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CVS’ Balbale is top merchant

CVS’ Balbale is top merchant

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has a unique opportunity, says chief merchandising officer Musab Balbale, and it’s twofold. First, as an operator of more than 9,000 stores focused on health and wellness, it has the ability to connect with members of the community seeking vital information, products and services. The company’s acquisitions of Oak Street

Excellence in Pharmacy Practice: Perez makes getting vaccinated a seamless process

Excellence in Pharmacy Practice: Perez makes getting vaccinated a seamless process

EL PASO, Texas — Providing preventive care through immunizations is one of Cindy Perez’ passions. The Walmart pharmacy clinical services manager believes pharmacies are able to keep communities healthy by both directly immunizing patients and indirectly improving herd immunity. “As a pharmacy team, we are able to keep the less-vulnerable populations protected from infections and

Excellence in Pharmacy Practice: Tacderan showed his dedication after Maui wildfires

Excellence in Pharmacy Practice: Tacderan showed his dedication after Maui wildfires

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Patrick Tacderan’s interest in the pharmacy profession began while he was working as a clerk in a pharmacy during college. The decisive catalyst that moved him to enter the field came from his pharmacy manager, who shared with him how much he had enjoyed his career as a highly trained and trusted

Plan B label change corrects misconceptions

Plan B label change corrects misconceptions

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration-approved label change clarifying Plan B One-Step’s mechanism of action was welcome news for the product and the emergency contraception category, says Tara Evans, marketing director for manufacturer Foundation Consumer Healthcare (FCH). “FCH firmly believes that access to emergency contraception is critically important, and we continue to uphold

Anderson: Hard work boosts momentum for pharmacy

Anderson: Hard work boosts momentum for pharmacy

ARLINGTON, Va. — Momentum for pro-pharmacy legislation is building in both political parties and in both houses of Congress, as the industry’s invaluable role during the pandemic continues to shape the views of lawmakers and the public. “There’s a lot going on, and it’s bipartisan and bicameral,” says Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer

Standley honored for life’s work in retail industry

Standley honored for life’s work in retail industry

NEW YORK — John Standley’s road was long and winding, but the direction was always upward. Early lack of ambition — his father applied to college for him — did not prevent Standley from ascending to the very heights of chain drug retailing, first as chief executive officer of Rite Aid, and then as president

Rauch wins top merchant award

Rauch wins top merchant award

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens’ overarching strategy is built on a combination of health and wellness expertise and exceptional convenience, says senior vice president and chief merchandising officer Luke Rauch. Together, those elements give the company “the unique right to win,” says Rauch, who has been in his current role since the spring. In recognition of

Anderson discusses anticipation surrounding NACDS Annual Meeting

Anderson discusses anticipation surrounding NACDS Annual Meeting

ARLINGTON, Va. — On the eve of the first in-person National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting in three years, Chain Drug Review executive editor Geoff Walden spoke with NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson about his expectations for the event. Anderson also talked about the most pressing issues facing NACDS and the chain

Merchant of the Year honors for Walmart’s Julie Barber

Merchant of the Year honors for Walmart’s Julie Barber

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — For Walmart’s Julie Barber, transitioning from food merchandising to a top position in the company’s health and wellness merchandising business, was “a perfect next step.” In the earlier role, she explains, she was already focused on health, because what people eat is so central to their well-being. “We were really leaning in

Shoppers Drug Mart’s Leger is Retailer of the Year

Shoppers Drug Mart’s Leger is Retailer of the Year

TORONTO — Jeff Leger began his career as a pharmacist, and what he learned then very much informs what he does now as president of Shoppers Drug Mart (Shoppers). “Pharmacy, other than the technical component, is really about customer service,” he says. “It’s about connecting with people and not just with the prescriptions — it’s

Walgreens raises beauty to an even higher level

Walgreens raises beauty to an even higher level

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The elevation of beauty at Walgreens continues to take the category to new heights. The retailer has just completed the second phase of the Walgreens Beauty Differentiation concept rollout, diversifying its department mix with new brands and tonics. The new experience offers an updated and stress-free beauty shopping experience with testers and

Albertsons-Rite Aid merger deal seen as a ‘win-win’

Albertsons-Rite Aid merger deal seen as a ‘win-win’

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The merger of Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. will create a “truly differentiated” player in the food, health and wellness space, John Standley, chairman and chief executive officer of Rite Aid, said when the deal was announced late last month. The proposed merger will transform Rite Aid through the addition

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