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Walmart reportedly pushing for higher online price points

BY DSN STAFF

A discount giant may be moving away from offering the lowest prices online.

Walmart is asking vendors to supply it with more merchandise priced at $10 and up. This is part of a major push to finally turn a profit at its online business, according to Reuters.

Sources told Reuters that Walmart is especially focused on dry grocery products, such as sauces, soaps and general merchandise items, including toys and home furnishings. Walmart’s goal is to see higher profit margins selling these more expensive items, given the built-in cost of delivering goods purchased online.

By offering the lowest prices online on every item, Walmart is incurring a shipping cost of $4 or $5. “It is not sustainable, and more importantly their shareholders won’t allow it,” one source said in the report.

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North of the border, Rexall now stocks naloxone in all pharmacies

BY Michael Johnsen

Rexall Drugstore on Thursday announced that its pharmacies are now stocked with naloxone kits available in each of its 446 store locations in Canada. Patients do not need a prescription to get a naloxone kit.

In addition, Rexall’s pharmacists have received enhanced training that will enable them to educate patients, family members or friends on the risks associated with opioids and assist in assessing and responding to potential overdose using naloxone. Since December, there has been a 150% increase in the number of naloxone kits that have been dispensed by Rexall pharmacists

“Accidental opioid overdoses can happen to anyone, any time. At a time when deaths due to accidental opioid overdoses continues to rise in all provinces, Rexall has significantly increased access to a life-saving treatment by making Naloxone kits more available at every one of our stores in Canada,” Beth Newlands Campbell, president, Rexall, said. “Naloxone kits are not just for recreational drug users. There are thousands of Canadians that currently have an opioid prescription and are taking their medication appropriately. Unfortunately, they too are at risk of an accidental overdose and should have a kit on-hand.”

Rexall pharmacists are playing a more integrated role in the delivery of primary care services, and are an influential membera patient’s health care team. With the enhanced level of training Rexall pharmacists have received, they are better prepared to provide counselling to patients on the appropriate use of opioids and other controlled substances.

“Our pharmacists are an important and reliable source of information and they can talk to patients, family members or friends not just about the dangers around opioids, but also provide instructions and training on how to properly use a naloxone kit,” Newlands Campbell, said.

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Weis Markets upgrades Preferred Shopper program

BY Michael Johnsen

Weis Markets earlier this week announced it has upgraded its Weis Preferred Shopper program, which now offers discount rewards on nine Weis brand products including Weis Quality ice cream and bananas, in addition to gas. It has also added a 10% discount on Weis brand items every Tuesday for seniors 60 years and older.

“Our upgraded rewards program now offers more of our customers reward discounts on some of our best-selling products and is particularly helpful to those in areas with limited gas reward options,” Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets vice president marketing and advertising, said. “Our rewards program has always been a tremendous success but many of our customers wanted the additional option of saving on the products they regularly purchase. Ultimately, we wanted to give them more flexibility in their reward choices.”

Customers can earn one point for every dollar spent using their Weis Preferred Shopper Card when purchasing their groceries.

And customers 60 or older are now eligible for the Weis Brand senior discount on Tuesdays. This discount is good for 6,000 Weis brand items including: Weis Quality, Weis Signature Collection, Weis Organics, Valu Time, Full Circle and TopCare.

To obtain the discount, customers need to provide a valid ID at checkout to register on a one-time basis. Certain items may be excluded due to legal restrictions.

 

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