Dept. OTC

  1. Holiday & Events
  Consumers continue seeking meal solutions particularly those solutions that save time, save on planning a meal, save them from cooking, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “Grocery store deli departments have become innovative in what meals and meal component they are offering and how they are […]
  1. Department: HBC
Bronchitis is a common condition in which the lungs become inflamed. The name stems from the destination of the condition which exists within the bronchial tubes. Bronchitis usually is nothing to worry about and presents itself as the common cold with typical signs and symptoms being: coughing, wheezing, dyspnea, chest congestion, mucus discharge, sore throat, […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Deliveries from more than 2,000 Rite Aid stores in 16 states will be powered by the Grubhub Marketplace, making thousands of the retailer’s OTC, wellness products and snacks more accessible to consumers. Rite Aid items are now available on the Grubhub+ membership program, which offers no-fee deliveries on orders of $12 or more. Additionally, National […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
New figures reveal cash withdrawals at Post Offices dipped 1% in October with £777 million withdrawn over the counter at its 11,500 branches. Personal cash withdrawals in October were up over 12% year-on-year and come as the Post Office recently announced its renewed partnership with the Trussell Trust. From November, Post Office will again donate […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Vestcom’s shelfAdz are displayed along Dollar General’s pain management aisles, giving shoppers the option to scan a QR code, which routes them to the CHPA Foundation’s online OTC Pain Relief Interactive Quiz. WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation announced on Monday an educational pilot launch to help consumers choose over-the-counter (OTC) pain […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Black Friday traditionally marks the start of the festive shopping season, with big ticket promotions that seem to get bigger every year. Black Friday is now fast approaching, and many retailers are reassessing their strategies for this year’s event in light of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. The cost-of-living crisis is at its peak; families in […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
There is no doubt that year over year customer count declines within the restaurant sector are caused by many things including the ilk of slow service, cold food not cold, hot food not hot, delivery orders going out the front door as a customer’s waits, waits, and waits at a table for their food.  Ok, […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
John Walden, Founder and Chief Quality Assurance/Quality Control Officer of J.W. Southern Sauce grew up in restaurants. His parents and family worked long careers in the service and restaurant industry, where he learned a lot about what makes a good meal. The secret? Sauce. While his love for food and delicious sauces sparked at a […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Thanksgiving and the holiday season is just around the corner. In a chaotic and ever-changing world, fixed calendar events like these provide predictable and unifying anchor points. No wonder, then, that so many marketing plans are now seasonal. Retailers are once again preparing campaigns and promotional events against a new set of seasonal tentpole events. […]
  1. Data & Insights
“Poetry is accelerated thinking.” “Poetry is the best words in the best order.” “Poetry is stored magic.” “Poetry restores us to what is deepest in us. It consoles us.” “The greatest poetry is written at the borders of what can be said. It makes a strong effort at expressing the unsayable.” “The meaning of poetry […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Miller Lite’s “fully functioning” limited-edition Christmas Tree Keg Stand is said to be “perfect for keeping your tree fresh and beer cold.” The stand, which costs $49.99, is compatible with Christmas trees up to five feet tall. It weighs up to 150 pounds with lights and ornaments.
