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TSE’s Vision 2026 eyes future of retail Rx

BY Lesley Thulin

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores will host a Vision 2026 platform at the Total Store Expo this month in Denver.

“As the retail and healthcare landscapes continue to evolve, we’re at an important juncture in how technology can play an integral role in bringing them together for the benefit of the consumer,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “The technologies presented by Kantar Retail, IBM Watson, Proactive Interactive Strategies and Grabit will certainly showcase what the future of retail and health care may look like in the next decade at this year’s NACDS Total Store Expo,” said Anderson.

Here, DSN previews a few of the companies that will be participating in Vision 2026 by offering their perspectives on the changes ahead in retail and health care in the years to come.

Kantar Retail
Focusing on the role of the retail store in primary care, rehabilitation, diagnosis and treatment, Kantar Retail will focus on an “outcome-centered” healthcare payment system and will unveil 3-D virtual prototype renderings of store environments.

IBM Watson
IBM Watson will offer a glimpse into the future’s “primary care store.” IBM Watson recently partnered with CVS Health for care management services for chronic care patients. The collaboration will synthesize health information sources, including medical health records, pharmacy and medical claims information, environmental factors and fitness devices to support patient goals.

“The capabilities of the IBM Watson Health Cloud, when coupled with CVS Health’s insights into medication utilization and patient behavior, could prove transformative,” Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM Watson, said in a statement.

Menasha Packaging Co.
Menasha will showcase a new merchandising platform called PharmaTailing, which creates a connection between patients and pharmacists and front-of-store items that deliver significant therapeutic value. The platform allows patients to engage in deeper self-advocacy by accessing condition-specific information, product ratings and reviews, as well as offers with an option to request a pharmacist consult if/when needed.

“Based on the importance of pharmacist recommendations to both delivering better health outcomes for patients through more effective MTM and over-the-counter item recommendations, we see this platform as benefitting both retailers and vendors,” Paul Murphy, Menasha’s senior director of retail sales and new business development, told Drug Store News.

As for the future, Menasha predicts a “much more personal retail world” by 2026 that involves future technologies.

“Menasha … recognizes that it is really about enabling commerce at any point on the path to purchase,” Murphy said. “By 2026, we believe that shoppers will define a more personalized experience that will require retailers to retool their current supply chain and in-store activation strategies, to meet a deep level of shopper personalization, both on- and off-shelf.”

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BIC launches Simply Soleil Click razor

BY Lesley Thulin

SHELTON, Conn. — BIC introduced the newest addition to its Soleil line of women’s razors, BIC Simply Soleil Click, on Wednesday.

BIC Simply Soleil Click features a brightly-colored disposable handle and six disposable cartridges in each package, which each include three blades and a moisture strip with cocoa butter, the company said.

“The functionality of Simply Soleil Click gives women a simplified shaving experience, offering the convenience of replaceable cartridges at the value of a disposable razor,” Linda Palladino, senior brand manager of women’s shavers at BIC Consumer Products USA, said. “BIC Soleil is committed to offering razors that help women look and feel their best, so that shaving can be a sunny spot in their day.”

The Simply Soleil Click cartridge features a soothing moisture strip that is 2.5 times larger than the average BIC razor moisture strip, according to the company. It carries a suggested retail price of $6.99.
 

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Beauty leadership changes at Walgreens

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Drug Store News has learned that Shannon Curtin, Walgreens group VP and general merchandise manager for beauty and personal care, will leave the company, effective Sept. 1.
 
Curtin, who led Walgreens’ mission to “Go Big in Beauty,” is widely credited for having made several important contributions that have helped expand Walgreens’ beauty business since joining the company in 2009, including the creation of Walgreens’ online Beauty University training program for its 26,000 in-store beauty advisors and the launch of a monthly magazine for its best customers, Discover Beauty Within.
 
Effective Sept. 8, Lauren Brindley will assume the GVP/GMM for beauty and personal care. Brindley, who began her career at Tesco, has served in a variety of roles at Walgreens Boots Alliance over the past 10 years, primarily in beauty and personal care, and is credited with having helped Boots grow market share in premium beauty and fragrance, by upgrading the customer experience and attracting desirable new brands. Brindley is also credited with having played a vital role in the re-launch of the Boots No. 7 brand in 2010.
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