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Issue 05-18-2015

Walgreens executes on single customer strategy

Walgreens executes on single customer strategy

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Richard Ashworth has an unprecedented role at Walgreens. In his job as president of pharmacy and retail operations, he brings together operational responsibility for the pharmacy and the front end, giving substance to the idea that a better customer experience will result by uniting the two parts of the drug store. Efforts are well under way

NACDS offers look at what lies ahead for the industry

NACDS offers look at what lies ahead for the industry

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The evolution of health care is here, new National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman Randy Edeker said at the 2015 NACDS Annual Meeting here last month. “The new health care definition includes environmental factors, nutrition, the social environment, emotional and spiritual factors,” said Edeker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of

Drug chains regroup following Baltimore riots

NEW YORK — CVS Health and Rite Aid Corp. plan to rebuild stores that sustained heavy damage during the late April riots in Baltimore. CVS Health said it will rebuild two Baltimore stores that were destroyed. Three other Baltimore stores were shut temporarily. “As we watched the events unfold in Baltimore,” said president and chief executive officer

Rite Aid ups ante with loyalty plan

Rite Aid ups ante with loyalty plan

NEW YORK — Rite Aid Corp. expects the enhanced version of its wellness+ loyalty program, called wellness+ with Plenti, to bring new customers into its stores. “What Plenti does is give us the ability to really drive new customer acquisition,” Rite Aid senior vice president of marketing John Learish said earlier this month. Learish and vice

Unmacht named CEO at Bartell

Unmacht named CEO at Bartell

SEATTLE — Brian Unmacht has been named chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, becoming the first person from outside the Bartell family to hold that title. George D. Bartell, who had been the 62-store, Seattle-area chain’s CEO for 25 years, will continue to serve as chairman. His sister, Jean Bartell Barber, is vice chairman and treasurer. Unmacht,

Walmart U.S. shifts store executives

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has made changes in its U.S. stores division’s management team that the company says are designed to streamline the leadership structure of the business. Mike Moore, who has been serving as executive vice president of Neighborhood Markets at Walmart U.S., will assume responsibility for Walmart’s more than 3,400 domestic Supercenters as

NACDS point-of-care testing certificate program debuts

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores community pharmacy-based point-of-care testing certificate program kicked off last month at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in Omaha. The multi-city tour will continue at colleges and schools of pharmacy during 2015. In March, NACDS announced the acquisition and expansion of a

Rempel named CIO, senior VP at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has hired information technology veteran Steve Rempel as senior vice president and chief information officer. Rempel will oversee the company’s IT systems, including network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security. He will have responsibility for development and execution of Rite Aid’s IT strategy. Rempel began his career at Safeway

Three ‘industry icons’ honored by NACDS

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores bestowed the chain drug industry’s highest honors on three “industry icons” at its annual meeting here last month. Greg Wasson, former president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co., received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award. Two industry veterans received the Robert B.

Annual Meeting always gets people talking

Annual Meeting always gets people talking

When members of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores gathered at The Breakers in Palm Beach for the 2015 NACDS Annual Meeting last month, they brought with them a renewed sense of purpose and confidence in the meaningful contributions that community pharmacy is making to improve the U.S. health care system and meet many

NACDS again shows it is without peer

NACDS again shows it is without peer

Less than a month has passed since the National Association of Chain Drug Stores hosted its 2015 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. By all accounts, the event was hugely productive, as retailer and supplier attendees from around the country and throughout the industry journeyed to South Florida in the most optimistic mood the chain drug