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Issue 09-14-2015

Total Store Expo helps retailers, suppliers make connections

Total Store Expo helps retailers, suppliers make connections

DENVER — The health and wellness landscape is changing, and retailers able to navigate it will be better positioned for success. That ability and the capacity to build networks were key points made at the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo in Denver by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ top two leaders. “You think

Walgreens taps Boots exec for beauty, personal care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Lauren Brindley has joined Walgreens as group vice president and general merchandise manager for beauty and personal care. She succeeded Shannon Curtin, who left to pursue other ­opportunities. Brindley has served in commercial roles in Boots — mainly in beauty and personal care — for the last 10 years. She started her

Research shows impact of CVS’ decision to exit tobacco

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Cigarette purchases across the retail spectrum have declined measurably in the year since CVS/pharmacy banned tobacco sales, CVS Health reported this month. “One year ago, we stopped selling tobacco products because it conflicted with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health,” said CVS Health chief medical officer Dr.

Satisfaction with pharmacy remains high

Satisfaction with pharmacy remains high

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Despite the numerous changes occurring in the health care industry, customer satisfaction with pharmacies remains relatively stable, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy Study. The study, in its ninth year, measures customer satisfaction with brick-and-mortar — which includes chain drug stores, discounters and supermarkets — and mail-order pharmacies. Satisfaction

Wysong sees Care Pharmacies extend his contract

LINTHICUM, Md. — Care Pharmacies has extended chief executive officer Michael Wysong’s employment contract for an undisclosed period. During Wysong’s tenure, Care Pharmacies’ sales have increased by more than 300%, and the company has gained recognition by the National Retail Federation. “Care Pharmacies is delighted to have Wysong continue in his current leadership role,” Care

Telehealth push is initiated at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is working with telehealth companies American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc to explore how direct-to-consumer telehealth, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers can improve patient care. The telehealth firms will begin receiving referred CVS customers as well as referring their own customers to 150 retail clinics in six states

Rite Aid acquires Rx files from 12 A&P stores

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has purchased pharmacy files from 12 A&P supermarkets for about $8.1 million. The deal was approved late last month in bankruptcy court. The files are from pharmacies in stores — including seven in New Jersey — that A&P earmarked for immediate closing when it filed for bankruptcy in

Bartell adds Segrave to its board

SEATTLE — Former Walmart vice president of pharmacy Frank Segrave has joined the board of directors at Bartell Drugs. On the drug chain’s board, Segrave replaces Brian Unmacht, who was appointed as president and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs in April. Unmacht joined Bartell’s management as president in January and has served on the

SDM boosts support for women’s health

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) has unveiled a three-year, $1 million partnership with Osteoporosis Canada as part of the retailer’s new Shoppers LOVE YOU program. SDM said the alliance aims to build awareness about how to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the broken bones that it can cause. New educational resources are due

Mulligan becomes chief operating officer at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has promoted John Mulligan, the company’s chief financial officer, to the newly created role of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Succeeding Mulligan as executive vice president and CFO is Cathy Smith, who previously worked as executive vice president and CFO at Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager.

Rite Aid’s Thompson honored at Total Store Expo

DENVER — Pharmacy veteran Robert Thompson received the Harold W. Pratt Award, considered pharmacy’s highest honor, from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores during a business program at the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo. Thompson’s pharmacy career spans nearly four decades. Joining Rite Aid Corp. in 2004, he served in a variety of management

Price Chopper buys Fairway Pharmacy

MONTROSE, Pa. — Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper Supermarkets has acquired Fairway Pharmacy here. Jerry Prusack, owner of Fairway Pharmacy, has joined the Price Chopper team as a pharmacist at the newly acquired location, which will continue to operate until the planned construction of a new pharmacy inside the Montrose Price Chopper is completed. The rest

Future belongs to tech-savvy retailers

Future belongs to tech-savvy retailers

The power of digital technology to shake up existing business models in health care and mass market retailing was a focal point for many of the executives in attendance at last month’s NACDS Total Store Expo in Denver. The changes that have occurred during the first few decades of the information age have been, in

The question for everyone is: What’s next?

The question for everyone is: What’s next?

Summer’s nearly over. The holiday selling season is a few small steps away. The back-to-school selling season is over. Halloween is here. Thanksgiving is a moment away. What happened? Where has 2015 gone? What has it meant for mass retailing? More urgently, Total Store Expo, the mammoth merchandising exhibition assembled by the National Association of