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December 13, 2013

Getting the flu shot prevented a flu-like illness for 6.6 million people last season, according to the CDC. In addition, it prevented 3.2 million medically attended illnesses and 79,000 hospitalizations. Not getting the flu shot can have adverse consequences, such as not going on that long-awaited vacation. According to a Walgreens survey, more than 11 million Americans had to change their vacation plans on account of the flu last year, most likely among families that didn't get their flu shots across the board.

Getting the flu shot works. But how much has being able to get that flu shot at the local retail pharmacy influenced the number of people getting a flu shot? More people are certainly taking advantage of the service. Walgreens recently reported that shots administered at pharmacies and clinics through November were more than 6.1 million versus nearly 4.6 million last year.

Getting the flu shot prevented a flu-like illness for 6.6 million people last season, according to the CDC. In addition, it prevented  3.2 million medically attended illnesses and 79,000 hospitalizations. Not getting the flu shot can have adverse consequences, such as not going on that long-awaited vacation.

December 13, 2013

PharmaSmart International has signed a deal with Sav-Mor/Sav-On Pharmacies to supply its kiosks in the Michigan-based retail pharmacy network's stores, PharmaSmart said Friday.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart International has signed a deal with Sav-Mor/Sav-On Pharmacies to supply its kiosks in the Michigan-based retail pharmacy network's stores, PharmaSmart said Friday.

PharmaSmart will install its blood pressure and pulse kiosks in the stores, and patients will be able to access their Blood Pressure Tracker personal health records at Sav-Mor's and Sav-On's websites.

December 12, 2013

Consumers spent a majority of last week recovering from “Black Weekend” holiday shopping.

CHICAGO — Consumers spent a majority of last week recovering from “Black Weekend” holiday shopping. ShopperTrak on Wednesday reported that for the week of Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, GAFO (general merchandise, apparel, furniture and other products) brick-and-mortar retail sales decreased 2.9% compared to the same time last year. Last week’s retail shopper traffic decreased 21.6% compared to the same time period in 2012.

December 11, 2013

McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation introduced a new EnterpriseRx Flexible Delivery solution that expands the reach of outpatient and retail pharmacies beyond their local communities.

PITTSBURGH — McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation on Wednesday introduced a new EnterpriseRx Flexible Delivery solution that expands the reach of outpatient and retail pharmacies beyond their local communities. The new solution can be seen at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, which runs Dec. 8 to12.

December 11, 2013

An Albertsons store in Billings, Mont., is home to a retail clinic staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners who will treat patients for allergies, infections, bug bites, pain and other minor health problems, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — An Albertsons store in Billings, Mont., is home to a retail clinic staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners who will treat patients for allergies, infections, bug bites, pain and other minor health problems, according to published reports.

The Billings Gazette reported that Billings Clinic opened at Albertsons its first retail clinic, called ExpressCare. Additional clinics are planned for spring and summer next year. The clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

December 11, 2013

N.Y.C. New York Color, a Coty brand, has developed an array of new products for eyes and lips that will be hitting retail shelves in March.

NEW YORK  — N.Y.C. New York Color, a Coty brand, has developed an array of new products for eyes and lips that will be hitting retail shelves in March.

December 11, 2013

Safeway on Tuesday evening announced the appointment of Brian Baer to president of the company's Eastern Division.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Tuesday evening announced the appointment of Brian Baer to president of the company's Eastern Division.

"Brian's proven management skills and experience will serve our customer base well in the Eastern Division," stated Kelly Griffith, Safeway EVP retail operations.

December 9, 2013

A chain of stores that stock small items for travelers has opened its latest location in Atlanta.

NEW YORK — A chain of stores that stock small items for travelers has opened its latest location in Atlanta.

3FLOZ announced Monday the opening of its newest fully automated retail store at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The store features beauty, personal care and other products in sizes that allow travelers to pack light. Products include sunscreen, hairspray, toothpaste and 3FLOZ's private-label Essentials travel kits.

December 9, 2013

Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Monday announced that it will collaborate with Cardinal Health to help 600 community pharmacies track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures.

