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Report: Hy-Vee to offer flu shots at Rochester Senior Center

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — According to a local report, the Hy-Vee North Health & Wellness Team will visit the Rochester Senior Center in Rochester, Minn., offering flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 15 to 17.

The shot is priced at $25 per person or free for all Medicare patients.

Hy-Vee operates 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually.
 

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Reports: CVS Health, Walgreens to accept new Apple wireless payment system

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Both CVS Health and Walgreens will be leading retail innovation when Apple unveils its iPhone 6 tomorrow as they are both expected to accept purchases made with the new iPhone payment system, according to published reports on Friday. 
 
According to re/code, representatives for Walgreens and Apple declined to comment. CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis told the online news source, “We don’t know what Apple may be planning in terms of a payment system so it is not possible for us to say whether it is something our stores may be able to accept.”
 
If true, retail pharmacy giants CVS Health and Walgreens gives Apple access to more than 15,000 retail doors where consumers can buy anything from aspirin and cosmetics using Apple's new payment system. It would also serve as a testimonial as to the sway the retail pharmacy channel holds with early adopters. 
 
According to reports, Apple’s mobile payment system is expected to let shoppers wave or tap their phone at checkout terminals using a wireless technology called near field communication to transmit payment information from a phone to a store’s checkout system. "The soon-to-launch iPhone 6 is expected to be the first Apple device to include NFC technology," re/code reported. "The new payment method will also likely include the use of fingerprint identification already available on the latest iPhones as an added security measure."
 
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Study: Most online shoppers using smartphones, tablets to interact with brands

BY Antoinette Alexander

PITTSBURGH — Online shopping has reached a mobile tipping point, according to Branding Brand's Mobile Commerce Index report. For the first time ever, the majority of consumers are visiting retail websites on smartphones and tablets rather than on traditional desktop and laptop computers, the study suggests.

"In four short years, our data has tracked the rapid rise of the mobile consumer from a small fraction of users in 2010, to this moment where the majority of online retail visitors now originate via smartphones and tablets," stated Chris Mason, Branding Brand co-founder and CEO. "This fundamental shift in consumer behavior from desktop to mobile happened with unprecedented speed and represents the greatest opportunity in retail since the advent of the Internet."

In August 2014, mobile devices generated 51% of all online retail visits, the majority of which occurred on Apple devices. In 2010, only 4% of all online retail visits were mobile.

"Not only is the majority of online visits coming from smartphones and tablets, they are occurring on Apple devices," stated Mason. "This August, we saw 61% of all smartphone visits and 81% of all tablet visits occur on iOS devices. Based on past adoption trends of Apple's newly-released operating systems, you can fully expect the majority of holiday traffic to come from users running iOS 8, and it hasn't even launched yet."

Issued monthly, the Mobile Commerce Index identifies retail trends across a consistent sample of 26 major North American brands in various industries, including apparel, health and beauty, and home goods. The Index is the largest collection of data on commerce websites specifically designed for iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices.
 

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