Posted by Dale Buss on August 23, 2012 02:28 PM
Walmart has backed off its goal of becoming the supercenter of health care in America. But the retailing behemoth is still finding ways to expand its footprint in health services as it searches for new areas of growth and tries to take advantage of the shifting landscape in the provision of health care in the United States.
On Monday, Walmart will start offering vaccinations for infectious diseases beyond influenza and pneumonia at 2,700 U.S. stores on Monday: HPV, meningitis and eight other diseases and conditions recommended by the federal government via pop-up kiosks at the front of the stores and a contracted network of registered nurses.
"The goal is to take advantage of the fact that these individuals are in our stores shopping for groceries every day," said Dr. John Agwunobi, Walmart's president of health and wellness, according to the Wall Street Journal. "We want our customers to begin to see us as a destination not just for nutriton but for preventive health care."
But while Walmart may be unique, its health care vision isn't. A number of other retailers, including drugstore chains Walgreen's and CVX Caremark, also have been ramping up the number of injections they provide as well as other health care services. And with American parents mindful of vaccination requirements and wary of the return of their children to school, this is the time of year when brands typically ramp up their health care offerings. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 27, 2012 09:01 AM
A123 Systems hit with recall of batteries for electric cars.
Apple plans to make greater investment in China as CEO Tim Cook meets with Chinese officials.
AT&T and Verizon threatened by freebie services fueled by Clearwire.
BMW tabs 1.3 million cars in massive recall.
Chipotle recycles old billboards for Earth Day.
Coca-Cola supports Michigan tourism campaign.
Corona evolves beach campaign.
Enterprise Products and Enbridge plan rival pipelines to Keystone XL.
Google warms to advertising its new services.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 9, 2012 09:01 AM
Archie Comics celebrates gay marriage in new cover.
Bristol-Myers to buy Inhibitex for $2.5 billion.
CBS introduces all-new CBS This Morning show.
Cadillac unveils ATS small sedan as import-fighter at Detroit Auto Show, which signals a turnaround for the industry.
Chick-fil-A cuts calories in kids' meals.
CES loses clout as tech-industry platform.
Current TV and Keith Olbermann make up following election coverage dispute.
Denny's promotes healthier media options.
Disney marketing head MT Carney departs.
Dow sponsorship of London 2012 Olympics continues to raise hackles.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 3, 2012 09:11 AM
Altria launches tobacco rights website.
Apple sees its devices dominate mobile ordering as brand plans books announcement and sets Red Friday sales event for Asia.
Avery Dennison sells office and consumer products business to 3M.
Axe woos young males with interactive comic book.
Bentley plans luxury SUV.
BMW sees 2012 premium growth.
BP sues Halliburton over Gulf spill, includes anti-BP protesters in new ad.
Bridgestone kicks off Super Bowl campaign at NHL Winter Classic.
Brisk ties into Star Wars 3D theatrical launch with mobile campaign.
Cadbury adopts vertical shelf-ready packaging.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 11, 2011 08:42 AM
BP claims victory in Russian case.
Boeing rides Dreamliner on confidence into Dubai Air Show.
Burger King deems new menu items a success.
CBS includes Charlie Rose and Gayle King in revised The Early Show roster.
Citigroup to sell EMI units for $4 billion.
Facebook retreats on privacy dispute with U.S. government.
GE foresees strong growth in emerging markets.
GM raises alarms in Europe with restructuring pledge as its Buick division bets on a lush interior in new Verano compact.
Kohl's adds $30 million to holiday marketing budget.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2011 09:00 AM
UBS warns of big losses (up to $2 billion) on rogue trades, leading to employee arrest in London.
Esprit divests North American business as profit drops 98%.
Fast Retailing, parent of Uniqlo, sets big expansion plans (opening up to 300 stores/year) as brand that "represents" Japan.
Groupon plans to put IPO back on track.
Al Gore's 24-hour Climate Reality webcast irks some.
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves insists that TV ad market is holding up.
Crocs banned for nurses in Wales.
DuPont wins nearly $1 billion in damages in Kevlar-secrets case.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 27, 2011 10:00 AM
A former employee at Toronto's Whole Foods may think the place is a "faux hippy Wal-Mart," as he mentioned in his extremely nasty, mass-emailed, 2,000-word resignation letter to all of the store’s thousands of employees, but that’s not stopping the company from fostering its wholesome image and starting up a charitable organization.
The Associated Press reports that the organic grocer's newly established philanthropic arm, the Whole Kids Foundation, “aims to provide children with access to healthy foods.” The plan is to “work with schools, educators, and other organizations to help improve children's food choices,” the report adds.
With a mission to "support schools and inspire families to improve children's nutrition," the first project the foundation will engage in is to follow in the footsteps of First Lady Michelle Obama and support teaching gardens this fall, so that kids can get a better sense of the food they eat by taking part in the growing process.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 9, 2011 09:00 AM
AARP sues over reverse mortgages.
Adidas opens women's concept store in Seoul.
Asahi hits roadblock in Australia push.
BMW to expand lineups of EVs and hybrids.
Daimler and Rolls-Royce launch bid for Tognum.
Dynegy faces Chapter 11.Continue reading...