  1. Media & Marketing
Responding to yesterday’s mention in FaceTime about a New York Times piece about climate change, one MNB reader wrote: On the Climate Change article, what was frightening was the statistic that by 2050, 100 million Americans will experience at last one summer day of 125 degrees temps. Living in Minneapolis, we are unable to comprehend […]
  1. Department & Category
  Do you have a convenience store that needs to break out of the past and jump into the present?  Are you looking a Customer Ahead?  If so, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes you just might want to reach out too Howland Blackiston, and his team at King-Casey. Below […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
It’s no secret that late autumn is e-commerce’s busiest season. For online retailers, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas shopping promise unprecedented success. Last year, the industry witnessed a record-breaking holiday season with $1.2 trillion in sales (a 16 percent year-over-year growth rate). There’s an incredible amount of potential here — but year after year, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
by Kevin Coupe There was a confluence of stories yesterday that circled around the same issue – health – that suggest impending problems for retail businesses. First, Axios reports on a new Kaiser Family Foundation report suggesting that “employers face a brutal increase in health-insurance premiums for 2023.” The piece notes that “premiums stayed relatively […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK — Revlon announced on Thursday that the NYSE Regulatory Oversight Committee’s Committee for Review rejected the company’s appeal and affirmed the New York Stock Exchange Staff’s decision to delist the company’s Class A common stock following the June 15, 2022 Chapter 11 filing by the company and certain of its subsidiaries in the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced Friday that over-the-counter hearing aids are now available at select Hy-Vee stores with no exam or prescription necessary. In an effort to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable, the FDA recently ruled that individuals ages 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss can purchase […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  There is no doubt that finding a way to drive incremental business in the convenience store space is a hard thing to do.  However, Quik Trip is edifying its brand with the ‘halo’ of better for you by adding MedWise walk-in medical clinics and many of its locations. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
The Cheeky Panda, the sustainable personal care, baby and beauty brand, is aiming to help retailers and wholesalers stand by for a busy winter of colds and flu with its products. The brand said its Cheeky Panda Facial & Pocket Tissues, Antibacterial Wipes and Handy Wipes are a must stock this coming season, following the […]
  1. Data & Insights
(Left to right): U.S. Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. Robert Califf; Walgreens pharmacist Chuckwuma ‘Chuks’ Onwuka; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra; and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) visit a Walgreens pharmacy in Washington, D.C., on October 19, 2022, as hearing aids go over the counter for the first time. ARLINGTON, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A limited supply of the new pediatric COVID-19 boosters are now available at select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations by appointment. Also known as “bivalent boosters,” the new COVID-19 boosters are reformulated to target versions of the latest Omicron subvariants including BA.4 and BA.5, along with the original COVID-19 virus strain. Individuals […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
For many retailers, the customer experience is about much more than customer satisfaction scores. More than anything, today’s customers want a personalized, quick and easy shopping experience, a frictionless experience. These expectations are heavily shaped by online retail experiences, challenging brick-and-mortar retailers to transform their physical stores into engaging, personalized experience centers powered by real-time intelligence. Whereas e-commerce sites […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA — With flu and respiratory illnesses expected to increase during fall and winter months, Rite Aid is making diagnostic testing easier for Michigan customers with rapid point-of-care testing now available at all stores throughout the state. Point-of-care testing provides customers with rapid turnaround of test results combined with onsite prescriptions for those who test […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15 in Chicago, will have a strong exhibitor presence of nonfood suppliers of everyday essentials, such as OTC medicine, baby care, personal care, health and wellness, pet care and household goods, among others. More than 500 booths devoted to nonfoods will be on display at […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
PHILADELPHIA — High inflation and the fear that the only way to fix it is to start a recession are among the concerns facing mass retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the coming months, according to speakers at The Emerson Group’s recent Industry Day event here. But while the challenges are real, participants in […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is now selling over-the-counter hearing aids at and in Walmart Vision Centers in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. The hearing aids will also be available soon at additional Walmart Vision Centers nationwide. For the first time, hearing aids will be available in the U.S. to customers who […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Walmart is now able to sell hearing aids without the need for a doctor’s prescription due to a rule change made by the Food and Drug Administration. “Offering easy access to OTC hearing aids, something that seems quite small, is a solution that can improve our customers’ health outcomes and their ability to live better […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Starting October 17, Walmart will offer over the counter (OTC) hearing aids to help our customers live better and healthier lives at affordable prices they can count on. For the first time, hearing aids will be available in the U.S. to customers who are 18 years and older with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss without a […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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SMI Core data captures the actual spend data from the SMI Pool partners of major holding companies and large independent agencies, representing up to 95% of all US national brand ad spending, to provide a complete monthly view of the SMI Pool market size, investment share and category performance. Core Data delivers detailed ad intelligence across all media […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  2. Channel: Grocery
  3. Department: HBC
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]