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Published reports in the UK say that Wal-Mart's Asda Group will shortly begin offering customers consultation rooms in which they can meet privately with pharmacists about medical and prescription issues.

An Asda statement positioned the rooms as a way to "become the front line in health services. Our pharmacies have qualified staff working in them. Customers could find in the supermarket more of the services for which we need to go to the doctor. The private consultation rooms will simply help us to do that."
KC's View:
We wonder how many of these sorts of innovations in the UK will find their way to Wal-Mart's stores in the US. On the one hand, they may make a certain amount of sense as the Bentonville Behemoth looks to dominate any and all forms of retailing. However, there always would be the risk that such offerings could diminish the "always low prices" Image.