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Up close with Total Store Expo attendees

Up close with Total Store Expo attendees

The 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston drew some 5,500 participants and 735 exhibitors, and the annual event “makes a real positive difference in terms of our businesses’ ability to serve our customers,” according to National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman Martin Otto. “What we are accomplishing together can ultimately make a tremendous

Scenes from the 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo

Scenes from the 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo

The spirit of collaboration was alive and well at the 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo. NACDS leaders applauded the level of participation among retailer and supplier members in this year’s show at the Boston Convention Center. The conference, in fact, got off to an extremely strong start, with more than 7,000 prescheduled meetings between retailers

Bartell Drugs bolsters store base

Bartell Drugs bolsters store base

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has remodeled a pair of stores and plans to open a new store next year. The Puget Sound-area drug chain has completed renovations of stores in West Seattle and Snohomish and announced a new outlet for Snoqualmie, east of Lake Washington. The West Seattle site now features Bartell’s 10th CareClinic walk-in

Community pharmacy in spotlight at ThoughtSpot 2016

Community pharmacy in spotlight at ThoughtSpot 2016

LAS VEGAS — Over the weekend AmerisourceBergen Corp. wrapped up its annual ThoughtSpot trade show, where it introduced new programs to help members of its Good Neighbor Pharmacy network drive their businesses. At ThoughtSpot 2016, AmerisourceBergen said it’s developing a specialty at retail program to help member pharmacies better serve patient needs and diversify revenue

Genoa finds niche with focus on behavioral health

Genoa finds niche with focus on behavioral health

TUKWILA, Wash. — John Figueroa knows a good health care model when he sees one. Having held leadership roles at McKesson Corp., Omnicare Inc., Coram and Apria Healthcare Group (where he remains chairman), Figueroa immediately recognized the potential in Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company. Genoa came to Figueroa’s attention in early 2014, when Nautic Partners,

Fruth Pharmacy does its part in W.Va. flood relief

Fruth Pharmacy does its part in W.Va. flood relief

Giving back to the community is nothing new for Fruth Pharmacy, which operates 29 pharmacy locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. But the regional drug chain took it up a notch to help area residents during the devastating flooding in West Virginia. In an interview with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Fruth

Skittles brand drives Wrigley factory expansion

Skittles brand drives Wrigley factory expansion

CHICAGO — To help fuel surging sales for its Skittles candy brand, Wrigley has opened a state-of-the-art expansion to its factory in Yorkville, Ill. Wrigley said Tuesday that the Yorkville addition adds 145,000 square feet, a new Skittles line and 75 new jobs, which represents a 25% increase in the facility’s workforce. The company said

Fred’s Pharmacy ramps up telehealth access

Fred’s Pharmacy ramps up telehealth access

CANTON, Miss.  ─ Fred’s Inc. is expanding access to telehealth services at its in-store pharmacies. Technology provider TelehealthONE said it will roll out its telehealth kiosks to more Fred’s Pharmacy locations. Plans call for the nine TelehealthONE stations to be deployed at Fred’s stores in Union, Pelahatchie, Carthage, Morton, Jackson, Pearl, Clinton, Lexington and Terry,

Grand opening: Rite Aid’s new DC in S.C.

Grand opening: Rite Aid’s new DC in S.C.

This week, Rite Aid marked the opening its first new distribution center in 16 years, located in Spartanburg, S.C. The 900,000-square-foot facility, located on a 97-acre site at 789 Flatwood Industrial Dr. in Spartanburg, near Interstate 85 between Highways 9 and 221, will support over 1,000 Rite Aid stores in the Southeast. Besides state-of-the-art warehouse

Gavel is passed at NACDS Annual Meeting

Gavel is passed at NACDS Annual Meeting

At the 2016 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores officially passed the chairman’s gavel to Martin Otto, chief merchant and chief financial officer for San Antonio-based H-E-B. Serving for the 2016-17 term, Martin takes over the NACDS chairman’s post from Randy Edeker, chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee. On

Execs honored with Retailer of the Year awards

Execs honored with Retailer of the Year awards

NEW YORK — Racher Press Inc., the publisher of Chain Drug Review and Mass Market Retailers, presented its 2015 Retailer of the Year awards last evening in New York City. The annual event drew retailer and supplier executives from across the food, drug and mass channel to a ballroom at the new headquarters of Time

Pharmacy delivers message at NACDS RxImpact Day

Pharmacy delivers message at NACDS RxImpact Day

WASHINGTON — Nearly 400 pharmacy advocates from 43 states converged on Capitol Hill for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ annual RxImpact Day grassroots lobbying drive. NACDS said the advocates — who include pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and others — will meet with about 85% of the U.S. Congress during the two-day event,