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Gigwalk develops new Android app for mobile workforce

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO — Gigwalk, an on-demand mobile workforce, has announced the launch of its Android app in North America and the United Kingdom, making Gigwalk the first mobile-centric marketplace for temporary work to have both an iPhone and Android app.

The Android app is expected to double Gigwalk’s current user base of more than 325,000 workers. The launch comes on the heels of the company’s 300% year-over-year revenue surge reached in June. The demand for Gigwalk now spans Fortune 1000 customers, including Reckitt Benckiser, BMW, 7-Eleven, eBay, AIG, Chartis, and others, the company stated.

Gigwalk noted that the latest comScore report revealed that 52% of U.S. smartphone consumers own Android devices versus 39.9% who own iPhones.

"In order for Gigwalk to achieve our goal of building the largest and most-effective smartphone army in the world, we must tap into talent that lives across multiple mobile platforms," stated Matt Crampton, founder and CTO for Gigwalk. "While this news positively impacts thousands of potential new Gigwalkers and creates meaningful jobs, it also gives us increased bandwidth for a higher amount of customers, coverage, speed and completion rates."

The app’s functionality is similar to the iPhone app. For Gigwalkers, they log onto the app and instantly see available gigs in their area. Once they begin working on gigs, the app tracks completed and pending gigs. For businesses, the app connects into Gigwalk’s back-end engine that matches the best worker with each gig.  Businesses can also access Gigwalk’s reporting dashboard that allows them to view real-time metrics and insights on every job execution.

Businesses can post gigs such as store audits, retail merchandising, field photography, in-store demos, stockroom work, customer surveys and more through Gigwalk.com.

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Vendors talk about what Cardinal Health RBC means for them – Part 2

BY Alaric DeArment

ScriptPro — Kevin and Lauren Combs
DSN: Given that it’s such a commitment of time and money to come to a conference like RBC, what do you hope to accomplish here?
Kevin Combs, VP sales: We get a chance to talk to our independent customers, and Cardinal has been doing this show for years. We also get a chance to showcase some of our more popular products.
DSN: How are independents important to your business?
KC: Our first clients were independent clients, and they’re a critical focal point to our business. If independents stay in business, we stay in business.
DSN: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
KC: Pharmacy is changing rapidly, and for you to really continue to grow your business, you really need to embrace technology.

2. Bio-Oil
DSN: Given that it’s such a commitment of time and money to come to a conference like RBC, what do you hope to accomplish here?
Carolyn Harrington, consultant: Exposure to pharmacists of our products, and orders.
DSN: How are independents important to your business?
CH: Our product is sold over the counter at practically all pharmacies, and independents are just as important as the big stores. If a patient comes up to a pharmacist asking, what would you recommend for scars, they can say we have Bio-Oil.
DSN: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
CH: Bio-Oil is a wonderful, multi-use skin oil. We hope you’ll not only refer your customers to it, but we appreciate that you’ll make a profit from it.

3. Upsher-Smith — Karri Theis Tabitha Smith
DSN: Given that it’s such a commitment of time and money to come to a conference like RBC, what do you hope to accomplish here?
Karri Theis, retail account representative: Promoting our products and our product lines at Upsher-Smith, meeting a lot of the customers we don’t get to see, and face-to-face interaction.
DSN: How are independents important to your business?
KT: They’re very important. Some of our mainstay products are sold to independents. They’re a big piece of our business, just as much as the big chains. A lot of the independent pharmacists have more time to focus on the patient, and we appreciate that at Upsher-Smith.
DSN: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
KT: I would thank them for their business and thank them for attending this show.

4. Roxane Labs
DSN: Given that it’s such a commitment of time and money to come to a conference like RBC, what do you hope to accomplish here?
Steven Simone, senior product manager: We’re here to support our customer, Cardinal. We want to spend some time with our Cardinal affiliates.
DSN: How are independents important to your business?
SS: Many of our products are sold through independents and wholesalers like Cardinal. Independents dispense more medications than most people realize.
DSN: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
SS: Thank you for your support. It’s been a pleasure serving you.

5. PharmaSmart — Danielle Mariano Stephen Hutton
DSN: Given that it’s such a commitment of time and money to come to a conference like RBC, what do you hope to accomplish here?
Danielle Mariano, director of business development, US: Well, obviously we enjoy coming to the trade shows because it allows us to connect not only with our existing customers, but find potential new customers. We get that face-to-face element.
DSN: How are independents important to your business?
Steve Hutton, pharmacy services team leader: Honestly, they’re extremely important to our business. I admire them. They’re entrepreneurs. We customize our kiosks for them. They’re the lifeblood of our company. They’re definitely very important to us.
DSN: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
DM: I think we’d just say we’re grateful for all the people who attend the shows. I think we’ve seen about 90% of the people here, and it’s great they take the time to come.

6. PharmaCare US
DSN: Given that it’s such a commitment of time and money to come to a conference like RBC, what do you hope to accomplish here?
Kimberly Weld, VP sales and marketing: Since a high proportion of independents display better brand loyalty, we find they really believe in a brand and are willing to recommend it to their customers. They are interested in recommending something that works, not just something they get a higher profit margin on.
DSN: How are independents important to your business?
KW: They have a real interest in the science behind a product and are willing to recommend something that really works.
DSN: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
KW: I think [that] we appreciate the service that independents are providing to their community.

 

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Target to open store in Pa.

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is opening a new store in King of Prussia, Pa., the mass-merchandise chain said Monday.

The 165,000-sq. ft. store will include fresh produce, fresh meat and packaged backed goods, as well as a pharmacy, optical center and in-store Starbucks, employing 200 to 250 people. The store will donate to local chapters of the United Way, Feeding America and grant programs.

"Pennsylvania continues to be a strong market for Target, and we’re eager to expand our presence in the state this year," Target SVP northeast stores Samir Shah said. "We look forward to bringing our ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ brand promise and strong legacy of giving back to the community to King of Prussia residents."

 

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