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Target sets dates for next round of Canadian store openings

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target Corp. is opening 17 new stores in Canada’s Ontario province Tuesday and four more on March 28, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.

Target said the soft openings follow the launch of three pilot stores and will allow the company to engage in volume testing ahead of their April grand opening. The company plans to open 124 stores across Canada this year.

"Welcoming the first Canadian guests at our pilot stores was a great moment for all team members at Target," Target Canada president Tony Fisher said. "We have learned quickly from the results of our pilot stores and are committed to delivering on Target’s ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ brand promise as we approach our grade opening in early April."

 

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Majority of consumers using smart device at shelf

BY Michael Johnsen

As many as 57% of consumers report using their smart device to make a purchasing decision at the shelf, according to a recent online survey of more than 600 AccentHealth viewers. Of those, 16% use their smart device for pharmacy-related items, including prescriptions and OTCs — making pharmacy products the second-largest category (behind electronics and appliances).

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in every edition of DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 5,500 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

 

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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Walgreens improves app with new photo, health functionality

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday introduced several updates to its mobile app, most notably the ability to print from Instagram, as well as upload more than five pictures simultaneously for in-store prints. 

“We know that many people enjoy customizing their photos to reflect the uniqueness of each shot,” stated Jasbir Patel, senior director and general merchandise manager, photo and e-commerce, Walgreens. “Aligning our QuickPrints technology to Instagram helps our customers make those digital images come to life in print form.” 

In addition to the robust functionality available, the specific updates included access to a health reference encyclopedia and the ability for users to track their weight loss and BMI.

The updates apply to iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

On a related note, Walgreens was recently awarded an Appy for the Best Retail Mobile App during this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference, the retailer noted.

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