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July 16, 2013

The Loblaw Co. may have pulled the trigger on its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart upon learning of Walgreens' interest in the Canadian pharmacy operation, according to a report in Toronto's National Post published Tuesday.

TORONTO — The Loblaw Co. may have pulled the trigger on its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart upon learning of Walgreens' interest in the Canadian pharmacy operation, according to a report in Toronto's National Post published Tuesday. 

The report cited two industry sources. However, Shoppers Drug Mart chairman Holger Kluge suggested that the chain has had more than a few suitors during an analyst call Monday. 

July 15, 2013

Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday named Jason Reiser to the position of SVP merchandising where he will have executive responsibility for the company’s health, beauty, personal care and household teams. Reiser comes to Family Dollar from Sam’s Club, where he spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles, most recently serving as VP merchandising, health and family care.

Jason Reiser is one of the brightest young merchandising executives in this industry and has proven a knack for making health and wellness relevant and exciting to shoppers in alternative channels — Reiser was instrumental in developing and implementing Sam's Club's three-pillar strategy around Awareness, Prevention and Solutions. Expect Reiser to bring some innovation in the way health and wellness is sold in a dollar store environment.

Family Dollar Stores on Wednesday named Jason Reiser to the position of SVP merchandising, where he will have executive responsibility for the company’s health, beauty, personal care and household teams. Reiser comes to Family Dollar from Sam’s Club, where he spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles, most recently serving as VP merchandising, health and family care. 

July 15, 2013

Loblaw Cos. and Shoppers Drug Mart signed a definitive agreement under which Loblaw will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart. The move follows the acquisition of Safeway Canada by Sobey's last month and a growing incursion of U.S. retail north of the border, including both Target Canada and Walmart Canada.

When Loblaw announced last week it would debut a new health-focused format to take on Whole Foods, no one could have expected it would make a deal to become the No. 1 pharmacy retailer in Canada, leapfrogging from No. 8 to that top spot with the stroke of a pen. Together the companies will operate 1,797 pharmacies across a total of 2,348 locations, meaning 1-in-5 Canadian pharmacies now will be operated by the merged company. Shoppers Drug Mart represents $4.9 billion in annual pharmacy sales, representing 47.3% of sales and $3.9 million in pharmacy sales on a per store basis. And if Loblaw's pharmacy sales are brought up to that level, the merged companies will represent $6.8 billion in pharmacy revenue.

Loblaw Cos. and Shoppers Drug Mart signed a definitive agreement under which Loblaw will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart. The move follows the acquisition of Safeway Canada by Sobey's last month and a growing incursion of U.S. retail north of the border, including both Target Canada and Walmart Canada. 

July 12, 2013

The mail-order meal-replacement program Nutrisystem has been making headway into the retail market through its expanding distribution agreement with Walmart.

The mail-order meal-replacement program Nutrisystem has been making headway into the retail market through its expanding distribution agreement with Walmart. Nutrisystem last month announced that because of growing consumer demand for its Nutrisystem D 5-Day Jumpstart Weight Loss Kit, the company will expand distribution into 3,700 Walmart stores from 2,000 by the end of June.

July 12, 2013

Stephen LaFrance, former owner of USA Drug, passed away unexpectedly last month. LaFrance was 71.

Stephen LaFrance, former owner of USA Drug, passed away unexpectedly last month. LaFrance was 71.

July 2, 2013

To address pet behavior issues, Sergeant's Pet Care Products has created a new product called Vetscription PetStop! behavior correction spray for dogs and cats that is available now at Walmart stores nationwide.

OMAHA, Neb. — To address pet behavior issues, Sergeant's Pet Care Products has created a new product called Vetscription PetStop! behavior correction spray for dogs and cats that is available now at Walmart stores nationwide.

June 28, 2013

Beginning August 1, more than 2.4 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members will have access to SoloHealth Stations, located in more than 125 select Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Georgia, the companies announced on Friday.

ATLANTA — Beginning August 1, more than 2.4 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members will have access to SoloHealth Stations, located in more than 125 select Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Georgia, the companies announced on Friday.

