April 7, 2016

For the 31 weeks ended April 3, Costco reported sales of $68.96 billion, which marks a gain of 3% over its $67.59 billion in sales during the same span of time last year.

March 30, 2016

In a history-making move that would have a direct impact on the retail industry and food service sector, the state of California has moved closer to raising the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

March 27, 2016

As part of its annual Industry Issues Conference in December, Drug Store News hosted the Chronic Care and Retail Health Roundtable, expanding the program for the first time in its 15 year-existence beyond the diabetes management. 

March 21, 2016

TheStreet is reporting that for years, Costco has been quietly reducing the number of its stores selling tobacco.

March 16, 2016

DSN hosted its 17th annual Industry Issues Summit in December, bringing together a leading panel of executives for an in-depth discussion into how retailers and suppliers can drive more productive partnerships, unlock category growth and ultimately forge more meaningful connections between consumers and their brands.

March 15, 2016

In this special report, Drug Store News takes an in-depth look at community pharmacy and its growing role in helping to lower healthcare costs and expand patient access in the United States.

March 11, 2016

In December, DSN hosted its 17th annual Industry Issues Summit. A record crowd of some 300 supplier and retailer executives were on hand to see seven top merchants from leading chains and special guest moderator Dan Mack, managing director, Elevation Forum, discuss how retailers and suppliers could build better, higher-trusting partnerships, based on authenticity and creating deeper value. What follows is the complete transcript from the December 3rd event.

March 9, 2016

For years, community pharmacy has presented itself as one of the best solutions out there for the ills plaguing the nation’s overstretched and over-costly healthcare system. Few things drive that message home as effectively as the rapid growth of in-store health fairs and disease screening events at drug store, supermarket and mass merchandise pharmacies nationwide. In this special report, DSN examines the growth of in-store health fairs.

March 8, 2016

As part of its annual Industry Issues Conference in December, Drug Store News assembled a first-class panel of retail pharmacy and supplier executives for an exclusive, in-depth discussion on emerging best practices for improving care among patients with chronic conditions.

March 4, 2016

The company said its total revenues for the period ended Feb. 14, which included the holidays, increased 2.6% to $28.2 billion. 

March 4, 2016

One of the most promising recent developments in the nation’s search for a more accessible and cost-effective healthcare system has been the rapid rise of health events and free testing services at chain and independent pharmacies. 

February 4, 2016

The shift this year of the Super Bowl from late January to early February impacted Costco's January results, the retailer reported. 

February 2, 2016

How does a big-box warehouse club operator generate awareness of its health services when its pharmacies are dwarfed by a vast array of electronics, case-pack groceries, apparel and general merchandise? Work with what you’ve got by tapping into the massive stream of customer traffic flooding the stores, and by highlighting your health-and-wellness offerings through pharmacist-provided counseling, preventive-health services and free health screening events.

January 29, 2016

Drug Channels on Thursday released its latest ranking of pharmacies based on total prescription revenues, with Walgreens Boots Alliance the largest of retail pharmacies, followed by CVS Health and Walmart. "We estimate that total revenues of retail, mail and specialty pharmacies reached $364.1 billion in 2015, up 12.1% from 2014," wrote Adam Fein, CEO Drug Channels Institute. "The top tier of dispensing pharmacies ... accounted for about 64% of U.S. prescription dispensing revenues in 2015." (Drug Channels)

January 7, 2016

Comparable results were best among the company's hearing aid, optical and pharmacy categories, Jeff Elliott, AVP financial planning and investor relations, shared in a pre-recorded call for investors. 

December 9, 2015

Costco’s first quarter of FY16 saw an increase of 2% in U.S. sales and an overall dip of 1% for the company's entire operation.

December 7, 2015

Vitamins have made a comeback.

December 3, 2015

Attendance at the event, presented by Drug Store News, reached record levels, with 40 retailers and more than 240 supplier participants. 

December 3, 2015

Costco’s comparable sales saw no growth for the month of November and a dip of 1% for the first quarter of FY2016, whose operating results the company plans to release on Dec. 8. 

November 5, 2015

Though Costco’s U.S. sales saw a 1% increase over both the four weeks and nine weeks ended Nov. 1 compared to last year, its Canadian stores saw an 8% decrease in comparable sales. 

October 8, 2015

Costco’s U.S. stores saw a slight lift in comparable sales as international stores — particularly in Canada — saw comps drop. 

September 30, 2015

Costco’s fourth quarter and annual results might not look impressive on paper, but adjusting for gas prices and a strong dollar,  the company had a good quarter and is planning to open 12 new stores by the year’s end. 

September 3, 2015

The company noted that with Labor Day coming a week later this year, pre-sales didn’t bein in August and that had a lowering effect on net sales of about 1%.