McKesson recognized for McKesson OneCloud technology solution
SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Thursday announced that it ranked No. 8 on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100.
McKesson was recognized for its development of McKesson OneCloud, an internally developed private and public cloud capability used in the development of internal and customer-facing solutions. OneCloud enables McKesson technologists to meet the demands for secure, regulated exchange of healthcare information, while providing the organization with low-cost agile development environments. Taking advantage of economies of scale with OneCloud, the organization can more easily leverage newer technologies to drive business growth, lower costs and reduce development time to more quickly bring solutions to market.
“McKesson is honored to be recognized as one of today’s top technology innovators,” stated Randy Spratt, chief information officer and chief technology officer, McKesson. “As a leader in healthcare, McKesson is committed to evolving our business through the innovative use of technology to shape the future of healthcare and to help our customers and their patients achieve better health.”
OneCloud is a self-service business model serving as the platform for the next generation of McKesson’s products and services. With OneCloud, McKesson business and technology workers can provision new cloud servers or business applications in just minutes. The project speeds up the delivery of business and technology apps used by McKesson’s business units, who in turn serve the company’s external customers, without compromising on security or technology standards.
Walgreens posts March sales of $6.4 billion, up 4.5%
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday reported March sales of $6.4 billion, an increase of 4.5% as compared with the same month in fiscal 2013.
With Easter falling on April 20 this year compared with March 31 last year, total front-end sales decreased 2.6% in March compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales decreased 3.4%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 4% while basket size increased 0.6%. Walgreens will report combined comparable store sales for March and April with its April sales results.
Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 5.1% in March and increased 4.2% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. March 2014 had one additional Monday and one fewer Friday compared with March 2013. These calendar shifts positively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 90 basis points. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores were negatively impacted by 30 basis points due to the lower incidence of flu in March 2014.
March pharmacy sales increased by 8.9%. Comparable store pharmacy sales increased 8% and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 7.1%. Calendar day-shift adjusted comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 160 basis points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months, and were negatively impacted by 40 basis points due to a lower incidence of flu.
Pharmacy sales accounted for 64.7% of total sales for the month.
Sales in comparable stores increased by 3.5% in March. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 0.6%. Generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 100 basis points, while the lower incidence of flu negatively impacted total comparable sales by 20 basis points.
Fiscal 2014 year-to-date sales for the first seven months were $44.4 billion, an increase of 5.4%.
Walgreens opened 13 stores during March, including three relocations, acquired three and closed one.
Tender creates a buzz around its new ‘spokesbug’ through social media
LITTLETON, N.H. — Through a social media campaign coined the "National Bug Report," After Bite tracked the path of the Mystery Bug, increasing curiosity around this potential new stinging threat. On April 1, the bug was revealed as the brand’s new spokesbug, a character introduced to educate families on the good, bad and interesting world of insects, Tender announced.
"As the leading insect bite treatment brand, we want to make the world of bugs fun for parents and children," stated Jason Cartwright, CEO of Tender. "Now revealed, our Mystery Bug will be the voice that educates and interests moms, dads and children on all things ‘buggy’ and provides expertise on making family outdoor adventures safe, comfortable and fun."
As the brand’s new spokesbug, the Mystery Bug will be used through marketing, social media and public relations as an educational voice and the "expert" on all things related to insects and insect bite treatment. The Mystery Bug will provide advice on staying safe and enjoying the outdoors; tips on insects and how to avoid them; fun statistics on bugs and their benefits to the world; advice on how to treat bites if stung; insect bite prevention and treatment.
With the reveal of the campaign, the Mystery Bug will be seen in-store on displays. Through their Facebook channel, After Bite will host a "name the Mystery Bug" contest in April where one family will win an outdoor gear package for their next family camping trip, valued at over $3,000. Retail and online coupon promotions as well as in-store giveaways will also spread the Mystery Bug throughout the United States.