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Pharmaca flourishes as omnichannel retailer

Pharmaca flourishes as omnichannel retailer

BOULDER, Colo. — With solid sales growth in its stores, an expanding e-commerce business and a successful loyalty program, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is well-positioned for continued success as it maintains its plans for steady expansion as an innovative omni­channel retailer in health and beauty. The 15-year-old pharmacy and natural health chain opened three new stores

Pharmacist provider status bills introduced

WASHINGTON — The effort to formally designate pharmacists as health care providers in certain instances received a major push at the end of January when federal legislation addressing this issue was introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores called the bills “commonsense legislation” and immediately

Generics drugs loom larger than ever in health care

Generics drugs loom larger than ever in health care

NEW YORK — As the nation becomes more focused on affordable health care, generic drug companies are carving out a larger share of the U.S. market for prescription drugs. Perhaps the most significant sign of this continuing shift to generic drug utilization shows up in the market share data for actual prescriptions dispensed, brands compared

Walgreens rolls out exclusive cosmetics line

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is expanding its selection of premium color cosmetics in a deal with Maesa that will include the launch of CIRCA, an exclusive line of professional color cosmetics. The actress Eva Mendes is working with both companies to “help craft the marriage of classic Hollywood style and market-leading formulations,” which will make

Target calls it quits in Canada

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has decided to end its costly foray into the Canadian market less than two years after opening the first of its current 133 stores in the country. The retailer reported in mid-January that “after a thorough review” it determined that the best decision for the company would be to wind down the

Walgreens Boots Alliance makes formal debut

Walgreens Boots Alliance makes formal debut

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s (WBA’s) top executives marked the close of a busy first week as a new company by ringing the opening bell January 9 at the Nasdaq Stock Market, where the company now trades under the “WBA” ticker symbol. Moments later, in an interview with financial network CNBC, executive vice chairman

Group VP of pharmacy initiatives named at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has promoted Jocelyn Zazyczny Konrad to group vice president, pharmacy initiatives and clinical services. Konrad, who was vice president, health care initiatives, succeeds Karen Staniforth. Staniforth was recently promoted to chief operating officer at Health Dialog, a subsidiary of Rite Aid. Konrad is a licensed pharmacist with more

Rite Aid offers special rewards to loyal shoppers

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In a promotion designed to reward its most loyal customers, Rite Aid Corp. began 2015 with a special offer to its wellness+ members. For every $50 spent in Rite Aid stores through January 24, the wellness+ members receive lifestyle and entertainment rewards. Customers who are members of the free wellness+ loyalty program

Pharmacy innovation award goes to Health Mart

Pharmacy innovation award goes to Health Mart

SAN FRANCISCO — What the ideal health care delivery model will look like in five or 10 years remains a mystery, but a few things that most experts agree will be key to shaping the future of health care are rooted in the words “value” and “­empowerment.” Patients, payers and providers all will be more

Wasson decides to retire from Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The New Year ushered in the beginning of a new era at Walgreen Co., which is scheduled to complete the second and final step of its merger with Alliance Boots GmbH in the first quarter. And this new era for Walgreens Boots Alliance will get under way without the presence of longtime

Holiday sales get lift from late season shopping

NEW YORK — A late shopping rush on the weekend before Christmas helped put some twinkle in holiday retail sales, but the final results for the season seemed to fall short of the optimistic projections retailers had set back in early November. Drug chains, however, may have fared slightly better during the holidays than the

McKenna becomes COO at Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart continued to reorganize its senior management lineup as 2014 came to a close, with the mid-December promotion of longtime company executive Judith McKenna to the post of chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. McKenna, who has been with Walmart for almost 20 years and most recently served as chief development officer

Holiday retail sales lifted by late shopping surge

Holiday retail sales lifted by late shopping surge

A late shopping rush on the weekend before Christmas helped put some twinkle in holiday retail sales, but the final results for the season seemed to fall short of the optimistic projections retailers had set back in early November. NEW YORK — A late shopping rush on the weekend before Christmas helped put some twinkle