Santo Leo featured in Costar article as Subject Matter Expert in Online Pharmacy and the Amazon-PillPack Acquisition

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Amazon’s PillPack Deal Could Drive Industrial Property Demand

Retailer May Need Specialized Warehouses to Support Online Pharmacy

Amazon’s pending purchase of online pharmacy PillPack has the potential to create a need for specialized warehouse space to ship prescription drugs and even lead to small retail clinics, adding demand to an already surging industrial property market.

The move by the online retailer could have significant implications for industrial property sales, which outperformed other major commercial sectors across the U.S. in the second quarter as Amazon and other companies pump up their supply chains for e-commerce delivery, according to CoStar data.

“If you really read between the lines here, and kind of analyze this, Amazon wants to be part of every single transaction that happens in our lives,” said Gregory Healy, senior vice president of chain and logistics at Colliers International.

Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, bought PillPack in late June for an estimated $1 billion. PillPack holds pharmacy licenses in all 50 states and ships medications from its primary drug distribution center in Manchester, NH, to customers who take multiple daily prescriptions. The company is targeting a major market: On its website, PillPack says 40 million adults take more than five prescriptions each day.

If Amazon incorporates PillPack’s approximately 1 million customers into its Prime membership business, which has 100 million subscribers, the company would need drug distribution centers near large cities cleared to handle medicines, said Santo Leo, founder and CEO of MailMyPrescriptions.com in Boca Raton, FL.

Those could be small centers dotted across the country or a handful of larger ones. In either case, they will have to meet far more specialized state and federal requirements because the goods being handled are medicine, Leo said.

Though Amazon already owns or leases about 100 million square feet of distribution space, “you can’t just rip a warehouse out and put a pharmacy there,” said Leo, whose mail-order pharmacy is licensed to dispense prescription drugs in more than 40 states. “You need to design these from scratch. You need more power, more data, more security measures. Traditional big, bulky, automated facilities are just not designed for pharmaceuticals.”

Pharmaceutical warehouses must have processes in place for temperature control, security, documentation and the ability to address product recalls, said Carmine Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, which accredits wholesale pharmaceutical warehouses. Each state also has different licensing requirements.

The company may need new buildings for an online pharmacy, the analysts said. Though Amazon is opening fulfillment centers at a dizzying rate — eight so far in 2018 — it has a host of controls to ensure each center operates at maximum capacity and has little extra space, the company said in its 2017 annual report.

Amazon declined to comment on its plans for specialized PillPack warehouse space. Amazon hasn’t made any public statements about its PillPack strategy since shortly after the purchase, which is expected to close by the end of the year.

Amazon’s PillPack purchase follows its joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase to improve the U.S. health care system and cut costs. PillPack is part of that strategy, said Leo, who predicted Amazon would move quickly to grow PillPack to place pressure on health-care competitors.

“How do you keep people out of the doctor’s office or hospital lab? Make sure people take their prescriptions,” he said.

Healy said the purchase could have implications for any brick-and-mortar plans Amazon has as well, noting the trend toward small, walk-in clinics across the country. It’s estimated there are now almost 3,000 such clinics, according to Accenture. He also speculated that Amazon could add pharmacy services to its Whole Foods stores.

“It will probably net a greater industrial space for Amazon, but I would think there would be some sort of new retail model,” he said. “There could be something else down the pipeline, perhaps a new form of retail.”

MailMyPrescriptions.com Featured in GrowFL 2018 Companies to Watch as Boca Raton Finalist

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Read the MailMyPrescriptions.com (Boca Raton, FL) press release:

MailMyPrescriptions.com Among Second-Stage Businesses Competing to Earn Prestigious Honor

BOCA RATON, Fla.Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — MailMyPrescriptions.com was among the first round of 2018 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event – now in its eighth year – honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from a candidate pool of 134 growing second-stage businesses, the finalists collectively represented $518 million in annual revenue and employed 2,743 full-time equivalent employees in 2017.

“This recognition is a great accomplishment for our company,” says MailMyPrescriptions.com CEO and founder, Santo Leo. “This encourages us to continue our company-wide commitment of providing fair and transparent prescription drug prices, to the millions of Americans who are suffering from rising out of pocket prescription drug costs.”

The Florida Companies To Watch program consists of two rounds of selections. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees.

“We applaud these first round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies. They are true rock stars,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

The Finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing, which contributed to Florida’s ranking of 24 on the 2018 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship. Florida Companies to Watch recognizes the different approach needed to successfully grow and scale a business and celebrates those that are working to achieve this goal.

Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies To Watch is a distinguished awards program specifically designed to seek out second-stage businesses from a wide range of industries representing all areas of the state, not just those in major metropolitan areas. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.”

The winners will be announced in MID-September. The 2018 honorees will be celebrated at the awards ceremony February 9th at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL.

For more information visit https://www.growfl.com/flctw18/.

About MailMyPrescriptions.com
MailMyPrescriptions.com® is America’s first wholesale pharmacy, serving thousands of customers nationally since dispensing its first “wholesale-priced” prescription in 2017. The company guarantees low cash-pay prices on over 1,400 FDA-Approved generic drugs from its licensed US mail-order pharmacy. In addition, MailMyPrescriptions.com® offers a cash-pay generic price match guarantee. Average customers save over $1,000 annually by switching to MailMyPrescriptions.com® versus paying retail list prices. From obtaining customers’ prescriptions from their physician or current pharmacy to providing clinical care over the phone to shipping directly to customers’ doors, MailMyPrescriptions.com® does all the work. For more information, visit http://www.MailMyPrescriptions.com.

About GrowFL
GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening® – to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state – GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’sentrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Learn more at http://www.GrowFL.com.

MailMyPrescriptions.com CEO Santo J. Leo Featured on Trustpilot.com Blog

I am excited to announce that I was recently featured on the Trustpilot blog, in an article titled: Trustpilot Everywhere – how our customers succeed by promoting their reputation across all channels.

The article focused on the integration of Trustpilot reviews in marketing campaigns to instill trust in potential customers. It highlighted some of the most successful advertising campaigns across the world, including MailMyPrescriptions.com for incorporating Trustpilot reviews in its national television commercials.

One of the key points I shared in the article was the use of storytelling in validating our customer’s experience:

“By utilizing Trustpilot reviews, we have an opportunity to let our customers tell others their story to not just friends and family, but the country. These stories validate the customer experience… MailMyPrescriptions.com has reinvented the pharmacy experience, and we are using Trustpilot to reinvent storytelling.”

Aside from outlining the most effective campaigns the article also reiterates the impact of online reviews on customers purchasing decisions.

Trustpilot reviews have become an essential part of our business as they help us strengthen the conversation with current, new and potential customers.

Customer feedback is becoming a necessity for any business looking to grow and increase customer confidence at different touch points of the buying journey. We believe that brands must always put people at the heart of their marketing strategy to create authentic campaigns and Trustpilot has been an excellent tool for this.

At MailMyPrescriptions.com we are committed to providing our customers excellent service and thoughtful care and what better way to do this than by building healthy relationships with them.

To read the full article, visit:

http://blog.trustpilot.com/blog/trustpilot-everywhere-how-our-customers-succeed-by-promoting-their-reputation-across-all-channels

MailMyPrescriptions.com Launches Preferred Partner Program

You can now offer your group members a more affordable and convenient alternative to get their medications through MailMyPrescriptions.com’s Preferred Partner Program. This program is designed to give groups of individuals, employers, associations, and non-prescribing healthcare providers, even more, savings when their members use our pharmacy service!

By participating in our Preferred Partner Program, your members will be eligible for special promotions at no additional cost! We will provide the organization a “Customer Code” that can be issued to members when they order through our pharmacy service. Benefits for members include free shipping on their first order and 2X loyalty points (equivalent to 5% cash back) on every order.

When your members order with MailMyPrescriptions.com we will:
• Coordinate getting prescriptions from their doctor
• Check for adverse drug interactions
• Make sure they are saving as much as possible
• Ensure the accuracy of their order and its timely arrival
• Coordinate additional refills when they need a new prescription
• Answer any questions they may have 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

MailMyPrescriptions.com is a licensed pharmacy that sells prescription drugs based on our purchase costs direct to consumers without any insurance or third-party involvement. We do not sell to any other pharmacy. We do not sell anything in bulk. We are not the distributor. Our pricing is designed to get your customers the lowest price. Period.

Click here to learn more the program.

MailMyPrescriptions.com Launches Non-Profit & Religious Organization Savings Program

Nonprofit organizations serve a vital role in society, with most such entities having a religious, charitable, scientific, or educational purpose. At MailMyPrescriptions.com we highly value their commitment towards enhancing local communities, and as a way to support them, we are pleased to announce our new Non-Profit & Religious Organization Savings Program, specially designed to give their members access to even more savings when they use our pharmacy service.

