September 19, 2013

Target is donating $25,000 for relief efforts in Colorado following devastating floods there, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday. The donation includes $20,000 for the American Red Cross and $5,000 in food, water and baby items.

September 19, 2013

Target is hoping to enhance the experience of customers shopping for baby items with a new pilot program in Chicago.

September 18, 2013

Publix Pharmacy is North America’s favorite based on customer satisfaction, according to a new study released Wednesday of 3,600 consumers conducted by Market Force Information.

September 17, 2013

Jon Flora, 58, the president of Fry’s Food and Drug Stores, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Friday, according to a report in the Phoenix Business Journal.

September 12, 2013

Kroger on Thursday reported total sales of $22.7 billion for the second quarter ended Aug. 17, representing an increase of 4.6% as compared with the year-ago period.

September 9, 2013

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., joined Rite Aid chairman and CEO John Standley Monday as he announced the retail pharmacy chain's plan to place insurance agents at stores around the country to educate customers about Obamacare.

September 9, 2013

Kroger announced that the company has donated 175 million meals from fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to Feeding America food banks since 2008 through its groundbreaking Perishable Donations Partnership.

September 9, 2013

Starting next month, licensed insurance agents will be at nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores for free consultations with customers about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in conjunction with the start of enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

September 5, 2013

Rite Aid's same-store sales got another boost in August, the retail pharmacy chain said.

September 5, 2013

Are drug stores becoming the new convenience stores? A new survey by The Hartman Group indicates that for many shoppers, the drug store is a destination for convenient purchases.

September 3, 2013

AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens on Tuesday officially launched the previously announced 10-year relationship to distribute pharmaceuticals to more than 8,100 Walgreens locations across the country.

September 3, 2013

Sage North America last week announced that it partnered with McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation, a division of McKesson, to help develop the McKesson Mobile Delivery application for prescription delivery services.

August 28, 2013

McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Seiden as chief medical officer, effective Sept, 22.

August 21, 2013

Target continued to build its omnichannel business in second quarter 2013 as the company recorded profit and sales growth, partially offset by expenses related to the expansion of its Canadian business.

August 20, 2013

Aetna has announced a new pilot program, dubbed the Aetna Rx Home Success Program, which is supported by CVS Caremark.

August 19, 2013

In a segment of CNBC's "Mad Money" program, host Jim Cramer proclaimed "Rite Aid is back" when a caller asked for the former hedge fund manager's opinion about the Camp Hill, Pa.-based retail pharmacy chain. "Rite Aid is good. … It is an okay situation. The group is strong," Cramer said.

Cramer's proclamation only confirmed what Drug Store News has been saying for a while now, ever since it became clear that Rite Aid had hit pay dirt with its Wellness+ loyalty card program, growing sales and reversing several years of annual and quarterly losses. In April 2013, the company posted its first profitable fiscal year since 2007.

August 16, 2013

Target announced the return of its Give with Target program, through which the company will donate up to $5 million to schools across the country.

August 16, 2013

Customers can visit any of the more than 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies to receive a flu shot, which are covered by most insurance plans including Medicare Part B, from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist, subject to state regulations.

August 14, 2013

Target and McMahon Distributeur Pharmaceutique Inc., a subsidiary of Metro Inc, announced a partnership for the operation of in-store pharmacies across Target's Quebec stores.

August 8, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo brings together vendors and retailers across the entire store — pharmacy, OTC, beauty, consumables and general merchandise — and the supply chain executives who get the goods to market. As the industry converges on Las Vegas for this game-changing show, DSN talks to four leading futurists about what the drug store of tomorrow will look like.

August 8, 2013

Drug Store News recently spoke with president Ken Martindale about how Rite Aid's Wellness format has evolved.

August 6, 2013

Target is acquiring online skin care site DermStore, the mass merchandise retailer said Tuesday.

August 5, 2013

When Seattle-based Bartell Drugs opened its 61st store in the city's rapidly growing South Lake Union neighborhood, it unveiled a store that included not only a nice new format, but also a variety of amenities rarely seen in drug stores, including cold beer on tap; such pet-friendly features as water bowls, pet-hitching posts and free dog biscuits; and a selection of local spirits.

The large-scale evolution of the American drug store has mostly happened in the big, national chains, and despite some doubts from naysayers about some of the concepts in the Walgreens flagship stores, that format has already expanded to several cities. CVS and Rite Aid have expanded their respective Urban Cluster and Wellness store formats as well, providing clear indication of their popularity with consumers.

August 1, 2013

Rite Aid had another month of positive sales growth in July, the retail pharmacy chain said.