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Peapod expands reach in Massachusetts

BY Michael Johnsen

QUINCY, Mass. — Peapod last week announced the opening of a new fulfillment facility in Agawam, Mass., to better serve the needs of consumers from Hampshire and Hampden counties.

“Peapod by Stop & Shop has seen exciting growth in the Western Massachusetts area and we are delighted to be able to better serve the local communities with a brand new local facility,” stated David McHugh, VP and general manager, Peapod by Stop & Shop.  “We have hired personal shoppers and delivery drivers and expect to add 100 new jobs by the time we have completed hiring.  As always, we will strive to provide a wide selection of well-priced, top quality, fresh products with the ease of online shopping and home delivery.”

Residents and businesses in over 35 area zip codes including Springfield, Westfield, Chicopee and Amherst are now able to visit www.peapod.com to shop for fresh fruits and vegetable, seafood, meat and dairy as well as national brands and Stop & Shop private label products.  

In addition to providing home and workplace delivery, the new fulfillment facility in Agawam will also serve new Pick-up locations that will open in the next few months. This new service will give consumers the option to shop online at peapod.com and choose to pick up their groceries at a nearby Stop & Shop store.

Peapod’s order-fulfillment technology and proprietary transportation routing system help achieve accuracy and efficiency in picking, packing and delivering grocery orders. “We have delivered over 26 million orders since we started in 1989,” Andrew Parkinson, president of Peapod, said, “and we look forward to delivering many more in the years to come.”

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The Little Clinic to leverage VisualDx to enhance patient care

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Little Clinic, which operates 114 retail-based health clinics in seven states, has selected VisualDx, a mobile app and online resource used by doctors to diagnose and treat disease, to enhance the care its staff provides to patients, VisualDx maker Logical Images announced.

The Little Clinic, which is a subsidiary of Kroger, has clinics inside Kroger stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona and JayC in Indiana.

“VisualDx is an invaluable tool that will enhance the high quality, affordable care the Little Clinic provides to patients near where they live, work and shop,” stated Kenneth Patric, the Little Clinic chief medical officer. “We see many types of rashes and VisualDx will strengthen the healthcare professional’s ability to correctly diagnose and treat these rashes, as well as help ensure the accurate diagnoses of many more minor medical conditions.”

“We are proud to have the Little Clinic join the more than 1,500 hospitals and clinics around the country and more than half the nation’s medical schools that rely on VisualDx for its scientifically proven diagnostic accuracy,” added Art Papier, Logical Images CEO. “With VisualDx, the Little Clinic healthcare professionals will be able to quickly and accurately diagnose disease and determine the best possible treatments for their patients.”
 
VisualDx is available as an e-record integrated resource and a mobile app that works with the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It provides immediate access to diagnostic information in critical areas of medicine, including all aspects of dermatology, fevers, rashes, ophthalmology, infectious disease, chemical events, STDs, travel medicine, child abuse recognition and more.
 
It is the only diagnostic clinical decision support system seamlessly integrated with UpToDate, a clinical decision support resource, which the Little Clinic had prior to purchasing VisualDx. With VisualDx added to its existing UpToDate system, the Little Clinic staff will be able to search patient findings to build a visual differential diagnosis.
 
With VisualDx, the Little Clinic healthcare professionals can enter a patient’s symptoms and link information from the electronic medical record, such as medical history and other information, into VisualDx.
 
Based on the information entered, VisualDx will deliver a specific list of potential diagnoses, a series of medical images against which to match the patient’s current conditions and the recommended treatments. VisualDx users can then work through the list to arrive at the best diagnosis, explain the process to the patient and decide on the right treatment for each patient.
 

 

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Report: CVS, Dollar General and Walgreens each approached to bid on Fred’s

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Fred’s Super Dollar has visited CVS Caremark, Dollar General and Walgreens seeking bids for its Southeastern chain of discount stores, according to a report published Friday by Bloomberg News

Buyout firms including Miami-based H.I.G. Capital also were contacted, the report added.

Shares of Fred’s were up more than $1.50 to $19.60 in mid-afternoon trading. With 36.8 million shares outstanding, that places Fred’s market value at a little over $720 million. 

Citing estimates from MKM Partners and FBR, Fred’s could sell for as high as $24 per share, or $883 million, Bloomberg reported. 

 

 

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