Hotcakeshop offers high-quality, affordable and unique health and beauty products

GUANGZHOU, GUANG DONG, China, 2022-Mar-3 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Health is wealth, as we all know. Staying mentally fit is as important as staying physically fit. Physical beauty is only a bonus that you can enjoy if you are healthy. The health and beauty sector is a growing business today, because many people have become aware of the importance of staying healthy and fit. Many online and physical stores are filled with health and wellness products to woo their customers.

If you are looking for high-quality, affordable and unique health and beauty products, Hotcakeshop is a good place to visit. This brand understands its customers’ preferences perfectly, and has stocked some of the most useful products that are sure to leave you impressed. While the makeup products available here help accentuate your beauty, the wellness products help you lead a comfortable lifestyle.

Massage slippers, for instance, provide pressure points to keep your toes relaxed while walking or resting. Besides correcting the posture, these slippers also help to tone your calf muscles. The design, fit and color of these slippers are unique – a trademark feature of all products available at Hotcakeshop. You can find something for all age groups on this site.

At Hotcakeshop you will find a wide range of products that will make you beautiful on the inside and the outside. Pregnant women, who find difficulty breathing, can benefit immensely from the maternity belly bands available here. It takes off the pressure at the pelvis and lower hip regions, thereby helping to get rid of the back pain that soon-to-be-mothers experience. One of the unique products that you will come across in this section is the black obsidian bracelets that are designed specifically to treat lymph drainage issues. These help to remove blockage in the lymph nodes, thereby reducing instances of swelling and inflammation.

Hotcakeshop aims to provide health, beauty and magnificence to its customers through each of its products in the “health and beauty” category. Like all other products from the brand, these, too, come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, which speaks volumes about the quality of products sold here.

Some of the top items in the health and beauty section of Hotcakeshop are:

Massage Leg Slimming Slippers

Maternity Belly Support Band

Ear Wax Removal Cleaning Kit

Eyeliner Eyelash Sticker

Obsidian Beaded Bracelet

About Hotcakeshop
Hotcakeshop is an online store selling some of the most unique collections of products that will cater to the needs of men, women, kids, gardens, pets, households and more. The company is located in Shanghai, China; however, it delivers products across the country, as it has partnered with specialized warehouses across the USA and China. Hotcakeshop offers free delivery to anywhere in the world, for orders over $50.

With its hassle-free payment and order tracking processes, Hotcakeshop provides a great experience for its customers, as it has been doing since its inception in 2017. The brand keeps adding to its inventory every month, in a bid to offer specialized and creative solutions for its customers in each and every category. The Hotcakeshop team promises customers affordable and high-quality products every time they shop here. For more details, you can visit their website.


PetSmart announces creation of the Healthy Pet Advisory Council to advance pet nutrition, health and wellness

PHOENIX, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — To address the rapidly evolving area of pet nutrition, PetSmart, Inc. announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) it has formed the Healthy Pet Advisory Council, a community of experts that will support PetSmart’s efforts to lead the pet retail industry in pet nutrition, health and wellness. The council will focus on three key areas: research, innovation and education.

“At PetSmart, we love pets, and we want them to lead happy and healthy lives,” said Paul Hunt, PetSmart’s senior vice president of sourcing and product development. “The goal of the council is to advance the health and wellness of pets across North America through pet nutrition research and innovation. This research will help enhance PetSmart’s proprietary pet food formulations and educate pet parents in line with advances in pet nutritional science.”

“We sought out some of the most innovative thought leaders in this area, including veterinarians, researchers and nutritionists to join our effort, and we look forward to providing new options for pets and pet parents in the future,” Hunt continued.

