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Patient Views – September 2013 Methodology

BY DSN STAFF

AccentHealth collected data through an online survey conducted from Aug. 21 to 27, 2013. Participants responded via AccentHealth’s national, online panel of network viewers, and the survey yielded 501 respondents who were at least 18 years of age.

All data is self-reported and not validated.

Below is the demographic breakdown of the respondents and their behavior:

Gender

 

Primary shopper in household

 

Percent of respondents who suffered from each of the following conditions in the past 12 months
95% of respondents either suffered personally from one condition or had a household member who suffered from one condition
 

Age

Education

Household income

Source: AccentHealth

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Kroger posts quarterly sales gains of 4.6%

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday reported total sales of $22.7 billion for the second quarter ended Aug. 17, representing an increase of 4.6% as compared with the year-ago period. Total sales, excluding fuel, increased 3.9% in the second quarter over the same period last year.  

And according to the grocer, this quarter marks the 39th consecutive quarter of positive identical supermarket sales.

"Kroger’s strong second quarter results have us on target to deliver the earnings per share growth we promised for the year," stated David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "As we have shown quarter after quarter, our consistent execution of the Customer 1st Strategy deepens customer loyalty, increases sales and creates sustainable shareholder value."

The company’s digital strategy is paying dividends, the company noted. "If you look at our digital app now, it’s among the top 2% of downloads [at the Apple app store]," Rodney McMullen, Kroger president and COO, told analysts Thursday morning. 

"We are improving our connection with customers and associates, rewarding shareholders and investing to grow our business," Dillon said. "We intend to continue building on this positive momentum with execution at every level of the company to achieve our long-term earnings per share growth rate of 8% to 11% in fiscal 2013 and beyond." 

In a move that will expand Kroger’s footprint "into new and exciting markets," Kroger in July announced its $2.5 billion proposed acquisition of Harris Teeter. No store closures are expected as part of that deal. And Kroger expects to apply Harris Teeter’s operational expertise across urban upscale markets to its existing store base. Kroger also stated it would explore potentially expanding Harris Teeter’s online click-and-collect service, whereby consumers can order their groceries online to be picked up at the store at a designated time. 

Together, that merged company will operate 2,631 supermarkets and employ more than 368,300 associates across 34 states and the District of Columbia. Following closing, Harris Teeter will continue to operate its stores as a subsidiary of Kroger and will continue to be led by key members of Harris Teeter’s senior management team.

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Target aims for sustainability in Canadian push

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — All of Target’s stores in Canada have been certified for sustainability, the retailer said Thursday.

Target said that all of the 68 stores it operates in Canada have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED certification; most recently, 44 were certified. The company plans to have all 124 stores it is opening this year LEED-certified.

"Environmental sustainability at Target is fundamental to our business, and we have been working hard in Canada over the past few years to open our most sustainable collection of stores to date," Target Canada SVP external relations Derek Jenkins said. "We are confident that all 124 store locations opening this year will be awarded LEED certification, making Target a leader among Canadian mass retailers when it comes to sustainable store buildings."

 

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