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Consumer Reports ranks Wegmans No. 1 grocer

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday. Publix ranked No. 3 with a score of 85. Costco, Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter and H-E-B also made the top 10 list. 

Wegmans, along with Trader Joe’s, was rated best among employee courtesy and checkout speed. 

Other stores with high customer satisfaction marks include Publix and Costco.

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Walgreens launches exclusive beauty publication ‘Discover Beauty Within’

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer. The quarterly publication will make its nationwide debut at the end of March at all Walgreens (except in Puerto Rico) and Duane Reade drug stores.

"Discover Beauty Within further engages our customers by providing credible on-trend beauty and wellness tips, which can lead to a more valuable shopping experience," stated Shannon Curtin, group VP beauty and personal care, Walgreens. "Together with our trusted beauty partners, we will continue to elevate our offerings as we aim to make Walgreens and Duane Reade stores a go-to destination for beauty."

"Beauty magazines are aspirational for most women and our objective is to change that," commented Steven Dixon, publisher Discover Beauty Within. "At a cover price of only $1.99 combined with an incredible value in offers from our partners, Discover Beauty Within is a worthwhile purchase for customers who appreciate savings while reading about the latest beauty news.  The publication will feature candid interviews with empowering women like Sofia Vergara and Gabrielle Reece." 

Discover Beauty Within is intended to educate and inform on the latest beauty trends and products. It also will inspire women to take action every day to look good and feel good. The publication is focused on providing Walgreens and Duane Reade customers with timely editorial content and valuable coupons on behalf of the retailers’ merchandising partners.

Discover Beauty Within will have an online counterpart at DiscoverBeautyWithin.com containing exclusive content and interactive features, updated on a daily basis to offer additional value to customers. 

To raise awareness for Discover Beauty Within, the publication will launch its Suite on the Street weeklong initiative on April 2. The Suite is a Walgreens and Discover Beauty Within branded tour bus that will serve as a mobile beauty studio to demonstrate select products and techniques to customers and passers-by. Suite on the Street will be comprised of stops at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations throughout New York City and the tri-state area with planned stops at stores in Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami throughout the year.  

"We view our customers as A-list and our Suite on the Street gives us the ability to treat them as such," said Dixon. "Onboard guests will receive manicures, mini-makeovers and more courtesy of our generous sponsors, reinforcing our belief that women should feel like a million bucks without having to break their budgets."

The Suite on the Street Premiere Sponsors are Unilever, Pacific World and NutriDiet. Station Sponsors include Milani, Shea Moisture and Colgate. Each sponsor will host its own area within the Suite to provide guests with services and individual tips for at-home beauty. As an added bonus, all guests will take home a Suite on the Street Beauty Bag filled with items from various sponsors.

"Suite on the Street is product trial at its best. We are directly providing customers with a one-on-one experience with the great brands and products we carry in- store and online," Curtin said. "We expect this initiative to increase customer loyalty and drive more traffic to our beauty aisles." 

On April 3, the Suite on the Street will be located near the Union Square Walgreens for the launch event. Press and consumers will be invited on board from 2 p.m. through 8 p.m., and a VIP reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. at The Fourth (downstairs at Botequim). 

On April 2-7, the Suite will visit eight Walgreens/Duane Reade locations in the New York tri-state area. On-board brand ambassadors will demonstrate the benefits of the partner products and provide samples and coupons to beauty shoppers both on board and passers-by while supplies last.

 

 

 

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FDA switches Nexium 24HR to OTC

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced. 

“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” stated Paul Sturman, president, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against our plan.”

In 2012, Pfizer acquired exclusive global rights from AstraZeneca to market non-prescription Nexium. 

 

 

 

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