NCR expands Blockbuster Express kiosks to Duane Reade
DULUTH, Ga. More than 200 Duane Reade locations will receive Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks within the next several months, with most deployed before the end of the year.
The announcement represents the largest deployment of DVD rental kiosks to come to New York City. More than 200 Blockbuster Express kiosks will be available to New Yorkers in Manhattan alone. Consumers will be able to rent DVDs for $1 per night and return the DVDs to any Blockbuster Express kiosk location. No membership is required.
The kiosks, developed by technology company NCR, hold more than 900 DVDs, providing customers a broad choice of new releases and classic titles.
“We have been transforming our business to bring New Yorkers a better shopping experience. By partnering with NCR to include Blockbuster Express kiosks in select stores, we continue to create a more convenient and efficient shopping experience for our customers. The Blockbuster Express kiosks offer affordable entertainment and provide another way Duane Reade makes New York living easy,” said Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer at Duane Reade.
Sanofi, Intelliject sign licensing agreement for auto injector
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. The U.S. subsidiary of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis will work with a Richmond, Va.-based company on an auto injector for severe allergic reactions.
Sanofi announced Monday that it had signed an agreement with Intelliject to develop and market an auto injector for the emergency treatment of anaphylactic responses, which occur up to 2,000 times per 100,000 people in the United States alone each year and can be fatal within minutes.
Under the agreement, Sanofi will be responsible for manufacturing and commercialization in North America, while Intelliject will be responsible for development and regulatory filings while retaining certain rights to co-promote the auto injector in the United States. Sanofi will make an unspecified payment upfront to Intelliject and be eligible for milestone payments and royalties.
Diabetes population to double, costs to nearly triple by 2034
NEW YORK An ever-rising tide of newly diagnosed diabetics can only mean one thing for retailers and suppliers offering diabetes solutions — opportunity — because where there’s pain, there’s gain.
And it doesn’t really matter if the Novo Nordisk study’s projection on the number of diabetics actually comes to pass. Because what does matter is the fact that the diabetes market already is large, it’s going to continue to grow and savvy retailers and suppliers of diabetes solutions will be able to partner on how to best serve that burgeoning population.
There is no shortage of examples on how retailers and suppliers are partnering around initiatives to better educate families with diabetes in a comprehensive effort to hopefully scuttle the projection that the number of diabetics in the United States will double up in the next 25 years.
Medicine Shoppe International, for example, revealed last year during Drug Store News’ 6th Annual Diabetes Roundtable an education initiative in partnership with Bayer Diabetes, where Bayer produced diabetes-friendly recipe cards for dissemination at their stores. And Safeway talked about the series of American Diabetes Association expos that the chain sponsors in an effort to help drive awareness around how to better live with diabetes.