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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

Talking strategy at NACDS Annual Meeting

Talking strategy at NACDS Annual Meeting

Day two of the NACDS Annual Meeting featured the conference’s first Business Program, led by outgoing chairman Martin Otto of H-E-B and NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. Otto and Anderson discussed the think-tank approach to strategy that NACDS is embracing with its Future Value Targeting effort. “The Future Value Targeting initiative that Martin touched

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

NACDS looks at role of pharmacy in health care

NACDS looks at role of pharmacy in health care

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Pharmacy is pivotal to the national reckoning about health care, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is highlighting its place by advancing a pro-pharmacy and pro-patient agenda. That was the message of industry leaders at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, with pharmacy-based answers to national uncertainties emerging as a

Regional drug chains display prowess as innovators

Regional drug chains display prowess as innovators

Although sometimes overlooked amid the swirl of activity surrounding the largest players in retail pharmacy, regional drug chains remain an integral part of the industry. The assets and aspirations of those companies — defined as operating between four and 250 stores — along with the challenges they face, were on display at the National Association

Pharmacy prepares for new paths in health care

Pharmacy prepares for new paths in health care

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the nation reassesses its health care system under a new presidential administration, the integral role of pharmacy cannot be overlooked, National Association of Chain Drug Stores leaders said at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference here. “This meeting and the topics addressed in the coming days could not be timelier with

2017 Retail Forecast: Times Are A Changin’

2017 Retail Forecast: Times Are A Changin’

“The times they are a changin’,” Nobel laureate Bob Dylan sang in 1964. It’s as true now as it was 53 years ago, especially for the chain drug industry. With the incoming administration of Donald Trump, all bets are off with health care. The Affordable Care Act appears set for demise, but no one in

Scenes from NACDS Board Of Directors dinner

Scenes from NACDS Board Of Directors dinner

One highlights of the recent NACDS Week in New York was the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Board of Directors dinner. The event brought together executives from the retailers that comprise the association’s membership, along with their counterparts from supplier companies. The NACDS Board of Directors dinner was hosted by NACDS chairman Martin Otto,

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