Survey: More shoppers turning to Internet for coupon-driven deals
AUSTIN, Texas — RetailMeNot.com, an online coupon aggregator, found that online coupon usage was up 23% on its site in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season, the company announced Wednesday.
The company’s recently released "Shoppers Trend Report," a consumer survey conducted by Ipsos, identifies retail purchase patterns and consumer trends leading up to the holiday shopping season. According to the report, merchant sales driven by coupon usage on RetailMeNot.com were up by 82% year over year in the three months prior to the November launch of the 2011 holiday shopping season. More than half of consumers surveyed (51%) said that they intended to spend about the same this holiday season as they did last year; with only 11% saying they intended to spend more.
Adults ages 35 years and older are more likely than younger adults to be trimming their holiday budgets this shopping season (41% vs. 30%), and parents are more likely to be spending more on holiday shopping this year than are adults without a child under 18 (15% vs. 10%).
"With the significant uptick in merchants sales driven by RetailMeNot.com, it is clear that consumers are stretching their dollar by utilizing coupons and promotional codes to get more for their money while shopping online this holiday season," stated Josh Harding, director of business intelligence for WhaleShark Media, the operator of RetailMeNot.com. "In an environment where the economy continues to create uncertainty, both merchants and consumers are looking for coupon promotions, like free shipping, to drive demand and increase the value of each purchase.”
According to the Ipsos survey, clothing and accessories will likely continue as the most likely items to be on one’s gift list (54%). Other popular items include books, movies and music (44%); consumer electronics, such as TVs, e-readers and video games (37%); toys (34%); and bath and beauty products/treatments (26%).
Women are more likely than men to have clothing and accessories (61% vs. 47%); books, movies and music (49% vs. 39%); toys (41% vs. 26%); and bath and beauty items (35% vs. 16%) on their holiday shopping lists, while men are more likely to buy consumer electronics (45% vs. 30%). Adults younger than 55 years also are more likely than older adults to be interested in buying consumer electronics this holiday season (42% vs. 29%).
Data on merchant sales, coupon usage and other trend activity was pulled from consumer activity on RetailMeNot.com and its affiliated sites, which experience more than 300 million site visits annually, the company reported.
The Ipsos poll was conducted Nov. 7 to 8. For the survey, a national sample of 1,007 adults ages 18 years and older from Ipsos’ U.S. online panel were interviewed online.
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Sandy Ryan’s election to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia further paves way for clinics
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The convenient care industry continues to hit noteworthy milestones as it grows and becomes an increasingly important player within the U.S. healthcare system. And now the fellowship of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia has elected its first nurse practitioner to its ranks: Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems.
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Ryan is indeed a trailblazer as she was one of the founding officers of Take Care Health Systems; a founding member of the Convenient Care Association, which is now celebrating its five-year anniversary; and was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. While Ryan’s election to the fellowship of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is important in its own right, it is especially important as it speaks to the overall significance and growing acceptance of retail-based health clinics.
It is no secret that when retail-based health clinics first emerged on the radar screen in 2000, some physicians were hesitant to embrace the concept. However, in recent years, there’s undoubtedly been a greater acceptance of the concept among the established medical community as retail-based clinics continually demonstrate the vital role they play in providing convenient, cost-effective and quality health care.
Now, Ryan has become the first nurse practitioner elected to the college’s ranks — a move that further paves the way not only for the nursing profession but also the convenient care industry.
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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia elects first nurse practitioner
PHILADELPHIA — The Fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Friday elected the first nurse practitioner to its ranks: Sandra Ryan, Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate.
“Through [Ryan’s] leadership, she has demonstrated commitment to enhancing the role that nursing can play in the future of health care,” stated George Wohlreich, director and CEO and the Thomas W. Langfitt Chair. “Through her dedication and advocacy, she’s benefitted nurses and nurse practitioners by opening doors to new opportunities, helped to reinforce the value of a collaborative healthcare team to take care of a patient and increased access for patients to receive high-quality, convenient health care.”
One-of-6 founding officers of Take Care Health Systems and a founding board member of the Convenient Care Association, Ryan was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. She has paved the way for the nursing profession and nursing leadership within the evolving and growing industry. Ryan has helped develop and implement clinical standards and evidenced-based guidelines delivered by operators in this retail-based setting.
Within Take Care Health Systems, she is credited with implementing a companywide quality assurance program, ensuring consistency in quality care through the establishment of standard operating procedures using nationally recognized evidence-based guidelines. In addition, she’s helped to lead the development of a proprietary electronic medical record system used at Take Care Clinics at select Walgreens nationwide.
Ryan has been the recipient of the American College of Nurse Practitioners’ Nancy Sharp Cutting Edge award and the Retail Clinician Congress’ CARE Leadership Award for her contributions to nurse practitioner practice in the convenient care industry.
Ryan has more than 25 years of healthcare and leadership experience and is a decorated U.S. Air Force officer. Ryan earned a B.S.N. in nursing from Niagara University and a M.S.N. from Arizona State University. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and an executive nurse fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The College was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians including Benjamin Rush and is the nation’s oldest medical society dedicated to advancing the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine, the college stated.
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