June 23, 2014

Target has implemented a new policy for online shopping, making nearly all online orders of $50 or more eligible for free shipping.

June 20, 2014

Mark Phillips was elevated to the role of VP of pharmaceutical merchandising at Walmart after previously serving as the retailer’s senior director of merchandising for small formats.

June 19, 2014

Starting off the year with a strong momentum, Kroger posted a 9% increase in first-quarter sales, which marked the first period that includes Harris Teeter in the statement of operations. Based on its strong quarter, the company has raised its fiscal 2014 guidance.

June 18, 2014

DSN has partnered with Competitive Promotion Report and IRI to create a series of exclusive reports. This month the analysis explores the market trends around retailer margin and promotional spending in the first-aid category, looking at the major national brands in the drug channel, focusing particularly on the anti-itch (including calamine), ointments/ antiseptics and bandages (including gauze and cotton) categories.

June 18, 2014

In response to an executive order recently signed by Gov. John R. Kasich authorizing licensed pharmacists in Ohio to administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to patients, all of the more than 250 Walgreens pharmacies and 35 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens throughout Ohio are now offering MMR vaccinations daily with no appointment necessary.

June 12, 2014

Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets on Wednesday announced a $3 million donation to 2,057 public and private schools through its A+ School Rewards program for the 2013-2014 school year.

June 12, 2014

Kroger on Thursday was named Employer of the Year by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities at the organization's annual Bridges Gala in Washington.

June 5, 2014

Costco reported on Thursday net sales of $8.78 billion for the month of May, an increase of 8% from $8.13 billion during the similar four-week period last year.

June 2, 2014

After CVS Caremark was given the green light to open MinuteClinics in Rhode Island — with imposed conditions — the state’s Department of Health has now revised its ruling and dropped some key conditions.

May 30, 2014

During Costco’s quarterly conference call this week with analysts, the company touched upon some online tests underway as the online shipping battle among retailers continues to intensify.

May 20, 2014

"Should a Medicare senior’s “preferred” pharmacy be nine hours away by plane? Should a community pharmacy be reimbursed $300 below its cost of acquiring and dispensing a lifesaving drug? Should patients endure long trips for basic health services that a local community pharmacist is qualified to provide? Of course not," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO, B. Douglas Hoey in his latest guest blog entry.

May 5, 2014

"With advertising and other forms of traditional media playing a less dominant role in how consumers interact with brands, breaking through with packaging is more significant than ever," writes Crystal Bennett, partner at Little Big Brands, in her latest blog post.

April 30, 2014

"I remember the first time I worked in a pharmacy like it was yesterday. Not only was it fast paced and exhilarating, the work was also meaningful and beneficial to the community. I can hardly believe it’s been close to 20 years since I began behind the counter," writes Jonathon Kopf, pharmacy product manager for Emdeon, in his latest blog post.

April 22, 2014

McKesson Corp. on Tuesday announced that in observance of Earth Day, the company will celebrate its fourth annual Green Week April 21-25.

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?”

April 21, 2014

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands.

April 14, 2014

Ahold USA on Monday announced that Amy Hahn has been appointed to the newly created position of SVP marketing effective April 28.

March 20, 2014

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of NBC’s "The Voice." It’s not because of the variety of talent that graces the stage and tries to wow the judges and the general public, but rather because of the blind auditions. For those unfamiliar with this popular television reality show, singers have a 90-second audition to make an impression on the panel of celebrity judges.

February 27, 2014

Sears Holdings announced on Thursday that it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss and, during 2013, made process on its transformation.

February 18, 2014

As many retailers continue to expand the presence of store brand products because of the high retailer margin percent these products offer, it is important to pause and consider what is the optimal balance of national brands and store brand that will drive overall business results for the retailer.

February 6, 2014

"The unusually cold weather has likely put a deep freeze on retail sales, also. Not only did the retail sector experience a lackluster holiday shopping season, but now they are also hit with the reality that some shoppers are simply not going out into the cold. The winners may very well be online retailers," writes Hamacher Resource Group vice president Dave Wendland.

January 10, 2014

One of the principles of association leadership says that an association should reflect the membership. Hopefully, NACDS’ approach to member service has resembled the can-do spirit of community pharmacy during the launch of exchange-based insurance.

December 26, 2013

The growth of store brands continues to outpace national brands. However, there is a role for both national brands and store brands at retail.

October 10, 2013

DSN has partnered with Competitive Promotion Report and IRI to create a series of exclusive reports that analyze the impact of trade promotion activity on core front-end merchandising categories.