Simply Retail Begins Construction on Two New Stores for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Simply Retail Begins Construction on Two New Stores for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin










Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 4, 2007

Simply Retail, Inc. is in the in the early construction stage with their client Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. These two new stores will bring the total number of stores that Simply Retail has rolled out across the country to 34, with 18 currently open and running. After conducting a Retail Discovery, a retail feasibility study for Aurora’s flagship hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Simply Retail recommended multiple new stores to support the needs of patients, visitors and staff. One of the stores that they are moving forward with is a 2,408 square foot flagship store. This store will feature products which are specific to Aurora’s Centers of Excellence. The main focus will be in the areas of orthopedics, neurology, diabetes, senior care and general health and wellness products. The second store, The General Store at St. Luke’s, will be 357 square foot and offer a variety of products and services including prepared foods, snacks, light groceries and other sundries.

Over the past nine years, Simply Retail has created retail opportunities for hospitals across the nation. The scope of work and planning includes hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory care centers, medi-spas, fitness centers and rehabilitation facilities. To support the elements of these broad-scale business plans, Simply Retail has an alliance with a nationally recognized retail/healthcare architecture firm, and has developed an in-house design department that creates detailed design elements customized to each client. Simply Retail also has forged partnerships with POS vendors, concierge services as well as healthcare developers.

About St. Luke’s Medical Center Aurora Health Care:

A not-for-profit Wisconsin health care organization was created around a single idea: There is a better way to provide health care. The 26,000 people of Aurora are working together to give people better access, better service and better results than they can find anywhere else. Aurora’s focus is clear in striving to promote healthy living, preventing illness and providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment, whenever and wherever they can best meet people’s individual and family needs.

About Simply Retail:

Simply Retail was formed in 1994 and is the nation’s leading provider of Healthcare Retail. Based in Minneapolis, Simply Retail is a retail consultancy and management company with expertise in both retail planning and implementation. Simply Retail integrates retail operations with patient care through customized Retail Systems. For more information, please contact Anni Davis, vice president of corporate communications at 612 659-8200, ext 23 or visit the Simply Retail website at http://www.simplyretailinc.com.

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Harvey Hartman to Present Insights on Consumer Health Related Trends at Healthcare Retail ’07 Conference

Harvey Hartman to Present Insights on Consumer Health Related Trends at Healthcare Retail ’07 Conference











Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) March 7, 2007

The healthcare industry’s annual conference focused on retail initiatives, Healthcare Retail ’07, (http://www.HealthcareRetail07.com) announced today that Harvey Hartman, CEO of The Hartman Group, will provide a strategic address on the evolution of healthcare driven consumer trends. Healthcare Retail ’07 takes place on April 12 & 13, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida.

A celebrated author, business school lecturer and former Fortune 500 senior executive, Harvey Hartman is a nationally recognized expert on American cultural change and the consumer activities that impact daily business products and services.

“Harvey was our top rated presenter from last year’s conference. We are excited he will be speaking again this year and are looking forward to his new insights on the fast changing world of health-driven consumerism. Hospitals leaders focused on the consumer driven healthcare movement won’t want to miss his talk,” stated Tony Paquin, CEO of The Paquin Group.

Hartman plans to conduct an in-depth study on hospital-based healthcare retail trends in collaboration with The Paquin Group and eight major hospital groups in 2007. He is expected to discuss the design and intent of the study while at the Conference.

The Healthcare Retail ’07 Conference is sponsored by The Paquin Group, the leading specialist in healthcare retail initiatives. Healthcare Retail ’07 is the premier meeting event for hospitals and healthcare organizations considering or currently implementing a retail strategy. The sale of healthcare related products generates revenues of more than $ 400 billion annually.

The conference covers a complete range of healthcare retail topics and delivers specific information on how to assess and implement healthcare retail systems to capture a portion of this burgeoning market. These include hospital retail locations, e-commerce solutions, branding strategies, loyalty cards, private label brands, in-room education/television technology and medical day spas.

“With the continuing trend towards integration of health and wellness-related products and services across traditional retail channels and the continued emergence and evolution of the health and wellness-conscious consumer, there has never been a time so ripe for hospitals and healthcare systems to sharpen their focus and innovate their retail offerings,” said Hartman.

Hartman has consulted with major pharmaceutical, food and packaged goods companies in developing both strategic and tactical direction in today’s marketplace. He has worked with non profits, such as Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet, and has consulted to numerous NGO and governmental organizations such as the EPA, FDA, USDA, World Wildlife Fund, Co-op America and The Food Alliance.

He started The Hartman Group in 1989, which today is a full-service strategic consultancy and market insights provider specializing in the health and wellness marketplace. Over the past 18 years the company’s work has reignited ailing brands, redirected retail strategies and successfully informed new product development for clients ranging from mainstream retailers such as Wal-Mart to large natural products retailers, to restaurants like McDonald’s, as well as large consumer packaged goods companies and service providers.

