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Report: Hy-Vee reaches agreement for first Twin Cities location

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Grocer Hy-Vee, which operates more than 230 stores and generates sales of more than $8 billion, has reached a deal for its first Twin Cities location, according to a local news report.

According to a report by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the company has reached an agreement with New Hope’s city council and will buy land once occupied by a Kmart.

Hy-Vee is looking to build a 90,000-sq.-ft. grocery store and 3,000-sq.-ft. gas station at the site.
 

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VoicePort licenses 11 Walgreens patents in the field of prescription alignment

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort on Thursday announced a patent licensing agreement with Walgreens that covers 11 U.S. patents and patent applications owned by Walgreens in the field of prescription alignment. 
 
"VoicePort's Synchro-Script technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents," said Christopher Mann, VoicePort CEO. "We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Synchro-Script products from VoicePort with confidence. In addition, VoicePort is pursuing a number of patent applications for other inventions involving our Synchro-Script technology."
 
Medication Synchronization is an industry solution that has proven to improve patient adherence through a multiple-tier touch point. "Allowing pharmacy patients the opportunity to pick up multiple prescription medications once a month has shown to significantly improve a patient's Proportion of Days Covered on their medications," said Alphonse Sasso, VoicePort VP business development. "When consumers stay adherent to their maintenance medications, it translates to improved patient health outcomes while also increasing pharmacy efficiencies, a true win-win solution." 
 
VoicePort's systems leverage their proprietary pharmacy informatics platform, PharmaPhonetics, as a dynamic analysis tool to help pharmacists and staff identify patients eligible to participate in the program. The platform then offers anchor medication recommendations that the pharmacy team can align to get all meds on a once a month schedule and calculates the required short fills necessary to help the pharmacist complete the task for the patient. Each pharmacy also is supported with an automated calling system from VoicePort to enroll patients in the synchronization program, to schedule the pharmacist-patient counseling sessions, and to alert patients when their medications are ready for pick up. VoicePort also provides back-end analytical tools to help measure pharmacy progress on keeping patients on schedule with their medications; a complete turn-key solution to help deliver greater patient health and wellness. 
 

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Costco sees lift in June sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco reported on Thursday a 10% boost in June sales as same-store sales climbed 6%.

Net sales for the month totaled $10.9 billion, an increase of 10% from $9.9 billion in the year-ago period. Both years' five-week periods included 34 selling days in Canada and the United States, reflecting the observance of Canada Day and Independence Day in the United States, respectively.

In the United States, same-store sales rose 6% and total company same-store sales also rose 6% during the month.
 

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