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Walgreens adds new in-store home movie transfer service to photo portfolio through iMemories

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — iMemories and Walgreens on Tuesday announced the availability of iMemories in Walgreens locations nationwide.

“iMemories’ relationship with Walgreens puts home movie transfer services within arm’s reach of every household in America,” stated Mark Rukavina, CEO iMemories. “We’re passionate about giving people a highly convenient way to preserve and enjoy their precious family memories – whether they were captured in 1957 using Super 8 movie film, or in 1985 using a VHS videotape,” he said. “With our home movie transfer service now available at every Walgreens, there’s no reason any family memories should get left behind.”

The agreement between iMemories and Walgreens creates one of the largest single networks of retail locations in the country offering comprehensive home movie transfer services. In addition, iMemories’ cloud-based platform will enable customers to store, view and share their home movies in their entire duration and full resolution from virtually any device screen.

Customers can bring their aging videotapes and movie film reels to their local Walgreens, to be transferred from their original analog formats into digital video. One of the unique aspects of the Walgreens service is that iMemories enables customers to preview, edit and further customize the contents of their original home movies online before they are transferred to the customer’s choice of new media, such as DVDs or Blu-rays. Additionally, customers can view and share their vintage home movies on the go with their iPhone, iPad or Android device via iMemories mobile apps.

“Of the 114 million American households, many people have a large number of home movies still in aging, original formats. The ability to view precious family memories from a mobile device, tablet, computer or TV is incredible,” said Jasbir Patel, Walgreens senior director and general merchandise manager of photo and e-commerce. “Our DVD Transfer service fully leverages today’s multi-screen world and is an unparalleled solution to help preserve captured video.”

 

 

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Beyond Google: Pharmacists and women’s health

BY Jim Frederick

In case you were wondering, Google won’t replace the community pharmacist as a trusted source for women’s health information, after all.

That, at least, will be one of the conclusions you’ll reach if you watch “Insights into Women’s Health,” a two-part series from DSNTV — Drug Store News’ online video offering — that aired in April (part 1) and early May (part 2). The program, sponsored by Insight Pharmaceuticals and ably hosted by DSN senior editor Antoinette Alexander, consisted of multiple on-the-spot interviews with women on the streets of Manhattan.

Alexander’s goal: To get a better sense of where women get their health information, particularly about women’s health issues, and what role pharmacy retailers can play to provide that information.

The women interviewed had plenty to say on the subject. It was clear they were passionate about the topic of health, well informed, and always on the lookout for trustworthy sources of information about women’s health issues. It was also clear that while the Internet is a huge source of information on health — Google searches are a common tool, and many of the respondents mentioned specific websites like the Mayo Clinic and WebMD as trusted sources of information — they’re no substitute for face-to-face counseling from a real, live pharmacist, preferably delivered in a semi-private setting within the pharmacy area.

That goes double for women’s issues. One woman said it would be helpful if, “at a drug store…there was someone there who knew more about that area,” and could speak about sensitive women’s health issues out of earshot of other customers. Another added that “the interactive kiosks or brochures” at a retail pharmacy “might not have the information you want, so just having a staff person on hand would be great.”

One woman told DSN she’d switch to another pharmacy “if I felt they were really informed and helpful and cared about their customers.

“Customer service is big, especially here in New York where we kind of get brushed off a lot,” continued that respondent. “Our health is so important that we want somebody who does care a little bit about what they’re doing.”

One woman praised CVS for providing written information on the shelves about proper care, diet and exercise related to diabetes. “And if the pharmacists…are more informed about things, that helps,” she added.

I always knew women were generally smarter than us guys about a lot of things. This video series also shows they’re far more engaged than most men about their health, and ready to shift their loyalty to pharmacies that are engaged and informed about women’s health concerns.

If you’re a practicing pharmacist or pharmacy intern, please share your thoughts. Is your own practice site or employer doing everything it can to engage women and give them more than they can get online?

 

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Fitbit’s latest activity tracker syncs wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit on Monday released the Fitbit Flex, the only activity tracking wristband on the market to sync wirelessly on-the-go via Bluetooth 4.0 to select iOS and Android devices. With Flex’s all-day wearable design and its all-new customizable online dashboard, users can seamlessly make fitness a part of their everyday lifestyle and check their stats from anywhere. 

“Fitbit has worked hard to develop the most seamless, versatile and accurate activity trackers, and with the addition of Flex, we truly have a product line that fits any lifestyle," stated James Park, CEO Fitbit. "Utilizing the latest technology — including Bluetooth 4.0 for mobile devices — Fitbit has developed a wristband tracker that offers the elements our fans love in a brand new form factor.”

The new Fitbit Flex tracks steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned, as well as a new stat defined as active minutes. Active minutes track how many moderate-intensity cardio minutes a user has in a day. The Center for Disease Control recommends 150 of them each week. Flex’s bright LED indicator lights offer a visual display as the user reaches 20% increments of achieving a goal, such as walking 10,000 steps, while a vibrating notification indicates goals realized throughout the day. Flex also tracks how long and how well a user sleeps and offers a Silent Wake alarm that gently vibrates the user awake without waking their partner.

Flex syncs with Bluetooth 4.0, working automatically with select iOS and Android devices, including Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Note II, as well as the iPhone 4S and 5.

Retailing at a suggested $99.95, Fitbit Flex is available on Fitbit.com and at major U.S. retailers, the company stated. 

 

 

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