Walgreens goes digital with online greeting card service
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — PNI Digital Media on Monday announced an agreement with Walgreens to provide and operate an online stationery service for the Chicago-based pharmacy.
The service will allow Walgreens customers to create and customize unique cards, invitations and other printed material, including personalized photobooks and photo calendars, wedding invitations and business cards.
According to reports, the PNI Digital Media Platform reaches more than 14,000 retail locations around the world, 9,000 of which offer a one-hour pickup service.
PNI also is partnered with Costco, Sam’s Club, CVS/pharmacy, Walmart Canada, Tesco and Fred Meyer, among others.
Cardinal Health honors Theresa Tolle with Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award
LAS VEGAS — Cardinal Health on Sunday named Theresa Tolle, owner of Bay Street Pharmacy in Sebastian, Fla., as the recipient of its Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award at its annual Retail Business Conference.
The award honors a retail independent pharmacist who promotes the ideals of community pharmacy and was created in honor of Tampa, Fla., independent pharmacist Ken Wurster. Wurster was highly regarded for his commitment to serving his customers, epitomizing the role of a pharmacist who took responsibility for the wellness of his community.
Tolle was selected from among more than 50 nominees for her extraordinary community commitment and for offering highly personalized care to her patients.
For example, Tolle employs higher-than-average pharmacy staffing ratios in her store in an effort to spend more time with patients. She also employs a registered nurse to work with diabetic patients and makes house calls. For the last three years, Tolle has been recognized by the Florida Pharmacy Association for her outstanding leadership, mentorship and motivation with the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2008, the IPA Roman Maximo Corrons Inspiration and Motivation Award in 2009, and the Jean Lamberti Leadership/Mentorship Award in 2010.
In honor of Tolle’s commitment to community service, Cardinal Health will donate $10,000 in her name to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.
Walmart, SymphonyIRI to introduce Customer Advantage platform
CHICAGO — Just days after announcing a cooperation agreement with Nielsen, Walmart has entered a new relationship with SymphonyIRI Group, through which the two will develop a solution that supports the retailer’s customer-centric initiatives.
Walmart and SymphonyIRI Group said their next-generation, Web-based shopper insights and collaborative planning platform — called Customer Advantage — will deliver unique, custom, Walmart-focused shopper insights, while supporting Walmart’s collaborative planning process by providing a dedicated shopper insights portal of user-friendly, customizable reports shared between Walmart and its supplier partners, SymphonyIRI said.
The solution, which contains many custom features, is designed to enable manufacturers to better understand the evolving needs of Walmart’s customers and allow the retailer and its supplier partners to share the same custom knowledge.
“The Customer Advantage solution identifies and sizes opportunities among shopper segments, trips and categories that will better enable Walmart and its supplier partners to grow their businesses through a deeper understanding of our customers,” Walmart EVP global customer insights Cindy Davis said.