CVS recently made a move that could catapult them to the top of the
retail pharmacy food chain. It was recently decided that “CVS Caremark”
will be now called “CVS Health”. Although the change in name maybe
subtle, it’s some of the accompanying changes that will have more of an
impact on the consumer and the company.
While waiting in checkout lines we’ve grown accustom to seeing an
array of tobacco products the franchise had to offer. That will no
longer be the case. Effective immediately, CVS will not carry tobacco
products in any of their 7,700 plus stores nationwide. These shelves
will be replaced by products such as nicotine gum and other tobacco
using habit-kicking products.
The removal of tobacco products furthers CVS’ efforts in becoming
your go-to place for anything healthcare. There’s also a financial gain
that is expected to come from this, that they hope results in surpassing
Walgreens as the number one retail pharmacy in the country.
However, it also removes any potential hypocrisy that would come with
the yearning of being on the frontlines of healthcare retail, and
selling a universally unhealthy product. We all know the dangers that
are attached with the use of tobacco. And ultimately goes against the
image and direction that CVS sees itself going in.
What are your thoughts on this decision CVS made? Do you feel other
stores should follow suit? Leave a comment in the box below and let us
know what you think.
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