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Loblaw decides to rejoin Canadian association

TORONTO — Loblaw Cos./Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), Canada’s largest food and drug retailer, has rejoined the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. The company’s return “is an important recognition of the benefits of association membership, our strategic plan and the work under way to innovate the pharmacy reimbursement model with emphasis on patient health outcomes,” stated

Loblaw, SDM rejoin Neighbourhood Pharmacies

Loblaw, SDM rejoin Neighbourhood Pharmacies

TORONTO — Loblaw Cos., which as Canada’s largest food and drug retailer operates the Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw chains, is rejoining the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, the nation’s retail pharmacy trade group. Neighbourhood Pharmacies said Friday that Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart is returning to the association’s membership in time for one of the group’s

SDM to add EMR technology provider

SDM to add EMR technology provider

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. plans to buy health care technology company QHR, the provider of Canada’s leading electronic medical records (EMR) platform, in a $170 million deal. Loblaw said Monday that QHR is slated to operate as business within the Shoppers Drug Mart division. Plans call for QHR to retain its current management team,

McKesson Canada contributes to Alberta wildfire relief

McKesson Canada contributes to Alberta wildfire relief

MONTREAL — McKesson Canada is making a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross through the McKesson Foundation to aid victims of the wildfires in northern Alberta. The pharmacy retailer and distributor said this week that the McKesson Foundation also will match employee donations to wildfire relief efforts, up to a maximum of $2,500 per

Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart aid wildfire relief efforts

Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart aid wildfire relief efforts

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. has committed $300,000 to help support relief efforts for the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The Canadian food and drug retailer said late Thursday that it’s providing cash donations and provisions of essential food and health supplies. In addition, in less than 24 hours, customers in stores across the

Ahold USA appoints Iacobucci chief merchant

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has hired Andrew Iacobucci as executive vice president of merchandising. With the appointment, Iacobucci will lead a team supporting the food and drug retailer’s four retail divisions — Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle, which collectively operate 790 supermarkets in

Loblaw unveils retail capital spending plan

Loblaw unveils retail capital spending plan

BRAMPTON, Ontario — This year, Loblaw Cos. plans to invest about $1 billion into its Canadian retail business. Loblaw said Tuesday that it aims to open 50 new stores and complete 150 store remodels. The capital budget also includes e-commerce expansion plus IT infrastructure and supply chain projects. Plans also call for the company’s Choice

SDM, Loblaw mark record drug take-back campaign

SDM, Loblaw mark record drug take-back campaign

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart and parent Loblaw Cos. gathered 620 tons of expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine in their third National Medicine Take-Back Campaign. The Canadian food and drug chains said Thursday that the 2015 campaign, which ran from July to December and was done in tandem with the Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada,

Battle to build scale is now a global contest

Battle to build scale is now a global contest

  McKesson Corp.’s agreement to acquire Rexall Health from Katz Group is notable in several respects. The transaction alters the balance of power in the Canadian pharmacy market. In addition, it offers confirmation, if any were needed, of the relentless drive among major players in the sector to increase their scale and, in the process,

Shoppers Drug Mart has strong finish to 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart has strong finish to 2015

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Shoppers Drug Mart saw revenue and comparable-store sales climb for the 2015 fourth quarter and fiscal year. Parent Loblaw Cos. said Thursday that for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 2, 2016, sales at Shoppers Drug Mart rose 4.8% to $2.975 billion (Canadian) from $2.839 billion a year earlier, excluding the 13th week

Leger tabbed to head pharmacy at SDM, Loblaw

Leger tabbed to head pharmacy at SDM, Loblaw

TORONTO — Jeff Leger has been named executive vice president of pharmacy and health care for both Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart stores. He had been senior vice president of Loblaw pharmacy and pharmaceutical partnerships. Leger took the new role following the departure of Dr. Dorian Lo, who was executive vice president of pharmacy and

Joe Fresh Beauty line added to mix at SDM

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) has expanded its beauty offering with the introduction of the Joe Fresh Beauty collection. The launch brings a comprehensive new lineup of seasonally relevant colors and innovative products for face, cheeks, eyes and lips, with new items to be added on a regular basis, including core and seasonal cosmetics.

Shoppers Drug Mart brings Joe Fresh Beauty to stores

Shoppers Drug Mart brings Joe Fresh Beauty to stores

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is building on an already strong beauty care offering with the addition of the Joe Fresh Beauty collection. Canada’s largest drug chain said Thursday that more than 150 Joe Fresh Beauty cosmetics products are now on shelves at 850 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix nationwide. With prices ranging from $8 to