Lululemon exec out after pants recall
Vancouver, British Columbia — Lululemon Athletica Inc. said that chief product officer Sheree Waterson will be leaving Lululemon effective April 15, in what it described as a “leadership change in the product organization.”
The news comes just weeks after the specialty retailer had to recall its signature Luon-fabric yoga pants from store shelves for being too sheer. The company warned that the move could lead to shortages and dent its profit by up to $40 million this fiscal year.
Waterson joined Lululemon in 2008 and has over 25 years of consumer and retail industry experience.
Walgreens clinics broaden services to include chronic conditions
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreen Co. said Thursday that its in-store Take Care Clinics have expanded the scope of healthcare services offered beyond treating minor ailments like sinus infections to include assessment, treatment and management for chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma and others, as well as additional preventive health services.
The new services are now available at the more than 330 Take Care Clinics located at select Walgreens (excludes clinics in Missouri).
“With this service expansion, Take Care Clinics now provide the most comprehensive service offering within the retail clinic industry, and can play an even more valuable role in helping patients get, stay and live well,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kang, SVP of health and wellness services and solutions, Walgreens. “Through greater access to services and a broader focus on disease prevention and chronic condition management, our clinics can connect and work with physicians and other providers to better help support the increasing demands on our health care system today.”
Under the new service expansion, in addition to chronic condition management, Take Care Clinic providers can evaluate, recommend and order preventive health services, such as screenings or lab tests, based on a patient’s age, gender and family history.
“The existing gaps in patient care and demands on an already overburdened healthcare system are all projected to worsen with an influx of new patients under health care reform,” said Heather Helle, divisional VP, consumer solutions group, Walgreens. “Walgreens is stepping up to be part of the solution. As innovative care delivery models emerge, we are uniquely positioned to play an integral role in addressing the needs of patients, payers, and providers and to help shape the future of health care delivery in the U.S.”
Study finds ‘retail therapy’ still common
San Francisco — More than half of Americans shop and spend money to improve their moods, according to a new survey.
The study, by Ebates.com, found that 63.9% of women engage in “retail therapy,” compared with 39.8% of men, and the belief that it improves moods was found among 39.2% of women, compared with 20.6% of men. The survey was conducted online by TNS Global and included 1,000 adults.
“Our survey confirms that shopping truly is ‘therapy’ for many people and can help raise one’s spirits after a bad day,” Ebates.com CEO Kevin Johnson said. “Online shopping makes this pick-me-up only a couple of clicks away.”
The survey also found that up to 80.7% of Americans feel best when shopping to lift their moods, and of them, 61.8% like shopping during a sale, while 49.4% like receiving rewards, 45% like free shipping and 44.6% like using coupons. A greater share of respondents found the retail therapy effects of online shopping better than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, mostly because it’s more convenient.