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Goldman Sachs recognizes UrgentRx founder and CEO as one of the ‘100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014’

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — Goldman Sachs is recognizing entrepreneur and UrgentRx founder and CEO Jordan Eisenberg as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, Calif., UrgentRx announced Wednesday. Goldman Sachs selected Eisenberg as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event.
 
"I am honored to be included among such a talented and diverse group of entrepreneurs," Eisenberg said. "At UrgentRx, we’re committed to bringing new and exciting products to market that help consumers feel better fast. UrgentRx continues to disrupt the OTC medication category through innovative products and impactful consumer marketing. It’s great to be recognized for all of our hard work.”
 
Prior to founding UrgentRx, Eisenberg launched the Buddy Network, a consumer mobile app business that launched a top iPhone app. In addition, Eisenberg built and sold a successful promotional product business based on products he invented and patented (including the CollarCard and BottleCard). He has also invented and licensed a medical device to a major manufacturer. Previously, Eisenberg worked alongside serial entrepreneur Maurice Kanbar (founder of Skyy Vodka), where he was instrumental in the production and launch of several consumer product businesses.
 
"We are honored to recognize Jordan as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2014," stated David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs. "This is the third year for the summit and our goal remains the same. We pair seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs – the builders and innovators – from a diverse set of industries to discuss how to make vital, enduring companies that reshape industries and boost the world's economies through innovation."
 
UrgentRx produces a line of fast-acting, portable over-the-counter medications that provide "Right Now Relief" for today’s busy, on-the-go consumer. UrgentRx Fast Powders are available in single-dose packets and, recently launched, 10-count boxes. The products are intended to treat a variety of common ailments including Headache Relief to Go, Heartburn Relief to Go, Upset Stomach Relief to Go, Ache & Pain Relief to Go, Allergy Attack Relief to Go and Critical Care Aspirin. UrgentRx Fast Powders don’t require water and use proven and effective active ingredients that provide fast-acting relief. The line is sold in over 20,000 locations nationwide.
 

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Shopko introduces in-store pick-up service for orders placed through Shopko.com

BY Michael Johnsen

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko announced Wednesday the rollout of its expanded omnichannel, providing customers more access to product — including the ability to buy products on-line and ship them to store for free. 

After a successful pilot launch, the retailer expanded the program to its 310 locations across the United States. 
 
“We are excited to launch this program since customers have been asking for the ability to ship to store locations," stated Mike Sidders, VP e-commerce. “Customers will love the expanded product assortment available from Shopko.com and the option of shipping it to their nearest Shopko store for free.” 
 
“Ship to store” will be available on thousands of products, including: furniture, housewares, bedding, baby gear and furniture, seasonal and home décor, and jewelry. Customers still get free shipping to their home on orders over $75 at Shopko.com.
 

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GreatCall launches suite of connected health-and-safety products and services through Rite Aid

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SAN DIEGO — GreatCall on Wednesday announced that its suite of connected health and safety products and services is available in more than 4,000 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. By offering mobile health solutions in-store and integrating their wellness initiatives at Rite Aid pharmacies, GreatCall is transforming health care for the way shoppers age, the company stated.

The rollout of GreatCall’s lineup, including the Touch3 smartphone Splash mobile medical alert device and Jitterbug5 flip phone — and through them, a portfolio of health and safety services at Rite Aid — will be completed by mid-October 2014. The custom displays include the full product range, demo phones and brochures.
 
“Today’s older adults are redefining the way we age, and GreatCall’s mission is to provide them with usable solutions to keep them thriving,” stated Bill Yates, CMO of GreatCall. “Through Rite Aid, a company that shares our mission, we are bringing this vision to life. This is a critical step in a broader active aging strategy.”
 
The companies’ shared commitment to wellness aligns at a number of levels, from the Rite Aid pharmacy app that comes preloaded on all Touch3 smartphones sold at Rite Aid to a much broader focus on the 65+ market and the collateral and outreach to support it.
 
GreatCall’s active aging services include:
 
  • 5Star service – U.S.-based NAED Certified Response agents use the phone’s GPS and information provided in the user’s personal profile, to confirm the user’s location and effectively evaluate the situation. Agents provide the connection to whichever emergency services are required, from medication questions to emergency dispatch services;
  • Urgent Care provides 24/7 unlimited access to speak with registered nurses or board certified doctors anytime, anywhere without having to travel to a doctor’s office or make a copayment;
  • MedCoach medication reminder app enables users to easily follow medication schedules as prescribed by their doctors;
  • The GreatCall Link app gives family caregivers peace of mind by providing both critical information in an urgent situation and snapshots of normal daily activities. Friends and family who download the Link app to their smartphone will receive an alert when the user of a GreatCall device contacts a 5Star agent in an emergency, including the date, time of call and type of help provided. In addition, the app provides information on daily events such as current locations, power status, and a list of activities to ensure that daily routines are normal and the device is charged and in use;
  • Brain Games improve cognitive functions, improve memory and sharpen focus while providing fun; and
  • Check-in Calls are friendly, automated calls that can be scheduled to check in on a family member, providing peace of mind.
 

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