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March 31, 2014

"Retailers are not just looking for new products, and lots of talk, they are looking for trusted partners and results," writes Dan Mack, founder of the Mack Elevation Forum, in his latest blog post.

As legendary Harvard Business School marketing professor Theodore Levitt once put it, "people don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!"  Retailers are not just looking for new products, and lots of talk, they are looking for trusted partners and results.   

January 3, 2014

“How do we develop and maintain higher level strategic partnerships?” That was the theme of the recent Drug Store Industry Issues Summit in New York in December. Once a year, senior retail and manufacturing leaders get together to review the ever changing dynamics around how we create value for each other while satisfying the needs of the shopper.

“How do we develop and maintain higher level strategic partnerships?”
 

August 5, 2013

David Houle sometimes brings up a quote from the famed cyberpunk fiction author William Gibson: "The future is already here. It just hasn't been evenly distributed yet." Houle recently talked with DSN about how this applies to health care, noting that "We won't call it health care. We'll call it health management."

Audio Q&A: David Houle sometimes brings up a quote from the famed cyberpunk fiction author William Gibson: "The future is already here. It just hasn't been evenly distributed yet." Houle recently talked with DSN about how this applies to health care, noting that "We won't call it health care. We'll call it health management."

March 20, 2014

Beauty giant L'Oréal has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a “World's Most Ethical Company.”

NEW YORK — Beauty giant L'Oréal has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a “World's Most Ethical Company.”

This marks the fifth time that L'Oréal has received this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior.

March 18, 2014

Target is taking the online shopping experience and product placement to a whole new level by teaming up with the comedy series “Cougar Town” to place dozens of products in a new episode that viewers can then purchase online, according to a New York Times article.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is taking the online shopping experience and product placement to a whole new level by teaming up with the comedy series “Cougar Town” to place dozens of products in a new episode that viewers can then purchase online, according to a New York Times article.

March 13, 2014

Do you have a little one who is convinced there are monsters lurking about the bedroom at night? If so, you may need a prescription for “Monster Spray.”

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Do you have a little one who is convinced there are monsters lurking about the bedroom at night? If so, you may need a prescription for “Monster Spray.”

March 6, 2014

Could retail-based health clinics be coming soon to Boston? While it appears that there are no definite plans in the works, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh reportedly said that he has no intention of blocking the clinics from coming to Boston, the Boston Herald reported.

BOSTON — Could retail-based health clinics be coming soon to Boston?

While it appears that there are no definite plans in the works, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh reportedly said that he has no intention of blocking the clinics from coming to Boston, the Boston Herald reported.

November 1, 2013

As the implementation of healthcare reform looms, Kroger is sharpening its focus on health care by not only stocking its shelves with healthier food options but is also gearing up to add 50 Little Clinic locations next year, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — As the implementation of healthcare reform looms, Kroger is sharpening its focus on health care by not only stocking its shelves with healthier food options but also is gearing up to add 50 Little Clinic locations next year, according to published reports.

July 16, 2013

True Drinks, a healthy beverage provider, announced a distribution agreement to bring its Aquaball kids drink to thousands of Walgreens stores beginning this month.

LOS ANGELES — True Drinks Inc., a healthy beverage provider, announced a distribution agreement to bring products to thousands of Walgreens stores, the nation’s largest drugstore chain. Beginning in July, True Drinks' AquaBall will be available at Walgreens nationwide.

June 4, 2013

Have a colonoscopy performed in some parts of the U.S., and it’ll cost you and your health plan as much as $9,000 or more, versus a few hundred dollars in most of the rest of the developed world, even with countries whose healthcare systems are on par with ours in terms of quality rankings and outcomes. The average hip replacement costs $40,364 here, compared with $7,731 in Spain. An M.R.I. scan in the U.S. runs $1,121, vs. $319 in the Netherlands. And a hospital stay will cost “about triple those in other developed countries, even though they last no longer.”