The new partnership will allow BCBSGa members access to the free health and wellness services, biometric screenings, health risk assessments and other information provided by SoloHealth's bilingual health-and-wellness consumer kiosks.

June 27, 2013

DSN talks to Chuck Wilson, vice president of Health Mart pharmacy operations, about its new Local Marketing Program designed to help Health Mart members attract new patients and drive revenue.

Drug Store News talked with Chuck Wilson, vice president of Health Mart pharmacy operations, about its new Local Marketing Program designed to help Health Mart members attract new patients and drive revenue.

DSN: One of the highlights of the Health Mart Annual Meeting is the new Local Marketing Support program. Can you tell us more about that?

June 27, 2013

Target has ended its relationship with celebrity chef Paula Deen following reports that she used racial slurs, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Target has ended its relationship with celebrity chef Paula Deen following reports that she used racial slurs, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the Minneapolis-based mass merchandise chain would not replenish its inventory of Paula Deen-branded cookware in its stores or online once the merchandise sold out. Walmart has made a similar announcement.

June 26, 2013

Drug supply company ScripsAmerica has entered a marketing and distribution deal for a line of OTC pain relievers and fever reducers.

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Drug supply company ScripsAmerica has entered a marketing and distribution deal for a line of OTC pain relievers and fever reducers.

ScripsAmerica said Wednesday that it had made an agreement with DPG Distribution, which provides global sales, marketing and distribution for high-end retail consumer products, for the RapiMed line. DPG's clients include Walgreens, Target, ShopRite, Walmart and Costco. ScripsAmerica plans to launch RapiMed in September. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

June 26, 2013

Health kiosks made by SoloHealth and placed in Sam's Club stores will have a new feature installed to allow users to assess their needs for vitamins and supplements.

ATLANTA — Health kiosks made by SoloHealth and placed in Sam's Club stores will have a new feature installed to allow users to assess their needs for vitamins and supplements.

The company said its SoloHealth Station kiosks at stores operated by the club retailer would include a Vitamin Assessment module. The module will only be installed on Sam's Club's kiosks, the company said. The kiosks also include screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight and body mass index.

June 21, 2013

Walmart to donate $14 million to five nonprofit groups to provide nutritional education and help feed 1.7 million hungry children this summer and next.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart to donate $14 million to five nonprofit groups to provide nutritional education and help feed 1.7 million hungry children this summer and next.

June 19, 2013

A top executive of Sears and Kmart is among the retail executives appointed to the board of directors of a retail industry lobbying group.

ARLINGTON, Va. — A top executive of Sears and Kmart is among the retail executives appointed to the board of directors of a retail industry lobbying group.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced Wednesday the appointment of Sears Holdings Corp. president for Sears and Kmart, EVP and chief merchandising officer Ron Boire. Other executives include CEOs of The Home Depot, 7-Eleven, Petco Animal Supplies and J.C. Penney Co.

June 14, 2013

Nutrisystem on Thursday announced that in order to meet growing consumer demand for its Nutrisystem D 5-Day Jumpstart Weight Loss Kit, the company has ramped up production and will offer its product in 3,700 Walmart stores by the end of June.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Nutrisystem on Thursday announced that in order to meet growing consumer demand for its Nutrisystem D 5-Day Jumpstart Weight Loss Kit, the company has ramped up production and will offer its product in 3,700 Walmart stores by the end of June.  

This new retail program for the Nutrisystem D weight loss kit and its expansion marks important progress in Nutrisystem's overall turnaround plan, led by CEO Dawn Zier. Nutrisystem D 5-day kits were first made available at retail earlier this year in 2,000 Walmart stores.

June 10, 2013

Funky Monkey last week announced it has gained distribution at nearly all Walmart supercenters and Walmart discount stores in the United States for its dried fruit snacks.

 FISHERS, Ind. — Funky Monkey Snacks last week announced it has gained distribution at nearly all Walmart supercenters and Walmart discount stores in the United States. By early June, Funky Monkey Snacks varieties Bananamon and Carnaval Mix could be found in the dried fruit section of the Walmart snack food aisle at more than 3,700 stores.

