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Food Lion launches revamped site

BY Antoinette Alexander

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has launched a new website designed to make shopping, saving and planning for dinner easy for shoppers.

The new website, built based on customer feedback, offers shoppers a personalized experience when they log in. Each customer's personalized dashboard includes their savings for the year and other relevant information and offers. The newly launched site is also fully responsive, meaning it is easy for customers to use whether they are accessing the site via a computer, tablet or phone.

The new website also contains new features for customers. One of the biggest enhancements, aimed at helping customers plan for dinner, is the addition of an online Recipe Portal, which features customer-generated recipes that shoppers can save and rate based on their experience. A new virtual shopping list enables customers to plan grocery trips weeks or even months out by keeping an ongoing list, as well as creating new ones for special occasions.

Customers can also Food Lion’s weekly flyer to add sale items to their lists to take advantage of the week's best deals. In addition, a more robust MVP Coupon Hub provides customers with access to more than 150 relevant coupons that customers can load directly to their MVP Savings card or print at home.

According to the company, additional enhancements to foodlion.com will continue to roll out for customers in the coming months.

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Surescripts increases reach to 340,000 doctors via expanded eClinicalWorks partnership

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — Health information network Surescripts has signed an agreement with eClinicalWorks to extend its electronic prior authorization service to all users of eClinicalWorks software.

Once live, CompletEPA will allow eClincialWorks users the ability to process prior authorizations electronically. With the addition of eClinicalWorks, an electronic health records software vendor, Surescripts CompletEPA will be available to 340,000 providers, representing more than half of all providers already using electronic prescribing.

 “Surescripts spent more than a decade establishing connections with pharmacies and benefit managers nationwide to create a more efficient healthcare system, improving patient health outcomes and saving doctor’s offices time and money,” Tom Skelton, CEO at Surescripts, said. “CompletEPA is a win-win for doctors and patients, because it is fully electronic from start to finish.”

CompletEPA is an extension of Surescripts’ electronic prescribing solution and is integrated into a physician’s existing EHR workflow. By utilizing Surescripts, the prior authorization process is facilitated electronically, in real time, without the use of web portals, phone calls or faxes.

“Our end-users understand the importance of eliminating slow and antiquated processes, not just for their own benefit, but ultimately for their patients,” stated Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “With electronic prior authorization through Surescripts, we can meet the demands of our end-users with a best-in-class solution.”

With this added functionality, prescribers will be notified immediately if a prior authorization is required and dynamic forms will prepopulate with patient benefit data obtained through Surescripts’ direct connections with the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers, covering 75% of insured patients nationwide.

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J.Franke says:
Jun-09-2015 12:58 pm

Interesting information on technology leader SureScripts expediting the prior authorization process in the pharmacy and supporting the patient's needs.

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Kroger names new SVP retail divisions, new president for Harris Teeter

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced that Fred Morganthall, currently president of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, has been named SVP retail divisions for Kroger. Rod Antolock, currently Harris Teeter's EVP, has been named president of Harris Teeter.
 
“Fred is an exceptional leader who is respected throughout the industry,” Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO, said. “We continue to learn a lot from Fred about building even stronger connections with our customers. We are delighted that he is taking on this broader role at Kroger,” he said. 
 
Morganthall, 63, has been president of Harris Teeter Supermarkets since 1997. He brings more than 37 years of grocery industry experience to his new role. Morganthall began his career in grocery retail in 1978 at Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich. He joined Harris Teeter in 1986 as director of grocery merchandising, and went on to serve in several key leadership roles including VP merchandising, VP distribution and VP operations, before taking his current role as president. Morganthall has also been an active leader in industry organizations, including the Food Marketing Institute.
 
Antolock, 56, began his retail career in 1978 with Albertsons, where he held a number of leadership roles before joining Harris Teeter in 2000. Antolock has served in several executive positions, including SVP operations and SVP operations and merchandising. He has been serving in his current role since 2012, where he is responsible for merchandising, operations, marketing, human resources, loss prevention, store development, quality assurance and distribution, as well as manufacturing.
 
“Rod's leadership has contributed to Harris Teeter's success for more than 15 years,” Ellis said. “He has been instrumental in developing Harris Teeter's exceptional customer service and product quality. We look forward to his continued leadership in his new role.”
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