August 8, 2011

The U.S. economy still has a pulse, as evidenced in the slight increase of jobs in July as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

August 8, 2011

Katz Group Canada, Canada’s largest integrated retail pharmacy network, has appointed Ken Keelor as chief merchandising officer, effective immediately. Keelor will oversee all merchandising and marketing functions for the Rexall family of pharmacies.

August 8, 2011

Kinney Drugs, which operates 91 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont, has announced the recent promotion of 30-year company veteran Owen Halloran to SVP pharmacy procurement.

August 8, 2011

Rite Aid has appointed Susan Henderson as SVP and chief communications officer to replace Karen Rugen, who retired last month, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

August 8, 2011

Walgreens has announced that it is now offering immunizations daily at all of its more than 7,700 stores nationwide, including all Duane Reade pharmacies in New York and more than 350 Take Care Clinics.

August 5, 2011

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has joined the specialty pharmacy network of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BioPlus said Friday.

August 5, 2011

The Chain Drug Marketing Association recently announced that the debut of its “Make More Money Table Top Show” will take place in Philadelphia from Sept. 23 to 24.

August 5, 2011

New stores, higher retail inflation and positive calendar impact drove sales up for Delhaize America, the U.S. sector of the Delhaize Group, during the second quarter ended June 30.

August 5, 2011

Publix opened the doors to its second Publix Sabor, a supermarket banner developed with a strong Hispanic influence, here Thursday, according to a report published in the Miami Herald.

August 5, 2011

Kerr Drug is marking the back-to-school season with a school supply donation campaign through the Kerr Cares for Kids Foundation, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

August 5, 2011

A bipartisan bill that aims to provide law enforcement with tools to crack crime rings that harm consumers by attempting to resell stolen medical products on the black market has received the praise of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

August 5, 2011

Looking to challenge reimbursement rate reductions for Medicaid beneficiaries, pharmacy groups have filed a joint legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

August 5, 2011

Consumers heading to the grocery store this summer can garner more than 35% in savings if they buy store brands, according to a pricing study conducted by the Private Label Manufacturers Association.

August 5, 2011

Despite gas prices being more than 30% higher than last year, cross-channel shopping is alive and well in the consumer packaged goods industry, according to a SymphonyIRI Group report released Thursday.

August 5, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is gearing up for this year’s Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston in late August, an event that will bring together more than 130 retail companies representing more than 80,000 retail outlets.

August 5, 2011

Walgreens on Friday announced the pharmacy is hosting a Walgreens Pavilion at The Black Women’s Expo this weekend at McCormick Place.

August 4, 2011

Costco and BJ’s Wholesale Club continue to produce solid sales growth, aided by high gas prices, shoppers’ desire to save money and the clubs’ ability to pass through the cost of food price inflation.

August 4, 2011

Fred's on Thursday reported sales of $452.7 million, up 1% compared with the year-ago period, for the second quarter ended July 30.

August 4, 2011

Healthcare accrediting organization URAC has given accreditation to Magellan Health Services' specialty pharmacy division.

August 4, 2011

MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse revealed that online retail sales rose 14% over the year-ago period, marking the 24th straight month of year-over-year growth, as well as the ninth consecutive month of double-digit growth, with improvement in every subcategory except for electronics.

August 4, 2011

CVS Caremark posted second-quarter results that were at the high end of its guidance and narrowed its 2011 outlook on continued confidence. But it was the pharmacy benefit management business — and the potential merger of PBM rivals Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — that was top of mind for many industry observers, and was a topic that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo hit head-on at the start of Thursday morning’s conference call.

August 4, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday delivered their first formal letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in shared opposition to the proposed merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

August 4, 2011

Rumors are swirling that Tesco's U.S. division, Fresh & Easy, has signed on to open smaller-format stores.

August 4, 2011

July same-store sales at Target rose 4.1% on top of a prior-year gain of 2%, with increased transaction size serving as the primary driver of an increase toward the upward end of the company’s guidance.