January 4, 2013

Several retailers got top scores from a gay-rights organization for their efforts to prevent discrimination against and include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

December 19, 2012

Customer service is the key driver of brand advocacy in retail pharmacy, according to a new study.

December 17, 2012

Growth in sales and membership income at Costco helped the company produce earnings per share of 95 cents and beat analysts’ estimates by 2 cents.

November 16, 2012

Kroger announced Thursday it will acquire the outstanding shares of Axium Pharmacy Holdings, a leading specialty pharmacy, and merge the two companies. By now, it should be clear that specialty is becoming an increasingly important part of the retail pharmacy mix, having grown more than sixfold in revenues between 2000 and 2011, with everyone from Rite Aid to Costco to Hy-Vee biting off a piece for themselves.

As Specialty Pharmacy magazine reported in its fall 2012 issue, specialty drug development is starting to play a much bigger role in drug development overall than traditional pharmaceuticals. According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, seven of the top 20 drug therapy classes will be in specialty by 2016, including cancer, autoimmune disorders and antivirals, and specialty and bioengineered drugs remain one of the few growth centers in the drug industry in 2012. And according to Express Scripts, the market for specialty and bioengineered drugs is expected to grow from 2011's 17.1% to 22% by 2014.

November 7, 2012

Liquor can cost $2 more at liquor stores in states where the government has a monopoly on sales than at privately owned stores, according to a new study.

October 12, 2012

One of the most common reasons that retailers give for pet-medication programs is that pets are part of the family.

October 10, 2012

Costco reported fourth-quarter sales of $31.5 billion, an increase of 14% from $27.6 billion for the same period last year.

October 9, 2012

Seats are going fast for the annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Conference, slated for Nov. 27 in New York City at the New York Athletic Club.

October 9, 2012

"MIA" usually stands for "missing in action," but according to published reports, some consumers south of the U.S. border take it to stand for something that Americans may consider cause for celebration.

October 5, 2012

Costco Wholesale reported a better-than-expected 6% rise in September same-store sales, helped by higher gasoline prices and a stronger dollar.

September 7, 2012

President Barack Obama's re-election bid got a dose of support from the cofounder of one of the country's largest retailers, according to published reports.

September 4, 2012

The Forbes Connection has released its newly updated "Insider's Guide to Retail Success 2012-13."

September 4, 2012

Sensa Products last week announced that its weight-loss product Sensa is now available at Sam's Club stores nationwide.

August 30, 2012

Club retailer Costco Wholesale posted sales of $7.4 billion for the month of August, reporting an 8% sales increase over August 2011 and an increase in comps that beat analysts' expectations.

August 28, 2012

While the growth in healthcare costs remains a threat in the United States, the growth in drug expenditures is moderating, but numerous opportunities exist for retail, according to a speech delivered Tuesday morning at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' 2012 Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Denver by Doug Long, VP industry relations of healthcare industry research firm IMS Health.

August 17, 2012

Walgreens. CVS. Rite Aid. Walmart. Costco. Health Mart. Sam’s Club. Ahold. H-E-B. Winn-Dixie. McKesson. Good Neighbor Pharmacy. Kerr Drug. Rexall Canada. Family Dollar. Shoppers Drug Mart. Giant Eagle. The list of participating companies in the 14th Annual Drug Store News Group Industry Issues conference reads like a “who’s who” of retailing.


August 1, 2012

Costco posted a 5% increase in same-store sales in July, helped by strong sales at its U.S. stores.

July 5, 2012

Costco Wholesale reported net sales of nearly $9.2 billion for the month of June, an increase of 6% from the similar period last year.

June 28, 2012

This year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace Conference proved to be a productive four-day event as retailers and suppliers representing more than $500 billion in annual buying power convened in Denver to network, explore business opportunities and participate in educational programs.

June 15, 2012

Costco Wholesale has agreed to buy out Controladora Comercial Mexicana's 50% share interest in Costco de Mexico, a joint venture, for about $760.4 million.

June 15, 2012

Costco will enter the state of Louisiana with a 148,000-sq.-ft. store at Carrollton Plaza Shopping Center in New Orleans.

June 6, 2012

Some people in Washington state may be having "buyer's remorse" over the privatization of liquor sales there, which took effect last week, according to published reports.

May 24, 2012

Costco reported net sales of nearly $21.9 billion for the third quarter, an 8% increase over sales of about $20.2 billion for the same period last year.

May 22, 2012

Giant-Landover and ShopRite are shoppers' two favorite supermarkets, according to results of a survey released Tuesday.