Bashas' Supermarkets will team with MediMin to develop in-store health clinics at its Food City and Ike's Marketplace stores in Arizona. The clinics will be staffed with certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Many customers say they won't return to a store where they can't find a salesperson to help them, a study found. Twenty-five percent of shoppers reported that they were completely ignored by sales associates, and 3% said that such behavior would cause them to never return.
Walgreen Co. is in a deal to buy Take Care Health Systems as the chain continues to increase patient services offered in stores. Walgreen competitor CVS bought in-store operator MinuteClinic in 2006, and Wal-Mart stores has plans to open up to 400 in-store clinics in the next two to three years.
Procter & Gamble has partnered with Wal-Mart to launch Prism, which uses infrared sensors to measure consumer exposure to in-store digital media and other promotional displays. Prism will be rolled out in Wal-Mart and other retail outlets by early next year.
In a nostalgic reference to Kmart's classic Blue Light Special, which dates back to 1965, the company has developed a new spokescharacter: Mr. Blue Light. "We are injecting fresh ideas, fun and new products into Kmart, both in-store and online, and Mr. Bluelight is our expert on all things 'Kmart,'" said Bill Stewart, the company's chief marketing officer, in a statement.