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November 13, 2013

Target has expanded its Beauty Concierge program in three metropolitan areas across the country, the mass-merchandise retailer said Wednesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has expanded its Beauty Concierge program in three metropolitan areas across the country, the mass-merchandise retailer said Wednesday.

The company said it implemented the program at 95 stores in New York and New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas-Fort Worth. Stores are staffed with a beauty concierge, a specially trained, brand-agnostic assistant who answers customers' questions in the store and provides personalized, detailed and unbiased information about beauty and personal care products.

November 13, 2013

Theranos and Walgreens on Wednesday opened new Theranos Wellness Centers located at Walgreens stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

PHOENIX — Theranos and Walgreens on Wednesday opened new Theranos Wellness Centers located at Walgreens stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area. This marks the next step in Theranos and Walgreens planned national rollout of Theranos Wellness Centers, and the first expansion of the new laboratory services outside of California. 

November 12, 2013

Customers of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie collectively raised more than $450,000 for Susan G. Komen during a month-long campaign.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Customers of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie collectively raised more than $450,000 for Susan G. Komen during a month-long campaign. 

The grocer’s Community Donation Program ran in all stores from Sept. 18 - Oct. 22, where customers could donate at any store register.

November 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts underway in the Philippines following this weekend's devastating Typhoon, which has impacted an estimated 4.3 million people in 36 provinces, with a potential total donation of up to $100,000 through the matching of CVS Caremark employee donations.

November 12, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of William Shrank as chief scientific officer and chief medical officer, provider innovation and analytics.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of William Shrank as chief scientific officer and chief medical officer, provider innovation and analytics.

In this role, Shrank will focus on the development of innovative pharmacy solutions to help improve the quality of care while lowering costs in order to help health care providers deliver services to distinct patient populations.

November 11, 2013

Procter & Gamble Canada has announced that Emmy-nominated TV actress Christina Hendricks will host the fifth annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards on Dec. 2.

TORONTO — Procter & Gamble Canada has announced that Emmy-nominated TV actress Christina Hendricks will host the fifth annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards on Dec. 2.

Best known for her portrayal of “Joan Holloway” on AMC’s series “Mad Men,” the former model will grace the stage as P&G celebrates the best Canadian editorial and creative talent in beauty, fashion and grooming. Hendricks joins Nia Vardalos, Queen Latifah, Kim Cattrall and Rob Lowe who have served as previous hosts.

November 11, 2013

Opportunity Village announced the arrival of PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn in regional Sam's Club locations from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30.

LAS VEGAS — Opportunity Village announced the arrival of PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn in regional Sam's Club locations from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30.

The item was previously available at select locations in the Las Vegas area, but positive reception for the product resulted in a wider distribution. The popcorn will available in 30 clubs, including seven locations within the Las Vegas area as well as locations in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

November 11, 2013

Johnson & Johnson had temporarily stopped distribution of its products to Amazon.com over concerns that Amazon hasn't done enough to prevent third-party sellers from selling damaged or expired J&J products on Amazon's site, according to a report published Sunday by The Wall Street Journal.

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson had temporarily stopped distribution of its products to Amazon.com over concerns that Amazon hasn't done enough to prevent third-party resellers from selling damaged or expired J&J products on Amazon's site, according to a report published Sunday by The Wall Street Journal

November 8, 2013

Walmart announced the introduction of Great Value Naturals, a new line of all-natural cleaning products which features Evolve technology from Agaia.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Walmart announced the introduction of Great Value Naturals, a new line of all-natural cleaning products which features Evolve technolgy from Agaia.

The launch of the product line, now available in more than 2,000 Walmart stores, marks a dramatic advance in bringing "green" cleaning products to consumers.

November 8, 2013

You could call it a who’s who of the industry.

With a record-breaking crowd expected on hand, The Drug Store News Group has assembled an all-star lineup of some of the leading retail merchants and marketers in the industry for its 15th annual Industry Issues conference next month.

You could call it a who’s who of the industry.

With a record-breaking crowd expected on hand, The Drug Store News Group has assembled an all-star lineup of some of the leading retail merchants and marketers in the industry for its 15th annual Industry Issues conference next month. All that and brand-building genius and TV celebrity Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank” will deliver the exclusive lunchtime keynote.

November 8, 2013

Simplicity plus connectedness equals engagement. That secret recipe is at the heart of Target’s strategy, touching and shaping every aspect of its business, including health care.

Simplicity plus connectedness equals engagement. That secret recipe is at the heart of Target’s strategy, touching and shaping every aspect of its business, including health care.

Target is working to create a simpler healthcare experience for its guests.

November 8, 2013

Spectrum Brands Holdings’ Rayovac battery division recently launched a new line of portable charging products.

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Spectrum Brands Holdings’ Rayovac battery division recently launched a new line of portable charging products, including the Rayovac 2-Hour Power mobile charging device, which provides instant power to Apple and Micro USB mobile devices. Other new products are the 7-Hour Back-Up Power Pack, the Phone Boost Keychain Charger and portable USB Car & Wall Chargers.