Made of 100% real fruit, the crunchy snacks are nutritionally equivalent to their fresh counterparts, the company noted, and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors or flavors.

June 10, 2013

Are retail clinics a fad or a permanent and viable part of the healthcare landscape?

That was the question explored by health experts at a web-based summit April 25, presented by the Rand Corp. and the University of Pittsburgh.

Are retail clinics a fad or a permanent and viable part of the healthcare landscape?

June 5, 2013

Stephen LaFrance, 71, former owner of USA Drug, passed away Wednesday morning, DSN has learned.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Stephen LaFrance, 71, former owner of USA Drug, passed away Wednesday morning, DSN has learned. 

Additional details were not immediately available, though the passing was unexpected. 

May 31, 2013

Sam's Club will host free health screenings for men's health next month, the club retailer said.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam's Club will host free health screenings for men's health next month, the club retailer said.

Sam's Club said it would offer free screenings at all of its 565 stores with pharmacies on June 8 for Men's Health Month. The screenings include screenings for prostate cancer, as well as thyroid tests for women, blood pressure tests, body mass index and vision tests.

May 30, 2013

Costco Wholesale had sales of $23.55 billion in third-quarter 2013, an 8% increase over last year's $21.85 billion, as well as a 6% increase in same-store sales, the club retailer said.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale had sales of $23.55 billion in third-quarter 2013, an 8% increase over last year's $21.85 billion, as well as a 6% increase in same-store sales, the club retailer said Thursday.

May 30, 2013

A former employee of health insurer Aetna has been hired to direct business strategies for a maker of health kiosks.

ATLANTA — A former employee of health insurer Aetna has been hired to direct business strategies for a maker of health kiosks.

SoloHealth announced Thursday the appointment of Ryan Sloan as director of business development, following his 12-year stint at Aetna. At SoloHealth, Sloan will focus on expanding the company across the health services and insurance fields, corporate worksite strategy and exploring new business, reporting to EVP and chief commercial officer Stephen Kendig.

May 29, 2013

Cause Marketing Forum named America’s Checkout Charity Champions, a first-of-its-kind study ranking the largest consumer checkout donations in the U.S. last year.

CHICAGO — Cause Marketing Forum on Wednesday named America’s Checkout Charity Champions, a first-of-its-kind study ranking the largest consumer checkout donations in the United States last year.

May 28, 2013

Walmart has announced the launch of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty, and projects to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has announced the launch of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty, and projects to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

"Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make," stated Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO and U.S. Navy Veteran. "We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more."

May 23, 2013

You might remember back in January 2011, when DSN profiled Terry Teller, a pharmacist in Lukachukai, Ariz., who uses his Navajo-language skills when working with patients. Now, according to published reports, he can add "Jedi Knight" to his resume.

NEW YORK — You might remember back in January 2011, when DSN profiled Terry Teller, a pharmacist from Lukachukai, Ariz., who uses his Navajo-language skills when working with patients. Now, according to published reports, he can add "Jedi Knight" to his resume.

May 22, 2013

Bartlett was most recently president and CEO of the U.S. arm of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global business advisory firm serving corporations, nonprofits and associations in 52 countries.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has appointed Dan Bartlett, former senior counselor to George W. Bush, as its EVP of corporate affairs. Bartlett was most recently president and CEO of the U.S. arm of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global business advisory firm serving corporations, nonprofits and associations in 52 countries.

May 21, 2013

Empowered Products Inc. announced Kroger has placed its first batch of orders for Empowered Products' Pink line of personal lubricants for five of Kroger's distribution centers across the United States.

LAS VEGAS — Empowered Products Inc. announced today The Kroger Co. has placed its first batch of orders for Empowered Products' Pink line of personal lubricants for five of Kroger's distribution centers across the United States.

Kroger, the largest grocery store chain in the U.S., will now offer Pink Silicone and Pink Water at approximately 1,400 retail locations across the United States.