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Rite Aid acquires Health Dialog Services Corp.

BY Staff Writer

Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group. Through the acquisition, Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid.

Rite Aid’s acquisition of Health Dialog will also support and advance Rite Aid Health Alliance, a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers who deliver comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions. Health Dialog has been working closely with Rite Aid over the past year as the program has been developed, and currently provides care coaches for Rite Aid Health Alliance.

"This acquisition will provide Health Dialog with an expanded footprint to grow its existing business as well as further leverage the company’s coaching services’ expertise as we work to bring Rite Aid Health Alliance to more Rite Aid markets and customers," stated John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. "Additionally, we will benefit from Health Dialog’s industry-leading analytics and shared-decision making tools, helping us to better serve the health and wellness needs of our customers and further develop our pharmacy services as a growing retail health care company."

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Tyco Retail releases TrueVue 5.0

BY Dan Berthiaume

Neuhausen, Switzerland — Tyco Retail Solutions has released TrueVue 5.0, the latest version of its flagship retail software suite and an extension of its TrueVue Retail Platform. With this new release, customers can now receive mobile reports via iOS devices to monitor key store performance metrics anywhere, anytime.

Available in the Apple App Store, the TrueVue app provides access to Tyco Retail Solutions’ loss prevention, traffic and inventory metrics from any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device. By arming retail field and store level associates with key data metrics on demand, they are empowered to make better decisions, fueling operational improvements.

Built to scale up from a single location to an entire retail enterprise, the TrueVue software suite is designed to allow customers to add new capabilities as the business requires, and uses a common integration approach intended to lower operating and ownership costs.

“We understand the power of mobile technology today, and its influence on the retail store environment,” said Nancy Chisolm, VP and general manager Tyco Retail Solutions. “With the mobile capabilities in TrueVue 5.0, we are providing store personnel with immediate access to critical store data, eliminating the need to leave the sales floor or wait for updated information in order to take action. This seamless integration enables on-demand decision making, which better equips store associates to meet the needs of their customers. We will continue to enhance our offering with cutting edge technology as the retail environment evolves, customers’ demands increase, and the store remains central to the success of the retail industry.”

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Macy’s to launch online fashion competition show

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Macy’s and Maker Studios, the world’s largest producer and distributor of online video content for Millennials, announced a collaboration to launch an original fashion-lifestyle series, to be called “The Next Style Star.” The program will feature 16 up-and-coming stylists battling head-to-head for a $10,000 cash prize, a chance to serve as a guest stylist on an upcoming Macy’s photo shoot, and have his or her winning look featured in the Impulse Department at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City.

The 10-episode series will be hosted by TV personality, fashion expert and makeup artist Jeannie Mai. It will debut April 3 on Maker’s fashion and beauty network, The Platform, and also on Macys.com/stylestar. New episodes will go live every Thursday at 1 p.m. EST, following the April 3 debut.

“With an ongoing focus on the Millennial customer, Macy’s is passionate about creating innovative partnerships that will result in fresh, entertaining and useful content for our customers,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Maker Studios is known for producing inventive video that appeals to the artful and sharp-witted tastes of this generation, and by joining forces to create ‘The Next Style Star,’ we can showcase the best of what both brands have to offer.”

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