Lupin 2023

Issue 09-09-2013

Gourlay will lead Walgreens’ Daily Living business

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has brought in new leadership and made several executive promotions within its Daily Living business. The moves came less than two months after president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson assured Wall Street that improving the chain’s front-end performance was a high ­priority. The appointment of Alex Gourlay to the

Accelerating front-end strategy is Gourlay’s goal

LONDON — From one perspective, Alex Gourlay’s imminent move from Alliance Boots to Walgreen Co. will represent a sea change for someone who has spent 37 years working for the United Kingdom’s top drug chain. Despite their shared history and common language, Britain and the United States have very different retail markets, a fact that

Total Store Expo signals new era

LAS VEGAS — More than 5,700 retailers and suppliers descended on the Sands Expo and Convention Center here last month for the first National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo. Executives said the inaugural edition of the industry’s biggest trade show — a combination of three former NACDS events — came during the

Spencer named Kinney Drugs president

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Kinney Drugs Inc. has elevated chief operating officer Jim Spencer to president. Executives say Spencer’s new role gives him more responsibility for the total customer experience and strategic growth of Kinney’s 98 drug stores in central and northern New York and Vermont. As president, he is overseeing the company’s pharmacy and retail

Calls arise to defund health law

WASHINGTON — Congressional legislators challenging the White House budget are making the health care law a major point of contention. Some Republicans have vowed to force a government shutdown unless funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is stripped from the spending plan. “It isn’t working,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said of the law. “It’s

SDM updates beauty boutique

TORONTO — Continuing to enhance its upscale beauty care offering, Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) has unveiled its beauty­BOUTIQUE at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The second of its kind at SDM, the 4,000-square-foot department features 21 prestige brands, new fixtures, digital signage, enhanced fragrance and derm areas, and a luxurious retail environment. “Our goal was to

Rexall, London Drugs build up Web presence

TORONTO — Rexall Pharma Plus and London Drugs have bolstered their online offerings with, respectively, a medical record site and two e-commerce fulfillment centers. Rexall’s newly launched MyRexall lets customers view and print their personal medication records at “MyRexall reinforces our commitment to making it easy for Canadians to feel good about their health,”

Pharmacy retailers launch annual flu shot campaigns

NEW YORK — Retail pharmacies across the country are taking steps to help customers stave off illnesses in the 2013-2014 flu season. For example, flu shots are now available at all Walgreen Co. pharmacies and at Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens and at Duane Reade pharmacies. Flu shots are available daily during all pharmacy and

CVS Caremark opens high-tech mail order facility

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — CVS Caremark Corp. has opened a state-of-the-art mail service pharmacy and customer center in this Illinois ­community. The 150,000-square-foot facility, representing an investment of about $67 million, supports pharmacy inventory and fulfillment needs across the CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management business, which serves about 60 million members throughout the United States.

Petraeus to speak at NACDS Foundation dinner

NEW YORK — Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 NACDS Foundation Dinner to be held here on December 3. Marking its 15th anniversary this year, the dinner and contributions from the foundation’s benefactors

Pratt Award goes to H-E-B’s Wiesner

LAS VEGAS — H-E-B senior director of privacy, pharmacy and governmental affairs Dennis Wiesner was given the Harold W. Pratt Award at this year’s Total Store Expo. Viewed as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ highest honor, the Pratt Award has been given out every year since 1985 to an industry veteran whose activities

Products star in the TSE Showcase

LAS VEGAS — Eleven products were chosen as the top new items at this year’s NACDS Total Store Expo. With 160 different products featured in the TSE Product Showcase, retailers were able to see all of the newest items in one place. After reviewing these products, the retailers chose such items as Pet Head Inc.’s

Walmart puts focus on American products

Last month Walmart organized a “summit” conference in Orlando, Fla., to explore the opportunities in bringing more consumer-goods manufacturing back to the United States. The carrot was, of course, Walmart’s commitment to buy — and sell — more goods made in America, at the expense of foreign-produced products. Some 1,500 people attended the two-day summit.

Rx steps up as health care paradigm evolves

The drive toward coordinated health care is redefining the relationships between providers and creating opportunities for drug chains and other community pharmacy operators to become more tightly woven into the continuum of care. The momentum behind the transition continues to build, with two programs unveiled in recent weeks illustrating the trend. Aetna, one of the