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Escalating use behind Amazon.com tripling of Dash Button offering

BY Michael Johnsen
SEATTLE – Amazon.com on Thursday tripled the number of brands that can be replenished through the online retailer's Amazon Dash Button, including new brands like Doritos, Energizer, Red Bull and Starbucks. Even Trojan can now be re-ordered through Amazon. 
 
And with good reason, Amazon's Dash Button orders have grown by more than 75% in the last three months and now take place more than once a minute, the retailer reported. 
 
"We’re thrilled with the positive response we’ve seen for Dash Buttons — and we heard loud and clear from customers that they wanted more brands, more categories and more products in the program. We’re excited to now offer over 100 Dash Buttons representing top-name brands across dozens of retail categories and thousands of product options,” stated Daniel Rausch, director of Amazon Dash. 
 
“Dash Button makes shopping easy, and fun. We’ve seen great engagement from our customers and are excited to bring more brands to the Dash Button lineup, including favorites like Lysol, Airborne and Air Wick,” commented Taryn Mitchell, global VP Digital Sales, Reckitt Benckiser.
 
Dash Buttons are available to Prime members for $4.99 each, and they’re essentially free — with the first order through a Dash Button, members receive a $4.99 credit to their Amazon account. When a customer is running low on one of their everyday essentials, they can simply press a Dash Button to automatically reorder the item with free Prime shipping. 
 
 
 
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Flu incidence abating in Oregon, California according to latest Walgreens Flu Index report

BY Michael Johnsen
DEERFIELD, Ill. – The incidence of flu is beginning to abate across California and Oregon, according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index report. However, flu activity is still relatively high across Wyoming, Montana and Kentucky, according to the report. 
 
The top 10 markets with flu activity for the week of March 27 were: 
 
  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas;
  3. Louisville, Ky.;
  4. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas;
  5. Columbus – Tupelo – West Point – Houston, Miss.;
  6. Paducah, Ky. – Cape Girardeau, Mo. – Harrisburg, Ill.;
  7. Houston;
  8. Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M.;
  9. Chattanooga, Tenn.; and
  10. Lincoln & Hastings –Kearney, Neb.
 
The top 10 markets with flu activity gains during that time period were: 
 
  1. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas;
  2. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.;
  3. Shreveport, La.;
  4. Traverse City-Cadillac, Mich.;
  5. Austin, Texas;
  6. Joplin, Mo.-Pittsburg, Kan.;
  7. Wichita-Hutchinson, Kan.;
  8. Springfield, Mo.;
  9. Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kenneiwck, Wash.; and
  10. Wilmington, N.C.
 
The Walgreens Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.
 
 
 
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