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Walgreens fine-tunes the front end

Walgreens fine-tunes the front end

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Joe Hartsig, the new chief merchant at Walgreens, is taking one of the guiding principles established 116 years ago by the drug chain’s founder, Charles R. Walgreen, and updating it for 21st century shoppers. The idea “we believe in the merchandise we sell” is being recast as “we believe in the experience

NACDS stays course amid disarray in Washington

NACDS stays course amid disarray in Washington

The confusion and anxiety unleashed by Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to be put to rest anytime soon, despite the collapse of the Senate leadership’s repeated attempts to secure enough support to enact a bill undercutting President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. After the Republican-controlled chamber failed to pass

Dollar General tabs Reiser as chief merchant

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. has named Jason Reiser as its next executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Currently executive vice president and chief operating officer at The Vitamin Shoppe, Reiser will join the dollar store chain July 12. Reiser will replace Jim Thorpe, who recently retired from Dollar General, which operates some

Retail turmoil opens the door for innovation

Retail turmoil opens the door for innovation

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” To the extent that Emerson’s insight is applicable to the grocery business, retailers vying for a share of the nation’s $800 billion a year in food and beverage sales, a contingent that includes

McKesson leverages scale to deliver value

McKesson leverages scale to deliver value

Members of McKesson Corp.’s senior management know what it takes to be a major player in the global health care marketplace, and they are moving decisively to ensure that going forward the company remains a dominant force in the sector. McKesson in recent years has made a number of strategic acquisitions that deepen and extend

As critical juncture arrives, NACDS steps up

As critical juncture arrives, NACDS steps up

After many fits and starts, Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally succeeded in passing a bill that would, if the Senate concurs, repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation that provides the current framework for the U.S. health care system. Voting mostly along party lines — with 217 Republicans in favor and

With health care back in play, industry steps up

With health care back in play, industry steps up

After many fits and starts, Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally succeeded in passing a bill that would, if the Senate concurs, repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation that provides the current framework for the U.S. health care system. Voting mostly along party lines — with 217 Republicans in favor and

Gourlay’s global view to benefit NACDS

Gourlay’s global view to benefit NACDS

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), brings a unique global perspective as the incoming chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Most of Gourlay’s career was spent at the U.K.’s largest drug store chain, Boots, and its eventual parent company Alliance Boots PLC. In 2013

Under Anderson, NACDS always ready to respond

Under Anderson, NACDS always ready to respond

ARLINGTON, Va. — One of the many strengths of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has been its advocacy role in public policy. In the wake of last November’s election and the resulting turmoil and uncertainty in Washington, that expertise takes on greater importance than ever. At the same time, with U.S. health care

Public policy challenges take center stage

Public policy challenges take center stage

CVS Health earlier this month named Tom Moriarty to the new position of chief policy and external affairs officer. As explained by president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo, the rationale behind the creation of the role is to “deliver an integrated approach to policy development and external engagement so the company can contribute to

Role of drug distributors more crucial than ever

Role of drug distributors more crucial than ever

Changes in the nation’s health care system have made pharmaceutical distributors more important than ever. Large pharmacy operators have strengthened their alliances with the Big Three Wholesalers to maximize purchasing power, augment operational efficiency and work through such challenges as implementation of new federal regulations to ensure a secure supply chain. The role of drug

Turning 75, Lewis Drug looks back — and ahead

Turning 75, Lewis Drug looks back — and ahead

Lewis Drug is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the company is marking the occasion with a yearlong series of promotions and special events. The first of them, Customer Appreciation Day on March 25, will highlight the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based company’s heritage and close ties to the communities it serves in that state, Iowa and Minnesota,

Regional drug chains display prowess as innovators

Regional drug chains display prowess as innovators

Although sometimes overlooked amid the swirl of activity surrounding the largest players in retail pharmacy, regional drug chains remain an integral part of the industry. The assets and aspirations of those companies — defined as operating between four and 250 stores — along with the challenges they face, were on display at the National Association

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