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February 4, 2014

The Global Market Development Center released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center on Monday released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

February 4, 2014

Paick, a mobile digital device brand, announced the launch of Sleek, a thin, portable power bank.

SHENZEN, China — Paick, a mobile digital device brand, on Monday announced the launch of Sleek, a thin, portable power bank. Sleek features a glossy smartphone shape with an attached micro USB/USB cable/handle to charge devices.

The 5-oz. Sleek is available in white gloss and features a UV-processed surface complete with anti-scratch technology. Other features of Sleek include:

January 30, 2014

Target reportedly said a data breach at an unidentified vendor led to hackers obtaining phony credentials that allowed them to gain access to Target’s systems and steal the information for 40 million credit and debit cards, as well as the personal data of about 70 million consumers.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reportedly said a data breach at an unidentified vendor led to hackers obtaining phony credentials that allowed them to gain access to Target’s systems and steal the information for 40 million credit and debit cards, as well as the personal data of about 70 million consumers. According to the Associated Press, Target did not offer any specific details on who the vendor was or how hackers obtained the credentials.

January 28, 2014

Truveris on Tuesday named Anthony Barrett VP sales, central region.

NEW YORK — Truveris on Tuesday named Anthony Barrett VP sales, central region.

Barrett joins Truveris with more than 33 years of achieving growth and leading strategic business development, sales and clinical teams. Experienced in healthcare and IT, Barrett worked at Healthways, Prime Therapeutics, Walgreens, Apple and Xerox. During his Walgreens tenure, he served as SVP Walgreens Health Initiatives, leading a team developing breakthrough industry solutions and fully transparent contracting for rebates and networks. 

January 27, 2014

Eighty percent of U.S. consumers use the Internet when they shop. The fourth annual research study of shopper behavior, conducted by Cisco Consulting Services, revealed the percentage of “uber-digitals” shoppers, who regularly use their smartphones for their shopping decision-making, nearly doubled to 18% of the sampled population.

NEW YORK — Eighty percent of U.S. consumers use the Internet when they shop. The fourth annual research study of shopper behavior, conducted by Cisco Consulting Services, revealed the percentage of “uber-digitals” shoppers, who regularly use their smartphones for their shopping decision-making, nearly doubled to 18% of the sampled population.

January 17, 2014

Supplement manufacturer SuperNutrition on Friday announced the beginning of its new contest via its Facebook page.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Supplement manufacturer SuperNutrition on Friday announced the beginning of its new contest via its Facebook page. Contestants who click the "like" button on SuperNutrition's Facebook page are asked to leave a comment on how they plan to stick to their New Year's resolution. 

January 13, 2014

Target is offering free credit monitoring for a year for customers who shop at its stores, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is offering free credit monitoring for a year for customers who shop at its stores, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.

Target said it had contracted with ProtectMyID, a division of Experian, which will offer daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and access to assistance from fraud resolution agents, as well as a complimentary credit report. Customers have until April 23 to request an activation code, and then until April 30 to register for credit monitoring through ProtectMyID.

January 13, 2014

Fans of Mountain Dew Kickstart will now have two new ways to invigorate their nights thanks to Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Mountain Dew Kickstart Limeade, which debut in retail stores nationwide today.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Fans of Mountain Dew Kickstart will now have two new ways to invigorate their nights thanks to Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Mountain Dew Kickstart Limeade, which debut in retail stores nationwide today.

January 10, 2014

Customers' mailing addresses, names, phone numbers and email addresses were among the data stolen as part of a massive breach of payment card data at Target, the mass merchandise retailer said Friday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Customers' mailing addresses, names, phone numbers and email addresses were among the data stolen as part of a massive breach of payment card data at Target, the mass merchandise retailer said Friday.

Target said the information stolen, affecting as many as 70 million people, was not a new breach, but was uncovered as part of the investigation of the original breach, which took place between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 and resulted in the theft of payment card data from about 40 million customers.

January 9, 2014

Want to flaunt the results of your at-home mani?

NEW YORK — Want to flaunt the results of your at-home mani?

Mani Diaries is a free iPhone app that allows users to track, manage and share their manicures and pedicures. It is basically social media for nails.

January 9, 2014

We have an annual holiday tradition at DSN that helped inspire the image on our cover.

We have an annual holiday tradition at DSN that helped inspire the image on our cover. As the event, a group lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, dovetails with the end of college football season, we call it the “Rice Bowl.”

The Rice Bowl concludes with each person throwing in $1, and we go around the table comparing fortune cookie messages; the one with the “best” fortune as voted by the group gets the pot.

This year I finally won. I walked away with a whopping $5.

January 8, 2014

A&D Medical announced the release of its next generation Wellness Connected, a secure, flexible platform to help people increase physical activity and manage their health.

LAS VEGAS — A&D Medical on Tuesday announced the release of its next generation Wellness Connected, a secure, flexible platform to help people increase physical activity and manage their health.

