Walgreens launches website that features more than 50 completed Walgreens outcomes studies

Company collaborates with academic institutions, including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Scripps Translational Science Institute, University of California, San Francisco – School of Pharmacy and the University of Chicago Medicine to improve health and wellness in America

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (15 August 2017) announced the launch of its Center for Health & Wellbeing Research, a website that features more than 50 Walgreens outcomes studies completed over the past six years. Areas of research include access to care and patient experience, adherence and clinical outcomes, digital health and member engagement, health care costs, HIV and specialty pharmacy, vaccinations and more.

Visitors to the site – https://www.walgreens.com/research – will find summaries, links and original documents related to company research reports and studies that have been published in peer-reviewed medical and health care publications, as well as presented at scientific and industry conferences.

“We are thrilled to be unveiling the Walgreens Center for Health & Wellbeing Research,” said Harry Leider, M.D., chief medical officer and group vice president, Walgreens. “Our goal is, through scientific research, to help improve patient care and outcomes while lowering health care costs. We are dedicated to providing value to health care on a national scale and the Walgreens Center for Health & Wellbeing Research will showcase the work we are doing every day to advance that mission.”

Walgreens is working with academic institutions on its research, including Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Scripps Translational Science Institute, the University of California, San Francisco – School of Pharmacy and the University of Chicago Medicine. The institutions provide guidance, specialized expertise, and industry insights that contribute to the Walgreens outcomes research agenda. Researchers from Walgreens and these institutions actively collaborate on a variety of research studies.

“Walgreens has been a valued partner in a long-standing and productive collaboration, which has given our clinical and research faculty the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate novel programs to reach patients where they are to improve their access to quality care,” said Jeanne M. Clark, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins medical director for its collaboration with Walgreens. “We are looking forward to continuing our work together.”

The Walgreens Center for Health & Wellbeing Research is led by a team of more than 25 Walgreens health services researchers, clinicians, statisticians, public health practitioners, actuaries and data scientists, including:

  • Harry L. Leider, MD, MBA, FACPE, chief medical officer and group vice president
  • Michael S. Taitel, PhD: senior director of health analytics, research and reporting
  • Heather Kirkham, PhD, MPH: director of health analytics, research and reporting

Recent research from the team includes:

  • A study of pharmacy patients enrolled in Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D), published in Patient Preference & Adherence, which found that patients who were late to refill prescriptions and who received reminder calls from local Walgreens pharmacists, demonstrated nearly 23 percent greater adherence within the first 14 days of the expected refill date.1
  • A study presented at the 22nd Annual International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Annual International Meeting in Boston, exploring length of therapy and factors associated with HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication adherence, which demonstrated significantly higher adherence among older age groups, males, users of HIV-specialized services and those with private insurance. The study found that patients used PrEP on average for seven to eight months in the first year.2
  • A study from Walgreens and Inovalon which examined the effectiveness of the Walgreens Connected Care Cystic Fibrosis (CF) program compared to a matched sample of control patients. The study found that CF patients have better outcomes when enrolled in a pharmacy-based comprehensive therapy management program. The study was presented at the 30th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Orlando, Florida.3
  • A collaborative study with the Scripps Translational Science Institute4 published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, which evaluated health data self-tracking characteristics of individuals enrolled in the Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices® (BRhc) program, including the impact of manual versus automatic data entries through a supported device or apps. The study demonstrated that 77 percent of users manually recorded their activities and participated in the program for an average of five weeks. However, users who entered activities automatically using the BRhc supported devices or apps remained engaged four times longer and averaged 20 weeks of participation.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.





Scott Goldberg

Source: Walgreens

Defense Commissary Agency to relaunch newly enhanced website this summer

Commissaries.com helps patrons maximize savings

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — For commissary shoppers such as Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, the Defense Commissary Agency website is a GPS to even greater savings opportunities.

“My wife and I don’t step foot into a commissary until we’ve first gone on commissaries.com to check out what promotions, coupons and other discounts are available,” said Allison, the senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. He combines his web surfing with following the commissary on Facebook and Twitter. “The more I know before I enter the store, the more I maximize my benefit.”

Allison’s particular pre-shopping regimen involves logging on to the website on Mondays to the Exclusive Savings section under the Sales and Events page for a preview of special offers and promotions from DeCA’s industry partners. He also stays alert for the new sales promotional packages available every two weeks.

More and more commissary patrons like Allison are using the website to help them maximize their savings before they shop. Website visitors can access Commissary Rewards Card digital coupons, the sales flyer and the “Savings Aisle” for promotional prices and more. Commissaries worldwide now have in-store Wi-Fi services to help patrons access the agency’s Internet resources while they shop.

