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Execs in spotlight at Retailer of the Year Awards

Execs in spotlight at Retailer of the Year Awards

NEW YORK — At a reception in Manhattan this month, Chain Drug Review honored the recipients of the publication’s Retailer of the Year Awards. In the spotlight before a throng of their retail peers and supplier partners were Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), who was named Retailer of the Year; Kevin

NACDS Regional Conference looks back — and ahead

NACDS Regional Conference looks back — and ahead

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As it marks 85 years of representing traditional drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies and supplier partners, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is looking forward — as it demonstrated during its 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference here earlier this month. One of the keynote speakers during the

Scenes from 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference

Scenes from 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference

Executives from regional drug and supermarket chains from across the country met in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month at the 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. This year’s theme, “Igniting Possibilities,” underscored the opportunity for attendees to share insights and ideas, engage in business and benefit from strategy sessions conducted by peers. “I have a

WBA, Express Scripts boost group purchasing relationship

WBA, Express Scripts boost group purchasing relationship

ST. LOUIS and DEERFIELD, Ill. — Express Scripts Holding Co. and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) are expanding their group purchasing efforts to include the procurement of specialty branded drugs. The companies said late Tuesday that their work will be supported by ValoremRx Specialty Solutions LLC, which will source specialty pharmaceuticals to simplify the global supply chain and

Gourlay: ‘Pharmacy is beautifully positioned’

Gourlay: ‘Pharmacy is beautifully positioned’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pharmacy retailers and suppliers have a world of possibilities in front of them amid an evolving retail health care landscape, industry executives said at the 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. The conference gathered regional drug and supermarket chains (four to 250 locations) with supplier partners that help meet their customers’ health and wellness

WBA hires new chief for Boots retail chain

WBA hires new chief for Boots retail chain

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Sebastian James is joining Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) as senior vice president and as president and managing director of Boots, the company’s international pharmacy, health and beauty chain based in the United Kingdom. Plans call for James, currently group chief executive at European electronics and telecom retailer and service provider Dixons Carphone plc, to join

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

What will the second year of the Trump administration look like? Is the demise of the Affordable Care Act imminent? Will pharmacists get the greater role in health care they have long sought? These are among the questions top chain drug industry executives are pondering as they look to 2018. With spiraling health care costs and

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To the casual observer, the dominant story line at Walgreens might appear to be the phased acquisition of 1,932 drug stores and related assets from Rite Aid Corp., and plans for their subsequent assimilation. But, important as the deal is, it shouldn’t be allowed to obscure other compelling developments at Walgreens Boots

WBA becomes stakeholder in PharMerica

WBA becomes stakeholder in PharMerica

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is now a stakeholder in national specialty pharmacy operator PharMerica Corp. PharMerica on Wednesday announced the close of its acquisition by global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). Under the $1.4 billion deal, unveiled in early August, WBA holds a minority share in PharMerica. Louisville, Ky.-based PharMerica serves

Public health in focus at NACDS Foundation Dinner

Public health in focus at NACDS Foundation Dinner

At its 19th Annual Foundation Dinner in Manhattan, the NACDS Foundation raised $1.8 million to support evidence-based research, pharmacy education and philanthropic efforts aimed at improving patient health outcomes and advancing population health. More than 100 companies and people sponsored the 2017 NACDS Foundation Dinner. Attendees included executives from national and regional drug chains, consumer

Walgreens redefines its brand identity

Walgreens redefines its brand identity

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of a brand repositioning, Walgreens is changing its tagline to “Trusted Since 1901” to emphasize its long heritage of serving customers. Walgreens said Friday that the new slogan, which will replace “At the Corner of Happy and Healthy,” will make its debut in a 30-second television commercial that will air

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

CVS makes moves to strengthen PBM business

CVS makes moves to strengthen PBM business

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has announced two major agreements to boost pharmacy benefit management ­services. The company late last month introduced a 30,000-store performance-based pharmacy network anchored by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens designed to deliver savings and improved clinical outcomes for CVS Caremark PBM members. That followed the company’s announcement of a five-year deal

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