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Pharmaprix now offering even more food items, with up to 750 new fresh products. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)
Busy customers are now able to quickly and easily pick up the healthy foods they need for their breakfast, lunch or supper at Pharmaprix. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)
…ric Bouchard, Senior Vice-President, Pharmaprix (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation)
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Pharmaprix unveils new fresh products concept

BY DSN STAFF

Shoppers who find themselves in Canada’s Pharmaprix may see a whole new addition to the store.

The Montréal-based chain unveiled a new concept called the Zone Maché at several of its locations, which contains a vast assortment of fresh products.

Previously launched as a pilot project, the company’s new concept will be rolled out at 11 stores by early December, with other opening scheduled by 2020.

Featuring three different models — grab and go, refrigerated counter and fully enhanced — such fresh items as fruits, vegetables, prepared salads, deli cheeses, cold cuts, pre-packaged meats, simple meal solutions, sandwiches, artisan bread and desserts, will be on display.

“Given the strong connection between food and well-being, it quickly became apparent that expanding Pharmaprix’s offerings to include fresh items was a natural choice,” said Éric Bouchard, Senior Vice-President, Pharmaprix. “We had already been offering certain types of grocery items to make shopping at our pharmacies more convenient. Now that we belong to the great Loblaw family, we’ve been able to take advantage of all this new expertise and go even further by offering everything our customers need to make healthier choices and more nutritious meals.”

Stores with the refrigerated counter concept will focus on such fast and convenient snack ideas as fruits, vegetables, dips and deli. Those under the grab and go umbrella will center on meal solutions for the whole family, while the fully enhanced locations offer all featured items in a larger variety, the company said.

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Target appoints new SVP of global inventory, management

BY DSN STAFF

Target’s leadership team has welcomed a new addition.

The Minneapolis-based retailer announced that John Bauer would be joining the company as its new senior vice president of global inventory management.

Bauer will lead the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation, the company said.

“We’re thrilled to have John rejoin the Target team,” Arthur Valdez, Target’s executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, said. “Inventory management touches all aspects of the business, from merchandising and sourcing, to supply chain and stores. John has experience working across all aspects of retail and delivering results in transformational environments.”

He was most recently the chief logistics officer for TJX Companies, and before that held supply chain leadership roles at Kohl’s and Starbucks. Bauer also previously worked for Target from 1999 to 2007.

“Target is dedicated to ensuring guests have access to the products they love, when and how they want them,” Bauer said. “I’m looking forward to returning to a great company and helping drive the next phase of an industry-leading supply chain evolution.”

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CVS Health touts ability to bring care close to home

BY Sandra Levy

In an effort to continually meet patients’ needs for quality care close to their home, CVS Health reminds patients that over 125 preventive and acute care services are available at its MinuteClinic retail clinics. More than half of Americans live within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.

Bringing care closer to home was also the impetus behind Minute Clinic’s introduction yesterday of a new virtual health care offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs. Dubbed MinuteClinic Video Visits, the telehealth offering will provide patients with access to healthcare services 24 hours a day, seven days a week from their mobile device, the company said.

Pointing to research findings that show that one in three Americans’ cite access to quality care is the most important health priority in their community, CVS said that Americans receive recommended care only about 55% of the time because they live far from health care sites and have concerns about affordability. Many patients who need care after doctor hours and in between doctor visits wind up visiting an emergency room, adding costs to the healthcare system.

In fact, experts have found that between 13.7% and 27.1% of all ER visits could be treated in a retail or urgent care clinic, where savings could be as much as $4 billion each year, said CVS Health in a statement.

CVS Health also offers patients with complex conditions who need infusion therapies the treatment, education and support they need from Coram through accessible community locations and in the patients’ home.

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