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Target’s shipping boxes get a new look

BY Marianne Wilson

Target is giving its shipping boxes a distinct look just in time for the holidays.

The discounter, which previously announced free two-day shipping for the holidays, has enhanced its shipping boxes with three playful designs that revolve around Target’s signature mascot, Bullseye. The designs feature Bullseye pulling up in a Target delivery truck, scampering around the house, and peeking out of a Target box. The retailer plans to use the boxes to ship orders into the new year.

“Target’s new shipping boxes help elevate the everyday,” said Todd Waterbury, Target’s chief creative officer. “We wanted to take a routine interaction, like receiving a shipping box on your doorstep, and turn it into an expression of joy using Target’s iconic branding. We took a unique creative approach to each of the three box designs, so that it brings to life our mascot Bullseye in a different and playful way, that’s unmistakably Target for our guests.”

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Hy-Vee offers free A1C screenings this month

BY Sandra Levy

As National Diabetes Awareness Month kicks off, Hy-Vee is offering free Hemoglobin A1C screenings throughout its eight-state region during the month of November.

The free Hemoglobin A1C screenings will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles in 168 Hy-Vee store parking lots.

Hy-Vee registered dietitians will conduct a simple blood test, and review the results with individuals immediately following the test.

Hemoglobin A1C is a blood test that individuals with diabetes use to manage their blood glucose levels, and provides information about an individual’s average levels of blood glucose over a two- to three-month period.

Hy-Vee credited the following organization for making the screenings possible: Cabot, Chobani, Dexcom, McKesson, Novo Nordisk, Omax Health, OneTouch, Smart Chicken, Sola and Stemilt.

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QuickChek exits pharmacy business in deal with CVS Pharmacy

BY David Salazar

Convenience store operator QuickChek is exiting the pharmacy game. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain on Tuesday announced that it would be transferring prescription records from nine of its stores to CVS Pharmacy, with plans for CVS Pharmacy to purchase and operate one location in the future. QuickChek said the move was aimed at helping it focus on its core fresh convenience business while growing its foodservice retailing and fuel areas.

“We’re looking forward to introducing CVS Pharmacy’s industry-leading products and services to QuickChek pharmacy patients and are committed to ensuring that their pharmacy needs are not only met, but exceeded,” said Emmanuel Kolady, division vice president for CVS Pharmacy. “We are focused on delivering a smooth pharmacy transition to QuickChek’s patients and are excited to be able to help them achieve their best health.”

Customers at QuickChek’s Bayonne, Beachwood, Eqing, Fords, North Bergen, Passaic, Point Pleasant, Scotch Plains and Totowa stores will be directed to their local CVS Pharmacy location for their pharmacy needs once the pharmacy departments at those stores close in late November. The stores will be remodeled to fit within QuickChek’s latest concept stores. Additionally, QuickChek said CVS Pharmacy would be interviewing the 60 QuikChek pharmacy employees to potentially get similar positions at CVS Pharmacy.

The companies did not disclose terms of the agreement.

“CVS Pharmacy will continue to meet the pharmacy and health care needs of our customers, as well as provide career opportunities for our pharmacy team members,” said QuickChek director of pharmacy Mike Wunder.

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