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October 20, 2014

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This holiday season, retailers expected to up ante

If the latest consumer surveys are any indication, retailers could face a long, hard slog this holiday shopping season as they try to sway customers to open their pocketbooks.

Consumers, still uncertain about their financial well-being, are expected to be deal-driven and price-sensitive, with many using their smartphones to assist in comparison shopping. And like last year, retailers will entice shoppers to get an early start.

 

RETAIL NEWS BREAKS

Walgreens enables Apple Pay in stores

Walgreen Co. has started accepting the Apple Pay secure mobile payment service at Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores across the country.

Diplomat IPO paves way for expansion phase

Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. is readying for its next stage of growth and expansion with the successful completion of initial public offering of about 15 million shares.

NACDS takes part in meeting with HHS secretary

Members of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were invited by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell to participate in a pharmacy issues meeting.

Research affirms quality of care at MinuteClinic for common conditions

New data from the CVS Health Research Institute reflects the high quality of care at MinuteClinic retail health clinics for three common acute conditions: ear infections, strep throat and urinary tract infections. 

NACDS' Ecker recognized for public affairs endeavors

Heidi Ecker, director of government affairs and grassroots programs at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Public Affairs Council.

Walmart to raise investment in small formats

Walmart plans to up its investment in smaller-format Neighborhood Market stores while lowering its investment in Supercenters, company executives said at the retail giant's annual analysts meeting.

Walgreens appoints Reed as general counsel

Walgreen Co. has promoted Jan Stern Reed to general counsel and named Thomas Sabatino as chief legal and administrative officer.

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SUPPLIER NEWS BREAKS

AstraZeneca unveils Fit2Me diabetes support program

AstraZeneca has launched Fit2Me, a free diet and lifestyle support program that allows people with type 2 diabetes to create a personalized care plan.

GreatCall mobile health solutions for seniors launch at Rite Aid

GreatCall Inc. has rolled out its suite of connected health and safety products and services to more than 4,000 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.

ECRM debuts redesigned website

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has revamped its website, www.ecrm.marketgate.com, to offer a fresh look, better navigation and improved functionality.

Mirixa names Richardson as CEO

Marvin Richardson has been appointed chief executive officer of Mirixa Corp.

Ocean Spray introduces PACt cranberry hydration beverage

Ocean Spray has unveiled PACt cranberry extract water, which the company bills as a healthier solution for hydration.

PharmaSmart BP kiosk receives expert endorsement

PharmaSmart health screening stations have been recognized by national experts as the only kiosks that "can be recommended by physicians for their patients" following a Food and Drug Administration consumer update on blood pressure kiosk accuracy.

STS Health brings FluNada to more store shelves

STS Health has gained national retail distribution of its FluNada homeopathic throat and nasal spray following successful trials of the product at CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens.

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