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Vitamin Shoppe to sponsor health expos

BY Gina Acosta

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe is hoping to attract more health-conscious shoppers by sponsoring a health expo this month at all 700 of its stores.
 
All Vitamin Shoppe stores across the country will host a "Share the Health" Expo from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Each store will provide samples of healthy goodies, offer consultations with local wellness partners, plus tips and recipes for healthy living this summer. The first 50 shoppers at each store will receive a free gift bag with product samples from a selection of brands.
 
In the first quarter ended March 28, the Vitamin Shoppe grew total sales 9.4% and delivered a 1.2% total company cost including the impact of online sales growth. The company reported its 38th consecutive quarter of positive comparable store sales. E-commerce sales were slightly down at a decrease of 90 basis points. Retail revenue grew 5.7% to $288 million while the retail comp was 1.5%.
 
The Vitamin Shoppe sells more than 20,000 products to choose from, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living, beauty aids and more. It operates 700 Vitamin Shoppe stores across the country or online at VitaminShoppe.com.
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Report: Walmart relaxing rules for associates

BY Gina Acosta

FAYETTEVILLE, Ak., Walmart reportedly is relaxing its dress code and raising the temperature at its stores as part of an effort to improve working conditions. 
 
According to a Reuters report, Walmart made the announcement to a gathering of 3,000 workers brought to Arkansas this week before the company's annual shareholders' meeting due to be held on Friday.
 
The effort, which includes a new training program and upgraded handheld terminals for department managers, is being billed as a sign that management was listening to some 1 million hourly workers it employs in the United States, according to Reuters.
 
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MinuteClinic becomes an in-network provider for an Ohio healthcare insurance plan

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s MinuteClinic has become an in-network provider with Molina Healthcare of Ohio, a healthcare insurance plan serving 340,000 members through government sponsored health programs throughout the state.

MinuteClinic has 60 locations in Ohio inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Akron/Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown metropolitan areas.

"This is an important development in the growth of our business and patient care as we expand our ability to serve even more people throughout Ohio," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and EVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. "By offering high quality treatment in a convenient and accessible setting, we can work with Molina to lower health care costs in the state."

"We are excited to offer Molina members this convenient option to access high quality health care services through our partnership with MinuteClinic," added Amy Schultz Clubbs, president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio. "This allows our members to easily get basic services outside of typical medical office hours including weekends. MinuteClinic is a great addition to our existing network of providers and provides an appropriate alternative to unnecessary emergency room visits for certain conditions."

Molina Healthcare provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. It serves more than three million members through locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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