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NeuroMetrix’s Quell rolls out to 1,000 drug stores

BY David Salazar
WALTHAM — NeuroMetrix, maker of Quell, a wearable device aimed at relieving chronic pain, announced that in June the device would be available in about 1,000 chain drug stores across the country. The company’s website features a store locator to help find which locations sell Quell. 
 
“Consumers have told us that they expect to see and purchase Quell at leading chain drug stores," NeuroMetrix president and CEO Dr. Shai N. Gozani said. “We are therefore delighted to broaden the availability of Quell, our proprietary, 100% drug free technology for the relief of widespread chronic pain. As Quell represents a new level of technology at premium pricing we will use learning from this test to optimize our full retail expansion.”
 
Quell launched in Target stores in April, and Drug Store News featured the device as part of its look at wearables in its May issue. To read the feature, click here
 
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Kroger brings curbside pickup to Houston market

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON — The Kroger Houston division on Thursday invited area customers to try ClickList, an online grocery ordering service, at select stores in the area. As an introductory offer, Kroger will waive the $4.95 service charge for a customer's first three orders.

ClickList, which is exclusive to Kroger, allows customers to shop online and pick up their order curbside at one of 22 the participating store locations expected to operate the new service by the beginning of fall 2016.

Nationally, Kroger has been testing online shopping and collecting customers' feedback about the service since November 2014. The introduction of ClickList to the Houston market illustrates the evolution of customers embracing technology to enhance their shopping experiences.

"Feedback from our customers, and other regions, who tested ClickList was overwhelmingly positive and very useful in helping us make changes and improvements before we introduced the service locally," stated Bill Breetz, president of the Kroger Houston division. "We know today's customers are continuously looking for ways to increase their productivity yet simplify their lives. We are certain this online shopping service will offer young families, seniors, disabled customers and other shoppers an easier and more convenient way to grocery shop."

Over the next few months, Kroger plans to introduce ClickList to additional stores located in Beaumont, Cypress, Energy Corridor, Oak Forest, Northeast Houston, Katy, Kingwood, League City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, Sugar Land, West University and Willis.

Kroger operates 111 stores, 106 pharmacies and 79 fuel centers in greater Houston, Southeast Texas, Bryan-College Station and Southwest Louisiana. 

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Fort McMurray Shoppers Drug Mart reopens following recent wildfires

BY Michael Johnsen

BRAMPTON, Ontario — With the return of residents to Fort McMurray Wednesday, Loblaw Companies announced that its fundraising effort has resulted in a donation of close to $5 million for those impacted by the recent wildfires.

"The outpouring of support from our customers and colleagues has been overwhelming, resulting in our largest-ever fundraising campaign," stated Bob Chant, SVP corporate affairs and communication, Loblaw Companies. "We recognize the residents of Fort McMurray have a long journey ahead of them and we hope that these funds can help in the rebuilding their community."

The donation is a combination of a number of efforts across the company's businesses in addition to the $300,000 financial commitment to the Canadian Red Cross, including:

  • $280,000 worth of essential food and health provisions for evacuation centres and first responders from Loblaw grocery;
  • More than $4.2 million in cash donations collected at Loblaw grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart stores;
  • 76 million Shoppers Optimum points donated
  • 47,000 Joe Fresh clothing items for displaced residents; and
  • $25,000 from Shoppers Drug Mart to be put towards health and beauty aids for evacuees.

Wednesday also marked an important milestone for the company in Fort McMurray as one grocery store, one gas bar and one drug store will reopen to serve residents. The Shoppers Drug Mart at River City Centre on Franklin Avenue and the Real Canadian Superstore and Gas Bar at 9 Haineault Street both opened yeserday.

Work continues on three Shoppers Drug Mart locations, the Extra Foods store and Gas Bar and two Real Canadian Liquor stores with hopes of reopening in the next few days.

"I want to thank our colleagues, associate-owners and their staff for their tremendous effort in getting these stores ready to serve residents," Chant said. "What would normally take six weeks took these teams just six days to achieve, truly demonstrating the commitment and compassion they have for their neighbours."

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