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Amazon eyeing pharmacy space?

Amazon eyeing pharmacy space?

Amazon’s move into groceries shook up the food retail scene. That scenario may be in store for pharmacies. CNBC reported Tuesday evening that Amazon is ushering in a “business lead” to explore a foray into the pharmacy business and that the company has stepped up recruiting from the pharmacy arena. Citing unidentified sources, CNBC said

Report: FTC seeks more info on WBA-Rite Aid deal

Report: FTC seeks more info on WBA-Rite Aid deal

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid last week said they’ve complied with the Federal Trade Commission’s second request for information on their merger deal. But it appears the FTC still wants to know more. The New York Post reported Tuesday that the FTC has issued civil investigative demands (CIDs) to Walgreens vendors and competitors to

WBA, Rite Aid certify compliance with FTC

WBA, Rite Aid certify compliance with FTC

DEERFIELD, Ill., and CAMP HILL, Pa. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. said they have met the Federal Trade Commission’s second request for information on their planned merger. Late Monday, WBA and Rite Aid announced that they have “certified substantial compliance,” meaning that they have provided the information needed to determine if

Sales decline at Fred’s Pharmacy

Sales decline at Fred’s Pharmacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy reported declined sales for April and its fiscal 2017 first quarter, though seasonal business lifted same-store sales for the month. Fred’s said Thursday that sales for the four weeks ended April 29 totaled $159.1 million, down 3% from $163.9 million a year earlier. April same-store sales edged up 1.2% year

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

Rite Aid finishes fiscal year on positive note

Rite Aid finishes fiscal year on positive note

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Despite declines in net income, Rite Aid Corp. posted increased sales and exceeded Wall Street’s adjusted earnings per share forecast for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year. Chairman and chief executive officer John Standley, however, noted that the ongoing regulatory review of Rite Aid’s deal to be acquired by Walgreens

WBA’s Pessina still bullish about Rite Aid acquisition

WBA’s Pessina still bullish about Rite Aid acquisition

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) executive vice chairman and chief executive officer Stefano Pessina has expressed confidence that the company’s planned merger with Rite Aid Corp. will be approved by the end of July. “I am still optimistic that we will bring this deal to a successful conclusion, but there is no

FTC reportedly may sue to block WBA-Rite Aid deal

FTC reportedly may sue to block WBA-Rite Aid deal

Rite Aid saw its stock price sink to a 52-week low on Wednesday after a report that the Federal Trade Commission may challenge the drug chain’s acquisition by larger rival Walgreens Boots Alliance. Citing trade publication The Capital Forum, Bloomberg reported that the FTC was mulling a lawsuit to block the deal. Rite Aid’s share

Rite Aid names ‘Favorite Pharmacy Team Member’ winners

Rite Aid names ‘Favorite Pharmacy Team Member’ winners

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has announced the two winners of its “Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member” contest. The drug chain said Tuesday that this year’s winners are Amanda Bourque, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Coventry, R.I., and JoAnn Lankford, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Providence Forge, Va. Bourque

WBA readies new proposal for FTC

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) is reportedly prepared to sell additional stores and other assets to Fred’s Inc. in an effort to win Federal Trade Commission approval for its merger with Rite Aid Corp. WBA, which had initially agreed to sell 865 Rite Aid stores to Fred’s, is planning to raise that

Chain drug retailing is at a turning point

Chain drug retailing is at a turning point

April is here — and still no resolution on the pending acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. As time stretches out, this indecision bodes ill for an acquisition that was until recently viewed as an agreement with benefits for both parties. Now, confusion is apparently overtaking certainty — and there is

FTC pressed to decide on WBA-Rite Aid deal

FTC pressed to decide on WBA-Rite Aid deal

Walgreens Boots Alliance has gone ahead and set a deadline for the Federal Trade Commission to approve its deal to acquire Rite Aid Corp. According to the New York Post, WBA has “certified compliance” in its application, meaning that it has provided the FTC with the information needed to determine if the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger

Rite Aid launches in-store donation campaign

Rite Aid launches in-store donation campaign

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has kicked off an in-store fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The drug chain said Monday that through May 6, customers will be encouraged to support their local children’s hospital by buying $1 paper Miracle Balloon. In return, they will get $7 in coupon offers for select

Southeastern Grocers joins Plenti rewards coalition

Southeastern Grocers joins Plenti rewards coalition

NEW YORK — Southeastern Grocers LLC has become the first supermarket operator to join the Plenti coalition loyalty program operated by American Express. The program, which allows members to earn and use rewards at a number of businesses, including Exxon and Mobil gas stations and Rite Aid and Macy’s stores, will roll out to the

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