Initial appointments to the council include:

  • Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor, Section Chief of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell University;
  • Kelly Swanson, Ph.D., professor of Comparative Animal Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Tony Buffington, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN (emeritus), clinical professor, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and emeritus professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University;
  • Randy Johnson, Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition;
  • And PetSmart consultants and associates who are experts in their fields of veterinary medicine, nutrition, research, regulations and food safety

The council will explore new ingredients and manufacturing technology to improve pet food formulations that provide optimal nutrition for pets. The council’s key findings will be applied to PetSmart’s proprietary pet food brands, including Authority®, Simply Nourish™, Grreat Choice® and Dentley’s®. Education efforts will focus on PetSmart retail associates and pet parents to enhance their knowledge on crucial topics such as nutrition and ingredient functionality. The council will launch an informative public website to aid in its education efforts to help pet parents better understand and navigate the best nutritional choices to meet the needs and lifestyle of their pets.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes,,, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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Avon expands into the health and wellness category with the introduction of nutritional supplement line, Espira

Nutritional supplements custom designed with ingredients to restore and boost natural energy

NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”), the leading social selling company in North America for over 130 years, expands into the health and wellness category with the introduction of Espira by Avon—a nutritional supplement line uniquely designed with naturally-sourced ingredients to restore and boost natural energy for women and men.

“We are rapidly transforming Avon to become the leading social selling company in North America, and broadening our portfolio into the health and wellness category will be a key driver of our success.  The Espira launch is a natural evolution for us – Avon has been taking care of women and their families for over a century,” says Scott White, Avon Chief Executive Officer.  “We are very proud to enter this critical category with a highly innovative, high performing line of products that is unlike any other on the market today.  Our Representatives are excited for the opportunity to build their businesses and reach new customers with Espira.”

Created by leading nutrition-industry experts and made from the highest quality ingredients from whole foods and superfoods, Espira products use non-GMO ingredients that are free from artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives. Packed with essential energy-building nutrients, they contain clinically studied ingredients to achieve noticeable results.

“The name Espira was derived from the words aspire and inspire – born out of a desire to help people feel and look their best,” says Betty Palm, President of Social Selling for Avon.  “The inspiration for Espira came directly from our Representatives as they lead busy lives as moms, nurturers, care givers, volunteers, community members – and CEOs of their households and of their Avon businesses.  Our goal was to develop products that would support them and their customers in living healthier, more productive lives.”

Through extensive research, Avon has identified and addressed specific areas of concern in consumers’ lives. The Espira collection includes 11 products categorized into three principles of wellness: Restore, Boost and Glow. Some products will provide quick results, with visible change within the first bottle (30 days).  Other products are for every day and focused on vitality, natural energy and better basics to give a strong nutritional foundation.

  • Restore products have ingredients that help create a healthy balance by reducing occasional stress, and enhancing restful sleep.† Key ingredients include Sensoril®, L-theanine, vitamin B, magnesium, fish oil, and antioxidants from 50+ fruits, and vegetables. These ingredients’ benefits include:
    • Calm – Provides natural, non-drowsy stress relief†
    • Restful Sleep – Relaxes both your body and mind so you can sleep better†
    • Daily Essentials – A complete daily nutritional support pack for a solid nutritional foundation sourced from whole foods for Women, Women 40+, and Men
    • Multivitamins – 100% of the daily value of 19+ essential vitamins and minerals for Women, Women 40+, and Men
  • Boost products contain ingredients to help revitalize the body by maintaining a healthy metabolism, clearing out one’s system and controlling hunger.† Key ingredients include protein, probiotic, fiber, green tea, cacao, and whole coffee fruit, and have the following benefits which include:
    • The Metabolism Boost System (designed to work together but can be used separately)
      • Plant Power Protein – Non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free, natural plant protein without the high calories or sugar, and artificial ingredients of most protein powders
      • Ideal Cleanse – A 3-day, gentle cleanse to help you feel lighter and reduce occasional bloating†
      • Hunger Block – A natural hunger control formula with glucomannan to help reduce food cravings†
      • Metabolism Boost – Helps stimulate your metabolism to help burn more calories*†
    • Natural Energy – A powerful combination of naturally-sourced ingredients for increased focus and energy†
  • Glow products help hair, skin and nails look their best by protecting you from daily damage and restoring cells while you sleep.† Key ingredients include antioxidants, biotin, vitamin C, and collagen peptides, and their benefits include:
    • Beauty Inside & Out System (designed to work together but can be used separately)
    • AM Protect – Helps protect skin and build healthier hair and nails†
    • PM Restore – A powdered mix that helps support skin and nail quality in just 30 days†

“The Espira line is an easy solution for men and women searching for better sleep, boosted energy, and overall better nutritional support,†” says Ashley Koff, registered dietitian and consulting nutritionist for Avon.  “Espira supplements are a naturally sourced option made with the highest quality ingredients to help promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Approximately 70 percent of adult Americans currently use at least one supplement product to help support their overall health.1 Whether consumers are looking to kick-start their nutritional foundation or hoping to address a specific issue, they can feel and see many of the benefits of Espira by Avon within 30 days— just in time for the New Year resolutions.

