Walmart, Google teams up on voice-controlled shopping

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As of this month, Walmart shoppers will have another convenient way to purchase hundreds of thousands of products from the retail giant — via the Google Express e-commerce platform, Google Inc.’s online shopping mall. Both companies announced the partnership last month — a joint venture that could rival Inc.’s position in

Rite Aid to make use of RangeMe platform

SAN FRANCISCO — Range­Me, an online platform that streamlines new item discovery between consumer products suppliers and retailers, is teaming up with Rite Aid Corp. in a major initiative to scale product innovation efforts. Rite Aid’s category buying teams will now have the access to efficiently source trending consumer-ready products faster than ever before, “in

Flu shot program starts at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Everyone older than six months should get a flu shot by the end of October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To make doing so easier, Ride Aid Corp. is providing seasonal flu shots at its stores across the country. Certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists are administering

Independents get helping hand from AmerisourceBergen

LAS VEGAS — AmerisourceBergen Corp. showcased a “newly enhanced suite of solutions” for independent pharmacies at ThoughtSpot 2017, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual trade show. The solutions are designed to empower, support and differentiate independent pharmacy operators, according to AmerisourceBergen. In addition to highlighting technological and customer support solutions, the company focused on advocacy in today’s

Medicine Shoppe keeps franchisees competitive

Medicine Shoppe keeps franchisees competitive

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the key features that distinguish Medicine Shoppe International Inc. (MSI) from other chains is the company’s dedication to providing “high-quality, results-driven” business ownership opportunities in professional retail pharmacy, according to vice president John Fiacco. “Our pharmacies receive individualized business support and patient care solutions support. We’ll provide the tools and

Fruth Pharmacy embraces pharmacogenetics

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — In an effort to enhance the efficacy and safety of taking medication, Fruth Pharmacy is offering the Rxight pharmacogenetics program from MD Labs for its patients. Pharmacogenetics works by leveraging information about an individual patient’s genetic profile in order to select the best medications and dosages, which also helps to mitigate

Rite Aid courts American Express members

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is providing American Express cardholders extra incentive to shop at Rite Aid by offering those participating in the Membership Rewards program the opportunity to use rewards points for eligible purchases. Eligible American Express Card members who have accumulated enough Membership Rewards points to pay for their purchase will

CHPA Educational Foundation gives awards

CHPA Educational Foundation gives awards

NEW YORK — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation held its inaugural gala Monday night in Manhattan’s iconic Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. At the sold-out event, CHPA celebrated members of the health care community whose partnerships with the foundation have made significant strides to advance public education on the safe use,

NACDS extends point-of-care tour

ARLINGTON, Va. — For the second consecutive summer, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is extending a national tour that trains pharmacists to train their colleagues in administering point-of-care testing in community pharmacies. This train-the-trainer program is designed to expand the knowledge of point-of-care testing exponentially in the pharmacy community. NACDS’ Point-of-Care Testing National

Grand opening: Rite Aid’s new DC in S.C.

Grand opening: Rite Aid’s new DC in S.C.

This week, Rite Aid marked the opening its first new distribution center in 16 years, located in Spartanburg, S.C. The 900,000-square-foot facility, located on a 97-acre site at 789 Flatwood Industrial Dr. in Spartanburg, near Interstate 85 between Highways 9 and 221, will support over 1,000 Rite Aid stores in the Southeast. Besides state-of-the-art warehouse

Shopping at CVS becomes more convenient

Shopping at CVS becomes more convenient

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Shopping just got a little easier for CVS Health customers. Last month, the company announced its partnership with Curbside — a company perfecting the store pickup experience for retailers and consumers — in order to launch CVS Express, a digital solution offering consumers a new level of seamless convenience. CVS Health is

CVS Pharmacy y más makes L.A. debut

LOS ANGELES — Adding to the dozen locations it opened in June 2015, CVS Pharmacy launched nine CVS Pharmacy y más stores last month in the greater Los Angeles area. These specialized stores provide enhanced, personalized service to the local Hispanic community. The nine L.A. area stores will have the new format, which includes completely

Oral screenings offered at London Drugs

RICHMOND, British Columbia — In an effort to raise awareness about oral cancer, London Drugs began offering oral screening clinics at 15 stores in greater Vancouver, British Columbia. The screenings — held between April 25 and May 18 — follow a successful oral cancer screening pilot program that the company began in April 2015. During

Bayer’s Hayes wins Begley award

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former president of Bayer Consumer Health Tim Hayes received the Robert B. Begley Award at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting that was held here last month. The award is the highest honor within the chain pharmacy ­industry. Throughout his career, Hayes has held positions of increasing responsibility

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