ScriptPro to use biometric authentication systems from Xelios
MISSION, Kan. — The pharmacy automation and management systems made by ScriptPro will begin using biometric authentication technology from Xelios Biometrics, under a multi-year licensing agreement between the two companies.
The companies said such biometric identifiers as fingerprints would be more reliable in verifying identity than identification cards or personal identification numbers, which are currently used in ScriptPro’s systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We believe biometric authentication is the simplest and most powerful way to implement controls over pharmacy processes," ScriptPro president and CEO Mike Coughlin said. "We have tested a number of technologies in this area and feel that Xelios has taken this method to a new level of speed and accuracy."
ScriptPro will use Xelios’ system during the prescription-dispensing process to identify authorized pharmacy staff and track and store information about who handles a prescription.
Giant-Carlisle introduces Levittown, Pa., retail clinic
CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores opened the doors to its new in-store health clinic at a store in Levittown, Pa., Tuesday, the supermarket chain said.
Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant, one of the supermarket banners owned by Ahold USA, said the clinic, operated under partnership with Aria Health FastCare, provides customers with convenient and affordable care for treating a variety of common illnesses, and offers preventive health care.
"Giant maintains a strong commitment to being a better place to shop by providing choices and products for our customers to achieve healthy lifestyles," Giant pharmacy director Leigh Shirley said. "For many years, our pharmacists have been strong health resources in our stores by providing information and offering flu clinics. This new partnership with Aria Health FastCare will expand the health and wellness resources we are able to offer to our customers and provide them with an alternative choice for those needing medical treatment."
Aria Health professionals provide treatments for flu, sore throat, allergies, ear infections and others, as well as sports physicals. The clinic is the fourth for Giant; clinics are also available at stores in Lancaster, Pa., and York, Pa.
Magazine articles look at retail in walkable communities
NEW YORK — Are big-box stores and shopping malls in the suburbs giving way to walkable retail? According to a couple of recent magazine articles, that appears to be the trend.
A story in last month’s issue of Washingtonian magazine, "The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City," proclaims that "Anti-malls are the new malls" in the 38th place, touting the rise of walkable shopping areas in the suburbs to replace the "80s supermall." Following up on that story, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s sustainable communities program and George Washington University law professor Kaid Benfield wrote in The Atlantic, "Even the suburbs are figuring out that walkable retail, not enclosed malls surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go in the twenty-first century."
A variety of macroeconomic trends are behind the change, as well as changes in urban development, with a growing emphasis on models that stress density, walkability and access to public transit instead of dependence on automobiles. Benfield cites the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md., once a car-dependent suburb that now "feels both urban and urbane, yet still human-scaled. It’s a great place to be."
The trend should be familiar to drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchandisers. Walgreens has picked densely populated urban areas for its upscale Well Experience-format stores, while Target has scaled down for its CityTarget locations in such places as Chicago and Seattle, and Walmart has been building more small-format stores.
In an interview for the article "Drug Store 2019," in the July issue of DSN, Seattle-based futurist Glen Hiemstra highlighted the rise of walkable communities and the role it’s playing in more and more retailers emphasizing such items as fresh, convenient foods.