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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

What the budget deal means for health care

What the budget deal means for health care

WASHINGTON — Health care spending has been beefed up in some areas and reduced in others as a result of the federal budget legislation passed by Congress earlier this month. Chronic care funding was bolstered by the two-year spending plan, which was signed into law by President Trump, while some Affordable Care Act appropriations were

Albertsons-Rite Aid to create wellness powerhouse

Albertsons-Rite Aid to create wellness powerhouse

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Albertsons Cos. merger with 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 in an interview with Chain Drug Review. The Albertsons-Rite Aid merger deal, announced Tuesday, will transform Rite Aid through

Canadian drug chains to take hit from generic price cuts

Canadian drug chains to take hit from generic price cuts

TORONTO — Pharmacy operators across Canada will be hit hard by lower generic drug prices set to take effect this spring, said Metro Inc. chief executive officer Eric La Fleche. The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance — which represents the provincial, territorial and federal governments — and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced late last month that

NACDS weighs in on burdens associated with DIR fees

ARLINGTON, Va. — The “untenable” procedures around direct and indirect remuneration fees (DIR fees) can be righted with measures reducing costs for beneficiaries and the government, while promoting a more quality-driven health care system, says the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS expressed that message in comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Kevin Hourican named interim head of CVS Pharmacy

Kevin Hourican named interim head of CVS Pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Kevin Hourican, executive vice president of retail pharmacy and supply chain at CVS Health, will run the company’s retail division on an interim basis following the departure of Helena Foulkes. As the interim head of CVS Pharmacy, Hourican will report to CVS Health chief operating officer Jon Roberts, the company said Thursday.

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Walgreens is halfway through a transformation that includes a rethinking of its supply chain and services, Walgreens Boots Alliance executive vice chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Walgreens is also recasting its approach to interacting with customers and patients, Pessina added, noting that 2018 will see

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s backing, combined with the entrepreneurship of independent pharmacies, has made the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network an exemplar of high-touch service, says senior vice president of community and specialty pharmacy and Good Neighbor Pharmacy president Brian Nightengale. AmerisourceBergen’s support tools and personnel enhance the inherent ability of independents to

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