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J.D. Power Reports: The Customer Satisfaction Gap Continues to Widen between Brick and Mortar and Mail-Order Pharmacies

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Although mail-order pharmacies once held a customer satisfaction advantage over brick and mortar pharmacies mainly due to perceived cost competitiveness, satisfaction with brick and mortar pharmacies continues to increase at a faster pace, according to the J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Pharmacy StudySM released today.

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KEY FINDINGS

  • Although customer satisfaction with mail-order pharmacies improves to 797 index points on a 1,000-point scale in 2013, up from 792 in 2012, satisfaction with brick and mortar pharmacies increases by 23 points during the same time period, now averaging 837 points.
  • While mail order had a seven-point advantage in perceived cost competitiveness over brick and mortar in 2011, in 2013 it is at a 20-point disadvantage in the cost factor.
  • The percentage of customers who indicate refilling prescriptions at a brick and mortar pharmacy has increased to 61 percent in 2013—up from 58 percent three years ago.

"For the most part, the widening gap in satisfaction has more to do with improved satisfaction in the brick and mortar segment than declining satisfaction in mail order," said Scott Hawkins, director of the healthcare practice at J.D. Power. "For mail-order pharmacies, it's important to combine high-tech with high-touch. Not only does the online experience need to keep technological pace with other retail sites that pharmacy customers visit, but customer service opportunities that provide personal connections are essential as well."

Rankings
In the brick and mortar segment, Good Neighbor Pharmacy ranks highest among chain drug store pharmacies; Target ranks highest among mass merchandiser pharmacies; and Publix ranks highest among supermarket pharmacies. In the mail-order segment, Kaiser Permanente Mail Pharmacy ranks highest.

The 2013 U.S. Pharmacy Study is based on responses from more than 13,500 pharmacy customers who filled a new prescription or refilled a prescription during the three months prior to the survey period. Customer satisfaction with brick and mortar pharmacies is measured across five key factors: prescription ordering; store; cost; non-pharmacist staff; and pharmacist. Four factors are examined in the mail-order segment: cost; prescription delivery; prescription ordering process; and customer service experience. The study, now in its seventh year, was fielded between July and August 2013.

*The Department of Veterans Affairs pharmacy service is open only to veterans of the U.S. military and their families and therefore is not included in the official rankings.
Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size is Catamaran and Walmart Pharmacy Mail Services.

Customer Satisfaction Index Ranking
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)


J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings

For Consumers

 

Brick and Mortar--Chain Drug Store Segment


Good Neighbor Pharmacy

885

5

Health Mart

858

4

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

849

4

Walgreens

828

3

Chain Drug Store Segment Average

828


Rite Aid Pharmacy

827

3

CVS/pharmacy

819

3

Duane Reade

764

2



Brick and Mortar-- Mass Merchandiser Segment


Target

864

5

Sam's Club

861

5

Costco

845

4

Mass Merchandiser Segment Average

831


Kmart

829

3

Walmart

822

2



Brick and Mortar—Supermarket Segment


Publix

872

5

Hy-Vee

868

5

Ralphs Grocery

856

4

H.E.B

846

4

Supermarket Segment Average

835


Kroger

829

3

Stop & Shop

824

3

Albertsons

823

3

Giant

821

2

Vons

814

2

Safeway

810

2

Giant Eagle

810

2

Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size is Winn-Dixie BI-LO.

 

Mail Order

Index

PC

Kaiser Permanente Mail Pharmacy

868

5

Humana Right SourceRx

845

4

Walgreens Mail Service

812

4

OptumRx

798

3

Mail Order Segment Average

797


Prime Therapeutics

794

3

Express Scripts

783

3

Aetna Rx Home Delivery

778

3

Cigna Home Delivery

771

2

Caremark

760

2




*Department of Veterans Affairs

871

5




Power Circle Ratings Legend:
5 – Among the best
4 – Better than most
3 – About average
2 – The rest

Media Relations Contacts
Jeff Perlman; Brandware Public Relations; Woodland Hills, Calif.; 818-598-1115; jperlman@brandwarepr.com
Syvetril Perryman; Westlake Village, Calif.; 805-418-8103; media.relations@jdpa.com
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