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September same-store sales up 1.5% at Rite Aid

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid on Thursday reported a same-store sales increase of 1.5% for the four weeks ended Sept. 26. September front-end same-store sales decreased 0.1% and pharmacy same-store sales, which included an approximate 234 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 2.2%.
 
Prescription count at comparable stores decreased 0.7% over the prior-year period.
 
Total drug store sales for the four-week period increased 1.8% to $2.1 billion. Prescription sales accounted for 70.1% of drug store sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8% of pharmacy sales.
 
Same store sales for the 30-week period ended Sept. 26 increased 2.3% over the prior-year period. Front-end same-store sales increased 0.4% while pharmacy same-store sales increased 3.2%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.7% over the prior-year period.
 
Total drug store sales for the 30-week period increased 2.3% with sales of $15.3 billion. Prescription sales represented 69.3% of total drug store sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8% of pharmacy sales.
 
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Walgreens kiosks to offer Western Union services

BY Gina Acosta

Walgreens has teamed up with Western Union on an initiative that may generate the drugstore chain a lot more traffic and sales.

The nation’s largest drugstore chain has launched Western Union Bill Payment services via digital self-service kiosks, allowing customers to make payments to 15,000 billers across the United States and beyond.

Customers can access Western Union services via Walgreens self-service kiosks where they can pay bills and also use existing Western Union international and domestic money transfer services. The kiosks are located in more than 7,800 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and are the same kiosks where photo and BalanceTM Financial services are offered.

"Offering a fuller menu of financial services supports our drive to provide customers with ultimate convenience,” said Jay Bernstein, Walgreens manager of financial services. “With Western Union’s expanded offerings, customers can now visit our store to quickly pay an eligible utility bill or more easily transfer funds to a college student out-of-state or a relative overseas.”

Western Union service offerings via Walgreens allow customers to independently stage their transactions, and fund money transfers and bill payments via cash or pin-based debit, initiated at the self-service kiosk using a photo touchscreen and finalized at the register. The services are available at Walgreens stores between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time.

Western Union’s cross-border platform is a combination of a physical and digital network servicing 16,000 corridors across 200 countries and territories. Across its brands the company has over 500,000 retail agent locations around the world and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and including the capability to send money to millions of bank accounts.

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Daily Diversion: Dove’s self-esteem project

BY DSN STAFF

Dove’s latest ad isn’t so much advertising a product as a quality — self-esteem. The video shows responses from young women discussing what they would change about their appearance if they could. It’s linked to an initiative on Pinterest that is meant to address barriers to girls having high self-esteem. 

The add also seems skewed to entice members of the New General Market, which DSN recently published a special report about. Watch the add and check out our report on capturing the NGM consumer. 

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