Dept. OTC

  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – The Health In Hand Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2024 U.S. Self-Care Marketing Awards. Winners will be announced at the ninth annual Health In Hand Foundation Gala on Nov. 13 at The Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. At this year’s Gala, the Health In Hand Foundation will present the 2024 U.S. Self-Care […]
  1. Department: Food
  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that customer migration from the restaurant sector to the convenience store sector will continue. In the bustling world of quick bites and on-the-go meals, convenience stores have quietly transformed into unexpected champions of fresh food. These unassuming neighborhood pit stops, once synonymous with chips, sodas, and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Trying to get your product placed at Walmart, the world largest retailer? Many thousands of businesses every year dream of getting their products into Walmart.  However, only a handful of vendors will make the cut.  Why do some companies make it on the retailer’s shelves while many others don’t?   To answer this question, here […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, Haleon, Kenvue, and Bayer participated in a discussion this week hosted by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (OH-05) to provide an analysis of the over-the-counter (OTC) Monograph Drug User Fee Program (OMUFA), how some OTCs come to market through the Rx-to-OTC-switch process, how […]
  1. Department: HBC
WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) released the below statement today following the adoption of Kentucky House Bill 386 into law, legislation that will eliminate the state’s annual purchase limit for common over-the-counter (OTC) cold and allergy medications containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine (PSE), which is currently the most restrictive yearly limit nationwide at 24 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Ginsters has announced two new innovations – Ginsters Breakfast Roll and Butter Chicken Bake. With ‘convenience’ and ‘enjoyment’ driving consumers’ search for new snacks, the two new Ginsters launches are ready to meet this shopper demand and can be eaten hot or cold. Emma Stowers,… This story continues at Ginsters presents two new innovations Or […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Rite Aid has made Opill, the first daily oral contraceptive that’s been FDA-approved for purchase without a prescription, available chainwide. The progestin-only birth control pill has been designated safe and effective when used as directed to help prevent pregnancy. The pills are available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 for a one-month supply and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
U.S. consumers have proven themselves a resilient bunch. In the face of persistently high interest rates and continued inflationary stress, they’ve maintained spending. But as a retailer, you cannot afford to take this for granted. In fact, we’re starting to see the first signs that the American consumer might be about to buckle under the […]
  1. Department: Beverage
BrewDog presents new low alcohol Cold Beer (3.4% ABV). A 3.4% ABV lager, Cold Beer uses historic brewing techniques from the Kolsch style, fermenting the beer with an ale yeast but at a lower lager temperature, hence the term ‘Cold Beer’. The brand says this… This story continues at BrewDog unveils new low ABV beer […]
  1. Department: HBC
WASHINGTON – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings and consumer advice, today published the second annual Best OTC Medicine & Health Products. The latest edition of the rankings features 132 categories, with 33 brand new over-the-counter product categories included this year. The brands with the most No. 1 products […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Insights of consumers are a tool that every marketing team can benefit from. In the case of Progressive Grocer, they go directly to shoppers to explore not only what they’re buying in supermarkets, but also why they’re making certain decisions.  In a great article by Jenny McTaggart the insights are easy to absorb. Steven […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and its 501c3 educational arm – the Health In Hand Foundation – today announced the election of new board members to both organizations during the association’s annual Self-Care Leadership Summit (SLS) in Amelia Island, Florida this week. “CHPA is fortunate to have top industry leaders […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) awarded its Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime industry leader Jeff Needham at the opening session of its annual Self-Care Leadership Summit (SLS)today in Florida. The Combe Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. consumer healthcare industry. It recognizes the outstanding work and contributions of individuals whose lifetime of achievements […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  At the intersection of time starved consumers and family fun at our house Easter was alive with activity both inside and out and always included extended family members the help make that day special. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that the more time you have to spend with […]
  1. Department: HBC
The New York Times reports that retailers soon will be able to sell the first nonprescription birth control pill in the United States, at a price of $19.99 a month. The story points out that “the medication, called Opill, which was approved for over-the-counter sale by the Food and Drug Administration last year, will be […]
  1. Department: HBC
In the eponymous fairy story, Goldilocks was a little girl in search of perfection. The porridge she stole from unsuspecting bears shouldn’t be too hot or too cold, but just right. Their chairs and beds shouldn’t be too hard or too soft for her, but just right. Her search for perfection inspired the latest collaboration […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
PLANTATION, Fla. – NationsBenefits, the market leader for supplemental benefits and health care fintech solutions serving the health care managed care market, announced that Southeastern Grocers (SEG), parent company and home of Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has joined NationsBenefits’ network of grocery and over-the-counter (O-T-C) retailers. Eligible Medicare Advantage and Medicaid members of […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens says it is the first community pharmacy to accept a broad array of Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits online. Eligible members can now shop from a catalog of approximately 1,700 Shop Eligible Products via and the Walgreens app. Consumers have been able to shop using their Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits in […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Register reports that “DoorDash will cough up $375,000 to settle claims it trampled California’s privacy laws by giving away customers’ info without their consent nor giving them the opportunity to opt out. “In addition to that paltry sum – for context, DoorDash’s annual revenue in 2023 was nearly $9 billion – the San Francisco-based […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the more than 70 years since Joseph Sherwood bought a bankrupt jewelry store in Bell Gardens, Calif., much has changed in the world, and in retail. That post-WWII period in the Western U.S. was marked by the Dust Bowl Exodus, now a distant memory for most. Since then, the demographic makeup of California has […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  At the intersection of getting the consumers interested in your brand and elevating meal bundling options Casey’s General Stores is focused on consumer messaging that they are about more than just gasoline and pizza according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. ·         Did you know that: 1.       Casey’s has […]
  1. Department: Food
  Success does leave clues and regular readers of this blog know that Texas Born has had success with grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food.  They are now rolling out their latest selection of limited-time foodservice selections that can be enjoyed throughout the day.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
An Amazon Just Walk Out technology powered store has opened at Lesley University in the US. Lesley University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its students can now experience a frictionless shopping experience on campus, with the likes of snacks and drinks available to buy. In a LinkedIn post, Brisbane Vaillancourt, Regional Vice President […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The consumer is dynamic not static, and Dunkin’, founded in 1950, is the largest coffee and donuts brand in the United States, with more than 13,200 restaurants in nearly 40 global markets is more customer relevant today than ever according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   Dunkin’s Customer-focused […]
  1. Data & Insights
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health topped analysts’ forecasts for fourth quarter sales and profits, but cut its full year earnings outlook, citing rising medical costs that are hurting the insurance industry. Revenue for the three months ended December 31 climbed 11.9% from the year-ago period to $93.81 billion, beating Wall Street’s estimate of $90.41 billion. […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
At Retailbound, we help clients launch their product brands with retailers in North America. For product brands that want to expand to Europe, we highly recommend they work with Unlock EMEA, Europe’s leading sales agency. This month, we sat down with Paul McCafferty, the Managing Director at Unlock EMEA to ask him the following questions. […]
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It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]