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2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

Execs connect at NACDS Annual Meeting

Execs connect at NACDS Annual Meeting

The 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., gathered industry leaders for four days of interaction. Retailers and suppliers addressed issues affecting chain pharmacy in various settings — business programs, Meet the Retailer sessions and one-on-one meetings — and connected at a host of social events. “The theme for today, and moving forward, is the

Customer is focal point at NACDS meeting

Customer is focal point at NACDS meeting

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Responding to consumers’ rapidly changing needs is a top priority for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. co-chief executive officer Alex Gourlay said in his inaugural remarks as the organization’s new chairman. “The theme for today, and moving forward, is the customer — understanding the customer’s needs

For Gourlay, it’s all about the customer

For Gourlay, it’s all about the customer

Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was named chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month, succeeding Martin Otto, who is H-E-B’s chief financial officer and chief merchant, in that post. In his initial remarks as NACDS chairman, Gourlay emphasized

Meet the Retailers at 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

Meet the Retailers at 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

One of the most popular elements of the NACDS Annual Meeting is Meet the Retailer. The brief sessions provide an opportunity for suppliers to meet with executives from drug, mass and other retailers. The retailer presentations typically include an overview of company, how they use Annual Meeting to conduct business, topics to discuss with suppliers

NACDS Foundation awards $230,000 in scholarships

NACDS Foundation awards $230,000 in scholarships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has awarded $230,000 in scholarships and grants through its 2017 NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program. Announced during the NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week, six grants of $20,000 each were award to applicants for innovative education programs, including two in the name of industry

It’s a wrap: NACDS Annual Meeting final day recap

It’s a wrap: NACDS Annual Meeting final day recap

A new NACDS chairman was inaugurated on the final day of the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting. Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, took the gavel from outgoing chairman Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer at H-E-B, at the conference’s Tuesday morning Business Program. “I think my role, really, is to

NACDS PAC Breakfast: Annual Meeting day three

NACDS PAC Breakfast: Annual Meeting day three

Monday at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting brought the NACDS Chain Members & PAC Breakfast with keynote speaker Karl Rove, the D.C. political analyst and strategist. “We need to move from a centralized, ‘Washington decides everything’ health care system to one in which we empower consumers, patients, their physicians and their health care providers to

NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay sees pro-customer role

NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay sees pro-customer role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A customer-centric focus will continue to define the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, said today in his inaugural remarks as NACDS chairman. “The theme for today, and moving forward is the customer — understanding the customer’s needs and meeting them,” Gourlay said. “The whole association

NACDS elects new officers, board members

NACDS elects new officers, board members

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced new officers, a new executive committee member and two new board members for the 2017-18 term. NACDS said Monday that Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was elected chairman of the NACDS board of directors at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

NACDS unveils Future Value Targeting initiative

NACDS unveils Future Value Targeting initiative

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As part of its “constant reinvention,” the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced its “Future Value Targeting” initiative at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting. During Sunday’s Business Program at the conference, the association’s leadership described the NACDS Future Value Targeting effort as a linchpin of new strategies to drive collaboration that

2017 NACDS Annual Meeting gets under way

2017 NACDS Annual Meeting gets under way

The 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting got going on Saturday at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz. Headlining the day’s events were Meet the Retailer sessions with CVS Health, Walgreens, Fred’s Pharmacy, Sam’s Club, Cardinal Health and The Vitamin Shoppe. NACDS also held its board of directors meeting. “We’re very customer-first; we’re creating the very best customer

Drug chains respond to assault on model

Drug chains respond to assault on model

New formats are popping up throughout the chain drug industry, as retailers seek to overcome the sales malaise that has ensnared the industry this year. To recapture lost momentum, chain drug retailers are testing new store sizes, new merchandise assortments, new product locations within stores and new store concepts, sometimes all at once. It’s far

NACDS Annual Meeting business program speakers named

NACDS Annual Meeting business program speakers named

ARLINGTON, Va. — Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen and former Dallas Federal Reserve chief Richard Fisher are slated as speakers at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting later this month. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Friday that Allen, who served in key leadership roles related to the Middle East and Asia, will