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Issue 08-24-2015

AmerisourceBergen hones resources for pharmacies

LAS VEGAS — At ThoughtSpot 2015, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual trade show and conference, AmerisourceBergen announced a new set of innovations it said will strengthen its Pharmacy Services Administration Organization and help independent pharmacies endure the industry’s most pressing challenges. “AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy are committed to providing community pharmacists with the resources they

Thorpe rejoins Dollar General as top merchant

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. announced that James Thorpe has rejoined the company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Thorpe had retired from the company in 2012 after serving for six years as senior vice president and general merchandising manager. “Jim is an accomplished merchant who has a strong understanding of our

Signs of change appear in grocery sector

Signs of change appear in grocery sector

Chain Drug Review’s sister publication, MMR, annually publishes a study of the 100 largest grocery, drug and discount store markets, ranking the markets in descending order by the market share of the leading retailers. This year’s study is included in MMR’s latest issue, dated August 17. Two of the categories, drug stores and discount stores,

Brick-and-mortar retailers can counter Amazon

Brick-and-mortar retailers can counter Amazon

Results from Amazon’s Prime Day promotion last month raise some interesting questions for all retailers that compete with the e-commerce giant, a group that has come to include chain drug stores, other mass marketers and practically any seller of consumer goods. Held in conjunction with Ama­zon’s 20th anniversary, the event was designed to reward shoppers

It’s time to apply analytics to category management

It’s time to apply analytics to category management

Despite all of the talk of big data and predictive analytics, and the maturity of customer loyalty programs, many food, drug and mass retailers continue to rely primarily on category managers to make critical merchandising decisions. Part of the difficulty may be the age-old challenge of an abundance of data but a dearth of insight.

Taxonomy: Streamlining the online ­experience

Taxonomy: Streamlining the online ­experience

Taxonomy is a behind-the-scenes organization system that is designed to get your customers from point A to point B on your website with as few impediments as possible. It’s the road that leads your customers to their final destination and, in the best-case scenario, a purchase. So the question that you need to ask yourself

Smart mobile ad campaigns can deliver big return

Smart mobile ad campaigns can deliver big return

In our increasingly mobile world, the changes in consumer behavior include shifts in their shopping habits, from how people first learn about consumer packaged goods to how they follow the path to purchase. Mobile advertising can be a powerful tool at every step. Retailers face new opportunities to connect with their customers and prospects before,

Total Store Expo built to reflect retail innovation

Total Store Expo built to reflect retail innovation

A successful trade association reflects the membership. That is certainly the case with National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ programming related to innovation and technology utilization at retail. The NACDS Total Store Expo highlights the state of the industry as well as the direction of the industry — because the industry itself is NACDS’ guide.