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Execs connect at NACDS Annual Meeting

Execs connect at NACDS Annual Meeting

The 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., gathered industry leaders for four days of interaction. Retailers and suppliers addressed issues affecting chain pharmacy in various settings — business programs, Meet the Retailer sessions and one-on-one meetings — and connected at a host of social events. “The theme for today, and moving forward, is the

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

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

With health care back in play, industry steps up

With health care back in play, industry 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

It’s a wrap: NACDS Annual Meeting final day recap

It’s a wrap: NACDS Annual Meeting final day recap

A new NACDS chairman was inaugurated on the final day of the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting. Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, took the gavel from outgoing chairman Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer at H-E-B, at the conference’s Tuesday morning Business Program. “I think my role, really, is to

NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay sees pro-customer role

NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay sees pro-customer role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A customer-centric focus will continue to define the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, said today in his inaugural remarks as NACDS chairman. “The theme for today, and moving forward is the customer — understanding the customer’s needs and meeting them,” Gourlay said. “The whole association

Gourlay’s global view to benefit NACDS

Gourlay’s global view to benefit NACDS

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), brings a unique global perspective as the incoming chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Most of Gourlay’s career was spent at the U.K.’s largest drug store chain, Boots, and its eventual parent company Alliance Boots PLC. In 2013

NACDS elects new officers, board members

NACDS elects new officers, board members

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced new officers, a new executive committee member and two new board members for the 2017-18 term. NACDS said Monday that Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was elected chairman of the NACDS board of directors at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

NACDS unveils Future Value Targeting initiative

NACDS unveils Future Value Targeting initiative

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As part of its “constant reinvention,” the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced its “Future Value Targeting” initiative at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting. During Sunday’s Business Program at the conference, the association’s leadership described the NACDS Future Value Targeting effort as a linchpin of new strategies to drive collaboration that

Walgreens upping ante in beauty

Walgreens upping ante in beauty

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) is reaping success with its beauty differentiation program and is now planning to expand the initiative to more than 1,000 additional Walgreens stores by the end of 2017 while introducing more exclusive brands into the assortment. The first phase of the Walgreens beauty differentiation program’s rollout called

It’s back: Walgreens kicks off Red Nose Day drive

It’s back: Walgreens kicks off Red Nose Day drive

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores have begun selling merchandise for the retailer’s annual Red Nose Day campaign to help end child poverty. Walgreens said Monday that through June 3, customers can participate by purchasing a Red Nose for $1. Other merchandise includes a Red Nose Day pin, wristband and pen. Proceeds

WBA names chief merchant, marketer

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has named Joseph Hartsig chief merchandising officer and Adam Holyk chief marketing officer. Hartsig and Holyk report to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay, and are part of the Walgreens Enterprise Operating Committee. Hartsig also reports to Annie Murphy, WBA’s chief customer officer, while Holyk also reports

Walgreens names chief merchant, marketer

Walgreens names chief merchant, marketer

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has appointed Joseph Hartsig as chief merchandising officer and Adam Holyk as chief marketing officer for Walgreens. WBA said Friday that Hartsig and Holyk will start in their new positions on April 1. Both executives will report to WBA co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay and join the Walgreens

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