Based on commissaries.com analytics data as of Feb. 28, there was a monthly average of 300,000 visits to the website so far in fiscal 2017 alone. The top five viewed pages in order were the home page, the Commissary Rewards Card page, the Savings Aisle, the Store Locator page and Sales & Events. More than 60 percent of the visits to commissaries.com were done from a smartphone or tablet.

Here are some website highlights accessible from the menu bar at the top of the homepage:

Locations tab:

  • Patrons can plan shopping trips before they leave home by checking store hours, sale dates and special events on their store information page. Shoppers can also obtain local store news, telephone numbers, email addresses and directions to their commissary.

Shopping tab:

  • The Sales and Events page features the commissary sales flyer. Authorized shoppers can log in to see the biweekly sales flyer with discounted products; every two weeks it reflects products as they go on and off sale. The flyer also contains the “Thinking Outside the Box” recipe that uses products on sale as ingredients for a healthy meal. The page also contains a link to coupons, lists of new products and additional discounts from commissary vendors.
  • The Savings Aisle allows visitors to see every product on sale by store location after they confirm their shopping privileges.
  • Commissary Gift Cards allow individuals and organizations to give the gift of groceries to authorized patrons. They’re purchased in denominations of $25 or $50. As of Feb. 26 and since 2011, DeCA has sold nearly 750,000 cards worth nearly $26 million – more than $23 million have been redeemed.
  • Commissary Rewards Cards open the door to thousands of digital coupons redeemable at any commissary. Mobile applications for both Apple and Android platforms are available for download and allow customers to access to their account, review and select coupons, and find store information such as hours of operation and phone numbers. As of Feb. 28, more than 1.04 million cards have been registered, 90.9 million coupons downloaded and 10.5 million digital coupons redeemed for $11.6 million in coupon savings.
  • Case Lot sales, the Healthy Lifestyle Festival and Guard/Reserve On-site sales. Patrons should check individual commissary schedules for these special events.
  • Commissary Connection. Stay connected with the latest news, hot links to additional savings, shopping sprees, contests, commissary promotions, events and more.

Healthy Living tab:

  • DeCA supports Defense Department initiatives to educate the military community about health and nutrition. Visitors to this page can get information on healthy habits, nutrition, recipe suggestions, food safety and more. Information about how to use the agency’s new Nutrition Guide Program is also featured.

Customer Service tab:

  • Here, patrons can access Frequently Asked Questions that cover everything from “Advertising Prices” to the “Surcharge”; voice their concerns, compliments or suggestions by filling out a Customer Comment form; or inquire about doing business with DeCA.

The website also gives patrons access to DeCA’s social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest. Regular visits to these sites keep patrons tuned in to emerging information on everything connected to their commissary benefit – sales flyers, food safety notices and more.

Later this summer, commissaries.com will relaunch with a new look and enhanced features and access to the resources patrons need to get the most from their commissary benefit.

“As a patron I appreciate what the commissary offers with the everyday savings on the groceries and household products my family needs,” Allison said. “But, if you take just a little time to use your smartphone, tablet or other device to hit the website before you shop, you will get much, much more for your benefit.”

About DeCA:

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Stein Mart updates its website powered by the Kibo eCommerce platform

DALLAS and JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kibo, the world’s leading Cloud-based unified omnichannel commerce platform, and national fashion retailer Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT), today (Aug. 15, 2016) announced their strategic partnership to launch Stein Mart’s updated website powered by the Kibo eCommerce platform. As part of Stein Mart’s overall omnichannel retailing strategy, the feature-rich and responsive designed site allows Stein Mart shoppers to now have the same experience across all of its retail touch-points, giving customers a more personalized online shopping experience.

“ECommerce is a significant sales-growth opportunity for us driving brand awareness and traffic to our stores. In looking for a new business partner, we wanted an agile platform that would be the foundation for our current and future omnichannel business needs,” said Dawn Robertson, CEO, Stein Mart. “Our online sales increased by 70 percent in 2015 and we expect to continue that trend with the launch of our smart, responsive website. Kibo’s Cloud-based eCommerce solution allows us to scale and evolve our omnichannel business, while also giving our customers an easier path-to-purchase.”

