MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Wal-Mart Accelerates Rollout of $4 Generic Rx Program

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out its $4 generic prescription drug program in Florida beginning Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, nearly four months earlier than expected. The program was originally planned to be rolled out statewide in January 2007.

In making the announcement, Bill Simon, executive VP of the professional services division for Wal-Mart, said the response in the initial Tampa Bay, Fla., test market has been considerable, with 36,000 new prescriptions filled in the 10 days after the Sept. 21 launch.

The program has been expanded to include additional medications, including the oncology drug Megestrol. The list of $4 prescription medications now represents nearly 30% of scripts currently dispensed in the 235 Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Neighborhood Market pharmacies throughout Florida.

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Wal-Mart Reportedly Looking to Use More Part-Timers

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New York City, Wal-Mart is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more staff on nights and weekends, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The report said that investment analysts and store managers say Wal-Mart executives have told them the company wants to transform its work force to 40% part-time from 20%. Wal-Mart denies it has a goal of 40% part-time workers, although company officials said part-timers now comprise 25% to 30% of its workers, up from 20% last October, according to The New York Times.

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New Duckwall-ALCO Store to Carry Products by Bass Pro Shop

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Abilene, Kan., Duckwall-ALCO announced that a new ALCO store will open in November in Girard, Kan. The store will be the company’s first to carry products by Bass Pro Shops. In addition to carrying branded Bass Pro Shops’ hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, the new Girard, Kan., store will also include branded RadioShack products, much like the company’s Abilene, Kan., store.

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