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NACDS Annual Meeting

NACDS works to be part of the solution

NACDS works to be part of the solution

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. health care system is not functioning in a sustainable way, new National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman Martin Otto said at the organization’s Annual Meeting here last month. Costs are too high and are rising fast, while outcomes are disappointing. “There are a number of structural issues in

Gavel is passed at NACDS Annual Meeting

Gavel is passed at NACDS Annual Meeting

At the 2016 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores officially passed the chairman’s gavel to Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer for San Antonio-based H-E-B. Serving for the 2016-17 term, Martin takes over the NACDS chairman’s post from Randy Edeker, chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee. On

Sabato gives take on election at Annual Meeting

Sabato gives take on election at Annual Meeting

The day before the presidential primaries, highlights at the NACDS Annual Meeting included predictions by election analyst Larry Sabato, founder of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Speaking at the NACDS Chain Member and PAC Breakfast, Sabato told attendees the election likely will come down to a few states. Still, at this time, it’s

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

Questions abound as NACDS Annual Meeting nears

Questions abound as NACDS Annual Meeting nears

The Annual Meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is once again upon us, though the calendar year hasn’t yet budged beyond April. The significance of this annual meeting has nothing to do with the calendar, however. Rather, it comes along just as retailers and suppliers begin to get the tone of the

Agenda for NACDS Annual Meeting takes shape

ARLINGTON, Va. — Larry Sabato, election analyst and founder of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, will keynote the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Political Action Committee breakfast on Monday, April 18, as part of the Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson noted that Sabato

NACDS shares Glenn Frey anecdote

NACDS shares Glenn Frey anecdote

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores joined the chorus of tributes for Glenn Frey, the co-founder and singer/songwriter/guitarist for the hit rock band the Eagles, who died on Monday at age 67. In a blog post on Wednesday, NACDS noted that Frey performed at two of its conferences, in 1998 and 2007. NACDS senior

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempse to speak at NACDS

ARLINGTON, Va. — Retired U.S. Army general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey will speak at the 2016 National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, in Palm Beach, Fla. News of the general’s engagement in the NACDS Annual Meeting follows December’s announcement that former Speaker

Boehner to keynote NACDS Annual Meeting

ARLINGTON, Va. — John Boehner, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 NACDS Annual Meeting. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said that Boehner (R., Ohio) will speak on Sunday, April 17, during the Business Program at this year’s NACDS Annual Meeting in Palm

Wasson honored by NACDS with Fantle Award

Wasson honored by NACDS with Fantle Award

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former Walgreen Co. president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award, the chain drug industry’s top honor, from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores last night at the NACDS Annual Meeting. Also on Tuesday evening, NACDS presented David Heist, director of industry affairs

New NACDS chairman: ‘I am here to serve’

New NACDS chairman: ‘I am here to serve’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — In his first remarks as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Randy Edeker said he’s “ready to serve” NACDS chain and associate members at a “crucial, evolutionary time.” Speaking during Tuesday morning’s NACDS Annual Meeting Business Program, Edeker — the chairman, president and chief executive officer of food

Below the surface, much has happened

The NACDS Annual Meeting, unfolding at the moment in Palm Beach, Fla., unofficially marks the end of the first third of the mass retailing year. Perhaps coincidently, the NACDS Total Store Expo event, scheduled for August 22 to August 25 in Denver, unofficially signals the end of the second third of this mass retailing year.

NACDS Annual Meeting Business Program I highlights

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has posted NACDS Annual Meeting highlights from the Sunday Business Program via its NACDS-TV coverage. The first Business Program of the meeting featured presentations by Rite Aid Corp. chairman and chief executive officer John Standley, who completed his one-year term as NACDS chairman, as

Summers to speak at NACDS Annual Meeting

Summers to speak at NACDS Annual Meeting

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 NACDS Annual Meeting, set for April 25 to April 28 in Palm Beach, Fla. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores also announced that Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will