The Merging of Channels of Distribution for OTC Drugs

Dropping by Your Local.com – The Merging of Channels of Distribution for OTC Drugs

With brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers already heavily competing for the consumer dollar in nearly all segments, OTC drug marketers should also be poised to take advantage of expanding sales and markets through both traditional channels and e-channels. The lines between these channels are blurring as online OTC drug retailers are offering brick-and-mortar store pickup, and mass merchandisers increase their presence online.

For example, Amazon.com now offers consumers the possibility to collect their online purchases at selected Staples and 7-Eleven stores, while mass brick-and-mortar merchandiser Walmart expects to earn $9 billion in 2013 in global sales through its website (Walmart.com), making it the fourth largest online retailer. Continue reading