“Retail in healthcare is now seen as an important strategy for hospitals and healthcare systems to generate new, non-reimbursed sources of revenue,” states Paquin. Registration and other information for the conference can be found at http://www.HealthcareRetail07.com or by calling 407-566-1333.

About The Paquin Group

The Paquin Group, the nation’s leading specialist in healthcare-based retail, is an alliance of industry leading experts and resources created to assist hospitals in the implementation of healthcare retail strategies. The company’s core mission is to increase revenue opportunities and minimize risks for healthcare organizations. As Medicare reimbursement rates continue to be pressured downward and expenses rise, new sources for non-reimbursed revenues are becoming essential to the financial viability of hospitals. The Paquin Group helps hospitals identify and implement these new retail revenue strategies. In addition, the firm organizes the healthcare industry’s premier annual meeting event for healthcare retail initiatives, The Healthcare Retail ’07 Conference. For more information, visit http://www.ThePaquinGroup.com.

About The Hartman Group, Inc.

The Hartman Group, Inc., founded 1989, is a full-service consulting and market research firm offering a wide range of services and products specializing on the health and wellness markets. The company’s headquarters are located in Bellevue, Washington. The Hartman Group’s unique approach employs experts from diverse academic backgrounds to lead consumer-driven insight expeditions for actionable insights. The company’s methodological approach includes experiential and immersive research strategies borrowing techniques from ethnography and linguistics. For more information, visit http://www.hartman-group.com.

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Simply Retail Welcomes Chocolate Medical Ventures Chocolate Caf

Simply Retail Welcomes Chocolate Medical Ventures Chocolate Café as a Partner for the Simply Real Estate Service










Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 30, 2008

Simply Retail, the nation’s leader in customized healthcare retail systems, has entered into a partnership agreement with Memorial Health System of South Bend, in collaboration with Chocolate Medical Ventures Group. The Chocolate Café, operated by South Bend Chocolate Company and Memorial Health System of South Bend, will add to Simply Real Estate’s arsenal of food-service selections for hospitals and health systems interested in leased retail opportunities.

The Chocolate Café offers food and gift services in order to provide convenience and added value to the patient shopping experience. They offer healthy deli, candy, dessert and chocolate selections in a café or kiosk setting. The chocolate café model includes low-fat and sugar-free desserts, fresh custom salads, gourmet soups and of course, a wide variety of chocolate products.

Diane Stover, VP of Memorial Health System explained, “The Chocolate Café experience offers chocolate therapy, the newest type of “care” hospitals can provide patients, visitors and staff to enhance their visit.”

“Simply Retail is absolutely delighted to partner with Memorial Health System and Chocolate Medical Ventures Group,” said Kathy Husu, Vice President of Consulting Services at Simply Retail. “Our partnership is a no-brainer. The Chocolate Café is specifically customized for healthcare facilities, and we are excited to incorporate this concept into our upcoming client implementations.”

We expect patients, staff and visitors will judge if this concept is a good fit; we’re pretty sure they will love it!

About Chocolate Medical Ventures Group

In 2005, The South Bend Chocolate Company and Memorial Health Systems formed the Chocolate Café Medical Ventures Group to test the compatibility of the chocolate café experience in a medical setting. The experiment was a success and gave life to this innovative partnership created to help both companies establish market differentiation and generate new revenues.

For more information, please contact Diane Stover at dstover @ memorialsb.org, or visit http://www.chocolatemedicalventures.com.

About Simply Retail

Simply Retail was formed in 1994 and is the nation’s leading provider of Healthcare Retail. Based in Minneapolis, Simply Retail is a retail consultancy and management company with expertise in both retail planning and implementation, integrating retail operations with patient care through customized Retail Systems. In addition, Simply Retail has an alliance with a nationally recognized retail/healthcare architecture firm and has developed an in-house design department that creates customized design elements for each client. Simply Retail also has forged partnerships with POS vendors, concierge services and healthcare developers to create retail opportunities for hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory care centers, medi-spas, fitness centers and rehabilitation facilities across the nation.

For more information, please either contact Pam Donaby at 612-659-8200, ext. 10, or visit http://www.simplyretailinc.com.

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NSF International?s Global Food Safety Certification Division Earns Five-Star Rating from British Retail Consortium (BRC)

NSF International’s Global Food Safety Certification Division Earns Five-Star Rating from British Retail Consortium (BRC)











NSF International


Ann Arbor, Mich. (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

NSF International’s Food Safety Division has earned the highest rating from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), developer of the BRC global food safety standards for food, packaging, storage and distribution. This excellent five-star rating confirms NSF’s reputation as a leading certifier to the global food safety standards, having certified more than 28,000 farms and facilities.

