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Welcome to DSN+

BY Rob Eder

What is DSN+?

DSN+ is a brand-new app that turns a page in Drug Store News into an interactive experience, linking readers seamlessly from print to digital just as quickly and easily as it is to take a picture with your smartphone.

How does it work?

First, go to Apple’s App Store and download our free DSN+ app. Or for Android phones and tablets, click here.

Second, open the app, and as you’re reading an issue of DSN, look for the DSN+ logo (pictured, right). Wherever you see that logo, that’s your clue that the page you’re looking at is linked to some kind of premium, multimedia content online — it could be a video on DSNTV; it could be an audio Q&A with one of our reporters on DrugStoreNews.com; or it could be one of our extensive new store digital photo galleries. Hold your mobile device a few inches from the page and scan the item like you would scan a QR code. That’s it — within seconds you’ll be linked to special, bonus content online. No more retyping long URL addresses, or having to remember to log on to the site later.

For instance, scan the item on page 10 and see my video interview with Rite Aid COO Ken Martindale from the company’s newest-look Wellness format store, or check out one of the other items tagged with the DSN+ logo in the January issue.

That’s DSN+. It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s going to change the way you keep up with news in the retail pharmacy industry. 


Rob Eder is the editor in chief of The Drug Store News Group, publishers of Drug Store News, DSN Collaborative Care, and Specialty Pharmacy magazines. You can contact him at [email protected].

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Pest-free pets

BY Barbara White-Sax

SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. — Bayer HealthCare’s Animal Health Division recently introduced Resultix, a spray-on formula that kills attached or crawling ticks. Ticks can infest pets in very large numbers. Resultix is an easy-to-use spray formula that works by dissolving the outer wax layer that covers a tick’s hard shell, killing the parasite within three hours.

Resultix can safely be used as often as needed on crawling or attached ticks. The product is available in an easy-to-transport 20-mL bottle.

 

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Practical tool sets, toys to be popular in 2013

BY Barbara White-Sax

As Seen on TV products continue to command more space on drug store shelves, not only during the holiday season but year-round.

The first quarter of 2013 is looking strong since manufacturers have a number of new products on the market that have already proven popular with consumers.

“Manufacturers have been spending on ads to drive sales, but there have also been some great products,” said Mike Govindani, president of Screen2Store. “The category was strong last year, and business is up again for 2013.”

Govindani said that in 2012, business was driven by plush and home items. “Plush will carry over with sales of Pillow Pet Dream Lites and Bright Light pillows, but there are some other strong products for the first quarter,” he said.

Clare Kogler, president of Jordan Whitney agreed that plush products still had upside potential. “Handy and useful tool sets have become highly successful at year’s end, as have toys for children, particularly plush items,” she said.  

Idea Village’s Detail Doctor car resurface restorer, Café Cup reusable coffee cup and TeleBrands’ Pocket Hose are among Govindani’s picks for strong performers in first quarter 2013.

Idea Village’s Detail Doctor, a product which restores color and shine on interior and exterior car surfaces and provides protection from damaging UV rays, is endorsed by Danny “The Count” Koker from the hit TV show “Counting Cars.”

Idea Village’s Ice Cream Magic also is getting attention. “The ice cream maker is a great activity that also doubles as an ice cream server,” said Robin Bonnema, VP sales at Idea Village. “In just three minutes, you can make homemade ice cream.”

Housewares continue to be an important part of the category. Café Cup, with a $10.99 retail price, should be a popular product that will spawn imitators. “As expensive single-use machines are becoming more popular, this product is a great alternative,” Govindani said.

AJ Khubani, CEO and founder of TeleBrands, said the company’s Pocket Hose will fuel sales in the first quarter. “We expect Pocket Hose to be the biggest item for the first half of 2013.  In fact, we’ve already received orders from all of the major drug chains for Pocket Hose,” he said. TeleBrands had record sales at CVS and Rite Aid last year, Khubani said. He is optimistic that 2013 sales will continue to be strong.

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