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ABC shareholders re-elect eight board members

BY Michael Johnsen

NAPLES, Fla. — Eight directors were elected to serve on the board for AmerisourceBergen for a one-year term at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting held here Thursday, the wholesaler announced. Of the eight, Douglas Conant was up for election before shareholders for the first time. AmerisourceBergen’s board voted Conant in on Jan. 2. 

Retiring from the board is Charles Cotros, who has served as a director since January 2002. “I want to thank Charles for his eleven years of outstanding service to AmerisourceBergen,” stated Richard Gozon, AmeriscourceBergen chairman. “We will miss his insight and counsel, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

The AmerisourceBergen board of directors is comprised of nine members, all of whom are independent directors, except president and CEO Steven Collis. The ninth member of the board is Jane Henney, retired professor, Internal Medicine and Public Health Service, College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.


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App designed to make NACDS Annual experience more convenient

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has launched a mobile app for its upcoming 2013 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., the retail pharmacy trade group said.

Sponsored by the Emerson Group, the app is designed to provide attendees with an updated schedule, list of speakers, floor plan, list of companies and other important information. The meeting takes place from April 20-23.

"Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, NACDS continues to utilize technology to continuously enhance the meeting experience," NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. "Innovations in technology enable NACDS to bring cutting-edge efficiencies to its member programs and services."


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The DSN digital evolution

BY Rob Eder

Like just about everybody else with a pulse these days, the coolest thing I own is my iPad. I know. How original — me and 53 million other people.

But there’s a reason for that. The iPad reinvents the boring old way we used to do so many things, from how we shop to how we consume media. It is no surprise that iPad users spend twice as much as any other online customer. It’s just so damn easy and cool, and well, fun.

One of my favorite things about the iPad is what it does to magazines. In print, a magazine or a newspaper is just words and graphics. But in the digital world, a magazine becomes a rich user experience with video, audio and photo slideshows that puts the reader inside the story; you don’t just read an article, you become immersed in it. Even the ads come to life. Imagine the possibilities in a B2B environment.

By now you probably have heard something about our new app DSN+. DSN+ is the next step in the digital evolution of Drug Store News. DSN+ works kind of like a QR code reader: use your mobile device to scan an article or a picture from the magazine that has the DSN+ logo, and you’re instantly connected to some cool multimedia content online. Scan the photo on page 16, and watch my video store tour of Walgreens’ newest flagship store in Los Angeles, No. 8,000 for the chain.

In just the first few weeks, we have had several-hundred downloads for DSN+, which is available for free at the Apple store.

Good news: We’re working on an Android version — so stay tuned.

Better news: This is just the beginning. In the months ahead, watch closely as the digital evolution of DSN continues; because every time we improve our business, it’s an opportunity for you to learn more about the business you’re in.

Don’t be left out — download DSN+ today.

CORRECTION:

A photo in the special Business of Beauty report that appeared in the Jan. 14, 2013, issue of DSN (page 21) showed a photo of a beauty adviser from a Pharmaca store although the article focused largely on Target’s Beauty Concierge program. The reference to Pharmaca was inadvertently deleted from the article. DSN regrets the error.

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