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Walgreens, Kroger contribute to Hurricane Maria relief efforts

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Walgreens has committed to a $250,000 donation to American Red Cross Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the retailer announced Monday. In addition, Walgreens customers can also donate to Red Cross hurricane relief efforts at approximately 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Customers can make donations at store checkout.

“Since opening our first store in Puerto Rico in 1960 we’ve had a strong commitment to serving the island’s health care needs, which have never been greater than they are now,” stated Nivia Santiago, Walgreens regional VP for Puerto Rico. “Today, our employees are working tirelessly to provide medicines and everyday needs to our patients and customers during this critical time. Across the country, our customers are looking for ways to show their generosity and support, which is why we’ve started this donation campaign as an easy way to help.”

Walgreens continues its aggressive effort to serve customers on the island by reopening its Puerto Rico stores as quickly as possible. As of 8:47 a.m. eastern time Monday, Walgreens has reopened more than half of its 120 stores on the island. Some locations are operating on a limited basis, many with generators that were already located onsite.

Kroger similarly announced Hurricane Maria relief efforts. To support disaster relief in Puerto Rico, which is home to a Kroger Specialty Pharmacy location, the company is providing essential supplies and has pledged to match customer donations up to $25,000 to benefit American Red Cross and its efforts to aid local families.

 

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APhA kicks off American Pharmacists month

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON — The beginning of October also means the start of American Pharmacists Month, during which the American Pharmacists Association works to raise better awareness among patients, policy makers and stakeholders about the broad role of the pharmacist in America’s health care system.

The efforts around American Pharmacists Month encourages communities to “Know Your Pharmacist — Know Your Medicine” and highlight the services that pharmacists provide that go beyond dispensing medication — from immunizations and medication reviews to adherence efforts and disease state counseling.

American Pharmacists Month will see APhA participating in various activities that include social media campaigns and a Capitol Hill health Fair on Oct. 11, at which members of Congress, their staff and the general public can get flu shots and health screenings, including bone density, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body composition tests. Other highlights include Selfie Day on Oct. 4, during which pharmacists and student pharmacists are encouraged to share a photo of themselves with #APhMSelfieDay, and Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 17.

The organization also has created a resource area on its website to help with activity planning, including tips on outreach and message, as well as ideas to inspire activities and events.

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Walmart reportedly mulling same-day delivery in NYC

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Walmart could be making another bold move in the online delivery game.

Speaking at an advertising industry event in New York City on Wednesday, Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S., said that he expects the chain to offer free, same-day delivery in New York City “very soon,” Bloomberg reported.

While the same-day deliveries are contained within New York City, the move sends a message to online rival Amazon, which offers same-day deliveries to Prime Now members who pay a subscription fee. Walmart and Jet already offer free two-day shipping for orders of $35 or more. This service also rivals Amazon Prime’s day delivery service, which also requires a membership fee.

Other companies are getting in on the same-day delivery game, including Target, which recently launched a pilot called Target Restock. Shoppers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region can order from more than 10,000 products, ranging from laundry detergent and paper towels to granola bars and coffee, and receive merchandise the same day. The service, available only to Target REDcard holders, comes with a flat fee of $4.99 per box.

Other retailers trying their hand at same-day delivery in limited markets include Office Depot, Best Buy, Macy’s and Schnucks.

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