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Stop & Shop aims to donate $2.5 million for hunger relief

BY Alaric DeArment

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop hopes to raise $2.5 million for hunger relief during the holiday season, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said Friday.

Customers can donate $1, $3 or $5 at stores to help support more than 300 hunger-relief organizations across the Northeast under the Food for Friends program, of which 60% will go directly to food pantries, while 40% will go to regional food banks. "Trimmings boxes" cost $10 and include nonperishable items like cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cut green beans and other items; the company hopes to sell all 58,000 of the boxes before the end of the year. The company also plans to donate more than 21,000 turkeys to hunger-relief organizations.

"As a food retailer, we aim to be a better neighbor all year long, and sharing meals with those in need is an important part of what we do," Stop & Shop New England president Joe Kelley said. "For nearly 100 years, we’ve been providing fresh, healthy and affordable food to families and are proud to continue our hunger relief programs through the holiday season."

 

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2014: Year of the retail clinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

Kroger’s Little Clinic is on a growth path. The company is looking to open as many as 50 new retail-based health clinics next year, according to published reports, as part of a clear health care play the retailer is making in the midst of healthcare reform.

We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: 2014 will be the year of the retail clinic.

"The Convenient Care Association and its clinic members are looking forward to an exciting year of growtrh and expansion, providing accessible, affordable, quality care to millions of current and new consumers nationwide," Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association said.

Kroger currently has about 106 clinic locations and, by the end of 2013, the company looks to have nearly 120 clinics across six states. Next year, as many as 50 additional clinics will open their doors, according to reports.

Then there’s CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic business, which has been described by president and CEO Larry Merlo as “a key enabler of our integrated pharmacy care offerings.” As previously reported by Drug Store News, the company has ramped up its expansion plans and now expects to have more than 1,500 MinuteClinic by 2017.

In August, it was announced that Community Health Network has officially begun its clinical collaboration with the Walgreens’ Healthcare Clinic, creating one of the largest integrated continuums of healthcare delivery in Indiana. As noted by Drug Store News, the collaboration dovetails nicely with Walgreens’ plans to significantly expand the scope of care found at Healthcare Clinic.

Furthermore, the convenient care industry and the important role that it plays in the U.S. healthcare system increasingly moves into the spotlight. For example, Andrew Sussman, SVP and associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark, as well as president of MinuteClinic, was among those who participated in the panel discussion, “The Walk-In Clinic Revolution,” during Forbes’ second annual Healthcare Summit held in New York City Oct. 9 to 10.

As millions of Americans are added into the insurance fold come 2014 due to health care reform — amid a growing shortage of primary care physicians — the role of the retail-based health clinics will no doubt become increasingly important.

Yes, 2014 will be the year of the retail clinic.

 

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Survey: Nine-in-10 consumers plan to shop in stores this holiday season

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco —  Almost 9-in-10 (88%) consumers will shop in stores this holiday season, compared to 75% who will shop online and 16% who will shop via mobile device. A new Harris Interactive survey co-sponsored by Aerohive Networks and Euclid also shows that physical retailers still need to address consumer concerns regarding in-store holiday shopping.

Specifically, consumers are most concerned about crowds (42%), lines (29%), and out-of-stock items (15%) affecting their in-store holiday shopping this year.

"Online shopping will never replace the tactile feel of an in-store shopping experience,” said Scott Frymoyer, head of Euclid’s data insights team. “Until recently, the online retailer held a distinct data advantage over the brick and mortar world. Together with Aerohive, we want to provide physical retailers with the same data that their online counterparts use, while improving the benefits of being in a store. Our goal is to offer a better shopping experience to consumers and increase profitability in retailers.”

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