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George Riedl

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

Going into the new year, several key personnel questions await answers, foremost among them the age-old problem of determining who, in 2017, will emerge as the most influential senior staffers at America’s drug chains. The determination is made more difficult by the fact that, as of this writing, Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid remains unresolved.

Walmart Wellness Day set for this weekend

Walmart Wellness Day set for this weekend

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — This Saturday, free health screenings will be offered at more than 5,200 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores nationwide in what Walmart called its biggest screening event ever. The company said Wednesday that Walmart Wellness Day will be held on Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in over 4,600 Walmart stores

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart provided free health screenings, education, services and products at more than 4,600 of its stores across the United States as part of Walmart Wellness Day, an event the company billed as the largest single-day health event in the nation. Walmart said it was expecting to provide free health screening for hundreds

Walmart makes health care a strategic pillar

Walmart makes health care a strategic pillar

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s health and wellness division is poised to play a prominent part in the discounter’s ambitious drive to reinvent retail for an era when brick-and-mortar stores coexist with e-commerce. Pharmacy, over-the-counter medications and vision care currently account for about 10% of Walmart’s U.S. sales. By deepening the penetration of these products and

Walmart, McKesson team up for generic drug sourcing

Walmart, McKesson team up for generic drug sourcing

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has become the latest retailer to ally with a pharmaceutical distributor for generic drug sourcing. The mass merchandiser’s partnership with McKesson Corp. includes an expanded long-term distribution pact and will add scale and value for both companies, they said. The agreement positions Walmart and McKesson to compete with partnerships between Walgreens

McKesson, Walmart expand Rx distribution pact

McKesson, Walmart expand Rx distribution pact

SAN FRANCISCO and BENTONVILLE, Ark. — McKesson Corp. and Walmart have expanded their long-term pharmaceutical distribution pact, including a new sourcing agreement for generic drugs. McKesson and Walmart said Monday that the expanded relationship is “a natural next step.” The companies will collaborate on sourcing generics for their U.S. operations, a move that they said

Walmart aims to be ‘front door’ of U.S. health care

Walmart aims to be ‘front door’ of U.S. health care

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — George Riedl is on a mission to make Walmart consumers’ first choice for pharmacy, health and wellness. “Competing against the company for so many years, I’d always respected Walmart and really looked at it as the leader in most categories,” says Riedl, who was named president of health and wellness at the

Walmart appoints VP, health transformation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Marcus Osborne has been named vice president of health and wellness transformation at Walmart. Osborne, who had served as vice president of health and wellness payer relations, will report to George Riedl, the company’s senior vice president of health and wellness. In his new position, Osborne will be focused on driving the

Walmart names health and wellness VP

Walmart names health and wellness VP

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Marcus Osborne has been appointed as vice president of health and wellness transformation at Walmart. Walmart confirmed Osborne’s promotion on Wednesday. He previously served as vice president of health and wellness payer relations. In his new role, Osborne will focus on driving the strategic vision, business development and key initiatives for the

Hopes of chain drug industry rest with new leaders

Hopes of chain drug industry rest with new leaders

Christmas is over, yesterday’s news. And the mass retailing community is scampering to assess its impact on sales, earnings and the future. For chain drug retailers, this holiday selling season, like so many before it, was acceptable, if hardly record-setting. As in previous years, America’s drug chains suffered from an absence of exciting new products

Walmart taps Riedl to run health, wellness

Walmart taps Riedl to run health, wellness

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Former longtime Walgreens executive George Riedl has been named president of health and wellness at Walmart. He succeeds Labeed Diab, who left Walmart to join Brookdale Senior Living Inc. as chief operating officer. Riedl most recently was president of Advanced Marketing & Sales Inc., an independent sales, marketing and consulting agency focused