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Albertsons Cos. COO Wayne Denningham to retire

Albertsons Cos. COO Wayne Denningham to retire

BOISE, Idaho — Wayne Denningham, president and chief operating officer of Albertsons Cos., plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Wayne Denningham Albertsons also said Tuesday that it has named Susan Morris as executive vice president and chief operations officer. She will

Reports: Walmart to cut 1,000 headquarters jobs

Reports: Walmart to cut 1,000 headquarters jobs

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to cut 1,000 or more jobs, mainly at its headquarters, according to published reports. The Walmart job cuts are expected to be enacted by the end of the company’s current fiscal year on Jan. 31, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Bloomberg

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s backing, combined with the entrepreneurship of independent pharmacies, has made the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network an exemplar of high-touch service, says senior vice president of community and specialty pharmacy and Good Neighbor Pharmacy president Brian Nightengale. AmerisourceBergen’s support

Walgreens mobile app strikes chord with people of all ages

Walgreens mobile app strikes chord with people of all ages

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Walgreens mobile app, already one of the most popular retailer apps in the marketplace with tens of millions of users nationwide, has garnered a particularly robust following among older Americans — a demographic rarely associated with mobile app adoption. Walgreens data

Regional chains don’t settle for status quo

Regional chains don’t settle for status quo

With the National Association of Chain Drug Stores gearing up for its annual NACDS Regional Chain Conference, which will run from February 4 through February 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it is a good moment to appraise that segment of the community pharmacy industry. Greatly

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RETAIL NEWS

Sam’s Club to shut 63 stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club plans to close 63 of its U.S. outlets in the next few weeks. The Walmart warehouse club chain said Thursday that the move will leave it with 597 locations, most of which also house pharmacies. “Transforming our business means managing our

PTCB plans update of pharm tech exam, training

WASHINGTON – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announced two significant changes to its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The first is an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline, focusing the scope of the exam

Rite Aid sounds call for vaccinations as flu season peaks

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Heightened influenza activity nationwide has prompted Rite Aid Corp. to spotlight its pharmacies as a convenient destination to get vaccinated for the flu. Rite Aid said Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports widespread flu activity in

Jean Coutu retail network sales climb in 3Q

VARENNES, Quebec — Retail network sales rose in the fiscal 2018 third quarter at the Jean Coutu Group, which posted declined corporate sales and earnings. On Thursday, the company also reaffirmed the closing timetable for its acquisition by Canadian food and drug retailer Metro Inc.

Business guru Jim Collins to speak at NACDS Annual Meeting

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has tabbed best-selling author and business consultant Jim Collins as a keynote speaker for the 2018 NACDS Annual Meeting. Collins, who has previously taken part in NACDS events, is scheduled to speak during the morning Business Program

SUPPLIER NEWS

Edgewell unveils Schick Intuition f.a.b. two-way razor

 ST. LOUIS — Edgewell Personal Care said it has achieved a first in women’s shaving with the launch of the Schick Intuition f.a.b. bidirectional razor. Announced Tuesday, the Schick Intuition f.a.b. sports cartridges with bidirectional blades, enabling women to shave forwards and backwards — hence

Energizer to buy Spectrum Brands’ battery business for $2B

ST. LOUIS and MIDDLETON, Wis. — Energizer Holdings Inc. plans to acquire the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $2 billion in cash. The deal, announced Tuesday, will add the Rayovac and Varta battery brands — whose products include alkaline, carbon zinc, hearing

KISS gets word out about lash innovations

 PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — KISS Products Inc. has blended innovation and social media savvy to drive market share in the booming eyelash category. KISS said it has climbed to No. 1 in the U.S. false eyelash segment in terms of dollar and unit sales,

AstraZeneca releases Bydureon BCise to U.S. pharmacies

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca announced that Bydureon BCise (exenatide extended-release injectable suspension 2 mg) is now available in pharmacies across the United States. Bydureon BCise was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults with type-2 diabetes whose blood sugar remains uncontrolled

Diet Coke relaunched with new flavors and packaging

ATLANTA — In a major brand relaunch, Coca-Cola Co. has added four new flavors to Diet Coke and revamped its packaging, shifting to a taller, sleeker and more colorful cans that still hold the same 12-oz. portion of soda. “Diet Coke is one of the