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Monday announced that it will collaborate with Cardinal Health to help 600 community pharmacies track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures. 

December 6, 2013

Coca-Cola was honored on Thursday with the 2013 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Coca-Cola was honored on Thursday with the 2013 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, which was held in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. This makes Coca-Cola a three-time recipient of the award.

Coca-Cola, using an immersive integrated marketing strategy, engaged fans, customers and employees across nearly every facet of NASCAR, including promotions, public relations, online, social media and retail.

December 6, 2013

Competitive Promotion Report on Friday unveiled the National Brands and Store Brand advanced analytics tool to help health, beauty and wellness manufacturers and retailers optimize the balance of national brands and store brands to maximize retailers' profit, encourage category growth and improve marketshare.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Competitive Promotion Report on Friday unveiled the National Brands and Store Brand advanced analytics tool to help health, beauty and wellness manufacturers and retailers optimize the balance of national brands and store brands to maximize retailers' profit, encourage category growth and improve marketshare.  

December 6, 2013

Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, announced that it will offer its member pharmacies access to Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP.

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, on Friday announced that it will offer its member pharmacies access to Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP, an online information management platform that makes pharmacy performance data available to health plans and community pharmacy organizations. 

December 6, 2013

McKesson's Health Mart pharmacy franchisees recently gained access to a tool that has the potential of giving community pharmacy a leg up on the competition in the coming years. EQuIPP, from Pharmacy Quality Solutions, does just that — equips independents with individual store data that marks the performance of their pharmacy vs. a national benchmark.

It's putting the pestle where the mortar is — retail pharmacy has the patient touchpoints and data-tracking wherewithal to make a material impact on patient outcomes. Important, because that's what the new year will bring — more and more healthcare payers looking to improve their own patient outcomes. And what better way to do it than to partner with outperforming pharmacies?

McKesson's Health Mart pharmacy franchisees recently gained access to a tool that has the potential of giving community pharmacy a leg up on the competition in the coming years. EQuIPP, from Pharmacy Quality Solutions, does just that — equips independents with individual store data that marks the performance of their pharmacy vs. a national benchmark. 

December 6, 2013

Seattle-based regional pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs will open, in early 2014, retail-based clinics inside three of its stores under a partnership with local health organization Group Health Cooperative.

The importance of the news isn’t just the fact that this will mark Bartell’s foray into the convenient care clinic arena but also that it speaks to a much broader notion — 2014 will be the year of the clinics. Yes, we have said it before and we’re saying it yet again.

Seattle-based regional pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs will open, in early 2014, retail-based clinics inside three of its stores under a partnership with local health organization Group Health Cooperative.

December 5, 2013

The Food Marketing Institute has appointed Douglas Baker as its VP private brands.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute has appointed Douglas Baker as its VP private brands.

With nearly three decades of food retailing and manufacturing experience, Baker will advance FMI’s commitment to investing in brand equity and strengthening the FMI private brands community, FMI stated.

Baker began his career in the food retail industry in 1984, working at Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona.

December 5, 2013

Fruth Pharmacy has promoted director of pharmacy administration and procurement Tim Weber to VP, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Fruth Pharmacy has promoted director of pharmacy administration and procurement Tim Weber to VP, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

In the new position, Weber will lead the chain's pharmacy division. He previously held positions at Eckerd Drug Company and Sears Holdings.

December 5, 2013

Rite Aid's same-store sales increased by 2.8% in November, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's same-store sales increased by 2.8% in November, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

The increase included a 0.4% increase in front-end same-store sales and a 3.9% increase in pharmacy same-store sales, offset by 0.81% due to new generic drugs, which can reduce sales because of their lower price, but are good for a pharmacy retailer's margins. Same-store scripts increased by 0.1%.

Total sales for November were $2.434 billion, a 1.6% increase compared with the same period last year.

