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October 10, 2013

In its first flavor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.

ATLANTA — In its first flavor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.

The new products will be available for a limited time through the holidays. Both products take the taste of traditional Sprite and combine it with a splash of sweet and tart cranberry notes.

October 7, 2013

TABS Group on Friday announced the formation of a senior-level team dedicated to supporting internal and customer-related initiatives with Walmart.

SHELTON, Conn. — TABS Group on Friday announced the formation of a senior-level team dedicated to supporting internal and customer-related initiatives with Walmart. TABS Group will tap into the talent base to obtain a comprehensive understanding as to how the largest U.S. retail chain operates on a chain and local level. The insights gained will benefit Walmart and Consumer Products manufacturers and further contributes to the firm’s mission to simplify and improve the way analytics is conducted within the industry. 

October 4, 2013

PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions, has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution for L'Oréal USA's Clarisonic brand, the company announced.

ALLEN, Texas — PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions, has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution for L'Oréal USA's Clarisonic brand, the company announced.

October 3, 2013

Shop.org expects holiday online sales in November and December to grow between 13% and 15% from last holiday season, to as much as $82 billion.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shop.org expects holiday online sales in November and December to grow between 13% and 15% from last holiday season, to as much as $82 billion.

October 2, 2013

Beauty.com, a division of DrugStore.com, is offering an exclusive series of bejeweled hair accessories from designers at Erickson Beamon to benefit GEMS, or Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the online retailer announced.

BELLEVUE, Wash. and NEW YORK — Beauty.com, a division of DrugStore.com, is offering an exclusive series of bejeweled hair accessories from designers at Erickson Beamon to benefit GEMS, or Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the online retailer announced.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales will go to this organization devoted to supporting victims of human trafficking. The four limited-edition designs are available while supplies last. 

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.

September 30, 2013

Customers at Oklahoma City-based Homeland Stores can pay for groceries with their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile payment system announced Monday.

PASADENA, Calif. — Customers at Oklahoma City-based Homeland Stores can pay for groceries with their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile payment system announced Monday.

Homeland and Pasadena, Calif.-based mobile payments technology provider DoubleBeam announced the completion of a pilot of SwiftScan, a mobile application currently accepted at 20 of the chain's 78 stores. The chain will add 26 more stores by the end of October.

September 24, 2013

A forecast of holiday sales announced on Monday by Deloitte shows retailers can expect moderate sales gains this season.

NEW YORK — A forecast of holiday sales announced on Monday by Deloitte shows retailers can expect moderate sales gains this season.

September 18, 2013

Rocketcases announced on Tuesday a new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4 and new iPhone 5 styled after retro gaming devices.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Rocketcases announced on Tuesday a new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4 and new iPhone 5 styled after retro gaming devices.

Rocketcases' iPhone cases protect iPhones from falls and scratches with a hard silicone and plastic materials. The retro gaming cases are available in two options.

September 17, 2013

Kimberly Clark is preparing to launch a new flu-tracker tool at MyAchoo.com.

NEW YORK — Kimberly Clark is preparing to launch a new flu-tracker tool at MyAchoo.com.

The MyAchoo.com site utilizes Centers for Disease Control data to feed a proprietary forecasting model that will predict where illness will spike within the next three weeks, according to a report published Tuesday by Advertising Age. Preliminary tests suggest the tool is 90% accurate, Kimberly Clark told Ad Age.

September 17, 2013

Speck, a designer of slim-fitting protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets and laptops, on Tuesday announced a new iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Speck, a designer of slim-fitting protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets and laptops, on Tuesday announced a new iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

September 16, 2013

The McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions was recognized for its best-in-class adherence solutions by being named a finalist in the 2013 PM360 Trailblazer Awards for the second consecutive year.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions last week was recognized for its best-in-class adherence solutions by being named a finalist in the 2013 PM360 Trailblazer Awards for the second consecutive year. McKesson was named a finalist for the Best Persistence Campaign for a co-pay card program targeting oncology patients.  

September 13, 2013

Omron on Friday announced it is partnering with Earndit to offer users of its Omron Activity Monitor and Weight Loss Tracker rewards for being active.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron on Friday announced it is partnering with Earndit to offer users of its Omron Activity Monitor and Weight Loss Tracker rewards for being active. 

Users link their Omron Fitness account to Earndit, and track their activity to earn points that can be redeemed for prizes or charity donations. 

The company is also hosting a Twitter party to help promote the offer Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. EST by using the hashtag #fitwithOmron.

September 12, 2013

AccentHealth collected data through an online survey conducted from Aug. 21 to 27, 2013. Participants responded via AccentHealth's national, online panel of network viewers, and the survey yielded 501 respondents who were at least 18 years of age.

AccentHealth collected data through an online survey conducted from Aug. 21 to 27, 2013. Participants responded via AccentHealth's national, online panel of network viewers, and the survey yielded 501 respondents who were at least 18 years of age.

All data is self-reported and not validated.

