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Issue 03-16-2020

Chains do their part to ease coronavirus worries

Chains do their part to ease coronavirus worries

NEW YORK — National and regional pharmacy chains were doing what they could to ease the coronavirus fears of shoppers and employees as the contagion spread. Seattle-based Bartell Drugs shipped more over-the-counter products to stores early this month after experiencing high demand due to concerns related to COVID-19. Bartell’s has two stores in the suburb

Data agency: a missing link for consumer power

Data agency: a missing link for consumer power

Ironic as it seems, thanks to questions surrounding ownership and privacy, big data is, in some respects, proving to be the rising tide that sinks all boats. Every day consumers throw a collective potential fortune in personal data out the digital window. Even worse, retailers and consumer packaged goods companies, some of the largest beneficiaries

Virus straining retail supply chain

Virus straining retail supply chain

NEW YORK — With more than 90,000 people across the globe infected with coronavirus, including here in the U.S., public health officials are now operating in “uncharted territory,” says the head of the World Health Organization. The latest figures show that deaths from the virus have occurred outside of mainland China, where the virus originated,

No quick relief from reimbursement burden

No quick relief from reimbursement burden

A new report on the cost of dispensing prescription medications brings into sharp focus the difficult economic challenges faced by retail pharmacy operators. It should come as no surprise that the study — conducted by Abt Associates and the MPI Group for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and