October 14, 2011

U.S. retail sales in September grew at their fastest pace in six months, beating forecasts and rising 1.1%, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

October 14, 2011

There are two crucial points to come out of the Walgreens Flu Impact Report. First is that Walgreens even has a Flu Impact Report. That's reflective of just how fast retail pharmacy is becoming the place to go for a convenient-and-affordable influenza inoculation. Second is the correlation between flu season and holiday travel that includes Thanksgiving and the December season of gift-giving events. Because it doesn't matter where over the hill toward grandmother's house you go, there will be a Walgreens within 3 miles of where you'll be, so your flu shot is covered.

October 13, 2011

Online marketing campaigns contributed to an in-store sales lift of 21%, according to an analysis of multiple consumer packaged goods online ad campaigns that was released Tuesday by ComScore and DunnhumbyUSA.

October 13, 2011

This Christmas, you can watch “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Blu-ray. For the first time, the classic animated TV holiday special by has been released on Blu-ray, joining other Warner Home Video holiday titles, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” all with bonus features.

October 12, 2011

The Network of Executive Women has elected five new members at large to its board of directors.

October 11, 2011

The problem with shoplifting these days isn’t Little Johnny pocketing a pack of bubblegum, Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection adviser for the National Retail Federation, recently told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” during a broadcast interview.

October 11, 2011

As of Oct. 1, Mark Cosby officially stepped into the role of president of CVS/pharmacy. Cosby’s new stint at 1 CVS Dr. is a far cry from his prior role as president of Macy’s stores. But Cosby’s reputation as an innovator is bound to tie in nicely with the 
Woonsocket, R.I.-based trailblazer.


October 11, 2011

CVS Caremark’s annual meeting of shareholders in May was of special importance as it marked the official retirement of former chairman and CEO Tom Ryan, who left the growing company in the hands of a strong, capable new leader — Larry Merlo.


October 11, 2011

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic continues to evolve and play a greater role in the U.S. healthcare system as evidenced by its expanding footprint, broadening scope of service and growing roster of strategic affiliations.


October 11, 2011

A CVS Caremark-sponsored study looking at in-person, electronic, telephone, fax and mail communications that counsel patients to stay on their medications found that pharmacists in a retail setting are the most influential healthcare “voices” in promoting medication adherence.


October 11, 2011

Frozen foods still are a popular choice. Packaged Facts projected that retail sales of frozen foods and beverages will reach $70 billion in 2015, a 25% increase over 2010 revenues.

October 11, 2011

Maybelline New York has stepped into the lip treatment category with the creation of its new Baby Lips Repairing Lip balm with SPF 20, available at mass market retailers beginning in October.

October 11, 2011

T.G.I. Friday’s has launched new Entrées for One frozen meals, which include nine varieties.

October 11, 2011

The retirement of Katz Group Canada CEO Andy Giancamilli come February will mark the rise of pharmacy veteran Frank Scorpiniti, who will take the helm of the Canadian retailer.


October 11, 2011

Over the years, CVS Caremark has grown from a go-getting New England-based regional player to a nearly $100 billion pharmacy healthcare giant known for its vertically integrated pharmacy-PBM model via the 2007 acquisition of Caremark, its highly successful loyalty card program and its innovative beauty concepts.


October 11, 2011

CVS Caremark may be highly focused on driving medication adherence, curbing rising healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients, but there’s no doubt that its retail segment remains a critical part of its business, as evidenced by the innovative initiatives playing out at the front end.


October 11, 2011

Along with major paradigm shifts in how people communicate, read and do business, the way they receive healthcare services is changing dramatically, and retail pharmacies are at the front line.


October 11, 2011

Helena Foulkes, one of the brightest, fastest-rising stars of the retail pharmacy industry for more than a decade, earlier this year assumed the newly created position of EVP and chief healthcare strategy and marketing officer.


October 11, 2011

As part of the 2011 Chicago Ideas Week, Walgreens executive director of pharmacy and healthcare experience Nimesh Jhaveri will discuss on Tuesday the company's work toward transforming its retail stores into a destination for health and daily living.

October 10, 2011

Sue Klug, president of the Southern California division of Supervalu, was awarded the Bobbie O'Hare Award for outstanding service to the Network of Executive Women on Friday.

October 7, 2011

The feathers continued to fly last week. First, NACDS debuted a new print ad in the Washington Post, then news broke that half the states in the country are against the $29 billion ESI-Medco mega-merger.

October 7, 2011

Jones Soda has launched its pure cane soda in 16-oz. cans.

October 7, 2011

The news that Shoppers Drug Mart has appointed former McKesson Canada executive Domenic Pilla as its new president and CEO not only is significant news in its own right, but also is important as Pilla will inherit a chain that is wrestling with the impact of drug reforms in several provinces and faces its share of competitive challenges.

October 7, 2011

CVS Caremark may be highly focused on driving medication adherence, curbing rising healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients, but there’s no doubt that its retail segment remains a critical part of its business, as evidenced by the innovative initiatives playing out at the front end.