New features on Stein Mart’s redeveloped website include:

  • Expanded visual merchandising capabilities for all categories
  • Responsive design to accommodate customers’ screen size orientation on various devices
  • Optimized SEO for improved organic search
  • Easier navigation for searching and shopping
  • Simplified, one-page checkout
  • Customer ratings and reviews

“We had an extensive checklist of requirements for our new eCommerce site, and the Kibo eCommerce solution was the clear choice that best met our needs,” said Sara Meza, Director of eCommerce, Stein Mart. “Not only are they a good fit culturally, but our omnichannel road map is in line with the capabilities that Kibo offers now and will be enhancing in the future. Kibo has been a strong partner for us, and we have already started seeing improved sales, conversions and customer service since launching on the eCommerce platform.”

“The demands of today’s shoppers are clear; they want retailers to make it easy and convenient to find what they are looking for when shopping online. The Kibo eCommerce platform delivers a superior shopping experience, encourages brand loyalty, and ultimately increases sales,” said Kenneth Frank, CEO, Kibo. “Stein Mart’s forward focused approach will position them to succeed in omnichannel retailing for many years to come. We are thrilled to partner with Stein Mart and look forward to further expanding their commerce capabilities.”

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. Stein Mart currently operates 283 stores across 31 states and has plans to expand over the next year. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores this year to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

About Kibo
Kibo is the strategic merger of industry leaders MarketLive, Shopatron and Fiverun. With a combined 40 years of innovations, we’re joining forces to help retailers and branded manufacturers unify the consumer experience. Kibo is a complete omnichannel commerce platform, delivering the lowest total cost of ownership and the fastest time to market. With predictive technologies and enterprise performance, we can help you achieve increased sales. No matter the challenge, Kibo powers your success. For more information, visit kibocommerce.com.

Media Contacts:

Mariana Fischbach
Ketner Group PR & Marketing
(512) 794-8876

Stein Mart
Linda Tasseff
Director of Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639

Source: Stein Mart, Inc. / GlobeNewswire

Kesko updates its website

Kesko’s web service at www.kesko.fi has been redesigned. The new website is responsive, which improves its usability especially on mobile devices.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-2-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The website look has also been revised. New functionalities include a report centre which improves, for example, the searchability of investor materials, and services which enhance the following and use of the K-Group’s social media channels.

The main user groups of the Kesko.fi pages are investors, job seekers and the media. In addition to topical news, the pages provide lots of information on the company’s responsibility work and Kesko as an investment. Jobs open at Kesko and K-stores, as well as information about the K-Group as an employer are also posted on the Kesko.fi website. The website services are available in Finnish and English.

The K-Group’s consumer customers are primarily served on the store chains’ websites and at the addresses www.plussa.com, www.pirkka.fi and www.k-ruoka.fi. The K-Group’s retail websites and other web services are available at www.kesko.fi/keskos-websites.

You can browse Kesko’s homepages at www.kesko.fi.

Further information is available from Harri Utoslahti, Communications Manager, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 616.

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

Pandora Jewellery Line Launches Online Mag

The Copenhagen-based jeweller behind the Pandora bracelets range is set to venture into online publishing to help it to stay in contact with its millions of customers worldwide.

The first issue of the online magazine will launch on 20th June 2011 and will be sent to the 1.6 million members of their website-based Pandora Club.

The magazine will feature behind the scenes insights into the brand, fashion shoots, style tips and the stories behind customer’s purchases of Pandora jewellery and bracelets. Published six times per year, the magazine will initially launch in an international format which the company eventually hopes to be able to adapt with local content such as special events and promotions.

The launch of the magazine marks an important step in the evolution of the company. Since the UK launch in 2006 the company’s product range, which now includes rings and watches, has been selling at a phenomenal rate. The company has managed supply and demand successfully, due in large part to its integrated designs, manufactures and distribution.

Founded in 1982, Pandora jewellery is today sold in more than 55 countries on six continents through over 10,000 points of sale, including more than 450 Pandora branded concept stores as well as online from stores such as thejewelhut.co.uk.

Whilst the financial projections were made successfully, what could not have been seen is the way in which consumers have taken the brand to their hearts. Pandora bracelets have become very different from a standard jewellery product; it has taken on a life of its own and has become a part an important constituent of the lives of its wearers. This symbiotic relationship has created many repeat customers who have made their charm bead collection an integral part of their lives.

Mikkel Berg, executive marketing director, quoted in a recent Marketing Week article, said: “This magazine rewards our customers’ loyalty and gives new opportunities for them to share their thoughts with each other and the company.”

To ensure that you get your copy sign up online on the Pandora website at pandora.net. For more information on Pandora jewellery, visit popular UK jewellery site the Jewel Hut at http://www.thejewelhut.co.uk.

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