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Week of Mon, May 31st, 2010

Target sweetens pharmacy rewards

Target Corp. is changing its pharmacy rewards program to make it easier for customers to earn discounts for filling prescriptions at its stores.

Rite Aid reports decline in May sales

Sluggish pharmacy and front-end business fueled a decline in same-stores sales and total revenue in May at Rite Aid Corp.

Same-store sales stay flat for Walgreens

Despite a solid gain in overall revenue, Walgreen Co. posted roughly flat same-store sales for May.

NACDS: DEA OKs e-prescribing for controlled substances

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has commended the Drug Enforcement Administration for issuing its interim final rule allowing electronic prescribing of controlled substances.

CVS Caremark details genetic benefit management service

CVS Caremark Corp. plans to offer a genetic benefit management (GBM) service in tandem with Generation Health Inc.

Costco Canada pharmacies to deploy health info kiosks

Costco Wholesale Corp. plans to roll out health and wellness information kiosks in its pharmacies in Ontario using a solution from shopper marketing provider Aisle7.

Target to open more health clinics

Target Corp. plans to open eight new Target Clinic locations in early September.

CVS Caremark exec to join working families group

Stephen Wing, director of workforce initiatives at CVS Caremark Corp., plans to join Corporate Voices for Working Families, a nonprofit business membership organization focusing on issues affecting working families.

Kerr Drug launches next-gen loyalty program

Kerr Drug is taking a multichannel approach with its new customer rewards program, enabling shoppers and patients to access information and savings online, in stores, from mobile devices and via social media.

Navarro program boosts customer experience

Navarro Discount Pharmacies has launched what it calls its Customer Experience program, aimed at saving customers time and money while enhancing their shopping experience by providing more convenience and pharmacy services.

NACDS Marketplace sells out exhibitor space

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said exhibit space is now sold out for the 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference, which starts this weekend in San Diego.

Bartell stores kick off food drive

Bartell Drugs this week is launching its "Stock the Pantry" food drive by accepting nonperishable food and cash donations at all of its 57 drug store locations.

Loblaw extends pharmacy hours, deploys Rx tech

Loblaw Cos. has extended pharmacy hours for several of its supermarket banners in Ontario and is implementing technology to speed the filling of prescriptions.

CVS Caremark to deploy consumer 'engine'

This month, CVS Caremark Corp. expects to begin rolling out its Consumer Engagement Engine, which provides real-time clinical messaging to pharmacists.

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