DVD kiosk provider Redbox entered into an agreement to install fully automated DVD rental kiosks in the more than 100 Shnucks locations across seven states. The regional supermarket chain replaced its existing DVD kiosk provider with Redbox, immediately beginning its rollout in stores across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi in early May. The chain said it expected the rollout to be completed in June.
Off! clip-on mosquito repellant, which features a quiet, battery-powered fan that circulates odorless repellant, is back to help keep pesky mosquitoes away this season. It can clip on to a belt, purse or chair and offers effective protection from mosquitoes for up to 12 hours without spraying anything on the skin. The product is available at Target, Walmart and CVS/pharmacy for a suggested retail price of $8.99 for the starter kit and $3.99 per refill.
Procter & Gamble rang the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell on May 7, kicking off the next phase of its Proud Sponsor of Moms program–Thank You Mom Reunions and new Mother’s Day corporate advertising.
Discount retailer Dollar General donated a variety of supplies to the American Red Cross to aid flood victims in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, including personal hygiene products, socks, underwear and diapers. The retailer also donated cleaning supplies to the Second Harvest Food Bank and asked customers and employees for help in aiding these citizens through RedCross.org.
NACDS puts a new spin on Meet the Market
SAN DIEGO This year the National Association of Chain Drug Stores introduced two new features to its Meet the Market format. First, NACDS hosted a Meet the Market Presentation Template webinar twice prior to Meet the Market, in which NACDS introduced a meeting template that succinctly captured all of the information retailers typically use to evaluate a new product or company.
Also new to Meet the Market were the booths of 10 service companies — trade media and professional education, merchandising consultants and marketing/media information companies — which afforded an opportunity for new and smaller suppliers to meet with these organizations.
“New companies have a need not only to meet with retailers, obviously, they have a need for their business,” noted Jim Whitman, NACDS SVP meetings and conferences. Another ongoing improvement is the productivity within each meeting, Whitman added. “We keep refining the match, the appointments,” he said.
This year, the Meet the Market format — in which smaller and new suppliers have 10-minute meetings with their category buyers — represented more than 8,000 face-to-face pre-arranged appointments.
Retail clinic growth slowing down? Not a chance
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT The news that Target is looking to expand its retail-based clinic business this year is yet one more indicator that reports of the demise of retail clinic growth have been greatly exaggerated.
(THE NEWS: Target to expand its retail clinic presence. For the full story, click here)
As the article states, Target, which opened its first clinic in 2006, is looking to open up eight new locations this September. It already operates 28 locations in Minnesota and Maryland.
It wasn’t so long ago — April to be exact — that CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic indicated that it could double its current number of clinics in five years.
Why the growth? Well, aside from the aging population and a shortage of primary care physicians, a major catalyst is healthcare reform, which will mean that 32 million people who currently are uninsured will have healthcare coverage. With emergency rooms already overflowing, and primary care physicians already over-extended, having a retail clinic nearby where patients can receive convenient, quality and affordable health care will only become increasingly important.
Meanwhile, RediClinic, which has 22 clinics in H-E-B stores in Houston and Austin, Texas, is cranking up its marketing efforts and has tapped former Duane Reade executive Jeff Thompson as VP marketing. Thompson will be responsible for RediClinic’s consumer and partner marketing activities, including developing and implementing strategic customer acquisition/retention programs, new product delivery and brand strategy.
Thompson most recently served as VP marketing for Duane Reade.
Clearly, there continues to be significant growth opportunities for clinics — both in terms of the number of clinic locations and the scope of services offered within the clinics. As mentioned earlier, there are 32 million reasons why the growth will be quite dramatic.