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CVS/pharmacy launches new iPad app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced Monday the launch of a first-of-its-kind interactive iPad app, delivering a virtual 3-D digital drugstore experience for Apple iPad users.

With the new app, CVS customers can explore a virtual 3-D CVS/pharmacy and access services from the pharmacy, ExtraCare, photo center and MinuteClinic, as well as browse departments to shop.

"Our app makes it unbelievably easy for customers to shop, fill prescriptions, manage their ExtraCare accounts and more through a highly personalized experience and 3-D realism," said Brian Tilzer, SVP and chief digital officer for CVS/pharmacy.

Available for free on iTunes, the CVS iPad app incorporates an interactive, user-friendly, virtual CVS/pharmacy interface that relies on gesture-based movements that are native to touch-screen tablet environments. Tapping on popular areas of the store from the home screen will launch mini apps for different parts of the store, including:

  • Pharmacy services with enhanced prescription management;
  • ExtraCare with coupon center that allows shoppers to sign in for savings and rewards;
  • Catalog-style shopping;
  • A photo center that allows app users can upload photos from their tablet camera roll to be printed for pickup that very same day at a local CVS/pharmacy; and
  • MinuteClinic location and informational services.
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Vitamin Shoppe makes international debut with Panama store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bergen, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe said Monday it has opened its first international franchised Vitamin Shoppe store, located in Panama City. The store, which opened March 4, is owned and operated by franchisee Reprico.

"We’re excited to partner with Reprico and bring the Vitamin Shoppe to Panama," said Musab Balbale, director of new business for the Vitamin Shoppe. "Our focus on delighting the customer with knowledge and great service will make us a trusted source for our customers in Panama."

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buangsila001 says:
Mar-30-2013 10:53 am

This company has a long way
This company has a long way to go in Panama, but surely it will become the number one retailer of nutritional products. - Michael Courouleau

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Smoothie King to open 100 stores in 2013

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New Orleans — Smoothie King Franchises said Monday it plans to open 70 franchise and 30 corporate locations across the U.S. in 2013.

Since December 2012, the smoothie franchise has acquired six additional locations in Florida and Texas, bringing the total number of corporate stores to seven. The company also has opened six new franchise locations since the start of the year.

Smoothie King said it is on track to sign 100 new U.S. franchise agreements this year. Additionally, the company has plans to open 50 new international stores, including 40 in South Korea and 10 in Singapore.

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