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October 3, 2013

With an ongoing need for consumer education and awareness to help people understand their health insurance options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Walgreens and Chicago-based GoHealth on Thursday announced a nationwide initiative and collaboration to assist customers and help provide a resource for those considering the new health insurance marketplaces.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With an ongoing need for consumer education and awareness to help people understand their health insurance options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Walgreens and Chicago-based GoHealth on Thursday announced a nationwide initiative and collaboration to assist customers and help provide a resource for those considering the new health insurance marketplaces.   

October 1, 2013

It is no secret that marketing is undergoing tremendous change as technology, mobile, social media and increased consumer demand is forcing the industry to reinvent itself. The thirst for real-time data, greater personalization and customization is revamping shopper marketing — not just here within the United States but around the globe. Creativity has no borders.

CHICAGO — It is no secret that marketing is undergoing tremendous change as technology, mobile, social media and increased consumer demand is forcing the industry to reinvent itself. The thirst for real-time data, greater personalization and customization is revamping shopper marketing — not just here within the United States but around the globe. Creativity has no borders.

October 1, 2013

SMS Assist on Tuesday named Geoffrey Wigner EVP facilities for the technology-driven facilities maintenance and management company.

CHICAGO — SMS Assist on Tuesday named Geoffrey Wigner EVP facilities for the technology-driven facilities maintenance and management company.

Wigner, 48, previously served as senior director of store services for Dollar General, where he managed more than $500 million in capital and expense budgets while directing major projects affecting more than 10,000 stores. Wigner helped the nationwide retailer open 625 new stores and renovate 525 others in fiscal year 2011. 

October 1, 2013

Beauty mavens can be wickedly beautiful this Halloween with the new Disney Villains collection now available at Walgreens stores nationwide.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Beauty mavens can be wickedly beautiful this Halloween with the new Disney Villains collection now available at Walgreens stores nationwide.

October 1, 2013

There’s a new way to think outside of the box — by placing both the retailer and supplier in the same marketing sandbox in an effort to generate collaborative marketing campaigns. In other words, “Shared Media.”

CHICAGO — There’s a new way to think outside of the box — by placing both the retailer and supplier in the same marketing sandbox in an effort to generate collaborative marketing campaigns. In other words, “Shared Media.”

October 1, 2013

With a week to go before the start of the Shopper Marketing Expo at Chicago’s Navy Pier, Oct. 8 to 10, DSN caught up with industry veteran Steve Frenda, managing director for the Path to Purchase Institute, to get a better sense of what executives can expect from this year’s conference.

NEW YORK — With a week to go before the start of the Shopper Marketing Expo at Chicago’s Navy Pier, Oct. 8 to 10, DSN caught up with industry veteran Steve Frenda, managing director for the Path to Purchase Institute, to get a better sense of what executives can expect from this year’s conference.

October 1, 2013

All too often retailers fall short when it comes to meeting the healthcare needs of their consumers, who not only demand more from their overall shopping experience, but also are increasingly looking for ways to curb rising healthcare costs and live healthier lives. Today’s successful retailers are working to strike a balance of value and quality, and are developing innovative solutions to strengthen their foothold along the frontlines of U.S. healthcare.

CHICAGO — All too often retailers fall short when it comes to meeting the healthcare needs of their consumers, who not only demand more from their overall shopping experience, but also are increasingly looking for ways to curb rising healthcare costs and live healthier lives. Today’s successful retailers are working to strike a balance of value and quality, and are developing innovative solutions to strengthen their foothold along the frontlines of U.S. healthcare. In short, the winners are delivering a valuable healthcare experience.

September 27, 2013

Nail products are the most popular cosmetic item among teen girls, according to recent Mintel research, with 92% of girls between the ages of 9 years and 17 years using some sort of nail product.

CHICAGO — Nail products are the most popular cosmetic item among teen girls, according to recent Mintel research, with 92% of girls between the ages of 9 years and 17 years using some sort of nail product.

September 23, 2013

The Path to Purchase Institute's Shopper Marketing Expo is just around the corner — Oct. 8-10 at Chicago's Navy Pier — and is hailed as the world's largest gathering of shopper marketing professionals. DSN caught up with Peter Hoyt, CEO and executive director of the Path to Purchase Institute, to talk about why this is a must-attend event, the Expo's evolution in recent years and how attendees can best prepare for the show to ensure maximum success.

AUDIO Q&A: The Path to Purchase Institute's Shopper Marketing Expo is just around the corner — Oct. 8-10 at Chicago's Navy Pier — and is hailed as the world's largest gathering of shopper marketing professionals.

September 23, 2013

The Shopper Marketing Expo, scheduled for Oct. 8-10, here, at the Navy Pier, will once again host the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition.

CHICAGO — Call it the Academy Awards of the shopper marketing business.

The Shopper Marketing Expo, scheduled for Oct. 8-10, here, at the Navy Pier, will once again host the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition.

September 23, 2013

How can retailers and their supplier-partners overcome the most common obstacles that impede true collaboration, real growth and a mutually beneficial business relationship? By taking a step back and focusing on the most important common ground retailers and suppliers share — the shopper.

CHICAGO — How can retailers and their supplier-partners overcome the most common obstacles that impede true collaboration, real growth and a mutually beneficial business relationship? By taking a step back and focusing on the most important common ground retailers and suppliers share — the shopper.