By participating in this program their members will be eligible for special promotions at no additional cost. We will provide them with a special “Customer Code” that can be issued to members for use when they order through our pharmacy service. They will receive free shipping on their first four orders and 2X loyalty Points on every order (an equivalent of 5% cashback).

When their members order with MailMyPrescriptions.com we will:
•  Coordinate getting prescriptions from their doctor
•  Check for adverse drug interactions
•  Make sure they are saving as much as possible
•  Ensure the accuracy of their order and its timely arrival
•  Coordinate additional refills when they need a new prescription
•  Answer any questions they may have 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

MailMyPrescriptions.com is a safe and reliable pharmacy service committed to giving your members quality care at an affordable cost. We are a licensed pharmacy that sells prescription drugs based on our purchase costs direct to consumers without any insurance or third-party involvement. We do not sell to any other pharmacy. We do not sell anything in bulk. We are not the distributor. Our pricing is designed to get your patients the lowest price. Period.

Click here to learn more about the program.

MailMyPrescriptions.com Launches Preferred Physician Savings Program

These days the first thing a patient thinks about when they find out they need to take a prescription medication is “what is this going to cost me?” Physicians can now offer their patients a more affordable and convenient alternative to paying cash at retail pharmacies. Thanks to the transparent guaranteed drug pricing MailMyPrescriptions.com offers, patients and prescribers can search prices from their mobile devices together inside the privacy of the examination room. If our price is affordable, the prescriber can electronically prescribe or fax the prescription to our pharmacy and instruct the patient to call us and then we will do all the work from there.

Physicians who enroll in our Preferred Physician Savings Program will make their patients immediately eligible for special promotions such as free shipping on their first order and 2X loyalty points (equivalent to 5% cash back) on every order.

Participating physicians will receive a special “Customer Code” that can be issued to patients when they order through our pharmacy service. It’s as easy as Search. Call. Save!

MailMyPrescriptions.com is a safe and reliable pharmacy service. Our licensed pharmacists – most of whom are also doctors – will coordinate with you to give your patients quality care at an affordable cost. When you enroll in the Preferred Physician Program, we will work with your office manager(s) to ensure that they have our SureScripts e-Prescribe information to expeditiously coordinate prescriptions and prescription refills for our mutual patients, or our fax information if you are not currently e-prescribing.

When your patients order with MailMyPrescriptions.com we will:
• Coordinate getting prescriptions from your office
• Check for adverse drug interactions
• Make sure they are saving as much as possible
• Ensure the accuracy of their order and its timely arrival
• Coordinate additional refills when they need a new prescription
• Answer any questions they may have 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

MailMyPrescriptions.com is a licensed pharmacy that sells prescription drugs based on our purchase costs direct to consumers without any insurance or third-party involvement. We do not sell to any other pharmacy. We do not sell anything in bulk. We are not the distributor. Our pricing is designed to get your patients the lowest price. Period.

Visit mailmyprescriptions.com/preferred-physicians/ to learn more.

MailMyPrescriptions.com Launches Share a Savings Story Campaign

At MailMyPrescriptions.com® we are fanatical about our customer experience. A lot of “pharmacy experts” like to put a lot of disinformation out there about how mail order pharmacies are not safe, but we think our service is better than the average pharmacy. We take pride in our value proposition. We take pride in the presentation. We take pride in the level of hands-on service we provide. 

Every customer here has a story. They have a family. They have a job or a fixed income. They have hobbies and passions. They have a health condition. Everyone has a story. No one’s pharmacy experience should define their story. No one’s prescription drug costs should define their story. I tell my staff at MailMyPrescriptions.com we are more than just a pharmacy, we are “storytellers”. We create savings. We provide care. We improve our customers quality of life, and that quality of life is what should define their story. 

So we are asking our customers to join us and share their Savings Story to their friends and family. Real people sharing their real savings. In appreciation of our customers time for storytelling, we will send them a one-time use free shipping promotion code for their next order through  MailMyPrescriptions.com®.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Order from MailMyPrescriptions.com Pharmacy Service
  2. When you receive your “Green Box” take a picture of it
  3. Post the picture on Facebook or Twitter and tag @MailMyPrescriptions (Facebook) or @MailMyRx (Twitter) and mention if you saved money by switching to our pharmacy service, how much you saved, and what pharmacy you switched from
  4. A MailMyPrescriptions.com “Engagement Team” member will direct message you from our official profile on Facebook or Twitter a one-time use free-shipping coupon code
  5. Within 120 days use the coupon-code online during your next checkout or provide it over the phone while you are placing your next order

Click here to learn more.