Twenty years ago this month, I put on what was then my “lucky” tie, this horrible, neon yellow number from Banana Republic — it wore more like a bad Hawaiian shirt than a tie — and I started a new job as senior editor for OTCs and natural health at Drug Store News. Sure, I have a lot less hair today than I did then, but I also have much better taste in ties.
In April, Drug Store News and Mack Elevation will host the third annual New General Market Forum in Minneapolis. The exclusive thought-leadership platform brings together leading CPG companies that share a common purpose — to connect on an emotional level, building community and advocacy with an ever-more diverse consumer.
The bar has been raised. Hyper-competition, elevated in-store experience requirements and new value competitors — including higher quality private brands — are just some of the pressure points confronting today’s most successful brands, writes Dan Mack.
Germany is the largest and one of the most challenging OTC markets in Europe, writes Ed Rowland. Any market where one of the leading chains, dm, actually marks on shelf, “price not changed since (year)” is seriously tough. The German trade can be tougher than the German National Soccer team. You can score an OTC goal but it’s not easy.
For supermarkets, children’s health is the focus of their most prized customer base: millennial parents, who are deluged with media stories about childhood obesity. Yet finding solutions that interest kids while meeting the health expectations of parents is no easy task, writes David Orgel.
Drug Store News last week wrapped its 18th Industry Issues Summit. What began almost two decades ago as a closed-door discussion between a handful of retail merchandising executives and a few vendors in a small hotel meeting room has since evolved to become one of the signature thought leadership and networking events on the industry calendar.
The future of sales is both on us today and will continue to evolve at warp speed, writes Dan Mack in his new column. Hyper-competition is squeezing flexibility and demanding a new sales approach. And tomorrow’s sales leaders must possess the holistic business skills of a general manager.
President Donald Trump — nobody saw that coming. Except maybe one man Drug Store News interviewed for our January 2011 cover story: Stewart “Stewie Rah-Rah” Rahr, the freewheeling billionaire-philanthropist and former owner/founder of Kinray,