March 6, 2017

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.

February 2, 2017

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.

January 4, 2017

Pokémon Go offers some fresh ideas on how to drive consumers to their stores and to their brands.

December 6, 2016

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.

November 16, 2016

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,

November 11, 2016

DSN Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher Rob Eder notes that at least one man saw President Donald Trump coming. DSN interviewed him for a January 2011 cover story: Stewart “Stewie Rah-Rah” Rahr, the free-wheeling billionaire-philanthropist and former owner/founder of Kinray, the largest privately held drug distribution company at the time he sold it to Cardinal Health for some $1.3 billion.

October 17, 2016

About 20 years ago, I took a job as senior editor for Drug Store News. My first beat assignment was the OTC business and about a dozen retail companies, including CVS Pharmacy. Back then, CVS had just won the right to buy Revco, and it was making regular headlines as it completed the biggest integration of stores and systems in the history of the retail pharmacy business. You could say I’ve seen a lot of change in that time.

September 7, 2016

In June, Drug Store News and Mack Elevation Forum co-hosted an exclusive one-day Retail Health Summit in Bentonville, Ark. Here are my seven takeaways.

August 2, 2016

Cardinal Health RBC 2016 had been a terrific show, but if we’re being completely honest here, the keynote speaker for the closing business session had me scratching my head a little. Did I really need to see that? It turns out, I really did.

June 1, 2016

For retailers and CPG companies, there is an inherent danger into lumping people together in neat little buckets — which might explain why “personalization” is such a big buzzword in the industry these days. With millennials, it is like playing Russian roulette with your marketing dollars.

March 8, 2016

This month, DSN published the fifth edition of RxImpact, a special stand-alone report that we produce to help educate lawmakers about the ever-expanding role community pharmacy plays in our nation’s healthcare system. DSN ensures that every member of the Senate and the House of Representatives — and key House staffers — is hand-delivered a copy of RxImpact. Why? We want them to understand your story.

January 8, 2016

Drug Store News editor-in-chief Rob Eder outlines his predictions about what 2016 will hold for community pharmacy and the healthcare landscape as the consumer’s role in it changes. 

November 11, 2015

A lot was happening in the world of community pharmacy, as we raced to close this issue of Drug Store News — no news bigger than the late October bombshell that Walgreens Boots Alliance would swallow up Rite Aid, in a deal valued at more than $17 billion all in.

August 20, 2015

As we closed this issue of Drug Store News, with our massive special report on the New General Market consumer, major news broke that once again underscored how much the world has changed, and how the best brands change with it.

July 16, 2015

Anyone who knows me knows that I spend a lot of my free time in the gym.

One thing I learned pretty quickly: There are no short cuts. Having the body you want means commitment and dedication over the long haul.

April 22, 2015

Advocacy for the community pharmacy industry and the advancement of the profession is a big part of the job at Drug Store News. That said, this has been a busy month even by our standards.

March 4, 2015

Share of heart: That’s a pretty heady concept savvy marketers and retailers are using these days to describe a whole new level of consumer engagement.

January 7, 2015

We didn’t go crazy making a lot of predictions for 2015. That’s because 2015 is the year so many of our past predictions will come true, as the forces of healthcare consumerism and mobile technology collide to forever change the way health care is purchased, consumed and delivered. Call it the Big Bang of retail health.

October 15, 2014

That awesome little dude pictured is my bulldog Petey. As I write this column, my wife is bringing him home after five nights in the animal hospital — for that I am happier than the limits of my word count could ever fully allow me to convey.

June 18, 2014

I get a lot of questions about which brands are winning with social media, and why.

May 15, 2014

I have long believed that the lines that traditionally divided one channel of retail from another are long gone.

April 21, 2014

“Why do we always have to be so damn serious; why can’t we have a little fun once in a while?”

March 10, 2014

Apparently, I am one of about 10 mil­lion unique users who, as this issue of DSN went to press, had entered their name into the interactive name genera­tor game that Slate.com posted to its site within hours of John Travolta having butchered singer Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscar Awards.

February 18, 2014

“No one gets paid unless patients improve adherence.”