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December 7, 2010

NEW YORK — This ain’t your grandfather’s trade magazine. And assuming you work in today’s retail pharmacy industry, the new Drug Store News is a lot more relevant to your business.


In January 2011, The Drug Store News Group will unveil a bold new look for its flagship publication, with several exciting new features, including:


Store Tour — In every issue, DSN highlights an exciting, new store format;


Changing Channels — New products from alternate retail channels; 


December 7, 2010

Sometimes shifting trends in business, society or technology can seem to crystallize, giving business leaders who are paying attention a clear view of a market’s future direction and forcing a fundamental realignment of their companies’ strategy. Such was the case four years ago for Innovation Associates, a leading pharmacy technology provider and the company behind the PharmAssist robotic automation system.

December 7, 2010

Supplier News — Say goodbye to sweat stains with a new pretreatment stain remover from PharmaWorks. PitStop, PharmaWorks’ new innovation, removes stubborn yellow armpit stains by lifting and dissolving sweat-stain deposits, and it even can be used on old stains and rings around shirt collars. PitStop retails for $12.50 for a 12-oz. bottle. 


December 7, 2010

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — The need to communicate crucial health conditions to 
medical personnel responding to an accident or unresponsive patient is becoming more important, especially considering the increase in such chronic conditions as diabetes or allergies. And that need is expected to become a crucial driver behind the sale of fashionable medical alert bracelets.

December 7, 2010

MIAMI — Dream Products has ramped up distribution on its Dream Water enhanced water. Dream Water is the first water formulated to help consumers relax and fall asleep. Dream Water is formulated with a blend of natural ingredients, including GABA, melatonin and 5-htp tryptophan.


The product, which contains zero calories and has no preservatives, is available in an 8-oz. bottle in two flavors, Lullaby Lemon and Snoozeberry, with a suggested retail price of $2.49; and in a 2.5-oz. shot in two flavors, Lullaby Lemon and I Dream of Kiwi, with a SRP of $2.99.


December 7, 2010


BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart clearly is not unique in the fact that some of its stores offer access to an in-store health clinic, but what is unique is that several years ago, the retail giant decided to scrap its retail clinic model of partnering with a handful of independent operators in favor of a more regionalized, healthcare system-driven model.


December 7, 2010

We’re making big changes around here in 2011 — and we’re doing it because you told us to.


Whenever we ask one of our readers what they want from Drug Store News, inevitably, the answer always is: “Tell me something I don’t already know about.”


That’s the problem with most trade magazines today — by the time you get the issue, it’s all old news; often more than a month old by the time it lands on your desk. 


December 6, 2010

Consumers see smart phones as future personal, coupon-clipping shopper assistants, a global survey released Monday by Accenture found.

NEW YORK — Consumers see smart phones as future personal, coupon-clipping shopper assistants, a global survey released Monday by Accenture found. According to the survey, 79% of smart-phone users would find it useful to download money-off coupons to their phones, and 73% of those shoppers would be receptive to being pinged with instant money-off coupons as they passed by an item in a store.

December 3, 2010

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that former Walmart North executive Hank Mullany will succeed Larry Merlo as president of CVS/pharmacy. The move is part of the corporate succession plan announced last May in which Tom Ryan will retire as CEO prior to the next annual meeting and Merlo will step up as CEO.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Friday that former Walmart North executive Hank Mullany will succeed Larry Merlo as president of CVS/pharmacy. The move is part of the corporate succession plan announced last May in which Tom Ryan will retire as CEO prior to the next annual meeting and Merlo will step up as CEO.

December 3, 2010

Pharmacy advocates are using every tool they can to spread the message that pharmacists bring a lot more than prescription services to the healthcare table. So how about a 341-ft. digital billboard looming above Times Square?

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Pharmacy advocates are using every tool they can to spread the message that pharmacists bring a lot more than prescription services to the healthcare table. So how about a 341-ft. digital billboard looming above Times Square?

December 2, 2010

Industry veteran Bob Kwait, chairman and COO of Bob Kwait Consulting Group, and FreshDirect chairman and CEO Richard Braddock were honored Wednesday during the 2010 Consumer Products "Good Scout" Award Luncheon in New York.

NEW YORK — Industry veteran Bob Kwait, chairman and COO of Bob Kwait Consulting Group, and FreshDirect chairman and CEO Richard Braddock were honored Wednesday during the 2010 Consumer Products "Good Scout" Award Luncheon in New York.

The annual luncheon, presented by the Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts of America, was held at Hilton New York.

November 30, 2010

On the same day that the Institute of Medicine increased the daily recommended intake of vitamin D to maintain bone health, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Tuesday announced the launch of Caltrate Soft Chews, which incorporate the higher daily recommended vitamin D goals.

MADISON, N.J. — On the same day that the Institute of Medicine increased the daily recommended intake of vitamin D to maintain bone health, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Tuesday announced the launch of Caltrate Soft Chews, which incorporate the higher daily recommended vitamin D goals.

November 30, 2010

The entire retail store is a diabetes destination, and pharmacists are critical in educating and communicating with consumers to help them and their loved ones better manage the chronic disease. That was one of several important messages that industry leaders expressed during Drug Store News’ 8th Annual Diabetes Roundtable discussion on Tuesday in New York at the New York Athletic Club. More than 100 leading industry players gathered for the event, which also included the 12th Annual Industry Issues Summit in the afternoon.

