The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced its slate of educational Insight Sessions for the second annual NACDS Total Store Expo this summer.

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NACDS unveils Insight Session lineup for Total Store Expo

April 16th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced its slate of educational Insight Sessions for the second annual NACDS Total Store Expo this summer.

NACDS said Wednesday that the sessions will offer presentations by experts on a variety of key issues and priorities, including health care, business and logistics.

Each session aims to provide attendees with helpful information to conduct business on a day-to-day basis on a range of topics, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act, emerging health care models, business planning, consumer and market trends, innovation, health information technology and digital solutions.

The Total Store Expo is scheduled for Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

"Conducting business in an efficient and effective way is key in this industry," NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. "These informative and educational Insight Sessions are designed to provide the timeliest relevant information to help retailers and suppliers have a successful meeting and, in turn, have the tools to be successful in their businesses long after the NACDS Total Store Expo concludes."

The Insight Sessions will be held on Sunday and Monday during the four-day trade show and strategic exchange. Currently, there are 14 Insight Sessions, and more will be posted on the Total Store Expo website in the coming months.

Topics for the sessions include the following: Drug Supply Chain Security Act: Overview and Implementation; Emerging Care Models: Partnerships with Pharmacies to Drive Patient Outcomes; Enhancing the Joint Business Planning Process: Creating Value Together; Healthy Growth: How to Capitalize on the Changing Consumer Landscape and Their Health Needs; Innovative Pharmacy Operations Models; The U.S. Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Market 2014: Trends, Issues and Outlook; The Quality Revolution: New Trends; Advancing Neighborhood Care – Patient Nutrition Programs; Convenient Care – Point of Care Testing in the Pharmacy; The Missing Connection: Pharmacy HIT Update; A Prescription for Change – The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Community Pharmacies; Winning with Digital Study; Women 2020: An Action Agenda for Women’s Leadership; and Specialty Pharmacy: Breaking with Tradition.

NACDS added that it aims to help business partners work together across departments and functions with an eye toward the entire store; as a result, many of the Insight Sessions may provide crossover into other segments of the industry. For example, the Food and Drug Administration-led session "Drug Supply Chain Security Act: Overview and Implementation" can offer suppliers and retailers critical information about stakeholder responsibilities as implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues this year and into 2015.