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‘Go Time’ declared for NACDS Total Store Expo participants

BY Jason Owen

ARLINGTON, Va. — With about 80 days until the launch of the first-ever NACDS Total Store Expo, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is calling on participants to plan ahead to maximize their results from the innovative new strategic exchange and trade show. The inaugural event will debut August 10 to 13, 2013 at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Year-to-date retailer registration for the 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo stands 20% ahead of 2012 year-to-date retailer registration for the three NACDS conferences that formed the basis for the greatly expanded venue for conducting business: the Marketplace Conference, Pharmacy & Technology Conference and Supply Chain & Logistics Conference. The Exhibit Hall is more than 98% sold out.

“The laser now focuses on helping retailers and suppliers do the planning and execution that will help this amazing turnout translate to maximum results for their companies,” said NACDS President and CEO Steve Anderson, IOM, CAE.

“From the first day that we announced the NACDS Total Store Expo, we emphasized that the innovative format would help business partners work together creatively across functions, and with the entire store in mind. It is now ‘go time’ to make and execute the plans that will deliver on the needs of consumers and pharmacy patients. It is time to schedule the meetings with the right combinations of team members to make a difference in new ways.”

The website at tse.nacds.org includes state-of-the-art resources to help exhibitors and retailers plan effectively for the meeting. It includes video tutorials, preparation checklists, a meeting-scheduling tool and other resources and insights.

Also, a mobile app will foster success before and during the event. New features of the app include the ability to create a profile that will help participants link up correctly with their counterparts in partner companies, as well as GPS-based assistance in locating exhibitors on the show floor.

“The business potential at the NACDS Total Store Expo is shaping up just as the industry envisioned it,” Anderson said. “Beyond the strategic exchange, NACDS has applied the same truly total store focus to the entire conference agenda — from the educational programming to special areas in the Exhibit Hall that will focus on innovation. The rewards for engaging in the right ways in the NACDS Total Store Expo will include business success, new insights, bold ideas and a creative vision for defining the future, and we look forward to hearing the results earned from the preparation that is being done by companies right now.”


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GSK buys Switzerland-based Okairos

BY Alaric DeArment

LONDON — British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has acquired Swiss vaccine development company Okairos for $325 million, GSK said Wednesday.

Privately owned Okairos develops technologies used to create vaccines, and GSK said it would use them in the development of the "next generation" of vaccines for preventing infections and for treatment of infections and diseases, saying it would allow the development of the "next generation.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for patients and our research organization as it is expected to contribute to the development efforts for an exciting new generation of vaccines, building on the excellent science and expertise of both companies," GSK Vaccines president Christophe Weber said.

Okairos’ work focuses on diseases like respiratory syncytial virus, hepatitis C, malaria, tuberculosis, ebola and HIV.

 

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Arm & Hammer introduces 4X concentrated detergent

BY Jason Owen

EWING, N.J. — Arm & Hammer announced today a new ultra-concentrated Ultra Power 4X laundry detergent, which the company states has powerful stain-fighters and two scoops of baking soda to make clothes cleaner and fresher.

Ultra Power 4X comes packaged in a convenient, smaller and less bulky bottle that is easy to measure and store.

"From my work as a trainer, I know that strength can come in even the smallest sizes," said Tracy Anderson, celebrity fitness expert. "I need a laundry detergent that shares the same principles to help me power through even the toughest stains. Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X Concentrated keeps my family’s clothes fresh and cleans with the muscle I expect!"

The ultra-concentrated liquid and smaller packaging of Ultra Power 4X Concentrated makes it an environmentally responsible laundry choice. Compared to Arm & Hammer 2X detergents, the ultra-concentrated liquid requires less water to produce, and, since the 4X bottles are smaller than 2X bottles, you get more wash loads with less plastic.

"At Church & Dwight the consumer is our top priority, and we are always exploring new ways to meet their laundry needs," said Kevin Kuchinski, vice president of Church & Dwight Fabric Care. "The introduction of Ultra Power 4X Concentrated allows us to expand our laundry portfolio and continue to give consumers what they are looking for – a detergent that delivers tough cleaning power, is convenient, and delivers strong value."

Arm & Hammer 4X detergents come in two varieties:

  • Arm Hammer Ultra Power 4X Concentrated Refreshing Falls;
  • Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin 4X Concentrated Perfume & Dye Free, which is dermatologist-tested to be gentle on sensitive skin.

Arm & Hammer 4X Concentrated detergents are compatible with today’s High Efficiency machines and standard washing machines. Each variety comes in two sizes 45 oz (60 loads) from $4.97 and 90 oz (120 loads) from $7.83, and is currently available at retailers nationwide.


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