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Issue 05-15-2017

House votes to repeal, replace Affordable Care Act

House votes to repeal, replace Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — Attention has shifted to the Senate following the House’s narrow passage of legislation to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. The House approved the bill 217 to 213 with no Democratic support and 20 Republicans joining the opposition. The legislation would overturn many of the law’s popular consumer protections,

CVS moves to elevate shopping experience

CVS moves to elevate shopping experience

NEW YORK — CVS Pharmacy has reimagined its store design, highlighting an expanded offering of health and beauty products and “better for you” food products. The new layout’s “discovery zones” in key health categories take a holistic approach to care and product selections. Together with new health services and innovative digital programs, the changes represent

Customer is focal point at NACDS meeting

Customer is focal point at NACDS meeting

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Responding to consumers’ rapidly changing needs is a top priority for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. co-chief executive officer Alex Gourlay said in his inaugural remarks as the organization’s new chairman. “The theme for today, and moving forward, is the customer — understanding the customer’s needs

Albertsons strengthens management team

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has announced a number of promotions, including that of Wayne Denningham to the new role of president and chief operating officer. He had been executive vice president and COO. Bob Miller remains chairman and chief executive officer, a role he has held since April 2015. The company also named Geoff

SDM adds fresh items to food mix

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) debuted its first enhanced convenience food section in British Columbia here last month. Aiming to combine convenience with quality food, the improved offering includes about 750 new fresh items. “With the close connection between food and wellness, the introduction of convenience fresh food items in Shoppers Drug

Cardinal Health extends reach with acquisition

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Inc. is acquiring a large portion of the hospital supplies business of Medtronic PLC for $6.1 billion in cash. The purchase of Medtronic’s Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses gives Cardinal Health products in 23 categories, from catheters to tourniquet kits, and brands including Kendall, Dover, Argyle

Perez-Tenessa leaves CVS to join Amazon

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Alex Perez-Tenessa, the chief beauty care merchant who helped steer CVS Pharmacy’s campaign to forge a link between health and beauty, has left the company to join e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. Perez-Tenessa joined CVS in January 2013 to lead beauty and personal care merchandising after the retailer promoted beauty retail veteran Cheryl

Kantar sheds light on potential of health, wellness

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Retailers in the U.S. are sitting on a gold mine of health and wellness opportunities, but they need to know where and how to dig. This was the essential theme of the Kantar Retail Health and Wellness Conference held here last month. By 2025, according to Kantar, health and wellness has

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

For Gourlay, it’s all about the customer

For Gourlay, it’s all about the customer

Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was named chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month, succeeding Martin Otto, who is H-E-B’s chief financial officer and chief merchant, in that post. In his initial remarks as NACDS chairman, Gourlay emphasized