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Target to ‘reimagine’ 600 stores in effort to bring back customers

BY Brian Berk

MINNEAPOLIS — Target on Tuesday announced it will spend more than $7 billion to grow sales faster, gain market share and adapt to guests’ rapidly changing preferences.

“We’re investing in our business with a long-term view of years and decades, not months and quarters,” said CEO Brian Cornell. “We’re putting digital first and evolving our stores, digital channels and supply chain to work together as a smart network that delivers on everything guests love about Target, including more than a dozen new brands we’ll introduce over the next two years. We’re confident our strategy meets the challenges of today and will lead us well into the future.”

The strategic plan comprises five steps: enhancing digital experience, reimagining stores, opening small-format stores, introducing exclusive brands and offering competitive prices every day.

Regarding the digital experience, “We’ve grown our digital infrastructure to increase speed, stability, performance and capacity, doubling our digital sales from 2013 to 2016, and we’ll continue to accelerate our efforts. For example, later this year, we’ll provide guests with a streamlined experience by combining Cartwheel—our popular savings app—with our flagship Target app, offering guests one simple shopping solution,” the company said.

In terms of reimaging stores, “Over the next three years, we’ll reimagine more than 600 locations. That’s great news for guests stopping by their local store for a new outfit or picking up tonight’s dinner, but it’s even more important to enabling a digitally connected Target experience.”

As for small-format stores, the company will open 30 small-format stores this year, doubling its presence in dense urban markets and on college campuses.

Looking at exclusive brands, 12 new exclusive brands in the apparel and home departments will be introduced.

Shifting to competitive prices, “Over the years, we’ve piled on the promotions. Now we’ll get back to increasing our focus on offering competitive prices across our entire assortment every single day.”

Target acknowledged this strategic effort will not be simple, but “we are in it for the long haul.”

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RediClinic celebrates opening of six new locations at Rite Aid stores

BY Brian Berk

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — RediClinic and New Jersey’s Hackensack Meridian Health celebrated the opening of six new convenient care clinics at Rite Aid pharmacies with a ribbon-cutting event here Monday.

“Very simply, RediClinic’s mission is to provide consumers with high quality, affordable access to health care,” said Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic, during the event. We’ve been operating these clinics for over a decade now. We are very excited to bring our unique model of affordable and accessible healthcare to the residents of Toms River and the surrounding areas. … We are honored to be partnering with Hackensack Meridian Health, which has the largest, integrated care network in New Jersey and a truly national reputation for high quality, cost-effective care.”

RediClinics are open seven days a week, with extended weekday hours to meet the needs of busy families. To be make the process simpler and reduce wait times, patients can schedule appointments online, but walk-ins are still welcomed. Hackensack Meridian board-certified clinicians are on hand to treat patients. They are supported by medical attendants and Hackensack Meridian physicians.

According to RediClinic Chief Operating Officer Danielle Barrera, RediClinic treats more than 30 common conditions, including upper respiratory infections, flu, strep throat and ear infections. A full complement of preventative care is also available, such as physicals, immunizations and routine lab work.

“Our goal is to get you in and out quickly,” she said. “And if we write you a prescription, you can have it filled just steps away at the pharmacy, right here at Rite Aid, although that’s not required.”

RediClinic accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Typically, it’s considered a primary care physician co-pay or less.   

RediClinic, operating since 2005, now has a total of 99 locations, with a 100th soon to open, Golinkin told Drug Store News. To determine where to open new RediClinics, the company has a selection process, which includes determining where the greatest community need is.

Patient feedback has been excellent, Golinkin continued. Patients are asked to complete a survey via kiosk following their visit. The average score across all RediClinics is about 90 out of 100. “That’s extremely high for anybody in the health care business, or frankly, any other business,” Golinkin told DSN. “That’s really what has driven RediClinic’s success. We grow our business one patient at a time.”

Regarding what patients like so much about RediClinic, Golinkin stated convenience, affordability and quality of care rises to the top of the list. Thus far at the Toms River location, wait times have rarely been a problem, he said. But if there is a wait, consumers can either walk around the store or travel off site and receive a text message to alert them when RediClinic is ready to see them. 

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Giant/Martin’s launches Bag Hunger campaign with $155K donation to area food banks

BY David Salazar
CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets on Friday began their hunger-relief campaign Bag Hunger with a one-day donation in partnership with 31 food banks in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The company donated a total of $155,000 in gift cards to help organizations provide meals to those in need.
 
Giant/Martin’s president Tom Lenkevich delivered gift card donations on behalf of the company to five hunger relief organizations at the Giant in Enola, Pa. The five organizations were Cathedral Paris of St. Patrick, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Perry County Food Bank, Project SHARE and Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital Region, who each received $5,000. Similar donations took place at 26 other Giant/Martin’s locations. 
 
“During this time of the year when donations aren’t as robust, we wanted to make sure that our food bank partners could immediately restock their shelves with the basics,” said Lenkevich. “This GIANT One-Day Give kicks off our Bag Hunger in-store donation campaign, where our customers and associates donate so generously to help our neighbors in need.”   
 
Now through March 11, Giant/Martin’s customers can donate to their local food bank during checkout through the Bag Hunger in-store campaign. Last year the campaign raised $550,888. Central Pennsylvania Food Bank said that $1 is enough to provide six meals to people who depend on its services. 
 
Giant/Martin’s has been committed to supporting the communities it serves, particularly in fighting hunger. IN 2016, Giant/Martin’s donated more than $12 million to some 100 hunger-relief agencies through customer, vendor and corporate support. 
 
The full list of organizations supported is:
  • Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank, Allentown, Pa.
  • Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, Bloomsburg, Pa.
  • Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Catholic Social Services Inc., Hazleton, Pa.
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg Pa.
  • Coatesville Community Food Co-Op, Coatesville, Pa.
  • Elijah’s Bowl (First Presbyterian Church), Sunbury, Pa.
  • Food Bank of State College, State College, Pa.
  • Friend, Inc. Food Pantry, Kutztown, Pa.
  • Fulton County Food Basket, McConnellsburg, Pa.
  • God’s Meal Barrel, Hanover, Pa.
  • Hanover Area Council of Churches, Hanover, Pa.
  • Huntingdon Area Food Pantry, Huntingdon, Pa.
  • ICCAP, Indiana, Pa.
  • The Kennedy House, Reading, Pa.
  • Kennett Area Community Service Food Cupboard, Kennett Square, Pa.
  • Kings Kettle Food Pantry, Shippensburg, Pa.
  • Mount Joy Community Food Bank, Mount Joy, Pa.
  • Nazareth Area Food Bank, Nazareth, Pa.
  • New Jerusalem Church Food Bank, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Perry County Food Bank, New Bloomfield, Pa.
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services, Phoenixville, Pa.
  • Project SHARE, Carlisle, Pa.
  • Ray of Hope Mission Center, Port Deposit, MD 
  • Salvation Army Capitol Region, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Salvation Army West Chester, West Chester, Pa.
  • Shared Services/Shelter Services, Lewistown, Pa.
  • St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Scranton, Pa.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Assumption Chapel Food Pantry, Altoona, Pa.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Catherine of Siena, Horsham, Pa.
  • West Chester Food Cupboard, West Chester, Pa.
 

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