NCR Acquires DVDPlay, adds approximately 1,300 new DVD-rental kiosks
DULUTH, Ga. NCR expanded its network of DVD-rental kiosks through the acquisition of DVDPlay, which operates approximately 1,300 kiosks in the United States and Canada.
NCR is increasing its expansion goals for its DVD-rental kiosks in 2009; the company now expects to operate approximately 3,800 kiosks by the end of the year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NCR plans to work with its retail partners to convert DVDPlay-branded kiosks to its Blockbuster Express-brand. Through NCR’s kiosks, DVDPlay customers will have the benefit of the largest selection of DVDs in the industry (NCR’s kiosks hold more than 900 DVD titles) and access to other BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks for DVD renting in their area. NCR kiosks are also digital download-ready. In time, consumers will be able to download movies from the kiosks to portable memory cards.
NCR’s acquisition of Campbell, Calif.-based DVDPlay expands its reach into such states as California, Colorado and Illinois, where NCR expects to further increase its Blockbuster Express presence.
“Our acquisition of DVDPlay accelerates NCR’s growth in the DVD-rental business as we expand our operations, technology leadership and consumer experience in key markets with premium retail partners,” said Alex Camara, VP and general manager, NCR Entertainment. “Over the past six months, we’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm from consumers and retail partners for our DVD-rental kiosks. We’ve been able to deploy quickly and maintain high levels of availability. This further investment will help us bring our kiosks to even more consumers in even more locations around the United States, especially in major markets in California and other parts of the Western U.S.”
Last week, NCR announced it was expanding to Duane Reade stores in New York.
Centric Health Resources receives URAC accreditation
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. Healthcare-accrediting organization URAC has awarded specialty pharmacy accreditation to Centric Health Resources, Centric announced.
Centric, which calls itself a “patient-centric health management organization,” uses a direct-distribution model to narrow the gap between drug makers, providers, payers and patients with rare and chronic genetic disorders.
“Receiving this accreditation is important in that it provides a comprehensive strategy for creating standards that address the broad scope of pharmacy benefit management practice,” Centric VP quality assurance Doug Carlson said in a statement. “Centric will now have an opportunity to align its quality practices with industry-recognized standards and further demonstrate our commitment to quality.”
URAC based its accreditation on criteria developed by its pharmacy advisory committee, which includes representatives from retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefit management, employers, consumers, health plans and others.
“By applying for and receiving the specialty pharmacy accreditation, Centric has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” URAC president and CEO Alan Spielman said. “Quality health care is crucial to our naiton’s welfare, and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”
New lighting product standard provides clarity for consumers
ST. LOUIS, Mo. Energizer announced Dec. 8 that the Flashlight Standards Committee has developed a set of flashlight features and benefits standards for consumers seeking information on such products.
Until now, there has been no consistency in how flashlight features and benefits were presented; consumers might see a flashlight that claims light output of “3,000,000 candlepower” next to one that claims “40 lumens.” For the average consumer, these inconsistencies led to confusion and an inability to compare one product with another. The Flashlight Standards Committee published an American National Standards Institute standard, designed to help the consumer. The FL1 standard addressed six performance measurements to improve consistency and clarity for flashlight consumers.
“Consumers and the trade have been left in the dark to figure out the difference between candlepower, candela and lumens, among other inconsistent flashlight claims, which left everyone guessing about how to compare one light to another,” said Peter Nario-Redmond, technical marketing manager for Energizer and chairman of the Flashlight Standards Committee. “The goal for establishing standard measurement is to eliminate confusion and clearly communicate the features of flashlights so that consumers can make informed decisions about which product best suits their needs.”
The ANSI/NEMA FL1 – 2009 flashlight basic performance standard establishes consistent processes and definitions for reporting the following six areas of flashlight performance measurement, as well as simple icons to be printed clearly on packaging:
- Light Output – the light projected from a flashlight will be expressed in units of lumens
- Runtime – duration the light will operate continuously until projected light is dim
- Beam Distance – distance the light projects onto a surface
- Peak Beam Intensity – intensity of the projected light that does not vary with distance and expressed in units of candela
- Water Penetration Rating – clear definitions outlined about the difference between water-resistant, waterproof and submersible
- Impact Resistance – after six drop tests, the flashlight must maintain all previous established measures