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Mark Panzer

Technology to facilitate Albertsons procurement

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is partnering with RangeMe, an online platform for product discovery, to scale its retail buying efforts for the general merchandise and health and beauty categories across all of the company’s 19 banners. “This new technology directly benefits our customers and employees alike,” comments Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy,

Albertsons pairs grocery, pharmacy in healthy eating tours

Albertsons pairs grocery, pharmacy in healthy eating tours

BOISE, Idaho — Leveraging the grocery and pharmacy areas of its stores, Albertsons Cos. has expanded its Eating Healthy with Diabetes food tours to help diabetes patients better manage their health. Albertsons said Thursday that through April 30, the Eating Healthy with Diabetes program will offer free guided tours with local registered dietitians at 400

Albertsons enlists RangeMe buying platform for HBA, GM

Albertsons enlists RangeMe buying platform for HBA, GM

SAN FRANCISCO — Food and drug retailer Albertsons Cos. is adopting the RangeMe platform to scale its retail buying for health and beauty aids and general merchandise. RangeMe said Thursday that Albertsons plans to use the solution across all of its 19 banners, which include more than 2,200 supermarkets and 1,700-plus in-store pharmacies in 35 states

Albertsons pharmacies expand access to naloxone

Albertsons pharmacies expand access to naloxone

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is providing no-prescription access to opioid overdose antidote naloxone through its supermarket pharmacies in more than half of the states where it operates. The food and drug retailer said Thursday that nearly 3,000 of its pharmacists have been specially trained to administer Narcan, a naloxone nasal spray, as well as

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has gained accreditation for its specialty pharmacy care services from Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), a nonprofit health standards organization. Albertsons said late Thursday that it’s the largest national food and drug chain to receive the ACHC accreditation and operates its own in-house specialty care service for pharmacy patients.

Safeway to open Bay Area weight-loss clinics

Safeway to open Bay Area weight-loss clinics

SAN FRANCISCO — Food and drug retailer Safeway plans to open the first medically based weight-loss clinics in supermarkets in California. Weight management specialist Lean for Life by Lindora Clinic said Friday that five of its clinics are slated to open in Safeway stores in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Menlo Park and San Jose, Calif., on

Community pharmacies gear up for flu shot season

NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of six months, and retail pharmacies across the nation are spreading the word of their ability to provide such health services. Walgreens is now offering flu shots at all of its pharmacies (including Duane Reade

Albertsons pharmacies serve up no-appointment flu shots

Albertsons pharmacies serve up no-appointment flu shots

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has begun offering flu shots on a walk-in basis at its more than 1,700 supermarket pharmacy locations. The food and drug retailer said flu vaccinations are available with no appointment necessary through February at the pharmacies of such stores as Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United

Safeway, Quest plan more in-store clinical test centers

Safeway, Quest plan more in-store clinical test centers

MADISON, N.J. — Safeway and Quest Diagnostics are expanding diagnostic testing services to more of the food and drug retailer’s stores. Quest said this week that diagnostic testing will be offered in 12 Safeway stores — in  California, Colorado, Texas, Virginia and Maryland — in addition to the two locations operating in Arizona through Quest’s

New NACDS board members, officers assume roles

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Alex Gourlay, executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and president of Walgreens, was elected vice chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at its Annual Meeting. Mark Panzer, senior VP of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons, was elected treasurer. Gourlay and Panzer will serve a one-year

Albertsons pilots hearing test kiosks

Albertsons pilots hearing test kiosks

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is piloting free hearing tests in select stores via self-serve kiosks located near the pharmacy department. The food and drug retailer said Monday that 24 stores under multiple banners — including Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market and Tom Thumb — now have diagnostic testing kiosks called the Hearing Touch

NACDS names new officers, board members

NACDS names new officers, board members

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores elected a new chairman this weekend at the NACDS Annual Meeting here. Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer at food and drug retailer H-E-B, will serve as the new NACDS chairman of the board of directors, succeeding Randy Edeker, chairman, chief executive

Panzer to lead GM, HBA at Albertsons

Panzer to lead GM, HBA at Albertsons

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. pharmacy chief Mark Panzer has added oversight of the food and drug chain’s general merchandise and health and beauty aids businesses to his duties. The supermarket retailer announced the move Tuesday. Panzer became senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness in May, coming to the company from Pharmaca Integrative