December 10, 2014

"For small- to medium-sized U.S. OTC manufacturers, the choice of going global usually forces a tough choice: selling directly to one or two important key accounts vs. working with a local distributor partner," writes Ed Rowland, founder and managing partner of Rowland Global LLC, in his latest blog post. 

 

December 9, 2014

"During last week’s Drug Store News Diabetes Leadership Forum, the entire audience took a moment to focus on prevention … and do something about it," writes Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland in his latest blog post. 

December 8, 2014

"There are no perfect organizations, and we all have a performance gap between where we are and where we hope to land," writes Dan Mack in his latest blog entry. 

December 5, 2014

Even in such food-abundant industrialized countries as the United States, an alarming number of people — particularly seniors — are in a state of diseased-associated malnutrition.

December 5, 2014
Walgreens' management team following the Alliance Boots merger is in place following the appointment of Linda Filler to the chief merchant position. Filler will be a strong addition to the team Alex Gourlay, currently Walgreens president of customer experience and daily living, and president-elect of Walgreens, is building.
 
Filler has a robust retail pedigree, most recently as president of Claire’s Stores, a fun retailer targeting the tween market with fashionable jewelry and accessories. Prior to Claire’s, Filler was EVP and chief merchandising officer for Sam’s Club, where she led the owned-brand strategy. She also held EVP positions at Walmart and Kraft Foods Group, and leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Hanes Brands in the Sara Lee Corp.
 
December 3, 2014

A new study shows just how diluted Black Friday has become to holiday shoppers: Twenty-eight percent of shoppers shopped in stores on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 and 34% of shoppers chose to shop in stores the weekend after Black Friday (Nov. 29 to Nov. 30), while 25% shopped on Black Friday, according to Kantar Retail.

December 3, 2014

Drug Store News' sister publication Retailing Today has released the findings of the inaugural "Best Retailers to Work With" research report.

 

 

November 14, 2014

Why is Rite Aid shoring up its Health Dialog leadership?

November 14, 2014

Each year Americans make nearly a million doctor visits for eye infections, resulting in $175 million in direct healthcare costs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated.

November 13, 2014

IRI recently took a closer look at current shopping trends and provided a road map on how marketers can protect and grow share in the CPG marketplace in the new Times and Trends report, “Channel Migration: The Road to Growth Has Many Lanes.”

November 7, 2014
Don't google it, check a reliable source. That's the advice a Belgian healthcare website, Gezondheid en Wetenschap, recently advertised in this YouTube video that you have to play to believe. Sadly, they need to advertise such advice. Because do you know what is notably absent in the country? A pharmacist. 
November 4, 2014

Boston Retail Partners on Monday released a survey that highlights the issue of social media and technology solutions to deliver the products consumers want in an uninterrupted shopping experience. 

October 31, 2014

Diabetes treatment with a low-cost generic drug can have significant, positive implications for a patient's quality of life and medication cost, according to new research from CVS Health.

October 31, 2014

The response to the current global Ebola scare from both the pharmaceutical and pharmacy industries has been nothing short of remarkable. Precautionary preparations have been made to address the Ebola concerns in the United States; several pharmaceutical manufacturers have been working around the clock toward an Ebola vaccine and treatment; and there has been an outpooring of goods that have been directed to help with the outbreak in West Africa. 

Ebola is not a problem in the United States, at least not yet (nor hopefully will it ever be), but the pharmaceutical community is stepping up to help around the world. And in the U.S., there is much being done to help the pharmacy world prepare.

 

October 29, 2014

Shoppers plan to spend more during the upcoming holiday season with omnichannel shoppers having even higher spending expectations. 

October 24, 2014

Sam's Club announced the introduction of a health exchange service in partnership with Aetna, to better serve its small business clientele. With that announcement, Sam’s Club becomes the first retailer to complement its full suite of healthcare offerings — optical, hearing, pharmacy — with a health exchange solution specifically targeting those who are arguably most concerned about health care: small business owners.

The move aligns Sam’s Club brands with all things health. “Whenever people visit Sam’s Club at all, I want them to be able to experience health-and-wellness in a way that they leave healthier no matter how they engage with us,” Sherri Thomas, director, managed care services for Sam's Club, told Drug Store News. “If it’s through our pharmacy, optical or hearing services, if they’re engaged in the exchange, if it’s through our health screenings, I want them to be a healthier person because they’re engaged with Sam’s Club.”

 

October 22, 2014

Adult millennials ages 18 years to 32 years worry about their health and access to health care as much as their baby boomer elders.

October 17, 2014
Canadian pharmacy retailers are up in arms in British Columbia, threatening to take legal action against the College of Pharmacists of BC if the group attempts to block tobacco sales in their stores. It's a juxtaposition between advocating for health in all parts of the pharmacy and being responsible to the shareholders of the company. 
 
To sell or not to sell? That has become the question in both Canada and the United States. 
October 17, 2014

"The United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic as addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with non-medical drug use have risen dramatically over the last decade. In 2009, U.S. drug overdose deaths outnumbered motor vehicle accident deaths for the first time," writes Wendy Cloe, a director at Emdeon, in her latest blog.

October 16, 2014

New data from CVS Health examines quality of care for acute conditions at retail clinics.

October 16, 2014

Congress has a chance to advance one specific aspect of healthcare innovation, and it should make the most of this opportunity.

 

October 10, 2014

Kicking off American Pharmacists Month this year on Oct. 2 was the second annual #Pharmacist tweet-a-thon. Highlighting the important role pharmacists have in patient care, their communities and the broader healthcare landscape, more than 11,000 tweets with the hashtag #Pharmacist were sent during the 24-hour period — some 467 an hour, according to healthcare social media watcher Symplur. 

October 6, 2014

The 7th Annual Emerson Group Retail Industry Day kicked off with a moving and inspirational presentation by adventurer and wilderness advocate Aron Ralston, who not only shared his story of having to amputate his arm in order to free himself from a dislodged boulder while hiking in Utah’s remote canyon country, but also revealed what he gained from that fateful journey.

October 6, 2014

Specialty drug spending continues to rise and is predicted to grow by more than 16% annually from 2015 to 2018. CVS Health researchers examine the reasons for such dramatic increases in spending and discuss tools to help manage these escalating costs.