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Bartell Drugs aims to ‘work faster, work better’

Bartell Drugs aims to ‘work faster, work better’

For Bartell Drugs and chief executive officer Brian Unmacht, 2017 is shaping up to be a watershed year. If all goes according to plan, the 127-year-old company, which for many consumers in the Puget Sound region is synonymous with community pharmacy, will begin to reap the benefits of an enterprisewide reengineering project designed to position

ACA repeal will usher in period of uncertainty

ACA repeal will usher in period of uncertainty

After stumbling out of the gate early this month with an ill-conceived  bid to hamstring the Office of Congressional Ethics (a plan that roused a chorus of critics, including President-elect Donald Trump, and was quickly withdrawn), Republicans in the House, along with their colleagues in the Senate, regained their footing and set about the business

NACDS’ Steve Anderson honored for industry leadership

NACDS’ Steve Anderson honored for industry leadership

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the decade since Steve Anderson became president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the organization has solidified its position as the preeminent voice for retail pharmacy and established itself as the indispensable network for interaction among those within the sector, and communication between the industry

Larry Merlo named Health Care Exec of the Year

Larry Merlo named Health Care Exec of the Year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As Larry Merlo sees things, health care delivery in the United States is a tale of two incompatible models, a costly, inefficient one rooted in the past, and another focused on a future of increased patient access, improved outcomes and lower costs. “At the moment, it’s as if we have two health

A momentous development for three Rx chains

A momentous development for three Rx chains

The agreement struck last month for the sale of 865 Rite Aid Corp. drug stores to Fred’s Inc. is a momentous development for those companies, as well as Walgreens Boots Alliance, which after 14 months is still working to finalize the acquisition of Rite Aid. The $950 million all-cash deal will bring Fred’s stores and

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

At the start of the month the National Association of Chain Drug Stores concluded a series of successful events in the nation’s economic and cultural capital. The much anticipated annual gathering, known as NACDS Week in New York, brings together leaders from the diverse constituents that comprise the chain pharmacy industry to take stock as

There’s still a lot of life left in trade shows

There’s still a lot of life left in trade shows

The Food Marketing Institute’s recent cancellation of FMI Connect, the trade show that had been scheduled for McCormick Place in Chicago next June, raises some interesting questions about the value and long-term viability of such events. FMI Connect and its predecessors were for many years a staple on the supermarket industry calendar, so, as Leslie

WBA’s efforts recognized by the UN Foundation

WBA’s efforts recognized by the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation last month recognized five individuals and organizations whose support has helped the UN address a range of serious issues around the globe. Honorees included President Obama for his efforts to end armed conflict and fight climate change; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme; Maina Kiai, UN special rapporteur

In retailing, change is now the only constant

In retailing, change is now the only constant

In the early 1960s, Bob Dylan, who was just awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, asked his listeners to “… admit that the waters/Around you have grown/And accept it that soon you be drenched to the bone/If your time to you is worth savin’/Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone/For the

NACDS flourishes with Anderson at the helm

NACDS flourishes with Anderson at the helm

Steve Anderson joined a select group of business leaders last month when he was recognized as trade association CEO of the year. As only the third winner of the honor, part of the Association Leadership Awards sponsored by CEO Update, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer earned a distinction

Lack of debate about health care troubling

Lack of debate about health care troubling

One of the more surprising aspects of the sad spectacle leading up to the election of a new president and new Congress in November is the lack of serious, sustained debate about health care. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, the nation embarked

NACDS continues to extend its vision, reach

NACDS continues to extend its vision, reach

The NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston last month has several claims to distinction. In its fourth year, the event — which brings together aspects of the industry that the association previously addressed in three separate shows — hit its stride in terms of fostering interaction between retailers and suppliers, with the Meet the Market

Walmart makes health care a strategic pillar

Walmart makes health care a strategic pillar

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s health and wellness division is poised to play a prominent part in the discounter’s ambitious drive to reinvent retail for an era when brick-and-mortar stores coexist with e-commerce. Pharmacy, over-the-counter medications and vision care currently account for about 10% of Walmart’s U.S. sales. By deepening the penetration of these products and

As FTC weighs Rite Aid deal, WBA moves ahead

As FTC weighs Rite Aid deal, WBA moves ahead

It has been slightly more than nine months since Walgreens Boots Alliance agreed to acquire Rite Aid in a $17.2 billion all-cash transaction. Since that time, speculation about whether the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger will pass muster with the Federal Trade Commission has become a staple of discussion for people involved in community pharmacy and the

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