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Health-and-wellness events at Sam’s Club could convert members into patients

BY Rob Eder

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT —Sam’s Club has made a major commitment to health and wellness, and is hosting screening events every month of the year. January was New Year, New You. This month it’s heart health. Next month it’s allergy screenings. In June it’s men’s health, which includes some pretty expensive PSA tests. Why? Sam’s wants its members to know it’s serious about health and wellness, and knows that these events are a good way to convert members into patients.

(THE NEWS: Sam’s Club gets down to heart of the matter with free screenings. For the full story, click here)

In the April 2 issue of Drug Store News, DSN will feature an exclusive report on Sam’s Club and what its health-and-wellness leadership is doing to create a relevant and unique offering for its members, and grow scrips and sales in a business segment that upper management has targeted for growth.

For more information on the issue, or to advertise, contact DSN publisher Wayne Bennett at wbennett@lf.com.

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New electronic learning toys featuring Scooby-Doo to launch this summer

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Oregon Scientific has introduced a new line of Scooby-Doo-themed personal electronics, thanks to a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

The lineup of electronic learning toys include the the Scooby-Doo Magic Laptop, Scooby-Doo Secret Pocket Learner, and Scooby-Doo Mystery Learner, which will be released this summer. Each of the items provide on-the-go play, reinforcing vocabulary, logic, numbers, memory and creativity, Oregon Scientific said.

The Scooby-Doo Magic Laptop is recommended for children ages 4 years and older, while the Scooby-Doo Secret Pocket Learner and Scooby-Doo Mystery Learner are recommended for children ages 3 years and older.

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Walgreens takes its circular digital with enhanced deals for multichannel consumer

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Friday announced it will publish a digital edition of its weekly advertising circular that will offer additional items through Walgreens.com and the company’s mobile applications.

The Sunday circular — read by more than 50 million consumers, according to Walgreens — also will get a new look and feel, designed to improve the shopping experience.

“This is the most dramatic refresh we’ve made to the weekly ad in more than two decades, delivering added value for our growing numbers of online and mobile customers, as well as a better experience for those who look forward to seeing it in print,” stated Joe Magnacca, Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions. “We’re giving people more convenient ways to shop and save, and this complements our multi-channel strategy by finding new and different ways to cater to today’s consumers.”

A recent Nielsen study found that more than 70% of shoppers expressed a desire for basic digital delivery of advertising inserts in the future. As traffic to Walgreens.com continues to grow, online views of the circular alone have increased more than 50% year over year, Walgreens reported.

“We know that for approximately half of the visitors to Walgreens.com, their next action is to go to one of our stores to shop,” Magnacca said.  “For our loyal customers who don’t use computers or the Internet, all of the items we feature online each week will also be specially-marked in our stores.”

The new design includes coupons grouped together by category on easy-to-find pages as well as sale items featured more prominently throughout. Walgreens has also added “QR codes,” enabling mobile users to quickly view more deals directly from a smartphone. Customers also can visit category-specific Walgreens websites highlighted in the ad or find additional bonus buys inside stores.

The online and mobile circular features hundreds of additional in-store offers, online exclusive pages and other “bonus buys.”  Online ads also allow for social sharing via Twitter and Facebook and the ability to create advanced shopping lists, among other features. Those who sign up to receive the weekly ad via email will receive it as a sneak peek, delivered on Fridays. Signup is available online at Walgreens.com/sneakpeek or in stores. Those who register will receive a $5 coupon, Walgreens said.
 
To view the new weekly ad, visit Walgreens.com/weeklyad.

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