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Walgreens, ECRM host Supplier Diversity Summit

Walgreens, ECRM host Supplier Diversity Summit

ITASCA, Ill. — Walgreens teamed up with ECRM this week to host a one-day Supplier Diversity Summit here. The Walgreens-ECRM Supplier Diversity Summit, held Wednesday, provided an opportunity for the retailer’s category managers to meet with suppliers with diversity in ownership in the health and

Fred’s Pharmacy appoints Jason Jenne CFO

Fred’s Pharmacy appoints Jason Jenne CFO

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has appointed Jason Jenne executive vice president and chief financial officer. He succeeds Rick Hans, who is stepping down from the company to pursue other opportunities. Hans will remain in an advisory capacity until August 18 and will work closely with

Health care bill collapses in the Senate

Health care bill collapses in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Senate GOP leaders have once again failed in their efforts to dismantle and simultaneously replace much of the Affordable Care Act, after the defections of two more Republican senators left the party short of the votes needed to pass President Trump’s top legislative

It’s a milestone for Publix: 1,000th pharmacy

It’s a milestone for Publix: 1,000th pharmacy

Publix Super Markets Inc. has reached a milepost with the opening of its 1,000th pharmacy. The pharmacy is inside Publix’s new store at the Arcadia Crossings Shopping Center in Arcadia, Fla., located outside Port Charlotte about midway between Bradenton-Sarasota and Lake Okeechobee. Overall, employee-owned Publix

McKesson ideaShare spotlights community Rx

McKesson ideaShare spotlights community Rx

NEW ORLEANS — McKesson Corp. has kicked off ideaShare 2017, its annual forum for community pharmacists nationwide to help sharpen their health care capabilities and growth their businesses. Running through Sat. July 15, the McKesson ideaShare 2017 gives pharmacy industry attendees access to industry thought

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RETAIL NEWS

Genoa MTM acquisition leads to new pharmacy service

TUKWILA, Wash. — Genoa aims to take its behavioral health pharmacy care to a higher level with the launch of Genoa Medication Management Solutions. Genoa said Thursday that the new offering stems from its acquisition of Medication Management Systems Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of medication

Back-to-school spending expected to climb

NEW YORK — Back-to-school spending is forecast to rise this season, according to recent surveys from the National Retail Federation and Deloitte LLC. Families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average $687.72 each, for a total of $29.5 billion, an

London Drugs, Loblaw aid in B.C. wildfire relief effort

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — London Drugs and Loblaw Cos., including its Shoppers Drug Mart chain, are collecting donations and pitching in supplies to help residents affected by wildfires raging around south-central British Columbia. The province announced a state of emergency on Friday because of the

Amazon Prime Day sizing up as record-breaker

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. said its Amazon Prime Day sale was on track to be the biggest shopping event in its history by sales. Third-party sellers sold over 50% more items on the site by noon local time than in the same time frame last year,

Senators urge DoD to act on TRICARE Rx pilot

ARLINGTON, Va. — Twenty-one senators have called on U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to implement the TRICARE Acquisition Cost Parity Pilot Program for Retail Pharmacy. In a letter to Mattis, the lawmakers outlined the benefits of the pilot, describing it as a “sensible approach

SUPPLIER NEWS

The Nature’s Bounty Co. is acquired by KKR

NEW YORK – The investment firm KKR has agreed to become the majority owner of The Nature’s Bounty Co., a wellness products company known for such brands as Nature’s Bounty, Sundown Naturals and Osteo Bi-Flex. The Carlyle Group, the company’s current owner, will retain a

Synergy Medical launches SynMed Ultra robot

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Synergy Medical, manufacturer and distributor of SynMed pharmacy automation for oral solid medications, has developed a first of its kind robot. SynMed Ultra maintains SynMed’s precision, and pick and place technology, though now with three times the capacity to fill single dose

Church & Dwight to acquire Water Pik for about $1 billion

EWING, N.J. — Church & Dwight Co. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Water Pik Inc. for approximately $1 billion in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter.

Halls Kids Pops mark firsts in pediatric category

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Halls has brought cough and sore throat relief to the pop format for children with the rollout of Halls Kids Pops. The Mondelez International brand said Halls Kids Pops, for children ages 5 and older, combine cough and sore throat lozenges

Allpoint rolls out ATMs to Rite Aid stores

HOUSTON — Surcharge-free ATM network Allpoint has expanded its retail footprint to select Rite Aid stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Allpoint said it now has ATMs in more than 3,000 Rite Aid stores, mainly in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine,