June 29, 2016

At the end of May, Drug Store News and Mack Elevation Forum co-hosted the first Future Leaders Summit in Chicago. Our in-depth special report appears in the July 2016 issue.

June 23, 2016

Companies large and small all want “innovation,” although most organizations don’t have a concise definition of the term or how to achieve it. And while “process” sounds like the boring antithesis of innovation, companies that focus on innovation process are more likely to achieve innovation than companies waiting for innovation to randomly strike.

June 14, 2016

Mexico, a NAFTA member since 1994, is not the distant neighbor it once was. Present political posturing aside, it’s long been a challenging relationship. But today’s Mexico is also a great consumer market.

June 6, 2016

Value-based care is driving a number of positive trends within the retail pharmacy sector.

June 1, 2016

For retailers and CPG companies, there is an inherent danger into lumping people together in neat little buckets — which might explain why “personalization” is such a big buzzword in the industry these days. With millennials, it is like playing Russian roulette with your marketing dollars.

May 16, 2016

As patients look for ways to obtain healthcare in more convenient and lower-cost settings, new opportunities are emerging for retail pharmacies to help meet patient needs. Many pharmacies already are recognized as cost-efficient channels for expanding public access to vaccinations, disease management, medication management, and other clinical services. 

May 10, 2016

When I started covering this business about 20 years ago, there was a lot of attention around channel blurring. Today, convenience is however the consumer defines it.

April 28, 2016

Prince's sudden passing has disrupted the music industry and the broader creative culture. Whether one appreciated his music or didn’t, his talent was magnetic.  You could not ignore his ability to tell a story; you could not ignore his authenticity.  And that is something that everyone could learn from.

April 14, 2016

I often use the expression and encourage others to “Look around the corner.” My intent is to reinforce the importance of not becoming too comfortable with the status quo. New opportunities present themselves everyday – but you may have to stretch your imagination a bit and connect dots that are not yet formally established.

April 13, 2016

There was once a time when “Made in China” was not part of the U.S. experience, but that changed in the 1980s. No longer was our Chinese connection limited to fortune cookies and take-out.

April 13, 2016

In this issue, Drug Store News previews its DSN 2016 Yearbook, featuring our annual PoweRx company profiles. The full report will be available this summer with exclusive company rankings and profiles of every company in our Top 50. Two strong examples are Ritzman Pharmacy and Benzer Pharmacy — two small chains that are big on innovation and growing their businesses in unique ways.

March 9, 2016

Retail health fairs — both mega events, such as Walmart’s “America’s Biggest Health Fair” on Oct. 10, 2015, or smaller, periodic local events hosted annually by thousands of retailers across the country — represent one of the simplest mechanisms for massive, individualized public awareness around such key health issues as flu prevention, early diabetes detection and/or prevention, and more.

March 4, 2016

It is amazing how a 2008 initiative has marked pharmacy’s progress in helping to improve access to high-quality, cost-effective patient care.

March 4, 2016

Pharmacy’s engagement with legislators through the National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact grassroots program provides a window into the industry and the profession.

March 4, 2016

When I started 19 years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine getting a flu shot from a pharmacist because pharmacists were not licensed to do. Today, pharmacists in all 50 states can administer flu shots and at least two other vaccinations.

January 8, 2016

Drug Store News editor-in-chief Rob Eder outlines his predictions about what 2016 will hold for community pharmacy and the healthcare landscape as the consumer’s role in it changes. 

January 5, 2016

With the major selling holidays now behind us, retailers are preparing to handle the onslaught of returns that began on Dec. 26 and continue well into the first few weeks of the New Year.

December 7, 2015

This (see photo) was the very first card my wife and I received this holiday season.

November 11, 2015

A lot was happening in the world of community pharmacy, as we raced to close this issue of Drug Store News — no news bigger than the late October bombshell that Walgreens Boots Alliance would swallow up Rite Aid, in a deal valued at more than $17 billion all in.

October 16, 2015

This month, as we close this issue of DSN, I find myself with “two things” worth noting.

September 16, 2015

“It may come to be remembered as community pharmacy’s finest hour.”

August 20, 2015

As we closed this issue of Drug Store News, with our massive special report on the New General Market consumer, major news broke that once again underscored how much the world has changed, and how the best brands change with it.

July 16, 2015

Anyone who knows me knows that I spend a lot of my free time in the gym.

One thing I learned pretty quickly: There are no short cuts. Having the body you want means commitment and dedication over the long haul.

April 22, 2015

Advocacy for the community pharmacy industry and the advancement of the profession is a big part of the job at Drug Store News. That said, this has been a busy month even by our standards.