September 23, 2013

The majority of manufacturer engagements are not aligned with retailers’ core strategic goals, and do not create real value in the eyes of the retailer. Today’s winning companies are able to identify and leverage the unique hidden assets of their brands, and build a business around agile, transparent, retailer/manufacturer collaboration — call it “co-creation.”

CHICAGO — The majority of manufacturer engagements are not aligned with retailers’ core strategic goals, and do not create real value in the eyes of the retailer. Today’s winning companies are able to identify and leverage the unique hidden assets of their brands, and build a business around agile, transparent, retailer/manufacturer collaboration — experts call it “co-creation.”

September 20, 2013

Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization, along with long-standing donor partner Procter and Gamble, revealed results of a new study showing many families with children struggle to afford basic, non-food household goods, including products related to personal care, household care and baby care.

CHICAGO — Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization, along with long-standing donor partner Procter and Gamble, revealed results of a new study showing many families with children struggle to afford basic, non-food household goods, including products related to personal care, household care and baby care.

September 19, 2013

The American Hospital Association earlier this week announced its exclusive endorsement of Walgreens WellTransitions, recognizing the program for medication adherence.

CHICAGO — The American Hospital Association earlier this week announced its exclusive endorsement of Walgreens WellTransitions, recognizing the program for medication adherence. The coordinated care program aimed at improving medication adherence has demonstrated reductions in hospital readmission rates by helping patients better understand prescription therapies during and after discharge. 

September 19, 2013

Walgreens will be staking a third flagship store in the iconic Wrigley Building here, the Chicago Tribune reported recently.

CHICAGO — Walgreens will be staking a third flagship store in the iconic Wrigley Building here, the Chicago Tribune reported recently

According to the report, the Walgreens will have a footprint as large as 30,000 sq. ft. And California coffee shop Peet's will be setting up next door. 

September 19, 2013

Target is hoping to enhance the experience of customers shopping for baby items with a new pilot program in Chicago.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is hoping to enhance the experience of customers shopping for baby items with a new pilot program in Chicago.

(See below for a video from Target about the program.)

September 18, 2013

Natural may just be the new normal in the African-American hair care market as sales of relaxers continue to decline, according to new research from Mintel.

CHICAGO — Natural may just be the new normal in the African-American hair care market as sales of relaxers continue to decline, according to new research from Mintel.

According to Mintel, relaxers account for just 21% of African-American hair care sales and the sector has declined 26% since 2008 and 15% since 2011 when sales reached $179 million — the only category not to see growth.

September 17, 2013

Sales of general merchandise are expected to increase by 2.4% during the holiday season of November and December, but shoppers will visit fewer stores, according to a new forecast.

CHICAGO — Sales of general merchandise are expected to increase by 2.4% during the holiday season of November and December, but shoppers will visit fewer stores, according to a new forecast.

September 17, 2013

Entrepreneur and TV personality Bill Rancic joined the Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment team to celebrate the launch of the brand in Walgreens stores across the country, Mission Pharmacal announced.

CHICAGO — Entrepreneur and TV personality Bill Rancic joined the Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment team to celebrate the launch of the brand in Walgreens stores across the country, Mission Pharmacal announced Monday. Mission Pharmacal hosted the party to introduce the popular diaper rash ointment to Chicago moms and dads.

September 16, 2013

Walgreens on Saturday opened its first drug store on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. U.S.V.I. Gov. John deJongh helped cut the ribbon and open the doors, the Chicago-based retailer reported.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Saturday opened its first drug store on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. U.S.V.I. Gov. John  deJongh helped cut the ribbon and open the doors, the Chicago-based retailer reported.

September 13, 2013

Better known as an upmarket grocer, Whole Foods Market is opening a store in a low-income neighborhood in Chicago, the retailer said. The opening, slated for 2016, is part of a broader effort by mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration to reduce the city's "food desert" problem.

CHICAGO — Better known as an upmarket grocer, Whole Foods Market is opening a store in a low-income neighborhood in Chicago, the retailer said. The opening, slated for 2016, is part of a broader effort by mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration to reduce the city's "food desert" problem.

September 12, 2013

Contigo, an Ignite USA LLC brand, announced a new reusable tumbler with a lid that snaps shut to ensure 100% leak-proof shaking and mixing to prepare on-the-go drinks and shakes.

CHICAGO — Contigo, an Ignite USA LLC brand, announced on Thursday a new reusable tumbler with a lid that snaps shut to ensure 100% leak-proof shaking and mixing to prepare on-the-go drinks and shakes.

September 10, 2013

An organization of nonprofit academic medical centers has created a new specialty pharmacy program that it said would improve continuity of care and improve access to specialty drugs.

CHICAGO — An organization of nonprofit academic medical centers has created a new specialty pharmacy program that it said would improve continuity of care and improve access to specialty drugs.

September 5, 2013

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the kickoff to the second half of its annual Project Health wellness campaign.

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.
 

September 4, 2013

IRI announced it has acquired Aztec, a provider of market measurement and related services for consumer packaged goods, liquor and pharmaceutical manufacturers and retailers in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Aztec was acquired from Aegis Media.

CHICAGO  — IRI announced it has acquired Aztec, a provider of market measurement and related services for consumer packaged goods, liquor and pharmaceutical manufacturers and retailers in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Aztec was acquired from Aegis Media.