solution that could identify traditional asset protection challenges, but more importantly, improve the customer experience by reducing out-of-stocks and improving efficiencies in a proactive manner," added Mike Limauro, VP asset protection, Weis Markets. "Thus, reducing the overall cost to our business while increasing profits across the entire enterprise."

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Retailers take part in transition to quality-based healthcare model and get paid

BY Alaric DeArment

Walmart’s Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative aims to create a more patient-centered and cost-efficient payment system for the retailer’s home state. 

The latest move by Walmart is as sure an indication as any that health care is becoming less about fee-for-service and more about basing compensation on ratings derived from patient outcomes.

John Gorman, chairman of the Washington-based Gorman Health Group, summed up what’s been happening last month at a symposium in Philadelphia sponsored by Acro Pharmaceutical Services when he said, "We’ve got to all collaborate to deliver better value to the member, the payer and ultimately to the customer — the federal government."

With what Gorman predicted to be an explosion of accountable care organizations and a transition to healthcare delivery to something akin to public utilities, retailers are already starting to jump in to quality-based health care, as was also demonstrated this week when the Department of Health and Human Services announced 106 new ACOs in Medicare, including three operated by Walgreens.

Meanwhile, a PwC report this week found that more companies were likely to form partnerships to build their population health information technology infrastructures and to share responsibility for patient outcomes and satisfaction, data collection and analysis, member education and engagement, focusing on at-risk populations – in addition to Medicare’s ACO and patient-centered medical home initiatives. Interestingly, the report also found a rise in the number of consumers who expressed interest in buying insurance from non-traditional sources, such as retail stores, while finding overall that consumers’ rising voice on where their healthcare dollars go was prompting the healthcare industry to compete on attributes similar to retailers, showing just how deep the new focus on overall quality goes.

The United States healthcare system is undergoing its biggest change in more than a generation, developing a quality-based model that means retailers have a major interest in working as part of a team to ensure the delivery of quality care.

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