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NACDS aims to enhance Pharmacy & Technology Conference experience with mobile app

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced the launch of its 2011 Pharmacy & Technology Conference mobile Web-based application.

The app is designed to enhance attendees’ efficiency and experience at the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference, which runs from Aug. 27 to 30 in Boston. In addition, the NACDS mobile website —  m.NACDS.org — features information about the upcoming conference and all 2011 NACDS events.

The first NACDS mobile app was introduced for the NACDS 2010 Annual Meeting and, according to the association, has become an important resource for applying today’s technology to NACDS’ meeting format. The app is compatible with most smartphone platforms, including the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry devices, and can be downloaded for free on the NACDS mobile website or from NACDS’ main website at NACDS.org.

M.NACDS.org serves as a “guide on the go” to NACDS meetings, advocacy and communications. The site is specifically designed for ease of use on any smartphone with a Web browser. Pharmacy & Technology Conference attendees will find planning tools for the event, including an updated schedule, floor plan, list of participants and sponsors, and other important information on the mobile website.

“Technology is ever-evolving, and NACDS continues to explore innovative ways to enhance its member programs and services,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Utilizing technology is an important way to maximize the continued value and experience that NACDS members expect from NACDS meetings and conferences.”

The Pharmacy & Technology Conference will bring together more than 130 retail companies comprised of chain drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants representing more than 80,000 retail outlets and more than $200 billion in annual sales for prescription drugs, over-the-counter products and home health care.

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H-E-B buys three Albertsons LLC stores

BY Allison Cerra

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B has acquired three Texas-based Albertsons LLC stores.

The Albertsons locations in College Station, Kerrville and New Braunfels will close in October. The Kerrville location, a 49,000-sq.-ft. store, will be remodeled and converted into an H-E-B, while the other two properties will be made available for lease, as the company opened new stores in the College Station and New Braunfels last year. As part of the transition, Albertsons pharmacy customers will be transferred to H-E-B, while current employees are being offered the opportunity to interview for positions at H-E-B.

"We view these acquisitions as an opportunity to expand the retail experience in these communities and offer new jobs," H-E-B group VP of public affairs and diversity Winell Herron said.

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H. D. Smith names IT vet David Guzmán chief information officer

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H. D. Smith on Monday appointed David Guzmán as chief information officer.

“Health information technology is critical to community health care and essential to any retail or institutional setting, providing the innovative tools that allow pharmacists to ensure a medicine is on hand and costs are closely watched,” H. D. Smith chairman and CEO Dale Smith said.  “David has shown exceptional sensitivity to making technology work for customers and will help H. D. Smith apply inventive thinking to tools that improve competitive service to community pharmacies and health systems nationally.”

In his new role, Guzmán will be responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives to enhance the customer experience, as well as to advance H. D. Smith’s supply-chain and cost-management systems.

Guzmán is an information technology veteran with nearly 30 years of service at Fortune 500 companies in finance, retail, consumer product and health service industries. He joins H. D. Smith from Axciom, an information-service providers, where he was chief information and technology officer.

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