CHICAGO, June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopko is advancing the in-store health and wellness engagement experience for its shoppers and employees. Through its partnership with higi, Shopko shoppers and employees will be able to monitor and track their biometric health information and share their data with trusted health partners.
higi is the leading omni-channel community health engagement platform, with nearly 10,000 health stations in retail locations across the United States along with a robust web and mobile presence. With 75 percent of the U.S. population living within five miles of a higi health station and more than 155 million tests completed across higi's network, higi provides millions of consumers with a free, fast, easy, secure and reliable way to monitor their vital health information over time.
This partnership will mark higi's entry into six additional states as the company continues to grow its U.S. retail network, providing a new presence in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. Implementation has already begun, and the full rollout is slated for completion in October.
"Shopko is pleased to welcome higi into our stores," said Darren Singer, Shopko Senior Vice President of Retail Health and Wellness. "higi will be an innovative way to engage our shoppers and employees, helping them track and achieve their individual wellness goals. We are excited to leverage higi's platform in combination with our great pharmacy teams, driving our vision as a health and wellness destination in the communities we serve."
"We are excited for the opportunity to partner with an organization like Shopko, a company that is focused on leveraging innovation to drive best-in-class engagement across its products and services," said Jeff Bennett, higi CEO. "Shopko and higi are a strategic fit as Shopko was looking for a partner that can enhance its shoppers' shopping experience and higi brings a best-in-class platform to help accomplish this goal. Shopko's commitment to the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves is inspiring."
higi's mission is to get consumers to take small but meaningful steps to create lasting health habits. Its unique retail, omni-channel community health engagement platform gives consumers the power to collect and, when they opt-in, share their health and activity data with trusted partners and communities. Millions of consumers access the higi platform to check their blood pressure, weight, pulse, BMI and link their activity data from more than 70 third-party devices.
The higi platform includes the nation's largest single network of health stations in the U.S. that millions of consumers access. The platform includes the station, web, and a mobile app platform. higi stations are HIPAA-compliant, FDA 510k Class II medical devices that provide a secure real-time flow of information with multiple screening and tracking modalities, incentives and rewards. This 360-degree, cross-device ecosystem meets consumers where they are (in retail, mobile, home) and enables healthcare stakeholders to better engage with consumers and patients, creating access and actionable insights that motivate and empower individuals in simple, fun and rewarding ways. For more information, visit us at higi.com and follow us on Twitter @higi. In addition, prospective partner developers can learn more about higi's API by visiting developer.higi.com.
Shopko is owned by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm focused on leverage buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies. Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates 376 stores in 25 states throughout the Central, Western and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 131 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; 5 Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 235 Shopko Hometown stores, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.