“Designed to address the demands of corporate and consumer wellness markets, the Wellness Connected platform combines the company’s new Bluetooth Smart-enabled medical devices, A&D Connect mobile app and cloud service to give individuals and organizations the tools they need to track progress toward healthy living goals.

January 6, 2014

Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

Ahold, which hopes to triple its online food sales by 2016, said the opening of pickup points in the United States and Europe would be an important part of reaching that goal. Most of the pickup points in the United States are operated under the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., banners. The 120 pickup points compare with only eight a year ago.

December 30, 2013

Back to Nature Foods Company on Monday announced that it has acquired SnackWell's, a cookie and snack business, from Mondelez Global.

GREENWICH, Conn. — Back to Nature Foods Company on Monday announced that it has acquired SnackWell's, a cookie and snack business, from Mondelez Global. The terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed.

December 27, 2013

The security blogger who broke the news about a massive breach of payment card data at Target stores may have identified someone who's been selling the data.

NEW YORK — The security blogger who broke the news about a massive breach of payment card data at Target stores may have identified someone who's been selling the data.

In his Krebs on Security blog, Brian Krebs identified a Ukrainian man as someone allegedly selling the credit and debit card data, though there was no evidence that the man was behind the theft itself.

December 26, 2013

Another key area, in which the learnings of ExtraCare are helping to inform the overall CVS Caremark retail strategy and personalize the shopping experience is in the way CVS Caremark designs and merchandises its stores.

Another key area, in which the learnings of ExtraCare are helping to inform the overall CVS Caremark retail strategy and personalize the shopping experience is in the way CVS Caremark designs and merchandises its stores.

December 26, 2013

Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

As part of a session titled “Amazon in Focus,” Anderson provided a comprehensive understanding of Amazon’s complex business model in one hour.

December 23, 2013

As Seen On TV, a multichannel distributor of products in such areas as kitchen, outdoor, electronics and clothing, announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Infusion Brands International, the marketer behind the renowned "Dual" brand and the strategic partner of Ronco Holdings.

CLEARWATER, Fla.— As Seen On TV — a multichannel distributor of products in such areas as kitchen, outdoor, electronics and clothing — on Monday announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Infusion Brands International, the marketer behind the renowned "Dual" brand and the strategic partner of Ronco Holdings.

December 23, 2013

Our offices will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. From the editors and publishers of Drug Store News, best wishes for a wonderful new year to you and your family.

December 18, 2013

As consumers are reaching the final days to squeeze in their holiday shopping, Target has announced some last-minute deals.

MINNEAPOLIS — As consumers are reaching the final days to squeeze in their holiday shopping, Target has announced some last-minute deals.

Guests using Cartwheel, the retailer's unique savings program, can take advantage of a one-day sale on Dec. 19 when around 40 great gift items — ranging from toys to cookware — will have special offers with discounts ranging from 10% to 60% off. Cartwheel has gained more than 1 million new users this season alone, putting the number of guests signed up for the program at 4 million.

December 17, 2013

Sam's Club is offering some extra holiday cheer for shoppers who are looking to buy last-minute gifts and save some money in the process.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam's Club is offering some extra holiday cheer for shoppers who are looking to buy last-minute gifts and, perhaps, save some money in the process. The company is inviting the public to a three-day Holiday Open House from Friday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 22.

The event allows shoppers to take advantage of lowered prices on the season's hot items, like smartphones and notebooks, without paying non-member upcharges.

December 16, 2013

Duane Reade at midnight on Friday launched their “Show Us Your Party Legs” holiday photo contest on Facebook.

NEW YORK — Duane Reade at midnight on Friday launched their “Show Us Your Party Legs” holiday photo contest on Facebook. The contest is a three week, omnichannel social media marketing campaign to raise awareness of Duane Reade-brand hosiery products that will run through Jan. 4. 

December 16, 2013

Mistic, a maker of electronic cigarettes, announced that Walmart has added Mistic's Ultimate Gift Set to store shelves across the nation.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mistic, a maker of electronic cigarettes, on Monday announced that Walmart has added Mistic's Ultimate Gift Set to store shelves across the nation.  

December 12, 2013

Some orders placed on Amazon's online wine store will be eligible for 1-cent shipping, the company said Thursday.

SEATTLE — Some orders placed on Amazon's online wine store will be eligible for 1-cent shipping, the company said Thursday.

Amazon said more than 100 wine sellers had opted into the new program and would offer more than 1,000 labels of wine under it, and the company plans to increase the selection in the near future.

December 11, 2013

A company that allows merchants to use bitcoin has seen a spike in transactions this year.

ATLANTA — A company that allows merchants to use bitcoin has seen a spike in transactions this year.

BitPay said Wednesday that it had processed more than $100 million in transactions this year, and that its membership now included more than 15,500 merchants in 200 countries. The number of merchants has increased by more than 50%, while transaction volume has tripled since the creation of the All Inclusive Pricing Plan in October and the integration with Shopify in November.