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Issue 10-24-2016

Trade classes battle in changing pharmacy market

Trade classes battle in changing pharmacy market

NEW YORK — Competition remains fierce in the chain pharmacy industry, albeit with a decreasing number of players. If the pending acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. goes through, the field will diminish dramatically, especially in major metropolitan areas. Depending on the number of stores WBA divests to meet antitrust requirements,

London Drugs introduces loyalty plan

London Drugs introduces loyalty plan

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs has launched its first-ever loyalty program, called LDExtras. The Canadian drug chains said LDExtras is the “most tailored program in retail involving experiences and savings.” When customers visit London Drugs, whether in-store or online, they will begin capturing rewards from customized offers on products and services customers routinely purchase

Walgreens reaches out to beauty enthusiasts

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched Beauty Enthusiast, a free beauty club within its Balance Rewards loyalty program that provides cardholders who register for Beauty Enthusiast with additional rewards on beauty and personal care items, as well as other benefits. Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics,

Retailers’ hopes rise as holiday season nears

Retailers’ hopes rise as holiday season nears

NEW YORK — Consumers are expected to increase their spending this holiday season, bolstered by an economy that is showing signs of strength. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects sales in November and December (excluding cars, gasoline and restaurant sales) to increase 3.6% to $655.8 billion. That is significantly higher than the 10-year average of

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart provided free health screenings, education, services and products at more than 4,600 of its stores across the United States as part of Walmart Wellness Day, an event the company billed as the largest single-day health event in the nation. Walmart said it was expecting to provide free health screening for hundreds

Pharmacies advise seniors on Medicare Part D plans

NEW YORK — Pharmacy retailers are busy informing the public about Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDPs). Enrollment for the 2017 plan year began October 15 and extends through December 7. For example, CVS Pharmacy is offering an extensive array of in-store and online resources to assist senior patients in determining the best 2017

Pharmaca supports VMS shoppers with team approach

Pharmaca supports VMS shoppers with team approach

BOULDER, Colo. — Mainstream drug chains seeking to enhance their vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) presentation could learn a lot from Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. Herbal supplements are a pillar of Pharmaca’s integrative approach, and the products’ sales have been robust, says Don Summerfield, the chain’s co-founder and vice president of integrative medicine. While the retailer

Drug chains offer aid to Hurricane Matthew victims

NEW YORK — The nation’s largest drug store chains are among retailers that are offering assistance to Hurricane Matthew victims. The Rite Aid Foundation said it had donated $125,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where Rite Aid operates more than 500 drug stores. The

NACDS backs Rx pilot project

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is partnering with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin to advance a new practice model for improving patient access to quality and efficient care and extending pharmacy in a broader health care setting. The pilot project, Advancing Community Pharmacy Quality: Leveraging Tech-Check-Tech to Expand Patient Care

Express Scripts makes a change for Tricare

ST. LOUIS — Express Scripts Inc. is replacing CVS Pharmacy with Walgreens in its retail pharmacy network for Tricare, the U.S. military’s health care and drug benefits program. Plans call for Walgreens pharmacies to join the Express Scripts network for Tricare on December 1. CVS pharmacies — including CVS units in Target Corp. stores —

Sam’s Club focuses on women’s health

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club last month offered the latest of its Support Her Health free health screenings to help encourage women to prioritize their health and offer them a convenient way to do so. “While men are well known for avoiding the doctor, a recent survey found that 82% of women say they would

In retailing, change is now the only constant

In retailing, change is now the only constant

In the early 1960s, Bob Dylan, who was just awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, asked his listeners to “… admit that the waters/Around you have grown/And accept it that soon you be drenched to the bone/If your time to you is worth savin’/Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone/For the