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CVS Health brings 2 opioid efforts to New Hampshire

BY DSN STAFF

CVS Health is stepping up it efforts to curb opioid abuse in New Hampshire. In addition to bringing medication disposal kiosks to two locations in the state, the company also is committing more than $60,000 in funding to three non-profits working to combat and address opioid abuse.

“Pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare professionals in the community, where we have witnessed the impacts of the epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” CVS Health vie president of professional services Thomas Davis said. “Expanding our safe medication disposal efforts and funding community organizations in New Hampshire is an extension of our commitment to address and prevent opioid abuse in the communities we serve and fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The new kiosks are located at a location in Nashua and another in Keene, both of which are 24-hour pharmacies. These will supplement the 15 kiosks CVS Health donated to police departments in New Hampshire.

The funding will support three nonprofits — SOS Recovery Community Organization, based in Somersworth; Hope on Haven Hill, based in Rochester; and Concord-based Concord Hospital Trust.

SOS Recovery Community Organization is receiving $20,000 to increase capacity of its peer recovery coaches and recruit and train new recovery coaches. Hope on Heaven Hill is receiving $10,000 to train staff and volunteers to help women who are new parents obtain recovery and learn coping skills. Concord Hospital Trust will put the $30,000 it’s receiving toward implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment screenings through its primary care pratices. The grant also will enable professional development for staff members around addiction and mental illness.

CVS Health has now brought disposal kiosks to roughly 750 locations while also working to educate communities about the dangers of opioid abuse and misuse through its Pharmacists Teach Program. These efforts are in addition to others being undertaken through the company’s CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits manager.

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Albertsons unveils digital marketplace

BY Michael Johnsen

Albertsons on Tuesday announced the pre-launch of its digital marketplace. The general registration is now open for vendors who wish to grow their business by direct-shipping to Albertsons customers.

“At Albertsons Companies, we have always prided ourselves on our wide assortment. This offering takes our assortment size to the next level by making the aisle practically infinite,” Narayan Iyengar, senior vice president digital marketing and e-commerce, Albertsons, said. “This is another example of the rapid strides we are making on building digital capabilities that serve our customers, and shows our determination to play a prominent role in the digital food and wellness eco system.”

As of 2017, 27% of consumers purchased food, beverages or both, online, Nielsen reported in its recent “Total Consumer Report” published in March. “Heading into 2018, we are past the ‘tipping point’ and in as few as five-seven years, research from Nielsen and Food Marketing Institute projects that 70% of consumers will be purchasing food and beverage goods online,” the research firm reported. “Center of store edibles like packaged grocery, frozen foods and dairy are examples that have only just begun to penetrate the online space, but are poised to hasten pace, posting annual dollar growth of 41%, 49% and 67%, respectively. Beauty care leads other departments in terms of e-commerce share of sales. With nearly one in three dollars (31%) spent on beauty care categories occurring via e-commerce channels.”

The digital marketplace will help Albertsons customers find and buy hard-to-find products and to quickly discover new items and trends that suit their tastes and lifestyles. It will benefit vendors of these products by giving visibility to the products on the grocer’s digital platform, and by handling the common e-commerce front-end functions including search, product description and ordering.

Most importantly, this offering will generate proprietary data on food and wellness product trends in different markets. This can help Albertsons merchants evaluate what innovative products to stock in the stores, as well as provide vendors insight into where they should invest in building distribution.

 

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Weis Markets expands click and collect to 81 stores

BY Michael Johnsen

Weis Markets on Thursday announced it is introducing Weis 2 Go online ordering with curb-side pick-up in 25 additional stores over the next six weeks. Once the click and collect rollout is complete, online ordering with curbside pick-up will be available in 81 Weis Markets stores.

“We have expanded and upgraded our Weis 2 Go online ordering service, which now offers a more seamless shopping experience through mobile ordering on the Weis app and online at weismarkets.com,” Kurt Schertle, COO Weis Markets, said. “We’ve also enhanced our online ordering system, which includes a four-hour turnaround on orders and the same savings and rewards as the in-store shopping experience. We’re proud that our Weis 2 Go online ordering system now offers more choices and improved convenience.”

Already, 23% of U.S. shoppers bought groceries online in 2016, an increase of 20% versus just two years prior — and adoption has only accelerated since then, Nielsen reported. At this rate of growth, Nielsen and the Food Marketing Institute estimate that Americans’ total online grocery spending will reach $100 billion between 2021 and 2023.

And while much of that online spend is for home delivery — 69% of households say that is their preferred option — click and collect is gaining appeal. One-third of shoppers surveyed by Nielsen and FMI identified click and collect services as thier preferred way to shop for groceries, and millennials over-index in this choice.

Today, four out of 10 online shoppers in the United States are using click and collect, according to Nielsen Homescan data. On average, they make a pickup trip every six months (this low frequency makes sense, given that it’s a newer option) and spend $58 per trip. Click and collect attracts a broader shopper base than online shopping in general, and it skews highest among middle-income families and consumers aged 18-44.

Weis 2 Go Online Shopping allows customers to order online and pay through a secure PayPal system or at the store with curbside checkout. Each order is handpicked by trained personal shoppers and then carefully stored until pick up. Customers can use their Weis Preferred Shopper cards to save on their orders and earn rewards on gas and private brand products. They can also browse the weekly online circular and add sale items to their carts. Paper and digital coupons are also accepted.

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