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April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the beauty and personal care category.

L’Oréal thinks outside the retail box with intelligent vending machine

L’Oréal Paris thought outside of the box — the retail box — when it unveiled its L’Oréal Paris Intelligent Color Experience.

Just before the 2013 holiday season, the beauty brand sparked quite a buzz when it launched the first ever intelligent vending experience in the New York City subway system.

April 3, 2014

Little Seashell, a designer and manufacturer of greeting cards, announced the launch of its line of 2014 summer cards.

TORONTO — Little Seashell, a designer and manufacturer of greeting cards, announced the launch of its line of 2014 summer cards. Consumers can choose from three animal-themed cards, which include a squirrel, raccoon and peacock.

March 21, 2014

Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart have announced that the Competition Bureau has approved Loblaw's acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, and the acquisition is expected to close March 28.

BRAMPTON AND TORONTO, Ontario — Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart have announced that the Competition Bureau has approved Loblaw's acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, and the acquisition is expected to close March 28.

March 13, 2014

Target is celebrating on March 14 the official grand opening of its Toronto Stockyards store. This is its first from-the-ground-up build in Toronto, which marks a major milestone for the retailer as it continues its expansion across the country through 2014.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target is celebrating on March 14 the official grand opening of its Toronto Stockyards store. This is its first from-the-ground-up build in Toronto, which marks a major milestone for the retailer as it continues its expansion across the country through 2014.

February 10, 2014

Loblaw Cos. has reportedly pulled the plug on its Nutshell health and wellness store concept as it shifts its focus to the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart, according to a local news report.

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. has reportedly pulled the plug on its Nutshell health and wellness store concept as it shifts its focus to the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart, according to a local news report.

According to CBC News, the Canadian grocer was looking to open its first pilot store in Toronto, but has delayed the planned fall opening.

February 6, 2014

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted an increase in fourth-quarter sales driven by gains at the front end and strength in prescription count growth.

TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted an increase in fourth-quarter sales driven by gains at the front end and strength in prescription count growth. The company also noted that it is gearing up for an expansion of its enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE during 2014.

Sales for the quarter were Canadian $2.75 billion, an increase of 0.9% compared with the year-ago period. Same-store sales increased 1.2% during the quarter.

January 16, 2014

Easton Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced it is speeding up negotiations with an Ontario-based company toward forming a possible investment/partnership toward their medical marijuana initiatives, which includes participating in their government application for both a growers and distributorship license in Canada and other possible international initiatives.

TORONTO — Easton Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced it is speeding up negotiations with an Ontario-based company toward forming a possible investment/partnership toward their medical marijuana initiatives, which includes participating in their government application for both a growers and distributorship license in Canada and other possible international initiatives. 

January 9, 2014

Soho Flordis is in the process of launching Calorease, a dietary supplement that helps bind to the fat in foods and reduce caloric intake up to 500 calories a day.

TORONTO — Soho Flordis is in the process of launching Calorease, a dietary supplement that helps bind to the fat in foods and reduce caloric intake up to 500 calories a day. One of the differentiators setting this diet aid apart from other supplements is the active ingredient — FBCx (α-cyclodextrin), a stimulant-free, heart-healthy fiber. FBCx binds up to nine times its weight in fat from food, safely removing it from the body before it can be absorbed.

December 12, 2013

Pharmacists have the ability to significantly increase vaccination rates in Canada and save the healthcare system money by reducing the number of hospitalizations due to complications from the flu, according to a new report developed by Shoppers Drug Mart.

TORONTO — Pharmacists have the ability to significantly increase vaccination rates in Canada and save the healthcare system money by reducing the number of hospitalizations due to complications from the flu, according to a new report developed by Shoppers Drug Mart.

The Ontario Pharmacists Association, the Pharmacists' Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association and the Prince Edward Island Pharmacists Association have endorsed the new report, The Sustainable Solutions Report: A Focus on Immunizations.

November 27, 2013

Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is expanding its Life Brand with the launch of Life Brand vitamins and supplements in store, and has introduced a new online tool, dubbed “Vitamin Finder,” to help Canadian’s find the products that best meet their health needs.

TORONTO — Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is expanding its Life Brand with the launch of Life Brand vitamins and supplements in store, and has introduced a new online tool, dubbed “Vitamin Finder,” to help Canadian’s find the products that best meet their health needs.

November 22, 2013

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the Dec. 23, 2011, decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario that restored the prohibition on private-label generic drug products in the Province of Ontario, which was subsequent to a decision of the Ontario Divisional Court dated Feb. 3, 2011, that declared the regulatory restrictions in respect of private-label generic drug products to be invalid.

TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the Dec. 23, 2011, decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario that restored the prohibition on private-label generic drug products in the Province of Ontario, which was subsequent to a decision of the Ontario Divisional Court dated Feb. 3, 2011, that declared the regulatory restrictions in respect of private-label generic drug products to be invalid.

