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October 7, 2011

The feathers continued to fly last week. First, NACDS debuted a new print ad in the Washington Post, then news broke that half the states in the country are against the $29 billion ESI-Medco mega-merger.

If Express Scripts and Medco are right about the projected closing of what their opponents are calling the “mega-merger,” then we might be looking at dozens of more weeks of this.

(THE NEWS: NACDS urges consumers to prevent super-PBM 'stranglehold' on medicines. For the full story, click here)

October 7, 2011

Jones Soda has launched its pure cane soda in 16-oz. cans.

SEATTLE — Jones Soda has launched its pure cane soda in 16-oz. cans.

The new product is specifically aimed at the convenience store channel, the company said. The product was unveiled at the National Association of Convenience Stores Show and will hit store shelves later this month.

Jones pure cane soda cans retail for $1.29.

October 7, 2011

The news that Shoppers Drug Mart has appointed former McKesson Canada executive Domenic Pilla as its new president and CEO not only is significant news in its own right, but also is important as Pilla will inherit a chain that is wrestling with the impact of drug reforms in several provinces and faces its share of competitive challenges.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The news that Shoppers Drug Mart has appointed former McKesson Canada executive Domenic Pilla as its new president and CEO not only is significant news in its own right, but also is important as Pilla will inherit a chain that is wrestling with the impact of drug reforms in several provinces and faces its share of competitive challenges.

October 7, 2011

CVS Caremark may be highly focused on driving medication adherence, curbing rising healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients, but there’s no doubt that its retail segment remains a critical part of its business, as evidenced by the innovative initiatives playing out at the front end.


October 7, 2011

Mom isn't the only one making a shopping list these days. And any of those extreme couponers armed with a pair of scissors, a load of circulars and coupon clippings, and a shopping list of their own, well, they're not the problem, either. The problem is the leaders of organized retail crime units who are making those shopping lists, walking into a store, hitting a display case and walking right back out — all before the manager has a chance to say, "Um, excuse me sir? Can I help you?"

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Mom isn't the only one making a shopping list these days. And any of those extreme couponers armed with a pair of scissors, a load of circulars and coupon clippings, and a shopping list of their own, well, they're not the problem, either. The problem is the leaders of organized retail crime units who are making those shopping lists, walking into a store, hitting a display case and walking right back out — all before the manager has a chance to say, "Um, excuse me sir? Can I help you?"

October 6, 2011

The National Retail Federation described the 2011 holiday season as "average," projecting that holiday sales will rise 2.8% to $465.6 billion.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation described the 2011 holiday season as "average," projecting that holiday sales will rise 2.8% to $465.6 billion.

While that growth is far lower than the 5.2% increase retailers experienced last year, it is slightly higher than the 10-year average holiday sales increase, according to Department of Commerce statistics.

October 6, 2011

More than half of retail respondents to a survey conducted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association recently reported an increase in the frequency with which organized rings committed shoplifting, and 41% saw an increase in shoplifting by individuals acting alone.

ARLINGTON, Va. — More than half of retail respondents to a survey conducted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association recently reported an increase in the frequency with which organized rings committed shoplifting, and 41% saw an increase in shoplifting by individuals acting alone. As many as 64% of respondents reported an increase in theft of pharmaceutical products, according to the 2011 Crime Trends and Leading Practices Survey released Thursday by RILA.

October 5, 2011

Max-Wellness on Wednesday announced the opening of its latest store in Columbus, Ohio, with a 5,000-sq.-ft. location positioned between Gramercy and New Bond by hhgregg. Grand opening celebrations are slated for Oct. 12.

CLEVELAND — Max-Wellness on Wednesday announced the opening of its latest store in Columbus, Ohio, with a 5,000-sq.-ft. location positioned between Gramercy and New Bond by hhgregg. Grand opening celebrations are slated for Oct. 12.

October 5, 2011

Rite Aid is asking customers to vote for their favorite pharmacist in recognition of American Pharmacists Month, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is asking customers to vote for their favorite pharmacist in recognition of American Pharmacists Month, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

Through Oct. 31, customers can vote for their favorite pharmacist at RiteAid.com, through a mail-in nomination available at the store or by "liking" Rite Aid's Facebook page and using a special tab. Customers can share stories about the services their pharmacists provide and what makes them special.

October 5, 2011

Rite Aid kicked off its "Rite Aid Shield Yourself, New York" event Wednesday morning at New York's Grand Central Terminal, offering flu vaccinations delivered by Rite Aid pharmacists to the thousands of commuters passing through the Midtown Manhattan train station.

NEW YORK — Rite Aid kicked off its "Rite Aid Shield Yourself, New York" event Wednesday morning at New York's Grand Central Terminal, offering flu vaccinations delivered by Rite Aid pharmacists to the thousands of commuters passing through the Midtown Manhattan train station.

October 5, 2011

The holiday hiring forecast is looking positive this year as more hourly hiring managers are slated to boost their seasonal staff, according to a survey commissioned by Snagajob.

RICHMOND, Va. — The holiday hiring forecast is looking positive this year as more hourly hiring managers are slated to boost their seasonal staff, according to a survey commissioned by Snagajob.

According to the survey, 51% of hiring managers said they will hire seasonal workers this year, up eight points since 2008. Additionally, these managers plan to expand their staff by 5% (or 4.1 seasonal workers), compared with last year, and 32% above 2009.

October 4, 2011

Airborne on Monday launched Airborne Chewable tablets, available in berry and citrus flavors, as an option for consumers "on-the-go."

MINNEAPOLIS — Airborne on Monday launched Airborne Chewable tablets, available in berry and citrus flavors, as an option for consumers "on-the-go."

