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Issue 07-07-2014

New Rite Aid store a showcase for innovative concepts

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Rite Aid Corp. unveiled the latest incarnation of its wellness format in a grand reopening ceremony at its store in the tony Los Angeles neighborhood of Beverly Hills. On hand at the event late last month were Rite Aid’s Ken Martindale, president and chief operating officer; Robert Thompson, executive vice president

Heritage teams up with the Rite Aid Health Alliance

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Rite Aid Corp. has added a major new partner to its Rite Aid Health Alliance collaborative care program. Rite Aid president Ken Martindale announces the partnership with Heritage Provider Network at the drug chain’s store in Woodland Hills, Calif. In an event late last month at its store here, the drug

Walmart reenergizes health care

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Showing renewed vigor under new president Labeed Diab, Walmart’s health and wellness business has appointed a merchandising executive and initiated a pilot program for company-owned in-store health clinics. Mark Phillips was named vice president of pharmaceutical merchandising for Walmart U.S. He most recently served as senior director of merchandising for small formats

Mahlman will build on London Drugs’ strengths

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — In a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid North America for BCBusiness magazine, British Columbia residents voted London Drugs the clear winner in a poll conducted early this year to find the province’s most loved brand. British Columbia is the province where London Drugs was founded and where it has its highest

Champagne to become president of McKesson Canada

ST. LAURENT, Quebec — Alain Champagne will become president of McKesson Canada effective July 16. Champagne, whose promotion was announced last month, was previously senior vice president, pharmaceutical distribution and operations since joining the company in 2010. In this capacity he was responsible for all sales and marketing activities of distribution solutions and services. “Alain

ACOs asked to rethink role of Rx

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In an article published in a Health Affairs blog, CVS Caremark Corp. chief medical and scientific officers and others commented on a missing piece in the current approach to accountable health care models. They maintain that although reforms to the health care payment system are transforming incentives for health care providers, the

Walgreens is teaming up with physicians group

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners are collaborating with Arizona Priority Care (AzPC) physicians in a model aimed at improving patient care and quality outcomes. The agreement will provide coordinated, expanded services for AzPC Medicare Advantage and ACO members through select Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics. AzPC describes itself as

Vision 2025 will bring new dimension to TSE

BOSTON — Vision 2025 is the latest addition to the “intellectual capital” provided by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo. The look into the industry’s possible future will join Meet the Retailer, Meet the Market and insight sessions in provoking thought at the NACDS event next month at the Boston Convention

Merchandising team bolstered at Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has made several management changes in its merchandising division, including the promotion of Scott Huff to executive vice president overseeing U.S. merchandising operations. The changes were announced in a company memo sent by chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton. Huff, who most recently oversaw consumables for Walmart U.S, joined the retailer

Dollar General’s Dreiling to retire

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Rick Dreiling will retire as chief executive officer of Dollar General Corp. next spring or upon the appointment of a successor. He will remain chairman during a transition period following the appointment of a new CEO. Dreiling, former CEO of Duane Reade, was named to head the dollar store chain in January

Who are tomorrow’s retail leaders?

In the midst of the summer season, several of the nation’s largest mass retailers apparently remain confused, not over which direction to take going forward, but exactly who will be called on to get them there. The first to come to mind is Target, the nation’s No. 2 discount retailer. Target convened its annual shareholders

Walmart in pursuit of disruptive innovation

Walmart is in the early stages of a test involving its first company-owned in-store health clinics. If the project succeeds in its objectives and proves scalable, it could represent what Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen calls disruptive innovation, or if one prefers the earlier and more dramatic formulation of Austrian-born economist Joseph Schumpeter, creative

How shelf placement impacts retail buyers, shoppers

In a multipart series during the balance of the year, our team will examine key product attributes and marketing tactics from two different perspectives: the retail buyer and the consumer/shopper. We believe readers will benefit from an objective picture of the viewpoints that contribute to a product’s success at retail. This column explores the ways