August 22, 2015

“What’s in greatest demand today isn’t more data, but synthesis — understanding what’s next, crossing boundaries and being able to combine different pieces into an interesting new whole.”  That’s what Dan Mack, managing director of the Mack Elevation Forum, asked attendees to do at Friday’s exclusive, one-day summit co-hosted by Mack Elevation Forum and Drug Store News at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House in Denver.

August 20, 2015

When 26-year-old Tracy Dalton forgot her toothpaste when visiting a friend’s house, she fell in love with her friend’s brand, hello. “I had never seen the brand before, but it just looked so friendly and called out to me,” she said.

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.

August 17, 2015

Just in time to make us all feel a little older, the seminal comedy masterpiece "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," turns 40 years old this year.

August 7, 2015

Arby's says farewell to "The Daily Show."

July 16, 2015

A big part of the reason behind Rite Aid’s success is that the story has changed. It’s no longer about swimming upstream or playing defense. Today, it’s about creating a retail healthcare company and aggressively turning that dream into reality.

July 15, 2015

In this installment of DSN’s Daily Diversion, we present a speech that reminds you what’s important.

July 10, 2015

Target recently opened its new experimental space in San Francisco, dubbed “Open House,” and Drug Store News is offering readers a first look at the venue.

July 7, 2015

Health Mart owners and pharmacists are putting up big numbers on the EQuIPP™ scorecard, both Steve Courtman, Health Mart president and Tony Willoughby, Health Mart’s Chief pharmacist, told Drug Store News in an exclusive interview following the Health Mart Annual Meeting at McKesson’s ideaShare 2015.

July 7, 2015

Lay’s potato chips will announce the four finalists who will be competing for a $1 million prize in its “Do Us A Flavor” contest in mid-July, with the help of TV personality and recording artist Nick Lachey.

July 6, 2015

Amazon’s latest gambit to encourage shoppers to buy a $99 Prime membership and goose second quarter sales involves the creation of quasi-holiday called “Prime Day.”

June 24, 2015

Whole Foods Market kicked off on Wednesday its inaugural “Ready for Action Week,” which runs through June  30, to celebrate active, fit lifestyles.

June 15, 2015

This Father’s Day, Unilever’s Dove Men+Care is launching the “First Fatherhood Moments” campaign to celebrate the emotion, strength and happiness dads openly express upon learning they are going to be a father.

May 7, 2015

“You’re going to need a bigger boat,” Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, told attendees of the NACDS Annual Meeting Business Program Sunday morning.

March 4, 2015

Walgreens’ beauty team works diligently to please customers, but Michelle Hobson’s job as senior manager of beauty program development is to lead the charge for all training efforts and key strategic beauty programs for the company’s most precious assets — its Beauty Advisors.

January 9, 2015

The Big Bang Theory may have been the big winner at last week’s People’s Choice Awards, but Walgreens and Procter & Gamble got a pretty big bang of their own from the event, when the two companies leveraged the broad appeal of the highly popular televised event and the power of social media to drive the business and engage customers.

 

December 17, 2014

Two fun facts about Morris the Cat: all three orange tabbies who played the role were all rescue animals; John Erwin, the actor who gave “the world’s most finicky cat” his voice, is also famous — if you can call it that — for having voiced “He-Man” from the 1980s kids animated series, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” With that kind of range it’s a wonder Erwin never made it to “Inside the Actor’s Studio…” Not really.

December 17, 2014

There are probably a few hundred former offensive linemen who wished that all it took was a bottle of Coca-Cola to make Pittsburgh Steeler legend Joe Greene a little less “Mean.” As the story goes, it took more than a few takes to get this 1979 Clio-award winner shot; having just chugged a full bottle of Coke, the first few times Greene said, “Hey kid, BURP…”

December 17, 2014

There are two things amazing about this commercial. First, that the O’Donoghue family depicted in it, numbered 15 children in all. Second, the baby James Jr., grew up to be the soccer coach for DSN publisher Wayne Bennett’s son Jake.

December 17, 2014

The only men’s fragrance that came with its own self-defense guide, played off the idea that it “is so powerful, it drives women right out of their minds,” as the announcer in the commercial instructs. Lovers of the old Pink Panther movies are reminded of Inspector Jacques Clouseau’s live-in butler, Cato Fong, whose responsibilities included randomly ambushing his employer, in order to sharpen his martial arts skills.

 

December 17, 2014

“Let’s get Mikey [to try it],” Mikey’s older brothers conspire, “He hates everything.” There is an undeniable honesty to the pitch that helped make it one of the most iconic and longest running commercials in television history — “Mikey” was in college by the time the ads stopped appearing.

December 17, 2014

When Terry Crews tells you to use a product, you better use it. The former-NFL-player-turned-action-film-hero flexes muscles most human beings don’t have in his series of surreal pitches for Old Spice’s “odor-blocking power.”

December 17, 2014

How do you bring new life into a 75-year-old after-shave brand? Old Spice has found new relevance — and most important, a new generation of users — with fresh new scents, new products like body wash and a slick ad campaign that combined TV and social media. Isaiah Mustafa, AKA “the man your man could smell like,” makes a series of rapid-fire appeals to women, playing off the idea that women are in charge of the shopping list.

December 17, 2014

Some may remember Herschel Bernardi for his Emmy-nominated role as Lieutenant Jacoby on TV’s Peter Gun, but he’ll always be known best as the voice of “Charlie the Tuna,” a fast-talking tuna in a Greek fisherman’s hat and sunglasses, who was always working a different angle to prove he had what it took to be caught, processed and packed into a 4-oz tin can with water (or oil).