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Walgreens rebranding embraces old, new

Walgreens rebranding embraces old, new

In an era when brand image all too often oversells what it is supposed to represent, Walgreens finds itself in the enviable position of updating its identity to better reflect its very real merits and the combination of continuity and change that characterizes the drug chain. The first public step in the process occurred early

Kaufmann named Cardinal CEO, succeeding Barrett

Kaufmann named Cardinal CEO, succeeding Barrett

DUBLIN, Ohio — Mike Kauf­mann has been named chief executive officer of Cardinal Health Inc., effective January 1. The 54-year-old Kaufmann, Cardinal’s chief financial officer, will succeed George Barrett. Barrett, 62, the company’s chairman and CEO since 2009, will serve as executive chairman through the annual shareholders meeting next November. Lead independent director Gregory Kenny

Ashworth promoted by WBA

Ashworth promoted by WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has promoted Richard Ashworth to president of operations at Walgreens, a newly created ­position. With the move, Ashworth adds responsibilities in the health care commercial, IT and supply chain areas at Walgreens in addition to the duties in his previous position as president of pharmacy and retail

NACDS: Pharmacy can be major player in opioid crisis

BALTIMORE — Pharmacy can be key to thwarting opioid abuse, National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson told a government summit on the opioid crisis. “Advancing the health and safety of patients, families, communities and the nation remains the priority of pharmacies, and confronting the opioid abuse epidemic is

CVS to offer next-day prescription delivery

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy will launch next-day prescription delivery nationwide in early 2018. As part of the CVS next-day prescription delivery rollout, same-day delivery will be available in selected cities, with the service beginning in New York next month. “Our goal is to meet the needs of all of our customers wherever, however and

Kmart offers memory screenings

NEW YORK — Kmart Pharmacy has partnered with the Alz­heim­er’s Foundation of America (AFA) to offer free memory screenings. During November, which is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Memory Screening Month, all Kmart Pharmacy U.S. locations will serve as memory screening sites, where people can get screened at no charge during normal business hours. “Kmart

Peters appointed sales EVP at Diplomat

FLINT, Mich. — Robyn Peters has joined Diplomat Pharmacy in the role of executive vice president of sales and payor strategies. Peters, most recently vice president of market access and reimbursement at Biogen Inc., will oversee Diplomat’s payor and business development strategies, along with sales and pharma account management, and become a member of the

Retail pharmacy loses one of its pioneers

Retail pharmacy loses one of its pioneers

With the death of Murray Koffler at the age of 93 earlier this month, one of the master builders of retail pharmacy passed from the scene. Beginning with two independent drug stores in Toronto that he inherited from his father, Koffler created Shoppers Drug Mart, long the dominant pharmacy chain in Canada — now with

Innovators drive expansion of health categories

Innovators drive expansion of health categories

New categories can develop when product innovation meets a consumer’s unmet need in a way that no existing category has provided. Retailers that adopt a new category or subcategory early can gain an edge over their competitors. Emerging retail categories disrupt and change the retail market. There are innovative retail categories that include virtual reality

Gretchen Carlson tabbed as NACDS Foundation Dinner speaker

Gretchen Carlson tabbed as NACDS Foundation Dinner speaker

ARLINGTON, Va. — News anchor and best-selling author Gretchen Carlson will speak at this month’s NACDS Foundation Dinner in New York City. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday that Carlson is known for her insights on the political climate, news of the day and the stories making headlines worldwide. Most recently, she

Industry mourns SDM founder Murray Koffler, 93

Industry mourns SDM founder Murray Koffler, 93

TORONTO — Murray Koffler, who over 50 years ago founded what would become Canada’s largest drug chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, has died at age 93. Also a prominent philanthropist and businessman, Koffler passed away on Sunday at his home in Toronto. Koffler was born in Toronto in 1924. At age 17, he went on a

Walgreens offers FedEx drop-off, pickup services

Walgreens offers FedEx drop-off, pickup services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Corp. and Walgreen Co. have announced an agreement where FedEx package pickup and drop-off services will be available in more than 7,500 Walgreens stores across all 50 U.S. states. FedEx and Walgreens first revealed the partnership 10 months ago. Now — thanks in part to that deal — 80% of the

McKesson sees exit of key exec

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Patterson Cos. has hired Mark Walchirk, a key executive at McKesson Corp., as its next president and chief executive officer, with a starting date of November 20. Walchirk will succeed James Wiltz, who has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since the departure of Scott Anderson on June

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