Espira by Avon products are available for $12 – $35 each exclusively through Avon Representatives or online at  To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, Avon, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130-year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy has contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

*With reduced dietary intake and exercise.

Media Contacts:
For Corporate Communications:

Liz Micci
Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700

For Beauty & Representative PR:

Lisa DaCosta-Nunez
Public Relations
+1 (212) 282-6078

Source: AVON

Kroger recognized for its commitment to the health and wellness of its associates by the Cincinnati Business Courier

CINCINNATI, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) was honored by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a 2017 Healthiest Employer.  The award recognizes the company for its commitment to the health and wellness of its more than 443,000 associates.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of the healthiest employers in our headquarters region,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We are committed to the overall well-being of our associates – physically, financially and emotionally. Our goal is to have the healthiest workforce in America.”

In recent years, Kroger has reinforced healthy living for associates by providing a comprehensive benefits program and resources available for their use in their everyday lives, including interactive health and wellness challenges, preventative care education and an employee assistance program.   The Kroger total rewards team, led by Vice President, Theresa Monti, strives to continue to find simple and impactful ways to promote healthy lifestyles for associates and their families.

Kroger is a four-time winner of the American Heart Association’s “Fit-Friendly Company Platinum Achievement Award”.  The company was also recently named to the “Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America” by the Healthiest Employer, LLC.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Emart Company Ltd to create Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, today announced that it has signed an agreement to form a franchise partnership with Emart Company Ltd (a member of Shinsegae Group), South Korea’s number one hypermarket retailer. Together, they will create a Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boots branded stores will be opened in shopping malls, on high streets and within the outbound areas of Shinsegae department stores and Emart hypermarkets. The Boots stores will each feature an independent pharmacy and a range of Boots owned products and ‘exclusive to Boots’ brands as well as leading Korean brands.

“South Korea is considered a leading market for skincare and cosmetics products in Asia today.  We believe there is a significant opportunity to extend the reach of Boots own brands into this market and are thrilled to be doing so with Emart,” said Ornella Barra Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Emart is the preeminent retailer in South Korea and their strong experience as well as their marketing expertise gives us great confidence in the long-term potential of this partnership.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the Boots brand, and offer pharmacy care as well as acting as a beauty and healthcare destination by also offering a wide range of both Korean and Boots product brands.” said Gab-Soo, Lee, CEO of Emart Inc.

The first stores are expected to open before the end of the first half of calendar year 2017 and will include Boots highly regarded and exclusive No.7 and Soap & Glory products.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

EMART Co., Ltd. is a value creation company that pursues a satisfying lifestyle for its customers while simultaneously reaching to enhance development in local communities ever since its first store opening in Changdong.

EMART has reached over 100 stores with its acquisition of Walmart in 2006, and as of July 2016 operates a total of 157 (including ten Traders stores) domestic stores. It also manages eight stores in China and 1 store in Vietnam, expanding hypermarket business from national to international market, becoming a comprehensive global retail company.

The company’s main progression focuses on Korea’s first and largest hypermarket ‘EMART’, Korea’s number one online mart ‘EMART mall,’ and its discount warehouse store ‘Traders’. In addition, it is recently expanding its domain into category killer specialty stores that will match new lifestyle trends.

