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4 Questions to Drive Results in Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jan 09, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Every week when I make the grocery list, I ask my kids if there's anything they'd like to have around the house. There's the inevitable list of snack foods, and the 20 questions designed to make sure that their favorite meals are on the list. But without fail, my anti-vegetable, doesn't like fruit unless it's smothered in peanut butter or chocolate, son also asks for bananas.

This is an easy yes. Of course you can have bananas kid.

The thing is, he doesn't really want the bananas. What he wants is the result of bananas that sat on the counter for a week and got overripe. In our house that meant he was getting banana pancakes for breakfast on Sunday morning, and would have a steady supply of banana bread to start off the week. I have to hand it to him. It took me far longer than it should have to catch onto his scheme.

What my devious little lover of banana flavored baked goods caught onto was not just an enviable ability to plan ahead, but a results driven strategy that ultimately got him where he wanted to be. Every time I said "No, I can't make banana pancakes because we don't have bananas" he started to learn that all he needed for his weekend breakfast dreams to come true was a single ingredient. And guess what's been on the counter in one state of ripeness or another ever since?

While understanding the way that my Kindergartner's brain works is next to impossible, I imagine that if I were to define the process he went through it would boil down to a few simple questions. And while the problems we face in every day life and business are more complicated than pancakes, the same questions can get you closer to your desired results.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacypos, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

A Few Tips to Plan for the Coming Year

Posted by Karen Deckard on Fri, Jan 03, 2020 @ 10:56 AM

It's that time of year again where we're all setting goals and thinking about what we could do better in the new year. In business, I wouldn't exactly call them New Years Resolutions, but that new year in front of us can't help but bring with it some expectations for change.

As you gear up for the coming year, there may be a few things that it will be helpful to have access to.

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Tags: pharmacypos, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

How do You Manage Patient Safety, Patient Outcomes and Customer Satisfaction in your Pharmacy?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

A focus on patient outcomes, safety and overall customer satisfaction dominates the world of pharmacies. Big or small, retail or outpatient, these are key factors that concern every pharmacist we talk with here at RMS.

While all these factors are related, they require different approaches, and checking all the boxes for every transaction isn't always easy. No matter how knowledgeable and well trained your staff is, leaving it up to a human factor leaves for a margin for error.

So how do you deal with these concerns? How can you verify that every transaction gets safety checks, make sure that customers have everything they need, and that they are satisfied when they leave the store? The answer rests with your pharmacy point-of-sale system. It's the last point of contact you'll have with each customer before they walk out the door. Here's how you can make the most of it.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer service, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

What To Look For In a Pharmacy System Interface

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

When RMS was founded 20 years ago, one of the first innovations we brought to market was our pharmacy system interface platform. It became the standard for allowing communication between point of sale systems and different pharmacy systems.

Like most things in the pharmacy vertical, interfaces have evolved quite a bit over the last 20 years. And with that evolution comes more options and features for your pharmacy to take advantage of. No doubt this competitive, feature rich landscape is a major boon for pharmacies of all sizes. That doesn't mean that it's not overwhelming if you're looking at choosing the right pharmacy point-of-sale and pharmacy system vendors to partner with. With so many features and options, where do you start in figuring out what you need? Here's a quick look at some of the basics to help you get started

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, prescriptions, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

Driving Customers to Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 09:47 AM

Major chains spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising each year. With TV, Radio Spots circulars and direct mail and social media, they have their bases covered. There's no denying that chains have a lot more resources dedicated to driving customers 

through their doors.

So as a smaller independent business, how do you compete? You're certainly outmatched on paper. But that doesn't mean you're outmatched overall.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, customer loyalty, pharmacypos, pharmacy gift cards, Ortho Molecular Products

Don't just answer the question. Preempt it.

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

My favorite fancy coffee drink is an Americano, which if you don't know, is just espresso diluted with hot water. Really hot water. So, if you ever order one, it takes "caution: hot beverage" to a whole new level. Half the time, I have to wait 15 minutes before my coffee is even halfway drinkable. That is unless I'm thinking ahead that day and happen to ask the barista to put in a few ice cubes to cool down my drink. 

Now, here's why this all matters. Every time I forget to ask for ice cubes and have to wait to drink my coffee, i get just a bit irritated. To me, it seems like a simple question for any coffee stand to ask when serving a beverage that is hotter than normal. Sure, I can try to remember to ask, or I can just throw in an ice cube when I get to the office. But these days, that just doesn't live up to most people's standards of customer service. Why make your customer ask for something when you can preempt the question? 

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Tags: OTC, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

Pharmacies - What you Can Learn About the Toys R Us Demise

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 03:14 PM

This weekend, the news hit that a childhood staple since 1957, Toys R Us, may be closing the doors of all locations. Fierce competition and dwindling profits may have gotten the best of something that I always viewed as something of an institution. Despite already announced store closures I guess I always figured it would be there, offering much the same experience to my kids as it did for me. 

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer loyalty, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

Pharmacies - Check Out Our List of The Newest Point-of-Sale Features

Posted by Mike Gross on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

It’s been a fantastic, but busy year here at RMS in 2017.  Not only did we have another incredible year bringing on a ton of new customers, but our development team has hyper focused on delivering some of the most innovative pharmacy point-of-sale features in the industry.  As the marketing guy for RMS, we advertise throughout the year announcing these new products and services, but rarely are they ever compiled in one location, so I want to change that. 

Our development team works with their heads down, toiling day after day fixing bugs, creating enhancements, and building out new features that our customers, new and old, enjoy year after year.  It’s high time we give them some kudos and highlight just some of their efforts, so here’s a short list of a few of the bigger projects they completed this year.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, social media shopping, PCI, Pharmacy Profitability, EMV, pharmacy gift cards, Ortho Molecular Products

3 Things You Can Actually Get Done Before Year End

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 06:00 AM

In just a few short weeks we’ll be celebrating the arrival of a new year and putting 2017 into the history books. We’ll be setting new goals and getting a fresh perspective and a fresh start on so many things. I’ll admit, I love New Years. It’s that bright and shiny once a year pass to give ourselves a clean slate. Disappointments of the last year seem to matter less when we can convince ourselves that the new year will be different. I mean, it’s a whole new year. How could it not be?

But, as tempting as it is to only look forward, we aren’t at year end yet. And we can actually get a lot done in a short amount of time. Don’t let the next few weeks go by in a haze of “I’ll work on that after the first of the year”.  Here are 3 great and easy ways to make a huge amount of progress in your pharmacy in a short amount of time.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, Ortho Molecular Products

3 Pharmacy Trends that You Should Pay Attention to

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

When Uber first started being a thing, I was a little weirded out by it. On the rare occasion I had to use some kind of car service, I stuck with regular old taxi cabs. But services like Uber and Lyft eventually became more prevalent and mainstream. And, despite my regular habits and remaining reservations, convenience won out. These new services were just plain easier to use.  

On a recent trip to Boston, I did find myself in a cab on my way into the city from the airport.  I noticed advertisements in the car touting options to use mobile apps to make traditional cabs more user friendly. Basically, it seemed that cab companies are trying to catch up with an industry that was previously leaving them behind.  

Making a reactionary change is certainly better than making no change at all, but there's always the risk of it being too little too late.  Once a customer breaks an old habit to make a new one, there's a good chance that you've lost them forever. I already have the Uber app on my phone. Am I really going to download another one and learn how to use it when it offers no clear benefit? Probably not. 

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, mobile pharmacy pos, OTC, Ortho Molecular Products

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