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September 02, 2014


Fred's spurs transition to pharmacy-led model

Fred's Inc. is expediting its transformation into a convenience- and pharmacy-centric retailer amid intense competition in its core general merchandise market and a surge in pharmaceutical price inflation.

CEO Bruce Efird said the discount GM chain plans to close 60 underperforming stores without pharmacies while accelerating its plan to add pharmacies to more stores.



Meijer clears flu shot myths

Meijer Inc. expects to provide 30% more flu shots this season versus a year ago but notes that many families aren't looking to get vaccinated as soon as they should.

Dollar General ups offer to buy Family Dollar

Dollar General Corp. has raised its bid to acquire Family Dollar Stores, sending its rival a new acquisition proposal valued at about $9.1 billion.

Shoppers Drug Mart debuts another beautyBOUTIQUE

Shoppers Drug Mart has opened its fourth enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE, located at Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Alaska health department, Walgreens take aim at pertussis

In Alaska, an uptick in the incidence of whooping cough has led the state's health department to partner with Walgreen Co. on a voucher program for Tdap vaccinations.

CVS to seniors: It's vaccination checkup time

September has been proclaimed as "Senior Vaccination Month" by CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic.

Walgreens deploys cloud-based EHR platform

Walgreen Co. is giving pharmacy staff a holistic view of patient health information via a central, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) system from Greenway Health.

CVS Caremark affiliates with MedStar Health

CVS Caremark Corp. has formed a clinical affiliation with MedStar Health, a 10-hospital health care system in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

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Lysol teams up with NFL legend Jerry Rice

Lysol has enlisted National Football League hall-of-famer Jerry Rice as the disinfectant and household cleaning brand's first Healthy Habits Coach.

National Sales Solutions spotlights HBA vendors

Sales and marketing firm National Sales Solutions (NSS) reported a strong showing by its health and beauty aids clients at the recent National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo.

Hershey brand update includes new logo

The Hershey Co. has updated its corporate brand and unveiled a new company logo.

Energizer unveils exec teams following household, personal care split

Energizer Holdings Inc. has announced the expected executive leadership teams of the Personal Care and Household Products businesses following the planned separation of Energizer next summer., expected to occur by July 1, 2015.

CCA divests Mega-T weight-loss brand

CCA Industries Inc. has sold its weight-loss business, marketed under the Mega-T brand, to a group formed by Casla Partners Capital Fund I, LP.

GMDC reschedules 2015 marketing conferences

The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced new dates for its 2015 General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conferences.

H.D. Smith honors top trading partners

Pharmaceutical distributor H.D. Smith has announced the winners of its annual Trading Partners of the Year award.

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