With a deep base in retail hypermarket, EMART is diversifying its business into ‘Everyday retail’, convenience store ‘With Me,’ ‘Shinsegae TV Shopping’, ‘Shinsegae Food’, ‘Shinsegae L&B’, ‘Starbucks Korea’, ‘Shinsegae E&C’, ‘Shinsegae I&C’, ‘Shinsegae Chosun Hotel’, as well as operating foreign branches in China and Vietnam to enhance international business.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Media Relations
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

Laura Vergani
+44 (0) 207 980 8585

Walgreens Boots Alliance Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance

CVS Health Q3-2015: Net revenues up 10.3%; Operating profit up 3.8%

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Third Quarter Year-over-year Highlights:

  • Net revenues increased 10.3% to $38.6 billion
  • Operating profit increased 3.8% to $2.3 billion, including the effect of acquisition-related transaction and integration costs of $127 million
  • GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.10
    Adjusted EPS of $1.29, excluding any acquisition-related items, at higher end of $1.27-$1.30 guidance range
  • Adjusted EPS of $1.28, an increase of 11.5%, including 1 cent of acquisition-related dilution from the net effect of the July 2015 debt financing and the inclusion of Omnicare’s operations; excluding acquisition-related transaction and integration costs

Year-to-date Highlights:

  • Generated free cash flow of approximately $3.4 billion
  • Cash flow from operations of approximately $4.8 billion

Narrowed 2015 Guidance by raising low end of range:

  • Full year Adjusted EPS of $5.14 to $5.18, including Omnicare operations and the debt financing and excluding acquisition-related bridge financing, transaction and integration costs; GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $4.69 to $4.73
  • Fourth quarter Adjusted EPS guidance of $1.51 to $1.55, including Omnicare operations and the debt financing and excluding acquisition-related transaction and integration costs; GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.41 to $1.45
  • Confirmed full year free cash flow of $5.9 to $6.2 billion; cash flow from operations of $7.6 to $7.9 billion

2016 Preliminary Outlook:

  • Full year 2016 preliminary Adjusted EPS expected to increase 10% to 14% to $5.68 to $5.88, in line with the Company’s five-year growth targets

CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced operating results for the three months ended September30, 2015.

Changes in Segment Definition

As a result of the acquisition of Omnicare, Inc. (“Omnicare”), which closed August 18, 2015, the segments of CVS Health Corporation (the “Company”) have been expanded. The Company’s Pharmacy Services Segment now also includes the specialty pharmacy operations of Omnicare. The Company’s Retail Pharmacy Segment now also includes the long-term care (“LTC”) operations, as well as the commercialization services, supply chain solutions and patient support services of Omnicare, and has been renamed the “Retail/LTC Segment.” The LTC operations include providing the distribution of pharmaceuticals, related pharmacy consulting and other ancillary services to chronic care facilities and other care settings. The Company’s Corporate Segment now also includes certain aspects of Omnicare’s corporate expenses.


Net revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2015, increased 10.3%, or $3.6 billion, to $38.6 billion compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014. Revenues in the Pharmacy Services Segment increased 13.3%, or $3.0 billion, to $25.5 billion in the three months ended September 30, 2015. The increase was primarily driven by growth in specialty pharmacy and pharmacy network claims. Pharmacy network claims processed during the three months ended September 30, 2015, increased 9.3% to 229 million, compared to 210 million in the prior year. The increase in pharmacy network claim volume was primarily due to net new business as well as growth in Managed Medicaid. Mail choice claims processed during the three months ended September 30, 2015, increased 5.6% to 21.9 million, compared to 20.7 million in the prior year. The increase in mail choice claims was driven by specialty and continued adoption of our Maintenance Choice offerings.

Revenues in the Retail/LTC Segment increased 6.9%, or $1.2 billion, to $17.9 billion in the three months ended September 30, 2015. Approximately half of the increase was driven by the addition of LTC operations acquired as part of the Omnicare acquisition in August 2015. Same store sales for the retail drugstores increased 1.7% versus the third quarter of last year, with pharmacy same store sales up 4.6% and pharmacy same store prescription volumes up 4.4% on a 30-day equivalent basis. Pharmacy same store sales were negatively affected by approximately 450 basis points from recent generic drug introductions. Front store same store sales declined 5.8%. Front store same store sales would have been approximately 490 basis points higher if tobacco and the estimated associated basket sales were excluded from the three months ended September 30, 2014. Front store same store sales were negatively affected by softer customer traffic, partially offset by an increase in basket size.

For the three months ended September30, 2015, the generic dispensing rate increased approximately 130 basis points to 83.8% in the Pharmacy Services Segment and increased approximately 140 basis points to 84.8% in the Retail/LTC Segment.

