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Walgreens taps IBM Cloud to hone field support

Walgreens taps IBM Cloud to hone field support

ARMONK, N.Y. — Walgreens is leveraging the IBM Cloud to optimize field service at its nearly 8,200 drug stores nationwide. IBM said Friday that, under a new agreement with the pharmacy chain, it will deploy IBM retail analytics at Walgreens stores to help improve the

Shoppers Drug Mart to debut new Wellwise format

Shoppers Drug Mart to debut new Wellwise format

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is recasting the shopping experience for seniors with a new store format dubbed Wellwise. The Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart outlet caters to the needs of aging Canadians who don’t want an “old person’s store,” said Theresa Firestone, senior vice

Analysts size up new WBA-Rite Aid deal

Analysts size up new WBA-Rite Aid deal

NEW YORK — The impending closure of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s purchase of nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores will clear the fog around both companies since their terminated merger deal and enable them to move ahead, Wall Street analysts say. WBA and Rite Aid yesterday announced

Deloitte forecasts uptick in holiday retail sales

Deloitte forecasts uptick in holiday retail sales

NEW YORK — Holiday retail sales stand to climb 4% to 4.5% for the 2017 Christmas shopping season, financial consultancy Deloitte projects. Deloitte said Wednesday that its retail and distribution practice pegs overall holiday sales at $1.04 trillion to $1.05 trillion between November and January.

Fred’s gets mobile app revamp from MarkeTouch

Fred’s gets mobile app revamp from MarkeTouch

HOUSTON — Fred’s Pharmacy has enlisted MarkeTouch Media to redesign and update its mobile app. Pharmacy communications technology specialist MarkeTouch said Tuesday that the new Fred’s mobile app brings a more modern design and streamlined user experience and helps improve patient medication adherence and the

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RETAIL NEWS

Walgreens campaign focuses on opioid epidemic

NEW YORK — Walgreens has launched #ItEndsWithUs, a new campaign to educate teens nationwide about the nation’s opioid crisis. The campaign was unveiled by actor Brandon Larracuente of the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and “Bloodline,” who lost a close friend to the opioid

Rite Aid’s KidCents begins mobile flu clinics

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation has kicked off KidCents Mobile Flu Clinics, a three-week tour to provide free flu shots to children’s charities in communities served by Rite Aid. Also through its KidCents program, the Rite Aid Foundation has named 428 students

CVS Health steps up tobacco-free campus push

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is ramping up its efforts to curb tobacco use among young Americans. The CVS Health Foundation said Tuesday that it has teamed up with American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative to provide grants to help U.S. colleges and universities promote,

WBA cleared by FTC to buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Winding down a process that has taken nearly two years, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has gained Federal Trade Commission approval to acquire 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid Corp. for $4.375 billion in cash. The companies said

Dollar Tree promotes Gary Philbin to CEO

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Gary Philbin has been named president and chief executive officer of Dollar Tree Inc. The move is part of a planned leadership succession in which Bob Sasser, the company’s CEO since 2004, has assumed the role of executive chairman of the board.

SUPPLIER NEWS

Damiva boosts distribution via Cardinal Health

TORONTO — Women’s health company Damiva is working with kathy ireland Health & Wellness to expand nationally into Cardinal Health Inc.’s consumer health division, which serves thousands of independent pharmacies. Damiva said Thursday that its line all-natural feminine hygiene products is now available at all

Glenmark cleared to market Nitrostat generic

MUMBAI, India — Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. USA has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for nitroglycerin sublingual tablets in strengths of 0.3 mg, 0.4 mg and 0.6 mg. Glenmark said Wednesday that its nitroglycerin product, which is placed under the tongue, is

KeyMe secures funding to fuel retail expansion

NEW YORK — A new capital infusion for startup KeyMe stands to bring the company’s smart key-copying kiosks to more retail locations. KeyMe said its has closed on its $25 million series D financing, raising the company’s funding to date to more than $100 million.

QS/1’s PrimeCare moving to J M Smith’s Integra

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — QS/1’s PrimeCare long-term care pharmacy software is being transferred to fellow J M Smith Corp. division Integra LTC Solutions. J M Smith said transition is in process, with many of details still to be finalized with input from customers and staff at

PuraCap facility gets thumbs-up from FDA

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — PuraCap Pharmaceutical LLC said the Food and Drug Administration has completed successful general inspection of its affiliated soft gelatin capsule manufacturing facility, Humanwell PuraCap Pharmaceutical (Wuhan) Co. Ltd., in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. In addition, a pending Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA)