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Sage North America to help develop McKesson Mobile Delivery application

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINE, Calif. — Sage North America last week announced that it partnered with McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation, a division of McKesson, to help develop the McKesson Mobile Delivery application for prescription delivery services. 

"McKesson had a clear vision for the direction it wanted to take with McKesson Mobile Delivery, and the vital features needed to be HIPAA-compliant and simple to use," stated Greg Hammermaster, president of Sage Payment Solutions. "We included the ability to autodeposit the payments directly into pharmacy bank accounts within one or two business days to help ensure the application adds more value for pharmacies in both cash flow and back-office efficiencies."

McKesson Mobile Delivery was created to help improve prescription adherence rates, increase operational efficiencies for pharmacies and reduce costly hospital re-admissions. McKesson introduced the application at its annual McKesson ideaShare 2013 conference, and more than 50 pharmacies have already signed on to use it.

McKesson Mobile Delivery was specifically designed to enable pharmacies to make home deliveries and process payments using mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. The solution is HIPAA-compliant, is compatible with Apple iOS devices and pairs with a Sage Mobile Payments card reader to ensure each transaction is fully encrypted and PCI-compliant. The McKesson application allows pharmacists to bring their services to the point of care and capitalize on the advantages inherent with mobility. Customers benefit from home delivery, while pharmacists gain benefits by capturing the payment at the point of delivery, improving cash flow for pharmacists’ businesses and increasing quality of care for patients.

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Duane Reade dominates Twitter with more than 1 million followers

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Duane Reade in late August surpassed 1 million Twitter followers, and will be celebrating the accomplishment at its 40 Wall St. location on Tuesday during an invitation-only event.  

That makes Duane Reade by far the most-followed retailer on Twitter in the food, drug and mass arena. Duane Reade has garnered five times more Twitter followers than its parent company Walgreens (180,390 followers), the second-most followed drug store retailer. CVS/pharmacy, No. 3, is followed by 117,931 Twitterers. 

Duane Reade even outpaces all of mass retail as well — Target has garnered 758,213 followers, while Walmart has captured the attention of 363,894 followers. Leading supermarket retailers include Kroger (37,148 followers), Publix (34,710) and Safeway (31,157).

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NYX Cosmetics expands Target retail partnership

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Beauty brand NYX Cosmetics has expanded its retail distribution through a partnership with Target.

After positive reaction to its entry in Target’s Canadian market, as well as a successful test launch domestically, NYX is now available in more than 1,000 Target stores across North America.

NYX’s partnership with Target first began in Canada where they launched in 2013. NYX is now available in 1,093 Target stores across the United States, with the remaining door openings planned for early 2014. In addition, NYX and Target will collaborate on marketing initiatives featuring best-selling NYX items in limited-edition packaging.

At stores, customers have access to more than 150 NYX product SKUs including mainstay items, such as its Jumbo Eye Pencil, Eye Shadow Palettes, Extra Creamy Round Lipstick and Slide on Pencil. In addition, specialty products such as the award-winning The Curve, Shine Killer, Pore Filler, Matte Lipstick and Soft Matte Lip Cream also will be available. Target also will feature NYX’s newest product launches, as well as specialty items from the line.

 

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