Though the focus at ThoughtSpot 2015 has been on AmerisourceBergen’s independent pharmacy customers, the company is shifting its focus to issues that are front and center in the minds of its chain customers with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo just three weeks away.
There aren’t many places an independent pharmacist can gain access to more than 300 vendors, as many as 60 hours of continuing education and the kind of new pharmacy tools and services that will not only help independent community pharmacists stay in the game, but may help them improve on that game by a notch or two. But that’s exactly what AmerisourceBergen had on its show card for the 4,000 attendees at ThoughtSpot 2015, held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
AmerisourceBergen Corp. reported Thursday that revenue rose 12.8% to $34.2 billion for its third quarter of fiscal 2015, partially due to the onboarding of the new Walgreens Boots Alliance generic pharmaceuticals business and the solid organic sales growth in its independent pharmacy business.
From the leadership team in Camp Hill, Pa., to the nearly 90,000 associates it has in the field and in its stores, they believe in themselves and have built a culture focused on finding and implementing the next big idea, and creating important differentiation from their competitors.
Rite Aid’s wellness+ loyalty program was a key catalyst in the company’s turnaround, Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and COO, told Drug Store News. And now that the loyalty program is evolving into wellness+ with Plenti, part of a first-of-its-kind loyalty coalition, it may serve as another bellwether for Rite Aid as the company transforms into a comprehensive retail healthcare company.
Thousands of independent pharmacy owners from across the country gathered here last month for McKesson ideaShare 2015, to explore the latest tools and strategies to help enhance patient care and improve profitability.