Easy access to category trends and tips

From the desk of Colleen Volheim, manager of Category Research and Analysis Last year we started offering new category content on our website. We analyze multiple health, beauty, and wellness (HBW) categories each month, and we are featuring trends and tips on our site for one of those reviewed categories every month.

Monthly Retailer Category Tips — Incontinence 2016

Take advantage of the many opportunities to serve these patients by Michele Feldner, part of Monthly Retailer Category Tips There is less of a stigma attached to incontinence thanks to ad campaigns in recent years and greater awareness in general. Women are affected by the condition more than men, and women also experience it at a […]

Keep sure-sellers in stock

Being out of critical items could lose customers From the desk of Tom Boyer, director of national accounts Never Outs® are just like they sound — items that should never be out of stock. HRG’s proprietary Never Outs list is part of the monthly delivery of the TEMPS® Category Manager program. Each month this list of items in […]

Are you pro private label?

By Jamie Sershon What is your perception of private label or store brands? Do you think of them as lower quality? Or do you consider them the same quality as their national brand counterpart with a lower price tag? The stigma private label products have carried of being lower quality is becoming a thought of […]

The fine lines between Fine Lines

By Donna Boulieu I’m in the right business. I love drugstores! The sights, sounds, and even the smells (think candy and cosmetics with just a hint of rubbing alcohol from the pharmacy — heavenly), but mostly it’s the product mix that draws me in. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, “you never know what you’re […]

Monthly Retailer Category Tips — Pain Relief 2016

Innovation and returning brands offer growth in pain relief category by Tara Kaifesh, part of Monthly Retailer Category Tips There are changes and new items to be aware of in several subcategories. Merchandising adult pain relievers has been modified to better distinguish the various active ingredients and minimize confusion for your shopper. Use signage to direct […]

What makes an Rx-to-OTC switch successful?

by Colleen Volheim When you hear of an Rx-to-OTC switch on the horizon, your initial thought may be of it sparking additional category sales and profits for retailers. For many Rx-to-OTC switches this is true, however in some cases, these launches do not pack the retail sales punch manufacturers, retailers, and consumers expect. 

Children’s Cough and Cold – Preparing for Back-to-School Germs

Over the next couple of months, I will be submitting several blog posts on the state of the Cold & Allergy category and what to look forward to. These blog posts will be subcategory specific and will include product information, new item launches, an explanation on how the subcategory is performing, and tips on how […]

Health, beauty, and wellness items – where should you focus your efforts?

From the desk of Colleen Volheim, category research and analysis manager How is your front-end performing? Is your assortment right? Are you carrying the products that offer the most sales and profit potential? Finding the right mix can take a little work. We can help with the TEMPS® Category Manager program which offers the ideal […]

Planogram alternatives

From the desk of Colleen Volheim, category research and analysis manager Whether you have a large independent pharmacy or a smaller-format store, we have alternatives to our traditional category planograms that can help you make the most of your retail space.