Operating Profit and Income from Continuing Operations

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, operating profit increased by $75 million in the Pharmacy Services Segment and by $116 million in the Retail/LTC Segment. Excluding acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, the Pharmacy Services Segment grew 7.0% and the Retail/LTC Segment grew 8.4%(1). Both segments benefited from the Omnicare acquisition, increased generic drugs dispensed and favorable purchasing economics. The Pharmacy Services Segment was also positively affected by growth in specialty pharmacy and pharmacy network volume, partially offset by price compression. The Retail/LTC Segment was also positively affected by increased sales and an improved front store margin rate, partially offset by continued reimbursement pressure. The Corporate Segment includes $115 million of acquisition-related transaction and integration costs for the three months ended September 30, 2015, related to the acquisition of Omnicare and the proposed acquisition of the pharmacies and clinics of Target Corporation (“Target”).

Income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $1.2 billion, including the effect of $16 million of pre-tax acquisition-related bridge financing costs as well as the transaction and integration costs discussed above (an aggregate of $0.10 per diluted share). Income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $0.9 billion, including a $521 million pre-tax loss ($0.27 per diluted share) on the early extinguishment of debt.

GAAP diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 was $1.10 and $0.81, respectively, which includes the acquisition-related bridge financing, transaction and integration costs in 2015 and the loss on early extinguishment of debt in 2014.

Adjusted EPS for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, was $1.18 and $0.88, respectively. Adjusted EPS in the three months ended September 30 excludes $160 million and $126 million in 2015 and 2014, respectively, of intangible asset amortization related to acquisition activity. Adjusting for any acquisition-related items and the loss on early extinguishment of debt in 2014, Adjusted EPS was $1.29, at the higher end of the Company’s $1.27 to $1.30 guidance range. The inclusion of Omnicare’s operations midway through the third quarter, which nearly offset the dilution from the July 2015 debt financing, resulted in one cent of net dilution in the quarter. Neither of these items were included in prior guidance given the uncertainty around the timing of the close of the acquisition of Omnicare. Including the one cent of net dilution, Adjusted EPS increased 11.5% to $1.28 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo stated, “I’m very pleased to report third quarter results that are at the higher end of our expectations. We delivered solid revenue and operating profit growth across our businesses, and we continue to expect significant growth in the fourth quarter, rounding out another terrific year for our company. Year to date, we generated $3.4 billion of free cash, and we are on pace to return more than $6 billion to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchases in 2015.”

Mr. Merlo continued, “The third quarter included the closing of the Omnicare acquisition in mid-August, and we are very optimistic about the potential that this long-term care business creates for us. It provides a new pharmacy dispensing channel, enhancing our ability to provide continuity of care for patients as they transition through the health care system. At the same time, we look forward to closing the Target pharmacy acquisition, which will enable us to reach more patients, add a new retail channel for our unique offerings, and expand convenient options for consumers. These acquisitions reinforce our progress on our established long-term targets.”


Given the solid performance this quarter and the closing of the acquisition of Omnicare, the Company narrowed guidance for the full year 2015 by raising the low end, and now expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $5.14 to $5.18, up from $5.11 to $5.18 and GAAP diluted EPS of $4.69 to $4.73, up from $4.64 to $4.71. This Adjusted EPS guidance includes Omnicare’s operations and the July 2015 debt financing and excludes the affect of acquisition-related bridge financing, transaction and integration costs that have been recorded and that are expected in the fourth quarter.The Company continues to expect to deliver 2015 free cash flow of $5.9 billion to $6.2 billion, and 2015 cash flow from operations of $7.6 billion to $7.9 billion.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $1.51 to $1.55, excluding any acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, and GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.41 to $1.45.

2016 Preliminary Outlook

For the year ending 2016, the Company provided a preliminary outlook that reflects 10% to 14% growth in Adjusted EPS to a range of $5.68 to $5.88. This range is in line with the five-year growth targets the Company provided at its Analyst Day in December of 2013 for the years 2013 through 2018. At that time, the Company stated and has since re-iterated that it expects to grow its Adjusted EPS at a compounded annual rate of 10% to 14% for the five-year period. This outlook for 2016 reflects growth from 2013 through 2016 at a compounded annual rate of 13% to 14%, at the higher end of the five-year targets.

