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Walmart to test free online shipping

BY Dan Berthiaume

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart will test a free online shipping service in summer 2015 that will serve as a competitor to the Amazon Prime service from Amazon.com. The service will only cost $50 for a year’s subscription, as compared to $99 for Amazon Prime.
 
The service will initially launch by invite only and offer more than one million top-selling items from Walmart’s seven million-plus-item online assortment. Shipments will arrive in three days or less. It will not initially provide streaming digital content, as opposed to Amazon Prime, but Walmart will alter the program based on customer feedback.
 
A Walmart spokesperson said the service is in response to increased customer demand for predictable and affordable shipping and convenience, as well as to the growing number of consumers who research and purchase products online, according to the Associated Press.
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Crain’s: Cedra pharmacy caters to NYC’s wealthy with upscale concierge services

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

NEW YORK — A specialty pharmacy in New York City’s posh Upper East Side is catering to wealthy residents with a new menu of concierge services that range from $2,500 to $6,500 a month, according to a Crain’s article.

Cedra Pharmacy, which opened its doors in December, if offering four tiers of personalized care — Feather, Medial, Grand and Select.

The most expensive tier, Select, is designed for those patients battling cancer.

According to the article, the Grand tier includes weekly at-home medication reviews with a staff pharmacist, monthly home consultations with a nutritionist, a discount on Cedra purchases, twice-monthly therapeutic massages, 24-hour emergency support, semi-weekly personal training and a limo service and nurse accompaniment to doctor’s visits.

Mazen Karnaby, whose professional background includes working for Duane Reade and CVS/pharmacy, founded Cedra Pharmacy in 2014 “as the antidote to the modern pharmacy.”

According to Cedra’s web site, the company also operates a specialty pharmacy location in the Bronx and is planning to soon open a location in Dallas.

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