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North America to account for half of global tablet spend in 2013, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — At a time when more and more retailers are embracing mobile technology, North America is set to account for one of the highest percentages of tablet sales, according to a new study.

The study, by ABI Research, found that the United States and Canada would account for nearly half of the $72 billion spent on tablets in 2013. More than 39 million tablets were shipped worldwide during the first half of the year, representing the second-largest volume of shipments to date, the largest being during the last quarter of 2012. Much of the money will be spent on Windows tablets, the report found.

"Three regions of the world are expected to yield 97% of tablet revenues in 2013," ABI senior practice director Jeff Orr said. "North America is forecasted to claim nearly half of the estimated $72 billion expected to be spent this year on tablet devices. Western Europe and Asia-Pacific also will have their hands in the honey pot for a combined 50% of world tablet revenues, respectively."

Tablets have become an important component in many retailers’ business, including pharmacy retailers. Rite Aid has fielded about 1,500 Wellness Ambassadors at its Wellness stores, who wield iPads to assist customers with questions about health-and-wellness products and services and direct them to the pharmacy; in some markets, particularly Buffalo, N.Y., the chain has integrated the NowClinic virtual clinic service with the iPads, allowing Skype-like communication between customers and clinical pharmacists. Meanwhile, CVS has launched a tablet app that includes a 3D simulation of a drug store.

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Target to open Calif., Wash. stores next year

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is opening two more stores next year, the mass merchandise retail chain said.

The company announced Friday that it would open a store in San Jose, Calif., in March 2014, and also announced Monday it would open a store in Spokane, Wash., in July 2014.

The announcement of the store openings follows the announcement last week of two additional March 2014 store openings, in Fresno and Rocklin, Calif. The Fresno and San Jose stores will be 140,000 sq. ft., while the Rocklin store will be 136,000 sq. ft, and the Spokane store will be 135,000 sq. ft.

 

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Rally Labs launches Blowfish for Hangovers

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Rally Labs recently introduced its Blowfish for Hangovers, a morning-after remedy that has a bit of a cult following in New York, into the drug channel the company noted. 

The Blowfish formulation contains a combination of aspirin and caffeine in an effervescent tablet specifically formulated for hangovers. The buffered formula helps rehydrate, restore alertness and provide relief for a headache, Rally Labs noted. 

Upon waking, two fully-dissolved tablets in 16 oz. of water have consumers feeling better in as little as 15 minutes, Rally Labs added. 

 

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