Retail Drugstore Real Estate Program

During the three months ended September 30, 2015, the Company opened 43 new retail drugstores and closed two retail drugstores. In addition, the Company relocated 11 retail drugstores. As of September 30, 2015, the Company operated 7,911 retail drugstores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Brazil.

Teleconference and Webcast

The Company will be holding a conference call today for the investment community at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss its quarterly results. An audio webcast of the call will be broadcast simultaneously for all interested parties through the Investor Relations section of the CVS Health website at This webcast will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the conference call.

About the Company

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. By their nature, all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

(1)Excluding $12 million of acquisition-related integration costs, operating profit for the Retail/LTC Segment increased $128 million, or 8.4%, from $1,527 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 to $1,655 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Source : CVS Health Corporation


All Ear Plugs See An Increase In Demand For The Versatile Ear Plug

All Ear Plugs, a leading online ear plug retailer has seen a significant increase in demand for ear plugs that can be used for a variety of reasons.

The all new craze for versatile ear plugs has taken All Ear Plugs by storm as they believe customers are searching for something beyond the conventional ear plug. There has been a growing trend among All Ear Plug customers with people, more often than not, searching for ear plugs to block the sound of snoring and ear plugs that help protect their hearing from other damaging sounds. Now customers can have the best of both worlds as ear plugs such as Heartech Silent Ear ear plugs can be worn for multiple occasions including blocking the sound of snores.

Rob Doole, Managing Director of All Ear Plugs commented: “We have been very verbal about how important it is to protect your hearing and how convenient ear plugs can be. Through our research it shows that our customers are searching for an ear plug that can protect their hearing no matter where they are. For instance we have some ear plugs that are ideal to be worn in bed and in the swimming pool due to being constructed from waterproof material.

“Finding ear plugs that can be worn for a variety of events is a great cost effective way of protecting your hearing. We have also found that people are swaying in the direction of bulk buying, with many customers opting for 30 pairs of Mack’s Ultra Safe Sound Ear Plugs, which is ideal for a family to share around.

“We’re really pleased that our message concerning the ways we should be protecting our hearing is being heard and customers are finding the right ear plug that will keep their hearing safe, no matter where they are.”

Mack’s Pillow Soft ear plugs and Mack’s Dreamgirl Ear Plugs with Aluminium Case have always been a popular sleeping ear plug among All Ear Plug, but the demand for these ear plugs has grown even more due to people becoming increasingly aware of their noise cancelling characteristics. Finding an ear plug that can do more than what it says on the cover is showing signs that it will only become more popular.

Why have two ear plugs for different occasions when you could just carry one around with you? The Proguard Noizezz Universal ear plug is another product that has risen through the rankings. It has proven to help wearers block the sound of a snoring spouse and boasts a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 33dB, which can be extremely useful when out shooting or working on an industrial site. These ear plugs go to show that there is more to them than first thought. is a UK leading ear plugs retailer who provide customers with a wide range of ear plugs, whether they are searching for something specific or are looking for a good all rounder. At All Ear Plugs families can keep their children’s hearing safe as there is also a dedication collection of children’s ear plugs and accessories available.

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Keep to your New Year resolution with Earplug Shop

It has been said that taking care of ourselves and ensuring good health is one of the most popular New Year resolutions to make. During this time gym memberships see an all time high and fatty foods are thrown away, but people are also beginning to ensure their hearing is looked after too. Earplug Shop has suggested that earplugs are the best form of protection when it comes to ensuring good hearing, providing protection in most situations from concerts and nightclubs, to loud working environments.

The common misconception about earplugs is that they block out noises altogether. However, choosing earplugs by their noise reduction rating can ensure only the desired noise levels are blocked. Earplugs can also be chosen by use, whether it be going to concerts or riding a motorcycle.

Claire Brown, E-commerce manager at Earplug Shop said: “People are increasingly becoming more aware of the benefits earplugs can provide and with no known cure for deafness and hearing impairment many people are taking to earplugs when attending noisy events. There is a variety of earplugs available to customers that can help them block out wind and helmet noise when riding a motorcycle, reduce the level of damaging sounds when attending concerts and ear plugs that can help block the sound of snoring.

