Walmart partners with Quest Diagnostics to bring lab testing to 15 stores
MADISON, N.J., and BENTONVILLE, Ark. — By the end of the year, roughly 15 Walmart locations will feature co-branded Quest Diagnostics sites, the companies announced Monday. The sites are set to launch at select stores in Florida and Texas, initially offering lab testing services with the expectation that they will expand to include other basic healthcare services.
“At Walmart, we’re not only focused on providing accessible, affordable healthcare, but also working to extend our offerings — truly making our stores a one-stop shop for our customers’ everyday health and wellness needs,” Walmart SVP and president health and wellness George Riedl said. “We look forward to working with Quest as we operate in an increasingly dynamic and consumer-centric health care environment.”
Quest said that this is the latest in its efforts to expand accessibility of lab testing, which have included bringing direct access in Colorado and Missouri, as well as through its Sonora Quest Laboratories joint Venture in Arizona.
“We are proud to expand consumer access to health care through our work with Walmart,” Quest chairman, president and CEO Steve Rusckowski said. “By providing laboratory testing and healthcare services where people also shop, we will make it easier for Walmart customers and their associates to get the quality diagnostic insights they need in convenient locations. We are excited to partner with Walmart, one of the world’s leading businesses with a passion for improving the lives of Walmart’s customers and associates.”
Fred’s, Nielsen expand longtime analytics partnership
NEW YORK and MEMPHIS — Fred’s Pharmacy and Nielsen on Monday announced that they would be expanding their longtime relationship. The new agreement makes Nielsen the exclusive provider of account-level data for Fred’s, covering metrics for all of its 601 stores.
“By selecting Nielsen as our exclusive partner in managing our shared data and analytical needs, fred’s will improve its consistency in data output and meet our increasing consumer and volumetric data needs, among other benefits,” Fred’s EVP and chief merchandising and marketing manager Mary Lou Gardner said. “We look forward to working with the Nielsen team as Fred’s Pharmacy continues to implement a number of exciting initiatives to optimize our business.”
Nielsen has been an analytical partner to Fred’s for more than 15, and now will offer the chain an expanded market measurement, as well as consumer targeting services and a dedicated Nielsen support team. The companies said it would be a beneficial partnership as Fred’s works to concentrate on health, beauty and personal care-focused services and value-driven stores.
“We are excited to expand our longstanding relationship with Fred’s,” Nielsen EVP retail services Rob Hill said. “We believe that Fred’s Pharmacy holds a unique and powerful position within the drugstore marketplace, one that merges its legacy of value with a growing equity in health-focused retail. Together, we will continue our work to further Fred’s strategy through our industry- leading data and data-driven insights.”
Supervalu’s CFO/COO departs
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu Inc. is losing its chief financial officer.
The company announced that Bruce Besanko plans to resign as executive VP, COO and CFO effective July 5, 2017 to pursue an outside opportunity.
Rob Woseth, EVP and chief strategy officer of Supervalu, will assume the additional position of interim CFO. David Johnson, the company’s VP, controller, will assume the additional position of interim chief accounting officer. Woseth and Johnson will assume the interim roles while Supervalu conducts a search for a permanent chief financial officer.
“On behalf of Supervalu, I want to thank Bruce for his service over the past four years. Bruce made numerous contributions to this organization, including improvements to the company’s capital structure that have laid the groundwork for our transformation. We wish Bruce well in his future endeavors,” said Mark Gross, president and CEO, Supervalu.