Have a colonoscopy performed in some parts of the United States, and it’ll cost you and your health plan as much as $9,000 or more, versus a few hundred dollars in most of the rest of the developed world — even with countries whose healthcare systems are on par with ours in terms of quality rankings and outcomes. The average hip replacement costs $40,364 here, compared with $7,731 in Spain. An MRI scan in the United States runs $1,121, vs. $319 in the Netherlands.

May 28, 2013

Amazon.com is looking to further tap into the men’s grooming market with the launch of its new men’s grooming platform.

SEATTLE — Amazon.com is looking to further tap into the men’s grooming market with the launch of its new men’s grooming platform.

The men’s grooming area features such products as skin care, body care, shave, hair care, oral care, and kits and gifts sets. The site also features a series of “how-to guides” on such topics as “Get the Perfect Shave,” “Get Kissable Skin” and “Get Trendy Hair.”

April 29, 2013

CVS/pharmacy has reportedly entered the Wichita, Kansas, market with the opening Sunday of its first of several store locations in the market, according to a local news report.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has reportedly entered the Wichita, Kansas, market with the opening Sunday of its first of several store locations in the market, according to a local news report.

The retailer has two additional locations slated to open in the area in July, the Wichita Eagle reported and quoted CVS/pharmacy spokesman Mike DeAngelis as saying that other locations are “in the pipeline.”

April 2, 2013

The Washington Post this week took an in-depth look at the health benefits of tea and how consumers are taking notice. And that's a good thing for specialty tea shops and supermarket chains.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post this week took an in-depth look at the health benefits of tea and how consumers are taking notice. And that's a good thing for specialty tea shops and supermarket chains.

January 21, 2013

Actress Jennifer Aniston has reportedly been named the new face of Aveeno skin care products, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Actress Jennifer Aniston has reportedly been named the new face of Aveeno skin care products, according to published reports.

Aniston is expected to appear in ad campaigns later this year.

“Jennifer’s holistic approach to life and her natural beauty are such a perfect match for Aveeno,” the brand was quoted as stating in published reports. “We are pleased to welcome Jennifer to the Aveeno family.”

December 27, 2012

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven has jumped on the "fresh" bandwagon, according to a report published last week in the New York Times.

NEW YORK — Convenience retailer 7-Eleven has jumped on the "fresh" bandwagon, according to a report published last week in the New York Times. And while 7-Eleven has been serving up fresh for more than a decade with its variety of hot dogs and breakfast fare, now the focus is on fresh food items that will fit within a consumer's diet plan, too. 

November 5, 2012

Here’s a chilling statistic to ponder: Every 24 hours, more than 4,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, and some 200 die from its effects. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that diabetes afflicts roughly 26 million Americans and could eventually develop in another 79 million U.S. residents considered to have prediabetes.

Here’s a chilling statistic to ponder: Every 24 hours, more than 4,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, and some 200 die from its effects. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that diabetes afflicts roughly 26 million Americans and could eventually develop in another 79 million U.S. residents considered to have prediabetes.

November 2, 2012

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Secret Deodorant launched the new “Gang Up for Good” hub at MeanStinks.com — aggregating real-time, anti-bullying content and encouragement from across the brand’s social channels with searchable peer-to-peer advice.

NEW YORK — In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Secret Deodorant launched the new “Gang Up for Good” hub at MeanStinks.com — aggregating real-time, anti-bullying content and encouragement from across the brand’s social channels with searchable peer-to-peer advice.

October 15, 2012

Oh, Canada. In some ways, you’re showing your much bigger neighbor in the south the way forward in taking pharmacy to a higher level of practice. And if we’re smart, we’ll pay attention to the results.

Oh, Canada. In some ways, you’re showing your much bigger neighbor in the south the way forward in taking pharmacy to a higher level of practice. And if we’re smart, we’ll pay attention to the results. I’m talking about last week’s announcement by the provincial government of Ontario to expand the role of pharmacists so they can offer services that were previously the exclusive turf of the province’s 25,000 doctors.