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David Pinto

Pharmacists the backbone of drug chains

Pharmacists the backbone of drug chains

No discipline in chain drug retailing has changed as suddenly and dramatically in recent years as has the role of the pharmacist. Yet ironically, as retail pharmacists have become more critical to the chain drug store, the role of the pharmacy counter they once ruled has diminished. Once upon a time, the primary — indeed,

Walmart shows where work really gets done

Walmart shows where work really gets done

Walmart’s Bentonville headquarters office is once again open for business, and the retailer’s home office associates are returning to the desks, cubicles and spaces they had diligently occupied before the now-legendary pandemic disrupted their routines, schedules and lives so many months ago. The significance of this event far outweighs the renewed shuttling of bodies and

Awards night salutes adventure of retailing

Awards night salutes adventure of retailing

Among the assignments the editorial staff at Racher Press, publisher of MMR and Chain Drug Review, carries out with alacrity and a degree of professionalism is that of bringing buyers and sellers together, of greasing the table where buyers and sellers can meet and move their businesses forward. So it was on a chilly Tuesday

Walmart Health earns accolade as Store of the Year

Walmart Health earns accolade as Store of the Year

DALLAS, Ga. — About a 40-minute drive from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, in a community that bears little resemblance to the Texas city that shares the same name, a new health care facility has risen, almost overnight, that seeks, with considerable success, to address the problems many Americans face in gaining access to affordable

Women executives excel as well as succeed

Women executives excel as well as succeed

A recent event affirmed a retailing revolution. Representatives from some of America’s leading mass market retailers gathered in New York City to accept awards for the contributions they have made to their companies and the retailing community. What was remarkable — or perhaps not so — was that these award winners were all women. They

NACDS Annual Meeting was, as expected, unmissable

NACDS Annual Meeting was, as expected, unmissable

In an ever-changing retail universe, a world where today’s bright hope is tomorrow’s used-to-be, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Annual Meeting, held each spring, remains the standard by which retail meetings are, or should be, judged. To borrow a well-known phrase, to those who regularly attend the NACDS Annual Meeting, no explanation is

Chain drug’s outlook for future remains murky

Chain drug’s outlook for future remains murky

The current year is two-thirds finished, and the good news is most notable by its absence. Sales are soft, earnings elusive. Hot new items are few and far between. Growth is nowhere to be seen. Meaningful executive job shifts have been all but absent. Mergers and acquisitions have failed to materialize — and even those

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