Below is the demographic breakdown of the respondents and their behavior:

Gender

 

September 11, 2013

Walgreens announced the latest updates to its iPhone mobile app that allows users to create photo cards with such special themes as thank you, holidays, announcements and invitations. Unique collages also can be created directly from an iPhone.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced the latest updates to its iPhone mobile app that allows users to create photo cards with such special themes as thank you, holidays, announcements and invitations. Unique collages also can be created directly from an iPhone. Walgreens is the first retailer to provide the ability to create collage prints using a mobile device and pick them up in about an hour, the company stated. Photos for these creations easily can be uploaded from the user’s phone, Facebook or Instagram albums.

September 10, 2013

Gamification. What is it? And what does it mean to your business?

Gamification. What is it? And what does it mean to your business?

It's a trend that signifies the addition of gaming elements (e.g., leveling up, the awarding of badges) to nongaming situations, such as shopping, health and wellness or training. And although still somewhat in its infancy, early adopters are leveraging game-based technologies to drive trips to retail, grow share, build brands, and recruit and train the next generation of business leaders.

September 10, 2013

In its partnership with Niantic Labs, Duane Reade has gamified the shopping experience through an app called Ingress. No purchase is necessary, but who in New York walks into a Duane Reade and then out again empty-handed? It's a traffic builder and impulse purchase opportunity. And it's working.

In its partnership with Niantic Labs, Duane Reade has gamified the shopping experience through an app called Ingress. No purchase is necessary, but who in New York walks into a Duane Reade and then out again empty-handed? It's a traffic builder and impulse purchase opportunity. And it's working.

September 10, 2013

A new line of high-functioning compression socks with a flair for fashion is now available, the sock maker has announced.

MISSOULA, Mont. — A new line of high-functioning compression socks with a flair for fashion is now available, the sock maker has announced.

September 6, 2013

MarketsandMarkets has projected the global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a new report. That's some 3.5 times larger than today — MarketsandMarkets estimates health apps generate some $6.3 billion today. That's also a lot of consumer/patients interested in getting a better handle on their own care — and that spells opportunity for pharmacy operators.

The truth is, these could be very conservative figures. Both smartphone and tablet penetration is on a steep incline across the world, leading to more app downloads. And the baby boomer generation — tech savvy most of them — aren't getting any younger. And that leads to more health and wellness downloads.

MarketsandMarkets has projected the global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a new report. That's some 3.5 times larger than today — MarketsandMarkets estimates health apps generate some $6.3 billion today.

September 4, 2013

Online spending in China is set to bypass the United States this year and double within two years, according to a new study.

SHANGHAI — Online spending in China is set to bypass the United States this year and double within two years, according to a new study.

September 3, 2013

Duane Reade in late August surpassed 1 million Twitter followers, and will be celebrating the accomplishment at its 40 Wall St. location on Tuesday during an invitation-only event.

NEW YORK — Duane Reade in late August surpassed 1 million Twitter followers, and will be celebrating the accomplishment at its 40 Wall St. location on Tuesday during an invitation-only event.  

That makes Duane Reade by far the most-followed retailer on Twitter in the food, drug and mass arena. Duane Reade has garnered five times more Twitter followers than its parent company Walgreens (180,390 followers), the second-most followed drug store retailer. CVS/pharmacy, No. 3, is followed by 117,931 Twitterers. 

August 26, 2013

Nearly 8-out-of-10 viewers who bring their child to the doctor's office for a physical are doing so one to three months before school starts, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in July. The majority of viewers indicated they begin their shopping about one month before school starts — either after or overlapping the timing for back-to-school physicals.

Nearly 8-out-of-10 viewers who bring their child to the doctor's office for a physical are doing so one to three months before school starts, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in July. The majority of viewers indicated they begin their shopping about one month before school starts — either after or overlapping the timing for back-to-school physicals. To see more Patient Views, click here.

August 26, 2013

Representatives at Edge shave gel have announced the return of Edge Irritation Solutions, a campaign designed to relieve irritations for men one tweet at a time.

SHELTON, Conn. — Representatives at Edge shave gel have announced the return of Edge Irritation Solutions, a campaign designed to relieve irritations for men one tweet at a time.

First launched in 2010, the Edge Irritation Solutions campaign struck a chord with Twitter users around the country by providing real-time irritation relief to people venting their frustrations online.

August 20, 2013

Em michelle phan, a start-up brand from the L’Oréal Luxe group, marks the first makeup line co-created by a community of beauty lovers and YouTube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan.

NEW YORK — Em michelle phan, a start-up brand from the L’Oréal Luxe group, marks the first makeup line co-created by a community of beauty lovers and YouTube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan.

The line launched this month and is available at emcosmetics.com.  

August 19, 2013

Gigwalk, an on-demand mobile workforce, has announced the launch of its Android app in North America and the United Kingdom, making Gigwalk the first mobile-centric marketplace for temporary work to have both an iPhone and Android app.

SAN FRANCISCO — Gigwalk, an on-demand mobile workforce, has announced the launch of its Android app in North America and the United Kingdom, making Gigwalk the first mobile-centric marketplace for temporary work to have both an iPhone and Android app.