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How to Make Emergency Preparedness Plans for your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

This past weekend, northwest Washington showed just how much the groundhog's 2019 prediction for an early spring mattered. As Friday afternoon rolled around, the snow started falling. And it kept falling, pretty much all weekend long and late into Monday afternoon.

In the days leading up to our little winter storm, everyone was preparing for the worst case scenario-fearing days without being able to leave the house, potential power outages and who knew what else. Grocery stores were packed and it wasn't long before many began to run out of basics like bread, milk and eggs.

At the same time as I was watching newscasts showing panicked people rushing around to prepare for the storm, I got to experience a sharp contrast at RMS as emergency plans were calmly reviewed and put into action. With customers in every state across the country, the show must go on no matter what is going in our little corner of the world. So we checked the generators, tested battery backups, and made sure that every main office employee could still work and help customers just like normal. The ease with which we achieved business as usual in a less than ideal scenario served as a great reminder for how far a little preparation can take you.

If you don't have an emergency plan in place for disasters (weather or otherwise) here are a few helpful hints for your pharmacy.

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Tags: pharmacy security, employees, pharmacypos, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy

How Do You Solve Issues with Upset Customers in your Pharmacy?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Fri, Feb 01, 2019 @ 06:00 AM

How many times have you walked out of a store because you couldn't find anyone to assist you? I can think of at least a few. So can most people. Depending on how desperate the need is, if a customer can't find help with something, it's easier to go somewhere else. And there are plenty of options for customers to choose from these days.

We know that locally owned independent and independent chain pharmacies have always had service that's a cut above the rest. You know your customers and your community, which gives you a competitive edge. But as more big retailers zero in on the importance of the customer experience, the bar gets higher and higher.

Making sure that your customers have the help they need when they need it now goes beyond having a well-staffed front counter. Service must go beyond that barrier to provide assistance where and when customers have questions. Having an employees available in the retail areas of your store to meet this need can play an important role in the continued success of your pharmacy.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Tags: employees, OTC, Efficiency, mobile pharmacy pos, pharmacy technology, pharmacy point-of-sale

Starting Off the New Year Right in Retail

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

New Years is generally a time of resolutions and fresh starts. A time for stifling bad habits and creating better ones. It's a really nice concept but we also know that wiping the slate clean isn't reality. And would we really want to even if we could? 

Hopefully in the last year, you saw some successes and positive changes in your pharmacy business. But you might have also hit a few hurdles, had a few false starts or even hit a brick wall or two. And that's okay. Those failures (and successes) are all just history and that it's time to learn from and use as you move forward. 

So how do you put together the ideas you have for the future and all of your business history to create a cohesive business plan for 2019 filled with achievable goals? It's not a simple question but you might be surprised at just how simple finding the answers can be with the right point-of-sale data.

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacypos, customer service, pharmacy technology

One Idea That May Drive Sales in your Pharmacy [VIDEO]

Posted by Cassandra Castillo on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, Efficiency, Pharmacy Profitability, customer service, pharmacy technology, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy

4 Simple Time Saving Tricks For Your Pharmacy [VIDEO]

Posted by Cassandra Castillo on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, Efficiency, Pharmacy Profitability, customer service, pharmacy technology, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy

What the Right Data Can Do For Your Pharmacy [VIDEO]

Posted by Mike Gross on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, Pharmacy Profitability, Efficiency, OTC, frequent shopper, pharmacy technology, pharmacy

Pharmacy Owners - What's Your Time Worth?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

About a month ago, I went to wake up my kids, and noticed that my little boys weren't quite so little anymore. Feet sprawled over their toddler sized mattresses in every possible direction. There was no more avoiding it. It was time to upgrade to twin size mattresses and they'd need a matching bed frame to go with them.

After shopping and research, my other half and I had the brilliant idea to make our own loft beds. After all, plans are readily available online and it can't be that hard right? A good solid weekend of work and we'd have our problem solved, and hopefully for less than purchasing something similar would cost.

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, pharmacypos, Efficiency, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy

3 Labor Day Reminders for Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

Labor Day is always the holiday that sneaks up on me. It's always here faster than I expect it to be, bringing with it the end of summer and the beginning of so many other things. (Like football season. Go Hawks!)

The seasonal shift that accompanies Labor Day results in everything from back to school shopping (and the sales to go along with it) to end of summer cookouts and final vacations. And there's likely a whole fall to-do list that's just waiting to be noticed.

Not to be outdone by yard work and winterizing the house, your pharmacy probably needs some attention as well. As we get ready for Labor Day and take the first steps into Fall, there are some considerations that will help you transition out of the summer months with ease.

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy

Little Things That Add Up Big Time In Your Pharmacy (VIDEO)

Posted by Cassandra Castillo on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

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Tags: pharmacy pos, pharmacy security, employees, Pharmacy Profitability, Efficiency, prescriptions

What it's Like to Start Working for RMS

Posted by Cassandra Castillo on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

Have you ever looked over the edge of the cliff, took a small step back and then a GIANT leap off the cliff into the water?Not only is this one of my favorite summer pastimes, it is also exactly how I feel with this new adventure in life. I have left the quiet, slow paced eastern Washington, and jumped into this crazy, fast paced (filled with traffic!!) lifestyle here in western Washington and started a new career with RMS.

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Tags: pharmacy pos, employees, Efficiency, customer service, pharmacy

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