January 5, 2011

MIAMI — With new leadership at the helm, Navarro Discount Pharmacy continues its goal of catering to the needs of the Hispanic community in the Miami area. Navarro is the largest Hispanic-owned drug store chain in the United States, with 28 locations that cater to the Hispanic market through their product offerings and services.


The company, which garnered about $320 million in sales in 2009, tapped in late 2009 former Bigg’s executive Steve Kaczynski to serve as CEO, and has since further bolstered its management team as part of its expansion strategy.


January 5, 2011

BOULDER, Colo. — Now 10 years operating its unique footprint in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has been revving its growth engine lately. Pharmaca is targeting three new store openings in 2011, and between three and six new stores each year through 2015 — a pace that would put the chain at 44 locations in time for its 15th anniversary. “We will be expanding outside of the states in which we currently operate in the future,” said Mark Panzer, Pharmaca president and CEO.


January 5, 2011

Supplier News — Pampers is looking to provide new resources and support for Latina moms and their babies through its latest initiative. The company announced the creation of the Madrinas Network, which will offer moms the opportunity to opt-in to receive tips and information on their baby’s development through a mobile messaging platform, and to join the Pampers Madrinas network at 
Facebook.com/PampersLatino.



January 5, 2011

Sam's Club announced that it is offering its business, advantage and plus members tools to help them achieve their health goals, including free monthly, in-club health screenings and access to a new health management benefit, The Prevention Plan, from U.S. Preventive Medicine.

January 5, 2011

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A customer visiting any of Fruth Pharmacy’s 25 stores in West Virginia and southern Ohio will find many of the same products and services one would find at any national chain pharmacy; but on top of that, the chain offers a highly personal approach to retailing.
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The thing that sets Fruth apart is excellent customer service,” Fruth Pharmacy president Lynne Fruth told Drug Store News. “It’s kind of a mix of the best of what the bigger chains can provide with that small-hometown service.”


January 5, 2011

ROGERS, Ark. — If the eyes are the window to the soul, then Walmart’s suppliers are the window to its future, thanks to the truly unique relationship the retailer enjoys with its trading partners. Walmart brought new meaning to the concept of collaboration when it pursued a strategy of data transparency decades ago that enabled fact-based decision-making. Suppliers embraced what, at the time, was a novel approach in the retail industry, and their support over the years facilitated Walmart’s expansion, sales growth for all concerned and low prices for consumers.


January 5, 2011

SEATTLE — You can say Bartell is getting into the travel business.


Bartell, which had an estimated $353.4 million in sales in 2009, began operating travel clinics eight years ago and now has them at 10 of its 59 stores. They were the brainchild of pharmacists Jolene Kalmbach and Sharon Woodward, who got the idea after noticing that patients’ doctors often lacked necessary expertise in travel medicine and that commercial travel clinics were overbooked.

January 5, 2011

Pharmacists who intervene with diabetes patients are having a clear and positive impact on clinical outcomes, a new study from Walgreens found.


In a presentation last month, two Walgreens healthcare leaders unveiled the results of a groundbreaking pilot project on pharmacy-based diabetic care. Walgreens launched the project, called Dimensions, at its worksite pharmacies in 2008.

January 5, 2011

Wegmans Food Markets on Tuesday started recruitment for its new Northborough, Mass., store, the company’s first New England location that is set to open in October. The Northborough store will employ approximately 600 people, 550 of whom will be hired locally.

January 5, 2011

Winn-Dixie Stores on Wednesday named Laurence Appel SVP retail operations, reporting to Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixie's chairman, CEO and president.

January 4, 2011

It seems that Americans' everyday items are getting a little smaller.

January 4, 2011

Meijer last week announced its donation of 35 reconditioned semi-tractors to local food banks, academic organizations and law enforcement throughout the Midwest.

January 4, 2011

Sears Holdings' SVP procurement and finance has been promoted.

January 4, 2011

Publix is rolling out imported and domestic private-label specialty cheeses in its deli department.

January 4, 2011

Intel is helping its employees gain convenient access to health care with the opening this week of an on-site medical center at its Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, which will be operated by Walgreens' Take Care Health Systems, according to local news reports.

January 4, 2011

It seems that Kroger is looking to upgrade some of its stores in the Houston area, according to published reports.

January 4, 2011

Rite Aid brought the New Year in with a bang, recording monthly same-store sales increases across both the front end and back bench for the first time in almost two years.

January 4, 2011

Rite Aid on Tuesday announced its partnership with BL Body, a collection of shape wear exclusively available in Rite Aid stores, on a sweepstakes with a first prize trip for two to the location of the reality program “The Biggest Loser.”

January 3, 2011

CVS Caremark is more than doubling the size of its Medicare Part D program by acquiring the Medicare Part D business of Universal American for roughly $1.25 billion.

January 3, 2011

Winn-Dixie Stores on Monday introduced a smart phone application for its customers that will help them locate the closest Winn-Dixie, allow them to view the weekly circular and sales for that specific store, and create and manage shopping lists that both sync with computers and can be shared with other users.

January 3, 2011

Building on its plans to open 625 new stores in fiscal 2011, Dollar General on Monday resolved to create 6,000 new jobs.

January 3, 2011

Credit Suisse analysts on Monday projected strong front-end sales and improved pharmacy comparisons for December.

January 3, 2011

A new joint healthcare venture between GE and Intel was launched on Monday, and both companies promise it will improve the quality of life for seniors.

January 3, 2011

Giant Food is helping customers stick to their New Year's resolutions by emphasizing its product labeling system.