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BJ’s taps CommerceHub for next phase of e-commerce growth

BY Gina Acosta

ALBANY, N.Y. — BJ’s Wholesale Club has selected CommerceHub to enhance the retailer's e-commerce supply chain by allowing it to sell suppliers' goods online without holding inventory.

“We’re committed to delivering uncompromising value to our Members, and CommerceHub is a strong partner,” said Jackie Cunningham, vice president of e-commerce at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Its simplified platform, robust technology, and extensive network allow CommerceHub to help us manage our existing network and onboard new vendors as we continue to meet our Members’ unique demands.”

BJ’s, an operator of membership warehouse clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida, selected CommerceHub to implement its virtual inventory solution. The platform will coordinate the process of buying, storing and shipping inventory from CommerceHub’s network of approximately 9,500 drop-ship suppliers that receive orders and ship products directly to consumers. BJ’s says it intends to also deploy CommerceHub’s customer-centric performance measurement capability which helps provide greater visibility and control over supplier network compliance for on-time shipments and deliveries.

“The pace of commerce means consumers expect to move easily between online and offline,” said Frank Poore, president and CEO of CommerceHub. “We grasp the specialized needs of BJ’s connected membership base. Establishing the infrastructure to offer the right products and smoother delivery allows us to mirror their members’ offline experience across channels, adding another dimension to the retailer’s already multi-faceted offerings.”

BJ’s joins a vibrant network of trading partners, which in 2015 powered an estimated $11.6 billion in gross merchandise value (total economic value of goods) through CommerceHub’s platform.

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Target to open ‘flexible’format’ store in Manhattan

BY Gina Acosta

Target Corp. confirmed Thursday on its website that it will open its third Manhattan "flexible-format" store in summer 2018. 

The retailer will open a 42,367 square foot store in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, The Real Deal reported last week.     

The space will feature 24,735 square feet on the ground floor and another 17,632 square feet on a lower level.
 
According to reports, Target has signed a 30-year lease at 500 East 14th Street on the corner of Avenue A, part of a two-building being developed by Extell Development, which will include 150 apartments and two retail spaces.

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DSN adds Quick Credit CPE for busy community pharmacy teams

BY Vivian Lee

Drug Store News, an ACPE accredited provider of continuing pharmacy education for more than the 30 years, is dedicated to fulfilling the CPE program’s mission that includes providing engaging CPE activities, designed specifically for the community pharmacist and technician. Because the demands placed on the community pharmacy team continue to grow, Drug Store News has responded with a new option to assist busy professionals in meeting their development needs.

Released monthly, DSN Quick Credit lessons were added to the traditional CPE library as an alternative to the existing live and home-study programs that range from 1 contact hour to 15 contact hours or more. DSN Quick Credit lessons are intended to be completed in 15 minutes and provide 0.25 contact hours or 0.025 CEUs of knowledge-based CPE. DSN Publisher, Eric Savitch, was excited to see the release of the new format. “These new lessons leverage the responsive design features of the new DSN education platform and allow subscribers to quickly earn CPE credits wherever they are, using a smartphone, tablet or PC. Our initial release targets law credits and will allow users to accumulate up to 3 contact hours each year,” Savitch offered.

Nancy Lyons, DSN’s Director of CE and Clinical Content offered an additional perspective. “As community pharmacists and technicians work to complete the continuing education credits needed to maintain professional licenses and certifications, DSN is focused on offering programs that also support learning, retention and overall professional development. The DSN Quick Credit programs present timely topics that allow learners to experience multiple small doses of education each month, allowing frequent and recent opportunities,” Lyons added.

DSN Quick Credit lessons are released at least once each month in the Wednesday Practice Insights e-newsletter. Previous DSN Quick Credit lessons can be found in the Pharmacist CPE Library or Technician CPE Library on the CE platform. To claim credit, pharmacists and technicians should login or register with a DSN CE profile that includes an accurate personal NABP e-profile ID and 4-digit MMDD date of birth. As always, individual and corporate subscribers will receive DSN Quick Credit FREE. Non-subscribers may purchase the lesson for just $1.99 or purchase a yearly Pharmacist Subscription or Technician Subscription to take advantage of all DSN CPE created for community pharmacists and technicians.

August's offering:

DSN Quick Credit: Naloxone dispensing and liability: Pharmacists

DSN Quick Credit: Naloxone dispensing and liability: Technicians

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