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Elmer’s introduces ProBond Advanced adhesive

BY Ken Clark

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A sticky situation just got stickier.

Elmer’s Products has introduced Elmer’s ProBond Advanced adhesive, which is being promoted as a multipurpose glue that’s as strong as a polyurethane competitor, but without the foamy mess.

“We developed ProBond Advanced in response to demand from consumers,” said Emily von Stein, associate product manager for Elmer’s hardware category. “They’ve told us that they don’t like the messy foam of polyurethane glues, but still need an adhesive that can provide heavy-duty adhesion on nearly any surface. ProBond Advanced satisfies that need and goes a step beyond by not only eliminating the annoying foam mess, but also being easy enough to clean with just water.”

ProBond Advanced works on wood, concrete, metal, glass, ceramics and more. It is 100% weatherproof, making it ideal for both interior and exterior projects. Unlike popular polyurethane glues, ProBond Advanced won’t foam up after it’s dry, thanks to its acrylic formulation. This saves DIYers, contractors and woodworkers the time and hassle of cleaning up their projects and hands after working.

The product comes in 2-, 4- and 8-ounce bottles at suggested retail price points of $4.99, $6.50 and $10.99, respectively.


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ComScore: 11% of e-commerce spending comes from M-commerce transactions

BY Marianne Wilson

RESTON, Va. — In terms of growth, clicks continued to outpace bricks in 2012 — and how!

That was the key takeaway from comScore’s “2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus” report: Despite the backdrop of continued economic uncertainty, 2012 was a strong year for retail e-commerce. Throughout the year, growth rates versus the prior year remained in the mid-teens to outpace growth at brick-and-mortar retail by a factor of approximately four times.

Total U.S. retail and travel-related e-commerce reached $289 billion in 2012, up 13% from the previous year, according to the report. While e-commerce continues to gain share from traditional retail, the first signs of mobile commerce affecting the digital commerce landscape are starting to emerge. In fourth quarter 2012, comScore estimates that m-commerce transactions (from both smartphones and tablets) now represent approximately 11% of corresponding e-commerce spending.


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Telehealth can further expand retail clinic model

BY Antoinette Alexander

Telehealth is expected to experience a sharp rise in the number of patients, according a new report by health market research firm IHS, which projects that telehealth will reach 1.8 million patients around the world by 2017.

Reports are emerging about primary care physician shortages all the time. And telehealth can help expand the retail clinic model, especially in rural areas where population counts may not justify the cost of multiple full-time nurse practitioner salaries.

Pharmacy operators like Thrifty White – which serves patients in the rural Midwest through its network of 90 stores – have offered remote-site prescription dispensing and telemedicine services for years. Thrifty White is well-experienced in the technology, as it opened its first telepharmacy site in 2003 and currently has eight telepharmacy sites.

As noted above, the reality is that such technology can help further expand the retail clinic model.

"For retail-affiliated clinics, telemedicine can bring real time, face-to-face connections with primary care physicians, medical specialists and hospitals. This will transform the role of retail clinics to become a thousand points of entry to a virtually-integrated system of care and dramatically increase their revenues,” Ronald Hammerle, chairman and president of Health Resources, told Drug Store News. Health Resources helps design and build health systems.

Echoing that sentiment, Peter Hotz, group VP of Walgreens/Take Care Health Systems,told Drug Store News in a late 2012 interview that he believes there’s an opportunity to offer video health within the retail-based clinics to provide patients access to specialists.

In late 2011, Take Care Health Systems partnered with Cisco to operate the LifeConnections Health Center on Cisco’s campus in San Jose, Calif. The worksite facility is connected to Cisco’s campus in North Carolina where employees can interact with a physician at the San Jose campus via high-definition video.

It also is interesting to note that during CVS Caremark’s 2012 Analyst Day in December, Larry Merlo, president and CEO, said “the growth in innovative care delivery models like telemedicine or telepharmacy have the potential to reshape how care is delivered.”

 

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