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Dollar General, Coupons.com roll out DG Digital Coupons offering

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General, in partnership with Coupons.com, on Thursday completed the successful rollout of its new DG Digital Coupons program to its more than 11,300 stores across the 40 states the retailer serves.
 
"The DG Digital Coupon program provides our customers with an easy-to-use and convenient platform to use digital coupons toward our everyday low prices, helping them get the products they need at prices they want," stated Todd Vasos, Dollar General COO. "Understanding our shopper is utilizing digital and online technology to help save money, the completion of this project not only demonstrates our ability to deliver everyday value and affordable options to our customers, but also our commitment to help our customers save time and money, every day."
 
To use the DG Digital Coupon Program, customers may sign up either online or in stores using a numeric identification number, which is typically their telephone number. After signing up, customers can select the most relevant coupons to be added to their profile and the discounts are then applied to a customer's purchase at checkout when they purchase eligible items from many of America's most popular brands and Dollar General's private brands.
 
"We are thrilled that Dollar General has chosen to work with Coupons.com," commented Steven Boal, president and CEO of Coupons.com. "Our technology will deliver Dollar General shoppers highly relevant coupons in ways that many of today's shoppers now want them – via their phones. The whole experience makes saving money easier than ever."
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Rite Aid reports July sales of $2 billion, up 4.1%

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Thursday posted July sales of $2 billion for the four weeks ended July 26, representing growth of 4.1%. Same-store sales increased 4.6% over the prior-year period. July front-end same-store sales increased 1.5%. Pharmacy comparable sales, which included an approximate 203 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 6%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.9% over the prior-year period.
 
Prescription sales accounted for 68.6% of drug store sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales.
 
Same-store sales for the 21-week period ended July 26 increased 3.5% over the prior-year period. Front-end same-store sales increased 0.5% while pharmacy same-store sales increased 5%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 2.8% over the prior-year period.
 
Total drug store sales for the 21 week period increased 3% with sales of $10.4 billion. Prescription sales represented 68.4% of total drug store sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales.
 
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CVS/pharmacy earns first-ever URAC Community Pharmacy accreditation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and WASHINGTON — CVS/pharmacy and URAC have announced that CVS/pharmacy is the first pharmacy in the nation to earn the new Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a healthcare accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. All CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug Store locations nationwide have earned this accreditation.

URAC has more than 30 accreditation programs. Its Community Pharmacy Accreditation Program was developed to establish consistent benchmarks and standards for pharmacy practice quality. Organizations that earn URAC's Community Pharmacy Accreditation are recognized as providers of comprehensive patient care and medication management programs, and as leaders in quality and patient safety. 

To achieve this accreditation, CVS/pharmacy underwent an evaluation process to validate the quality of the care and services it provides to its patients, including patient-centered medication management, wellness services, and preventive and chronic disease management. 
   
"We are proud to be the first national pharmacy to earn URAC Community Pharmacy Accreditation," stated Josh Flum, SVP of retail pharmacy at CVS Caremark. "Having a widely recognized and respected accreditation organization such as URAC independently scrutinize our operation and attest to the quality of the pharmacy care and services we provide demonstrates our continued commitment to helping people on their path to better health as a leader in the healthcare industry."
 
"CVS/pharmacy is to be commended for its decision to pursue URAC's Community Pharmacy accreditation," added URAC president and CEO Kylanne Green. "Quality healthcare services are crucial to our nation's welfare and CVS Caremark has demonstrated its commitment to quality and accountability not only for this most recent accreditation program but also for the four pharmacy accreditations it has already received."

CVS/pharmacy is now accredited in five of URAC's accreditation programs for pharmacy: community pharmacy, PBM, drug therapy management, specialty pharmacy and mail service pharmacy.
 

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