November 8, 2013

In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Food Lion has announced that its stores will offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who currently are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

SALISBURY, N.C. — In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Food Lion has announced that its stores will offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who currently are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
 

November 8, 2013

The drug store sector makes for a sound investment for investors of all stripes, according to a Motley Fool report published Thursday.

NEW YORK — The drug store sector makes for a sound investment for investors of all stripes, according to a Motley Fool report published Thursday

In early morning trading Friday, CVS stock traded at $63.59, up 4 cents; Walgreens at $59.16, down 4 cents; and Rite Aid at $5.17, up 4 cents. 

November 8, 2013

One year after DSN’s groundbreaking ‘Gets Well’ issue, Rite Aid keeps growing profits and cred with shoppers and Wall St.

One year after DSN’s groundbreaking ‘Gets Well’ issue, Rite Aid keeps growing profits and cred with shoppers and Wall St.

One year ago, DSN featured an exclusive report, “Rite Aid Gets Well,” on the cover of the Dec. 10, 2012 issue, examining how the company’s core strategy built around wellness empowerment was helping it turn around its business.

November 8, 2013

Rite Aid’s efforts to convert the chain to the new Wellness store format have been running smoothly for a couple of years now, but it was this year that the chain reached two key milestones.

Rite Aid’s efforts to convert the chain to the new Wellness store format have been running smoothly for a couple of years now, but it was this year that the chain reached two key milestones.

In May, the company announced that it had converted a majority of its stores in the Buffalo, N.Y., area to the format, for a total of nearly 100, marking the occasion with an event featuring John Standley, the company’s chairman and CEO, and Ken Martindale, the president and COO, as well as celebrity fitness expert Denise Austin.

November 8, 2013

Walgreens on Friday announced that it has completed its acquisition of certain assets of Kerr Drug’s retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Friday announced that it has completed its acquisition of certain assets of Kerr Drug’s retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business. In fiscal year 2012, Kerr Drug’s retail drugstores and specialty pharmacy business recorded total sales of $381 million.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  

As previously announced in September, the acquisition is an asset transaction and includes Kerr Drug’s retail drug stores, specialty pharmacy business and a distribution center. 

November 7, 2013

Sales at Costco Wholesale in October were up by 6% over last year, the club retailer said Thursday.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Sales at Costco Wholesale in October were up by 6% over last year, the club retailer said Thursday.

Costco said sales for the month were $8.15, compared with $7.66 billion in October 2012. For the nine-week period that ended Sunday, sales were $18.01 billion, a 6% increase over the $17 billion the chain had during the same period last year.

November 7, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Thursday that its Pharmacy Advisor Counseling program has been awarded Health Call Center accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Thursday that its Pharmacy Advisor Counseling program has been awarded Health Call Center accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

This represents the first time that CVS Caremark has received the Health Call Center accreditation and the second accreditation that the Pharmacy Advisor Counseling program has received this year.

November 7, 2013

Fred's Super Dollar on Thursday reported sales gains for the four weeks ended Nov. 2, reaching $143.4 million on 2% growth.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar on Thursday reported sales gains for the four weeks ended Nov. 2, reaching $143.4 million on 2% growth. Comparable store sales for the month increased 0.8% versus a decline of 0.8% in the same period last year.

November 7, 2013

Target will play host to a new series of educational events sponsored by Bump Club and Beyond, an event company focused on educating mothers and expectant mothers.

CHICAGO — Target will play host to a new series of educational events sponsored by Bump Club and Beyond, an event company focused on educating mothers and expectant mothers.

November 6, 2013

Seattle drug store chain Bartell Drugs is offering custom printing in its stores through a pilot program with Kodak Alaris, the photography giant said Wednesday.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Seattle drug store chain Bartell Drugs is offering custom printing in its stores through a pilot program with Kodak Alaris, the photography giant said Wednesday.

Kodak said a Bartell store in Seattle's University Village shopping center would offer consumers a full-service, digital-to-print media system with On Demand Books' Espresso Book Machine, integrated with Kodak Picture Kiosks. The pilot program marks the first time the system has been offered in a drug store environment.

November 6, 2013

Mass merchandiser Kmart is planning to roll out lease-to-own financing at stores around the country this holiday season, the Sears Holdings-owned chain said Wednesday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Mass merchandiser Kmart is planning to roll out lease-to-own financing at stores around the country this holiday season, the Sears Holdings-owned chain said Wednesday.

November 6, 2013

A pharmacist in Canada has won a prestigious award from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A pharmacist in Canada has won a prestigious award from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, according to published reports.

Nova Scotia's Truro Daily News reported that retired pharmacist Allan MacKinnon received the company's Bowl of Hygeia award during the weekend. Coworkers Kerry Mattatall and Marilyn MacLeod had put together the nomination package for MacKinnon, including 27 letters of support, citing the MacKinnons' support for their community.

November 5, 2013

CVS Caremark, which posted solid third quarter across its enterprise, is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing healthcare environment. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for analysts Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter conference call.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark, which posted solid third-quarter results across its enterprise, is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing healthcare environment. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for analysts Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter conference call.