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Inside This Issue - Opinion

NACDS Annual Meeting is the place to be

Once again, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting, the seminal event in the mass retailing calendar, is upon us.

Anderson makes NACDS work for members

Members of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores have many reasons to be satisfied as the organization marks its 80th year.

Understanding the deal-sensitive O-T-C consumer

Despite the fact that the consumer packaged goods industry is predictable and stable — or perhaps because of it — there seem to be an inordinately high number of aspiring futurists out there. Industry pundits breathlessly trot out the latest trend for such concepts as shopper marketing, digital marketing, loyalty card analytics, big data and store clustering. Yet despite all of these “seismic shifts” that we are told to expect just around the corner, we still work in an industry that considers strong growth as 4% per year, and normal as 2% to 3%.

Challenge of navigating overcrowded store shelves

It’s been said that if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there. Change the word “road” to “aisle” and you have the retail world’s equivalent of the familiar adage.