December 5, 2013

Global retail branding and sourcing partner Daymon Worldwide on Wednesday released the results of its national "Men on a Mission" study, revealing six types of male mission-oriented shopping trips and male shopper archetypes based on evolving gender roles and shopping behavior.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Global retail branding and sourcing partner Daymon Worldwide on Wednesday released the results of its national "Men on a Mission" study, revealing six types of male mission-oriented shopping trips and male shopper archetypes based on evolving gender roles and shopping behavior. 

According to the study, 52% of primary male shoppers in the United States are personally responsible for about 78% of all groceries purchased for their household in the last month, so they represent a significant financial opportunity.

December 5, 2013

ZeaVision announced that its EyePromise natural supplements are now available for broader distribution through vitamin, health retail and e-tail channels.

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — ZeaVision on Wednesday announced that its EyePromise natural supplements are now available for broader distribution through vitamin, health retail and e-tail channels.

EyePromise products contain the highest levels of natural zeaxanthin of any eye health supplement, according to ZeaVision. The newest formula, EyePromise vizual EDGE, is based on the success of EyePromise vizual EDGE PRO, popular among professional athletes because it enhances their ability to see objects better and, therefore, react faster.

December 4, 2013

IRI on Tuesday announced that it has formed a business agreement with Intage, a marketing research company in Japan.

CHICAGO — IRI on Tuesday announced that it has formed a business agreement with Intage, a marketing research company in Japan.

Under this agreement, IRI clients gain access to Japanese retail point-of-sale data via the IRI Global Executive Market Reviews service. In turn, Intage is able to provide CPG and retail information and insights to their clients from all markets IRI serves worldwide.

December 4, 2013

Beauty brand Julep's is celebrating the holidays with its first pop-up store in Manhattan — but with a twist.

SEATTLE — Beauty brand Julep's is celebrating the holidays with its first pop-up store in Manhattan — but with a twist.

"With our first pop-up, we’re bringing online retail to the physical world,” Jane Park, CEO and founder of Julep said. “Most pop-ups are temporary retail stores that leave customers thwarted when they’re gone. With the Julep New York pop-up, we’re seamlessly integrating e-commerce subscriptions into the store experience, turning a one-time shopping trip into a long-term customer relationship.”

December 3, 2013

The 15th annual Industry Issues Summit, presented by The Drug Store News Group on Dec. 3, proved to be a powerful, all-star lineup as some of the top minds in pharmacy retailing gathered for a candid discussion of the top issues and trends impacting the industry.

NEW YORK — The 15th annual Industry Issues Summit, presented by The Drug Store News Group on Dec. 3, proved to be a powerful, all-star lineup as some of the top minds in pharmacy retailing gathered for a candid discussion of the top issues and trends impacting the industry. On top of that, brand-building genius and TV celebrity Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank” delivered an exclusive lunchtime keynote.

December 3, 2013

Cardinal Health recently enhanced its Reimbursement Consulting Services offering, which helps retail pharmacies ensure the accuracy of third-party reimbursement by identifying reimbursement errors and recommending strategies for correcting them.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health recently enhanced its Reimbursement Consulting Services offering, which helps retail pharmacies ensure the accuracy of third-party reimbursement by identifying reimbursement errors and recommending strategies for correcting them, the wholesaler announced Tuesday.

According to the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, independent pharmacies derive 92% of their revenue from prescription reimbursements. However, a number of factors can impact a retail pharmacy’s ability to ensure they receive the reimbursement they’re owed.

December 3, 2013

Rite Aid has appointed healthcare executive Myrtle Potter to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed healthcare executive Myrtle Potter to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Potter is currently CEO of Myrtle Potter & Co., a Silicon Valley-based consulting firm focused on life sciences and health care, as well as the head of consumer healthcare content company Myrtle Potter Media. She previous served as president of commercial operations and COO at Genentech and has worked at companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.

December 3, 2013

Rite Aid is offering a $5 discount on flu shots as a way to encourage more people to protect themselves, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is offering a $5 discount on flu shots as a way to encourage more people to protect themselves, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Rite Aid said that in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14, it would offer flu shots at its stores for $24.99. NIVW started in 2005 as a national campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends annual flu shots for everyone aged 6 months and older.