“Sleeping earplugs are one of the most popular varieties as people are becoming more aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep.”

Heartech SilentEar is the retailer’s top selling earplug, ideal for those who have problems sleeping or have to contend with a snoring partner. With their noise reduction rating of 32dB, wearers can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep without any disturbances, giving their body time to relax and recover from the day’s activities. Mack’s Pillow Soft earplugs have also been a popular choice with Earplug Shop customers and are America’s #1 selling mouldable silicone earplugs. Not only are they known for their noise blocking properties, they are also waterproof, perfect for those who wish to seal out water when swimming and wanting to prevent swimmer’s ear.

Mack’s Pillow Soft Kids Size earplugs also share these properties. Children’s earplugs are perfect for protecting a child’s sensitive hearing, which can be easily damaged when exposed to loud noises on a regular basis. At Earplug Shop you will also find a variety of colours so you’re sure to find the right earplug in your child’s favourite colour.

For keen motorcyclists, the Moldex Spark Plugs are an ideal form of hearing protection. The idea of speeding off into the sunset on a motorcycle may seem like a dream come true, but for their hearing, it can be a nightmare. Helmet and wind noise can seriously damage a rider’s hearing and once it’s impaired that’s it. With a noise reduction rating of 35dB, these earplugs are a very popular choice with motorcyclists.

Alpine MusicSafe earplugs are not only ideal for those who love to attend a good party, they are also the perfect accessory for a DJ to have. An amplified rock concert can reportedly reach up to 140dB, which is the equivalent of an aeroplane taking off and 55dB louder than what is considered to be a safe sound. These are the perfect earplugs for DJs to wear as they are constructed with different attenuation rates and filter sets, giving the wearer control over what noises he or she hears.

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Online luxury baby retailer now carries a selection of House Inc. bedding and furniture, a luxury retailer of high-end crib bedding, baby furniture and baby gifts, announced today the addition of selectHouse Inc. bedding and furniture to its existing collections. The latest offering complements its extensive selection of premier nursery furniture, baby bedding, baby clothes and baby gifts, making the premiere online destination for those with discriminating taste.

“We are thrilled to announce our latest addition of baby bedding and baby furniture f r o m House Inc., which is known for its unpretentious style and comfort,” said Katherine Type, founder of “The House Inc. baby bedding and destination inspired furniture collections round out our distinguished roster of the most exclusive names in luxury baby furniture and baby bedding.”

The House Inc. Bedding Collection was created to beautify a child’s surroundings and encourage heavenly sleep. Featuring a full line of crib bedding, duvets, bed skirts, sheets, Euro shams, Standard shams, King shams, boudoir pillows, neckroll pillows, curtain panels and valances. Moses baskets and fabrics by the yard complement nurseries and children’s bedrooms of any theme or decor.

Featuring delicious color and pattern combinations such as Neopolitan Chocolate Blue, Maiden’s Sage Bouquet and Pashmina Pink, theHouse Inc. line of luxury baby bedding is made f r o m soft poplin and jerseys. Designer Annette Tatum breaks f r o m the predictable with House Inc., where comfort and style meet with unexpected combinations of texture, pattern and color. House Inc. Baby brings Tatum’s philosophy to the nursery, where cozy comfort rhymes with happily ever after for playtime or sweet dreams.

The House, Inc. Maiden’s collection revolves around the feminine shape of the Maiden’s Bed. With curved legs and delicate decorative appliqué options, the solid wood, individually crafted furniture is the perfect focal point for little princesses’ rooms. Featuring clean lines and squared legs, the classically designed Cottage Bed by House Inc., with optional mosaic beading or rope molding, is a timeless treasure for any child’s room. Both styles are crafted in the USA, feature a choice of 16 beautiful colors and come in twin, full and queen sizes. Completing the collections are matching changing table, dresser, chests, bookshelves, bookcases, night stand, cubby and bench.

In addition to the latest House Inc. collection, features an A-list of upscale designers, such as Henry & Henrietta, Lulu DK Matouk, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B, among others.

About is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit

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