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Development of US and Chinese Retail Giants in the Healthcare Sector

  • Report

  • 16 Pages
  • October 2018
  • Region: China, United States
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 4662838

Since the end of 2017, several leading international retailers have conducted acquisitions and initiated investments in attempts to tap into the growing healthcare industry. The healthcare industry generally comprises of medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance components. This report provides an overview of acquisitions and investment plans of four retail giants: CVS Health, Walgreens, Amazon, and Alibaba in the healthcare space, outlines their existing healthcare landscape and advantages, and analyzes their strategies to drive their business in this arena.

List of Topics

  • Development of retail brands in the healthcare sector, touching on their main service types and the comparison between traditional companies and startups in this arena
  • Retail brands' existing healthcare landscape and includes their M&A activities in recent years
  • Deployment strategies of leading retail brands such as CVS, Walgreen, Amazon, and Alibaba

Table of Contents

1. Development of retail brands in Healthcare sector
1.1 Primary Healthcare Services Only
1.2 Traditional Companies vs. Startups

2. RetaiL brands' Existing Healthcare Landscape
3. Deployment strategies
3.1 CVS Aims for Business Diversification by Integrating Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Insurance Services
3.2 Walgreens Adds Telemedicine Services to Enhance Existing Medical Care Services
3.3 Amazon Enters Medical Care Service for the First Time to Capture the Seniors Market
3.4 Alibaba Aims to Deepen Presence in O2O Prescription Drug Services

Author Perspective
Prescription Drugs and Medical Insurance are the Areas of Focus for Retail Giants
Creating Service Differentiation is Key to Success

AppendixGlossary of TermsList of Companies
List of Tables
Table 1 Overview of M&As of International Retail Giants
Table 2 Self-operated Healthcare Service of Amazon and Walgreens
Table 3 Retail Brands' Deployment in the Healthcare Sector

List of Figures
Figure 1 Retail Giants' Strategies for Healthcare Market Expansion



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Aetna
  • Alibaba
  • AliHealth
  • Amazon
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • China Taiping Insurance
  • CVS Health
  • JP Morgan
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute
  • PillPack
  • Shuyu Pingmin Drug Store
  • Walgreens
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Winning Health Technolog


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis