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Shoppers Drug Mart expands Wellwise concept

BY DSN STAFF

Shoppers Drug Mart is expanding its Wellwise concept, which is a resource aimed towards helping Canadians take charge of the way they age. The retailer announced that it will be offering the service to all those in Canada who are interested via wellwise.ca.

The e-commerce site features a broad selection of products and direct-to-home deliveries. Included offerings range from low-impact fitness to compression socks to physiotherapy products to support gadgets and mobility products.

“In creating Wellwise, we put the focus on wellness, not illness,” Theresa Firestone, SVP, healthcare businesses, Shoppers Drug Mart said. “Wellwise offers an enjoyable shopping experience that gives Canadians the tools and advice they need to age powerfully, not just comfortably.”

In addition to product purchases, the website also will offer subscription services to automatically ship frequently purchased items at regular intervals. Those who shop on the site get the added benefit of earning PC Optimum points on their purchases as well.

“At Wellwise, people can find everything from travel accessories to mobility products to help them stay in their homes longer,” Scott Wilks, vice president Shoppers Home Health Care and Wellwise said. “No matter what stage of life people are in, Wellwise will be an important resource for Canadians looking to take control of how they age.”

Back in September 2017, Shoppers Drug Mart launched the first pilot store of its Wellwise initiative, and now the company is looking to open a second location in April.

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Rite Aid arms patients to help fight worst flu season in decade

BY Michael Johnsen

In response to a flu season that health experts are calling one of the most severe in the past decade, Rite Aid is making sure its pharmacies are stocked with flu shots. The effort comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday the highest rate of influenza-like illnesses since 2009 and the highest flu hospitalization rate since 2010, when the agency began keeping such records.

The CDC also reported that between Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2018, flu and pneumonia accounted for 10% of deaths in the country.

“With the CDC reporting that we’ve not yet reached the peak of flu season and the potential for flu activity for several more weeks, we’re following the situation closely and making every effort to have flu shots available in all of our pharmacies,” Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy, said. “We encourage anyone who hasn’t yet received a flu shot to get one today and protect themselves and those around them for the duration of the flu season.”

Flu shots are currently available at all Rite Aid pharmacies and are covered by most insurance plans with $0 co-pay, including Medicare Part B. Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists are able to administer flu shots, subject to state regulations, during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary.

Since pneumonia can be a serious and sometimes deadly complication of the flu, especially for older adults, the CDC also recommends the pneumococcal vaccine for those 65 and over. Rite Aid pharmacies also have supplies of pneumococcal shots, which can be administered at the same time as the flu shot, subject to state regulations. Like flu shots, pneumococcal shots are covered by many insurance plans and most customers with Medicare Part B will have $0 co-pay.

Rite Aid pharmacies also have supplies of the prescription medications Tamiflu and Relenza for those patients whose doctor has prescribed one of these medications. If necessary, Rite Aid pharmacists are trained to be able to compound Tamiflu for pediatric patients.

In addition, Rite Aid pharmacists are available to counsel customers on over-the-counter medicines, like pain relievers, cough and cold medicines and hydration products that can be used to help manage symptoms associated with the flu. To help prevent the spread of the flu, Rite Aid store shelves are also stocked with additional supplies of hand sanitizer and soaps, masks, gloves, tissues and household disinfectants.

 

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Walmart reportedly pushing for higher online price points

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A discount giant may be moving away from offering the lowest prices online.

Walmart is asking vendors to supply it with more merchandise priced at $10 and up. This is part of a major push to finally turn a profit at its online business, according to Reuters.

Sources told Reuters that Walmart is especially focused on dry grocery products, such as sauces, soaps and general merchandise items, including toys and home furnishings. Walmart’s goal is to see higher profit margins selling these more expensive items, given the built-in cost of delivering goods purchased online.

By offering the lowest prices online on every item, Walmart is incurring a shipping cost of $4 or $5. “It is not sustainable, and more importantly their shareholders won’t allow it,” one source said in the report.

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