CVS/pharmacy touts variety of gifts available for last-minute holiday shoppers
WOONSOCKET, R.I. With just over a week left before the holiday, CVS/pharmacy is promoting its selection of last-minute gifts, home decor and holiday specialty items.
According to a recent survey conducted by BIGResearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation, only about 8% of consumers had completed their holiday shopping. Furthermore, 1-out-of-5 had not even started their shopping.
With about 50% of the U.S. population living within two miles of a CVS location, shoppers can save time and money when shopping for last-minute holiday necessities.
In bath and beauty, CVS is offering such products as the new Essence of Beauty Tote Bag with body lotions and gels (valued at more than $80) for $14.99; the Essence of Beauty Hydro-Foot Spa (a $100 value) for $19.99; and the Sarah Peyton Wellness Hot/Cold Spa Set with a therapeutic neck wrap, eye mask, body bag and rest pillow for $14.99.
For those who love gizmos and gadgets, there’s the GPS Navigation System for Dummies, Coby and TDE Digital Photo Frames, Kodak EasyShare Cameras and iCraig MP3 players. There’s also Digital Recording Photo Frames for $6.99, Digital Phone Ornaments for $19.99 and Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Beer Kits for $29.99.
For little ones there’s also a selection of toys including Remote Controlled Lo-Rider Cars for $9.99, Vivitar Refractor Telescopes for $14.99 and an array of Hannah Montana merchandise.
For personalized gifts, shoppers can create photo books in store for $5.99 or a Kodak Picture Movie DVD for $14.99. Both of these items can be created at the in-store photo kiosk and taken home the same day. In addition, more than 220 gift cards to such retailers as the Gap, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, restaurants and spas are also available.
Kart-Smart releases biodegradable, sanitary shopping cart handle
OXNARD, Calif. Kart-Smart on Wednesday introduced its Bio-degradable and Recyclable shopping cart handle cover that is designed to ensure a sanitary shopping experience.
The handle covers are positioned through a dispensing unit alongside shopping carts and are easily applied, and removed, by the consumer.
The product protects against viruses and bacteria that can be harbored on a shopping cart handle, the company stated.
Spartan joins in effort to provide employer-pharmacy based health benefits plan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and Glen’s Pharmacies, all Spartan Stores banners, along with Gentex Corporation, a company that develops, manufactures and markets interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors, last week introduced Michigan’s first employer-pharmacy health benefits plan, a plan designed to help incentivize healthy lifestyles as a way to help reduce the total healthcare spend.
The plan is designed to provide both education and personal health management for Gentex employees with special emphasis on chronic health problems, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol, utilizing a collaborative approach between the patient, the pharmacist care manager and the employee’s personal physician.
Pharmacists from D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and Glen’s Pharmacies will provide medication therapy management services for Gentex employees on a fee-for-service basis in addition to being named the preferred pharmacies for the Gentex Health Plan.
As the MTM services develop, the two companies plan to utilize the benefits that the supermarkets offer for a total health and nutrition solution that the drugstore formats can’t provide, Spartan Stores said.
“This alliance is an important new step in our company’s health and wellness initiatives,” stated Alan Hartline, executive vice president merchandising for Spartan Stores.
“We are very excited that two local companies have worked together to provide a cost-effective healthcare solution for our employees,” said Gentex vice president of human resources Bruce Los. “Gentex puts significant emphasis on preventative healthcare and has a very active wellness program in place, with high participation by employees across all levels at our company. This new program with Spartan Stores, that provides our employees one-on-one access to pharmacists and reduced or eliminated co-pays on prescriptions, is a significant benefit to Gentex employees and the company itself,” Los said. “We know that healthy employees are more productive employees, and we’re happy that we’re able to provide this new benefit.”
The Employer-Pharmacy Health Benefit Plan is based on a similar program begun in Asheville, N.C., called the Asheville Project.
Employees at Gentex will begin utilizing the new program in January.