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Thursday, September 04, 2014

As of midnight on Tuesday, all 7,700 CVS pharmacy locations nationwide will no longer sell tobacco products, fulfilling a pledge the company made in February as it repositions itself as a health care destination. The company has renamed itself CVS Health. "We're at the forefront of what we all see as a changing health care landscape," said company chief executive Larry J. Merlo.

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So CVS is re-engineering their image to focus on customer health. Aisles are loaded with products that say otherwise unless they plan on re-hauling the entire mix and become Whole Foods Pharmacy. Prices will go way up.

#1 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-09-04 12:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is more profitable to sell legal poison.

#2 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-09-04 12:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

I am glad for CVS, I might shop there more often.

#3 | Posted by danv at 2014-09-04 12:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | POSTED BY DANV AT 2014-09-04 12:39 PM | FLAG: Understood, but from an investment point of view, other companies such as Walgreens, etc., to will pick up their tobacco products and of course, quite often, pick up other items there thus increasing profits. I have no problem with CVS's choice, but of recognize it could affect their bottom line apart from the tobacco products.

disclaimer: I and my spouse are not tobacco users - just investors.

#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-09-04 12:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Never understood drug stores. Cigarettes, lotto and candy are at the front of the store and first aid, OTC meds and the pharmacy are all in the very back of the store.

#5 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-09-04 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED AT 2014-09-04 01:03 PM | FLAG: The Pharmacy is purposely placed in back so that you have to pass through the aisles of product in the hope that you spot something that catches your eye and you make purchases in addition to the medicines you originally came for.

Another example of merchandising psychology is when a store [Walmart, for example] does a major reset. It is recognized that a consumer, once they know the layout of the store, goes straight to the location of the product they came for. With a reset, all of a sudden you have to search for the new position of the product and hopefully you will notice something else while attempting to locate what you came for. It is all about parting you from more monies than you intended to spend [impulse buying].

#6 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-09-04 01:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hopefully their beer prices don't go up to make of the difference of the tobacco.

#7 | Posted by homerj at 2014-09-04 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is more profitable to sell legal poison.

This move would suggest otherwise. There's a lot of money in health care, particularly for the elderly.

#8 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-04 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

MSGT Then why are pharmacies at grocery stores located in front of the store? Or even Wal Mart where they are in the middle of the stores?

#9 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-09-04 01:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Stores like Walmart have a different business model including the fact that Walmart stores are so large physically that many [not so mobile] senior citizens who require more medicines may go the the small drug stores rather than the extensive walking which a large box store would require if located in back.

ps: My wife, Jeannie, used to live and work at Panama City Beach in the 90s before she set sail for the Keys [Marathon] in 97/98 where we met.

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-09-04 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

This move would suggest otherwise. There's a lot of money in health care, particularly for the elderly.

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You must be having a hard day to have missed my point that entirely.

#11 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-09-04 02:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is more profitable to sell legal poison.

This move would suggest otherwise. There's a lot of money in health care, particularly for the elderly.

I interpreted that to mean he was referring to prescription drugs as legal poison.

Never understood drug stores. Cigarettes, lotto and candy are at the front of the store and first aid, OTC meds and the pharmacy are all in the very back of the store.

Because the medicine is the destination product, the rest is impulse buys, so they want to pass all of that to get to the pharmacy. I believe in the Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't it talks about how Walgreen's entire business model is to get people to impulse buy as much as possible in each visit, so they take great lengths to get people to pass as much of that sort of thing as possible on the way to the back.

#12 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-09-04 02:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I interpreted that to mean he was referring to prescription drugs as legal poison.

I thought he was referring to smokes, which are legal and poisonous.

#13 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-04 03:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good for CVS!

#14 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-09-04 05:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

#12 | POSTED BY LEGREGIUS

Used to work at a Walgreens a few years ago. Always thought it amusing that the "natural" section (vitamins, fish oil etc) lined the aisles where the customers waited in line or waited for the scripts to be filled.

It will be interesting to see what happens though. As MSGT said above, the idea is to get the customer into the building. While their main purpose may be to buy a pack of smokes, they also buy a lot of other things that have a high markup and make them a lot of money.

Couple that with the fact that these pharmacies often cluster an area within a stones throw of each other, it may have a larger impact than expected.

#15 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-09-04 06:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wish Murphy oil would drop them I get tired of these stupid cig buyers blocking the pumps and refusing to move.

#16 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-09-04 06:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

I always thought it was funny that a pharmacy would sell tobacco products.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-04 07:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | POSTED BY DANV AT 2014-09-04 12:39 PM | FLAG: Understood, but from an investment point of view, other companies such as Walgreens, etc., to will pick up their tobacco products and of course, quite often, pick up other items there thus increasing profits. I have no problem with CVS's choice, but of recognize it could affect their bottom line apart from the tobacco products.
disclaimer: I and my spouse are not tobacco users - just investors.
#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-09-04 12:54 PM

You write like the S&P reflects a glamorous lifestyle of the workers.

Go ahead and invest in whatever your heart desires - profiteering like a corporate parasite is quite Jim Cramer of you.

#18 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-09-04 07:15 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

I always thought it was funny that a pharmacy would sell tobacco products.

#17 | POSTED BY TOR

Or sodas, sugary snacks, junk food in general, supplemental pills/oils that would make an ol' timey snake oil salesman blush, diet fads etc.

#19 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-09-04 07:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I always thought it was funny that a pharmacy would sell tobacco products.

#17 | POSTED BY TOR

Or sodas, sugary snacks, junk food in general, supplemental pills/oils that would make an ol' timey snake oil salesman blush, diet fads etc.

#19 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-09-04 07:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

You don't sell prescription pills to a healthy society. You have to make people sick so You can sell more OTC and Prescription pills.

#20 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-09-04 07:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Larry people have been using medicine about as far back as we have written records.

Not all problems are made by man to sell stuff.

#21 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-04 07:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Go ahead and invest in whatever your heart desires - profiteering like a corporate parasite is quite Jim Cramer of you.

#18 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT AT 2014-09-04 07:15 PM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1

No, just planning on a comfortable retirement while many will be struggling to get by on Social Security. You apparently see making a profit as evil [assuming you believe in evil, of course]. I have not had anything handed to me in life, I've gotten where I am by planning and being smart by investing in my future. Remember the six Ps.

Anyone here who has a pension plan, or 401k, investments, should be pro profit as then your retirement fund will grow. Money may not buy you happiness, but lack of money 'buys' you a lot of misery in this day and age.

#22 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-09-04 10:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Go ahead and invest in whatever your heart desires - profiteering like a corporate parasite is quite Jim Cramer of you.
#18 | Posted by redlightrobot

It's rare that us little people get a taste of the riches lavished on the wealthy.
Being in the market during Endless QE is one of those times.
But if you'd turn down the butter on your bread because you resent the fact that they stole your cow to make it, that's fine too.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-09-04 10:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

from an investment point of view, other companies such as Walgreens, etc., to will pick up their tobacco products and of course, quite often, pick up other items there thus increasing profits. I have no problem with CVS's choice, but of recognize it could affect their bottom line apart from the tobacco products.

Anyone with any sense of patriotism should be boycotting Walgreen's to show your disapproval of them being tax dodgers and you should be showing your support to CVS for making a very brave but healthy decision.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-09-05 05:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

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