NSF is committed to helping companies throughout the global food supply chain strengthen their quality assurance programs. In 2009, NSF International became the first North American certification body to earn ANSI accreditation for BRC standards and has become the largest certifier to BRC worldwide and SQF in the U.S. Many of the leading global retail and foodservice companies now require certification of their suppliers against these Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)*-benchmarked standards to help strengthen food safety practices.

For the first time, BRC published the key performance indicators (KPI) ratings of each certification body from January – June 2011 in their directory, which highlights NSF International’s five-star rating. The BRC measures each certification body on the following KPIs every six months: Audit Report Writing Quality, Compliance to the BRC Scheme & Standard Protocol Requirements, Auditor Registration, Data Submission, Commitment and Communication.

“BRC works closely with our certification bodies to ensure the most effective and consistent use of the BRC Global Standards,” said John Kukoly, Senior Technical Marketing Representative in North America for BRC. “A rigorous set of key performance indicators are used to measure feedback and continually improve the performance of our partners in assessing certified companies. These measures, the most rigorous in the industry, ensure that those certification bodies (able to perform BRC certification audits) are held to exacting expectations and standards themselves. When a certification body receives a five-star rating, such as NSF International, this puts them at the very top performance level within the BRC program.”

“NSF International has grown into the largest certifier to BRC worldwide, and SQF in the U.S., because we’ve continued to focus on quality and meeting the expectations of our customers, accreditation bodies and standard’s owners,” said Robert Prevendar, Director of Food Safety Certification Systems for NSF International. “I am very proud of our auditors and operations team for placing us in the top five percent with our score of 100, which helps us fulfill NSF’s mission of protecting and improving human health worldwide.”

For more information visit NSF’s Global Food Safety webpage or contact Helen Gipple at foodsafetysolutions(at)nsf(dot)org or 734-827-6845.

About NSF International:

NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF offers certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked* food safety standards, such as British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Safe Quality Food (SQF). These global food safety certification systems promote consistency across the supply chain and provide independent certification that a product, process, or service complies with international, regulatory, and other specified standards.

NSF’s Global Food Safety Division

Services offered by NSF’s Global Food Safety Division include: foodservice equipment certification; food safety and quality auditing and certification for the produce, agriculture, poultry, egg and livestock industry; consulting & technical services; Global Food Safety Standards certification (SQF, BRC, GlobalGAP, FSSC, IFS, Dutch HACCP); restaurant and supermarket food safety; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC) certification, HACCP validation and inspection, seafood testing and auditing; bottled water/flavored beverage quality certification; organic certification, and education and training.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification, drinking water certification and safety audits, management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001); and sustainable business solutions.

*The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an independent non-profit foundation managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, was founded in 2000.

CONTACT:

Greta Houlahan

NSF International

Phone: 734-913-5723

Email: houlahan(at)nsf(dot)org

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HelloLife

HelloLife® Retail Partner Announcement










Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) June 30, 2011

HelloLife is expanding their retailer reach by partnering with Living Naturally, the online network providing commerce and promotional systems to more than 3,000 natural health retailers and suppliers. Retailers using the Scan Genius multi-vendor ordering system will now be able to find HelloLife products listed in the palm of their hand.

“It’s very exciting for us to offer our products to the over 2,000 independent retail buyers in the Scan Genius system,” said Business Development Manager, Curtis Hagberg. “This streamlines the process on our end and makes our sales to the health food retailers a simple transaction.”

HelloLife will also be advertising to the more than 800 websites powered by Living Naturally, integrating their marketing outreach to the health food retail buyers.

Living Naturally is an online technology provider to thousands of retailers and suppliers in the North American natural health sector. The Company develops and markets a suite of Retail Business Solutions under the “Genius” brand, to enhance the productivity and marketing capabilities of retailers and suppliers in the natural health industry. Living Naturally houses the largest online natural health network in the world. For additional information, please visit the Company’s web site at http://www.livingnaturally.com

About HelloLife

HelloLife, LLC is an Applied Life Science and Technology company doing business in the fields of health and wellness. HelloLife has its headquarters at 4460 – 44th St. SE, Ste. C 600, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512. HelloLife is focused on delivering over-the-counter (OTC) relief products registered with the FDA.

HelloLife is committed to providing safe relief, nutritional support and education for healthy lifestyle choices. Our products are available to consumers via retailers, healthcare professionals and direct mail. For more information about the company or our products, visit our website at: http://www.hellolife.net. HelloLife continues to offer our successful pet health care line to the market as well. Interested consumers can visit the VETiONX® website at: http://www.vetionx.com/.

If you’d like more information about HelloLife or our products, please contact Jennie Mac Anaspie at 616.808.3290 x1028 or via email at jmacanaspie at hellolife dot net.

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