One Airborne Chewable tablet provides as much vitamin C as in a three 8-oz. glasses of orange juice, the company said.

Airborne Chewables are sold in 32-count bottles at drug, grocery, club and mass merchants nationwide. The suggested retail price is $6.99. Airborne chewable tablets are free of caffeine, wheat, gluten and lactose, the company noted.

October 4, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an initiative that is designed to assure the safety of food sold at retail.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has launched an initiative that is designed to assure the safety of food sold at retail.

The Retail Food Safety Action Plan is designed to improve the way managers of food establishments (i.e., food stores, restaurants, schools and other foodservice opertaions) conduct food safety operations in their facilities and assure that personnel are trained on measures to keep food safe. Additionally, the initiative will expand the oversight of these establishments by federal, state and local public health agencies.

October 4, 2011

PepsiCo has entered a partnership with an independent cultural marketing group that will allow the beverage company to develop relevant platforms that will target multicultural shoppers at retail.

DENVER — PepsiCo has entered a partnership with an independent cultural marketing group that will allow the beverage company to develop relevant platforms that will target multicultural shoppers at retail.

October 4, 2011

MinuteClinic continues to expand its reach by opening two walk-in medical clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores in the Savannah, Ga., market.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic continues to expand its reach by opening two walk-in medical clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores in the Savannah, Ga., market.

The clinics, located in Savannah and Richmond Hill, are the first retail medical clinics to open in the region and join 31 other MinuteClinic locations in Georgia situated throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The openings are part of MinuteClinic's goal to open 100 walk-in clinics nationwide this year.

October 4, 2011

Shoppers Drug Mart has named Domenic Pilla as its president and CEO, the company said.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has named Domenic Pilla as its president and CEO, the company said.

Pilla, most recently president of McKesson Canada, will take the new position at the 1,190-store Canadian chain starting Nov. 1. Pilla has worked in retailing and health care for nearly 30 years, including experience in retail pharmacy, pharmaceutical distribution and sales management, specialty health networks, chronic disease management and adherence and health information technology.

October 3, 2011

In line with its partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Nestlé Waters said that its Nestlé Pure Life brand is continuing its support of breast cancer awareness and research through its Pink Pack retail program.

STAMFORD, Conn. — In line with its partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Nestlé Waters said that its Nestlé Pure Life brand is continuing its support of breast cancer awareness and research through its Pink Pack retail program.

October 3, 2011

Michael Francis, Target's EVP and chief marketing officer, and the person charged with leading the retailer's expansion into Canada, has left the company, Target announced Monday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Francis, Target's EVP and chief marketing officer, and the person charged with leading the retailer's expansion into Canada, has left the company, Target announced Monday.

“We would like to thank Michael for his many contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors” said Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said.

October 3, 2011

Rite Aid will sponsor a flu vaccination clinic at New York's Grand Central Terminal to help prevent flu and raise money for a charity for families affected by 9/11, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid will sponsor a flu vaccination clinic at New York's Grand Central Terminal to help prevent flu and raise money for a charity for families affected by 9/11, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

The "Rite Aid Shield Yourself, New York" event will take place at Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, from the morning through the evening, with pharmacists on hand to administer shots.

September 30, 2011

Inventure Foods has teamed up with Nathan's Famous to offer ready-to-eat snacks that will be available at retailers this fall.

PHOENIX — Inventure Foods has teamed up with Nathan's Famous to offer ready-to-eat snacks that will be available at retailers this fall.

Inventure Foods said that its lineup will include Nathan's crunchy crinkle fries, which will be available in cheddar cheese, chili cheese and honey mustard flavors and packaged in 2- to 3.5-oz. bags for a suggested retail price to $1.99 to $2.19. Additionally, Nathan's crinkle cut potato chips will be available in a single-serve, 1.25-oz. size that will retail from $.99 to $1.29.

September 30, 2011

Noah's Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

CHICAGO — Noah's Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

The company said in addition to its original flavor, the sparkling spring water now is available in lime, blueberry pomegranate and peach mango. What's more, the drinks also will make their debut in 12-oz. Rexam Sleek cans. Previously, Noah's Sparkling Spring Water only was packaged in glass bottles.

Noah's Sparkling Spring Waters are currently available at select retail locations in California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah with plans to drive expansion across the country.

September 30, 2011

Retailers and their customers will save billions of dollars when new Federal Reserve regulations cutting debit card swipe fees roughly in half take effect this weekend, the National Retail Federation said.

WASHINGTON — Retailers and their customers will save billions of dollars when new Federal Reserve regulations cutting debit card swipe fees roughly in half take effect this weekend, the National Retail Federation said.

September 30, 2011

Rite Aid’s launch of Wellness+ for Diabetes comes at a time when it looks like the 4,694-store retail pharmacy chain’s fortunes are picking up in a big way.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Rite Aid’s launch of Wellness+ for Diabetes comes at a time when it looks like the 4,694-store retail pharmacy chain’s fortunes are picking up in a big way.

(THE NEWS: Rite Aid launches Wellness+ for Diabetes. For the full story, click here)

September 29, 2011

Bartell Drugs is introducing a new way for customers to donate to local schools and nonprofit organizations, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is introducing a new way for customers to donate to local schools and nonprofit organizations, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

September 29, 2011

The second season of "Extreme Couponing" debuted on TLC Wednesday evening, and with the new season came a renewed concern as to how extreme couponers will impact value promotions at retail.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The second season of "Extreme Couponing" debuted on TLC Wednesday evening, and with the new season came a renewed concern as to how extreme couponers will impact value promotions at retail.

That may be one of the more significant concerns for retailers, according to a Bloomberg report published Wednesday — that promotions are attracting one-time buyers who cherry-pick their way through the weekly shopping trip in place of loyal consumers.