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Walmart plans to merge supply chain teams

Walmart plans to merge supply chain teams

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is merging its U.S. store and digital supply chain teams in what the company calls a next step in its efforts to create a seamless omnichannel shopping experience for its customers. Greg Smith, executive vice president, supply chain at Walmart U.S.,

CVS Pharmacy names Murphy SVP, payer relations and managed care

CVS Pharmacy names Murphy SVP, payer relations and managed care

WOONSOCKET, R.I.— CVS Pharmacy has named Kevin Murphy, Jr., senior vice president, payer relations and managed care. In this role, Murphy will oversee negotiation for all retail reimbursement contracts with third-party payors and develop new methods of contracting with PBMs and Health Plans. Murphy first

DIR fee relief urgency clear at NACDS board member D.C. fly-in

DIR fee relief urgency clear at NACDS board member D.C. fly-in

WASHINGTON — Ten NACDS board of directors members met with key members of Congress in Washington, D.C. this week. The meetings focused on conveying the urgent need for direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee relief. The timing was ideal, given that decisions are being made

CVS Health provides $2.9 million in new grants to free clinics

CVS Health provides $2.9 million in new grants to free clinics

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of an ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health and its Foundation Thursday announced $2.9 million in grants to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and their members. The new funding will support approximately 130 Free

Smith Holland appointed president of Hallmark Greetings

Smith Holland appointed president of Hallmark Greetings

KANSAS CITY — Smith Holland has been named president of Hallmark’s Greetings business. The former president and chief executive officer of Crayola, part of Hallmark’s portfolio of businesses that manufactures and sells Crayola brand products worldwide, will begin his new role on Sept. 3. “Smith

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RETAIL NEWS

iHEAR Medical expands products to drugstore locations nationwide

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — iHEAR Medical announced Friday a nationwide expansion into 2,500 drugstore locations, following a successful 500-store test run. In addition, iHEAR plans to launch in additional drugstores across the United States by year end. “The drugstore channel is poised to expand rapidly

CVS to start trial for home Hemodialysis device

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced Wednesday the initiation of a clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the HemoCare Hemodialysis System for administration of home hemodialysis. The innovative device includes safety features and is designed to make home hemodialysis simple for

Meijer pharmacy gives away 50 million free prescriptions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone this week in helping customers lower their healthcare costs. The Midwestern retailer’s Free Prescription Drug program reached 50 million prescriptions filled since its launch in 2006, saving customers more than $650 million. Meijer established the

Rite Aid partners with Google Maps

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation announced Monday that over 550 medication disposal units across the nation are now searchable on Google Maps, making it even easier for people to safely dispose of unneeded or unwanted medications. “We are constantly

Fred’s to close an additional 129 stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. announced on Friday that it will shutter another 129 retail stores, leaving it with only about 80. The move is the latest in a series of store closings (including announcements in April and May)  from the retailer, which had 568

SUPPLIER NEWS

SheaMoisture hosting Pop-up as lead in to Toronto Caribbean Carnival

TORONTO — From Tuesday, July 30 to Friday, August 2, award-winning personal care brand, SheaMoisture, will hold a pop-up activation celebrating beauty and culture, inspiring guests to “Be Your Beautiful!” Located in Downtown Toronto at 128 Peter Street and leading up to North America’s largest

Dr. Reddy’s intros generic O-T-C version of Allegra-D

PRINCETON, N.J. — Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has introduced an over-the-counter store-brand equivalent of Chattem’s Allegra-D (fexofenadine 60 mg and pseudoephedrine 120 mg) extended-release tablets. This is an O-T-C store-brand equivalent of Allegra-D 12 HR Allergy and Congestion Extended-Release Tablets, in the United States market, as

SKYN celebrates moon landing anniversary, unveils new products

ISELIN, N.J. — SKYN has launched a new campaign that pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and encourages consumers to explore their intimacy. In tandem with the campaign launch and to aid in that exploration the brand also announces three upcoming

Greeting Card Association offers new workshop

WASHINGTON  – The U.S. Postal Service reports that there were 52 million more greeting cards sent last year than the previous year (source: 2018 Household Diary Study). With the appetite for greeting cards in the United States growing, how can publishers make sure that their lines

Charlotte’s Web announces new initiative with Rodale Institute and Natural Care

BOULDER, Colo.— Charlotte’s Web has entered into a research initiative with Rodale Institute and Natural Care to pioneer regenerative organic hemp farming. The research will be conducted at Pocono Organics, a start-up regenerative organic farm in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  In alignment with its corporate social responsibility values,