NEW YORK — The entire retail store is a diabetes destination, and pharmacists are critical in educating and communicating with consumers to help them and their loved ones better manage the chronic disease. That was one of several important messages that industry leaders expressed during Drug Store News’ 8th Annual Diabetes Roundtable discussion on Tuesday in New York at the New York Athletic Club. More than 100 leading industry players gathered for the event, which also included the 12th Annual Industry Issues Summit in the afternoon.

November 30, 2010

Walgreens is making a high-impact health statement to mark World AIDS Day that will be hard to ignore.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is making a high-impact health statement to mark World AIDS Day that will be hard to ignore.

November 29, 2010

Kraft filed an arbitration proceeding against Starbucks on Monday after the java giant attempted to end an agreement with the company.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft filed an arbitration proceeding against Starbucks on Monday after the java giant attempted to end an agreement with the company.

Kraft claimed that it boosted Starbucks' retail grocery coffee business since 1998, which has garnered approximately $500 million in annual revenues. Kraft also is demanding that Starbucks compensate the company for the fair market value of the business, plus a premium of up to 35% of that value.

November 29, 2010

This Black Friday weekend proved to be a help to retailers, as shopper traffic and spending both increased, the National Retail Federation said.

WASHINGTON — This Black Friday weekend proved to be a help to retailers, as shopper traffic and spending both increased, the National Retail Federation said.

While 212 million shoppers visited stores and websites this weekend, up from 195 million shoppers last year, the average shopper spend totaled $365.34 this weekend, a 6.4% increase from last year. Total spending reached an estimated $45 billion, NRF said.

November 29, 2010

A documentary that examined the controversial death and cover-up of celebrated NFL star-turned-Army-ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD.

CULVER CITY , Calif. — A documentary that examined the controversial death and cover-up of celebrated NFL star-turned-Army-ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD.

"The Tillman Story," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is slated to hit retail on Feb.1, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced.

November 24, 2010

Medicine Shoppe is about to get a new top manager. And with the promotion of company veteran John Fiacco to VP of its Medicine Shoppe and Medicap stores, parent company Cardinal Health effectively is changing the culture at its franchise pharmacy division.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Medicine Shoppe is about to get a new top manager. And with the promotion of company veteran John Fiacco to VP of its Medicine Shoppe and Medicap stores, parent company Cardinal Health effectively is changing the culture at its franchise pharmacy division.

(THE NEWS: Cardinal taps Fiacco to succeed Burnside as top exec for Medicine Shoppe, Medicap. For the full story, click here)

November 24, 2010

A 45-year Kroger veteran will retire from his post in February.

CINCINNATI — A 45-year Kroger veteran will retire from his post in February.

Paul Scutt, who began his career with Kroger in 1965 as a store clerk, currently serves at the retailer's SVP retail operations.

November 24, 2010

Most of the newly elected and re-elected Republican members of Congress, Tea Party candidates in particular, vowed to whittle down or repeal healthcare reform once in office, but the healthcare companies that stand to benefit hope to change their minds, as some of their lobbying activities last quarter have shown.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Most of the newly elected and re-elected Republican members of Congress, Tea Party candidates in particular, vowed to whittle down or repeal healthcare reform once in office, but the healthcare companies that stand to benefit hope to change their minds, as some of their lobbying activities last quarter have shown.

(THE NEWS: Report: PhRMA's lobbying efforts total more than $5 million in Q3. For the full story, click here)

November 22, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. In another bid to boost the standing of pharmacists in a changing healthcare system, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urged a leading healthcare think-tank and advocacy group to adopt health quality standards that include a broader role for retail pharmacy professionals.

November 22, 2010

Bringing its health and prescription services as close to college students in its home state as possible, Walmart revealed plans to open a retail pharmacy in a new, scaled-down Walmart store on the campus of the University of Arkansas ...

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Bringing its health and prescription services as close to college students in its home state as possible, Walmart revealed plans to open a retail pharmacy in a new, scaled-down Walmart store on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The pharmacy, which will open in January, will replace an in-house pharmacy operated since 1984 by the university’s Pat Walker Health Center.

November 21, 2010

A new line of hand soaps promises a luxurious scent at an affordable price ...

NEW YORK A new line of hand soaps promises a luxurious scent at an affordable price.

 

Motif is launching a new collection of hand washes just for the holidays, which are available in three rich fragrances and equally striking patterns, and are formulated with the healing and soothing properties of aloe vera. The collection includes:

  • Pomegranate and Rose: Fruity top notes of pomegranate and grapefruit combine with a delicate yet distinct rose floral note;

November 21, 2010

Toys continue to dominate wish lists this holiday season, according to a new poll by...

NEW YORK Toys continue to dominate wish lists this holiday season, according to a new poll by Harris Interactive.

Of 3,084 U.S. adults surveyed online between Oct. 11 and 18, 53% of respondents said that they plan to purchase toys as gifts this year. What's more, nearly 3-out-of-4 consumers in a household with children (73%) said they will purchase toys as gifts this year.

 

Topping the toys list this year includes books (43%), video games (32%) and board games (32%). Top gift picks also include:

November 18, 2010

A new analysis indicated that retailers should expect a modest increase in sales despite wavering...

SAN FRANCISCO — A new analysis indicated that retailers should expect a modest increase in sales despite wavering consumer confidence.

The report, developed by global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon Associates, projected 2.1% to 2.6% growth in personal consumption expenditures for fourth quarter 2010. The analysis also showed spending on durable and nondurable goods will continue to outpace spending on services this holiday season.