November 12, 2013

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted a 2.4% increase in sales for the third quarter, driven by continued strength in prescription count growth and front-end sales.

TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted a 2.4% increase in sales for the third quarter, driven by continued strength in prescription count growth and front-end sales.

For the quarter ended Oct. 5, the company posted sales of Canadian $3.29 billion, up 2.4% compared with the year-ago period. Same-store sales rose 2.2%.

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.

October 28, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart and Morneau Shepell, a provider of employee assistance programs and pension and benefit services, are working together to provide Morneau Shepell's clients with a more convenient way to offer flu vaccines to their employees.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart and Morneau Shepell, a provider of employee assistance programs and pension and benefit services, are working together to provide Morneau Shepell's clients with a more convenient way to offer flu vaccines to their employees. 

October 24, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot. This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able to provide the flu shot.

October 23, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart is collaborating with online private shopping club Beyond the Rack to provide Shoppers Optimum members with exclusive deals on designer fashions and accessories.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is collaborating with online private shopping club Beyond the Rack to provide Shoppers Optimum members with exclusive deals on designer fashions and accessories.

Shoppers Optimum members are invited to join a new subscription-based retail website that offers exclusive savings and rewards on designer fashions and accessories. Those who register can receive special weekly product offers from Beyond the Rack while collecting 10 Optimum points on every dollar spent.

October 22, 2013

Sears Holdings' Canadian division may consider selling off its Toronto flagship store if the right buyer comes along, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Sears Holdings' Canadian division may consider selling off its Toronto flagship store if the right buyer comes along, according to published reports.

September 18, 2013

The Arthritis Society is donating more than C$4.5 million for arthritis research in Canada, the group said Wednesday.

TORONTO — The Arthritis Society is donating more than C$4.5 million for arthritis research in Canada, the group said Wednesday.

The organization, which is Canada's largest nongovernment funder of basic and applied arthritis researcher, said the funding will be used for established researchers and young investigators who are new to research. The amount is equivalent to US$4.36 million.

September 17, 2013

Market saturation will drive down the market for electronic medical records in the United States despite a spike last year resulting from government incentive funding, according to a new study.

TORONTO — Market saturation will drive down the market for electronic medical records in the United States despite a spike last year resulting from government incentive funding, according to a new study.

The Millennium Research Group predicts that due to Medicare penalties for hospitals and physicians that fail to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic medical records by 2015, most adoption will occur by then. But market saturation means that purchases of new systems will likely decline.

September 16, 2013

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Monday.

TORONTO — The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Monday.

Completion of the arrangement remains conditional on compliance with the Competition Act and certain other closing conditions customary in transactions of this nature. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of first quarter 2014.

September 12, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Thursday its shareholders voted in favor of the proposed acquisition by Loblaw Cos.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Thursday its shareholders voted in favor of the proposed acquisition by Loblaw Cos.

The transaction was approved by approximately 99.89% of the votes cast by all of the Shoppers Drug Mart shareholders eligible to vote.

As previously reported, Loblaw Cos. and Shoppers Drug Mart announced on July 15 a definitive agreement under which Loblaw will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart for C$12.4 billion in cash and stock.

September 10, 2013

Another new delivery system recently introduced into the antacid space is Tummy Co's Relief OTC Antacid, an orange cream-flavored liquid that offers immediate relief with the ingredients calcium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate.

PHOENIX — Another new delivery system recently introduced into the antacid space is Tummy Co's Relief OTC Antacid, an orange cream-flavored liquid that offers immediate relief with the ingredients calcium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate. After 5-Hour Energy's success, the shot format is becoming popular in other categories.

September 9, 2013

Minister of Health Rona Ambrose joined with Domenic Pilla, Shoppers Drug Mart president and CEO, on Monday in the launch of the company's Arthritis Screening program — a way for Canadians to work with a pharmacist to help detect arthritis early and manage their condition.

TORONTO — Minister of Health Rona Ambrose joined with Domenic Pilla, Shoppers Drug Mart president and CEO, on Monday in the launch of the company's Arthritis Screening program — a way for Canadians to work with a pharmacist to help detect arthritis early and manage their condition.

September 4, 2013

Expanding the role of pharmacists in Canada is one solution that will reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients, and save the system an estimated C$1.4 billion to C$1.9 billion dollars over three years, according to a new report released by Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

TORONTO — Expanding the role of pharmacists in Canada is one solution that will reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients, and save the system an estimated C$1.4 billion to C$1.9 billion dollars over three years, according to a new report released by Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

September 3, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Tuesday that it has received support from two independent proxy advisory firms for its planned acquisition by Loblaw Cos.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Tuesday that it has received support from two independent proxy advisory firms for its planned acquisition by Loblaw Cos.

Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co., two independent global proxy advisory services firms, have recommended that Shoppers Drug Mart shareholders vote in favor of the acquisition by Loblaw Cos.