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Issue 04-27-2015

Sam’s Club augments prescription savings program

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club has expanded its prescription drug savings program. As part of the initiative, five medications at specific quantities are available for free at all Sam’s Clubs with pharmacies in 35 states. The savings are part of Sam’s Club’s Extra Value Drug List (EVDL), which allows Plus and Business Plus members to

WBA management team knows what’s what

WBA management team knows what’s what

Walgreens Boots Alliance experienced a rite of passage earlier this month when for the first time it reported quarterly earnings. The financial performance of the self-described international pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise, formed last December by the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots, was noteworthy, with adjusted earnings far exceeding the projections of Wall Street

Below the surface, much has happened

The NACDS Annual Meeting, unfolding at the moment in Palm Beach, Fla., unofficially marks the end of the first third of the mass retailing year. Perhaps coincidently, the NACDS Total Store Expo event, scheduled for August 22 to August 25 in Denver, unofficially signals the end of the second third of this mass retailing year.

Framework for thinking about international retail

One of the most dramatic changes in global business over the past few decades is the growth of organized retail in developing markets and the expansion of global retailers in general. Since Walmart opened its first store outside the United States in 1991, retailers in many sectors have discovered new markets around the world, and

Power of scale can help unlock value

A lot of uncertainty surrounds the future of health exchanges, but one thing is clear: Customers will have more information about and more transparency into what their health dollars buy — and thus more power to choose. As providers compete on this somewhat leveled playing field, they will be pressured to find new ways to

As online threats proliferate, brands must protect themselves

In 2014 there were an estimated 3 billion Internet users worldwide, up from 2.8 billion by the end of 2013. The Indexed Web contained at least 4.59 billion pages as of this writing (March 16, 2015). The Worldwide Web is here to stay, and it is clearly not shrinking anytime soon. Traditional methods of online

At front end and online, gift cards can enhance the mix

In the last five years or so, chain drug stores have made huge progress ramping up their front-of-store offerings. Whether it’s fresh food, sophisticated cosmetics counters or “convenience store on steroids” types of offerings, leading chain drugstores have given shoppers many more reasons to walk in, beyond filling a prescription or picking up an over-the-counter

In skin care, facial masks emerge as the next big thing

Many beauty mavens have fond memories of some of their first product experiments. When we were eager tweens or teens, lip balm, nail polish and fragranced body splashes and sprays were some of the first products most of our mothers let us try. The next step was experimenting with facial masks at sleepovers or slumber

Anderson has NACDS moving in right direction

Anderson has NACDS moving in right direction

ARLINGTON, Va. — An apt symbol for what Steve Anderson’s leadership has meant to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is certainly RxImpact Day. The annual event brings together pharmacy advocates in the nation’s capitol to meet with members of Congress and officials in the executive branch to help them better understand the essential