News Roundup: June 27, 2020

June 27, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications

NGA Joins Several Organizations Announcing Best Practices for Signature -Free Access to Prescription Drugs

This week, NGA joined FMI, NACDS, NCPA, and PCMA issued a joint statement outlining best practices for pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers to follow for documenting signature-free delivery or pick-up of prescription drugs during the Public Health Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NGA President and CEO, Greg Ferrara, said the following about the best practices:

“On behalf of the over 3,000 independent grocery pharmacies across the country, the National Grocers Association is committed to working with a coalition of stakeholders to protect the health of patients and provide transparency for pharmacies as they continue to serve their communities during this COVID-19 pandemic. NGA is encouraged by these best practices and we hope that continued collaboration with all organizations involved will lead to better outcomes for patients.”

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Buehler’s Announces Healthy Living Program at Ashland Store

The program provides more than 3,000 healthy items at affordable prices, centering around four healthy living categories: organic, gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO,

Healthy Living Project Coordinator, Daniel Shanahan, said the following about the program:

“We are excited to present our healthy living program at our Ashland store. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of items across all departments focusing on attributes like organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO and more. Signage has been added throughout every aisle to identify Healthy Living items and highlight item attributes. We are happy to provide a large selection of items that are consistent with the evolving dietary needs of our customers.”

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Grocery Outlet Combats Food Insecurity

This week, Grocery Outlet began it’s 10th annual “Independence from Hunger” food drive with the goal of combatting food insecurity, collecting cash donations bags of nonperishable food.

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Mercato Adds Analytics Tools to Help Independents Grow Online Sales

Mercato is enhancing its platform with analytic tools and new features to help independents compete in the e-commerce marketplace.

Mercato founder and CEO, Bobby Brannigan,  had the following to say about the recent news:

“Many independent grocers are struggling right now with social distancing and the safety precautions they must employ to protect customers and employees amid the COVID-19 crisis. E-commerce is enabling these neighborhood stores to fulfill online orders and compete against Amazon, Walmart and major supermarkets as online grocery sales continue to grow. We’ve worked closely with these merchants, listening to their pain points and opinions and developed robust analytics tools and features that will enable them to grow revenue and serve local customers who depend on them. By supporting these stores, we’re strengthening the local community economies nationwide. It’s really gratifying.”

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