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NACDS gears up for Annual Meeting with mobile app, mobile website

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores launched its 2012 Annual Meeting mobile application and the NACDS mobile website has been fully updated with information about this meeting and all 2012 NACDS events. Combined, these mobile resources offer Annual Meeting attendees practical tools that they will find helpful in advanced planning and onsite implementation, NACDS said.

This mobile app, first introduced for the 2010 NACDS Annual Meeting, is designed to enhance attendees’ efficiency and experience at the NACDS Annual Meeting, which will take place April 21 to 24 in Palm Beach, Fla. NACDS also utilized similar apps for various NACDS conferences and events.


The NACDS mobile website, found at M.NACDS.org, serves as a “guide on the go” to NACDS meetings, advocacy and communications. This year’s Annual Meeting attendees will find on the site an updated schedule, floor plan, list of participants and other information about the upcoming event. The site is specifically designed for ease of use on any smartphone with a Web browser.



The 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting Mobile App can be downloaded on a number of mobile platforms. For iPhone (plus, iPod Touch & iPad) and Android phones: visit the App Store or Android Market on the phone and search for ‘2012 NACDS Annual Meeting’ and download the mobile app.
 For all other Smartphones (including BlackBerry and all other Web browser-enabled phones): direct the mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/nacdsam2012. From there, download the proper version of the app to match the device, or bookmark the page for future reference.

“Innovations in technology enable NACDS to bring cutting-edge efficiencies to its member programs and services,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS continues to utilize technology to continuously enhance the meeting experience.”

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment bring ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ ‘Zorba the Greek’ to Blu-ray

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Two critically acclaimed films are making their Blu-ray debut on June 5.

"The Grapes of Wrath," starring Henry Fonda, and "Zorba the Greek," starring Anthony Quinn, will arrive on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for the first time.

Both films were nominated for and won Academy Awards, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment noted.

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Is a new beauty format on the horizon for CVS/pharmacy?

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that CVS/pharmacy is closing all of its upscale Beauty360 stores may have raised a few eyebrows — or perhaps not — but now it will be interesting to see the changes that occur in store and online in beauty.

(THE NEWS: CVS/pharmacy to close all Beauty360 locations. For the full story, click here)

With Walgreens exporting Duane Reade’s upscale Look Boutique from New York to Walgreens locations throughout the country, is it possible that we are not far off from a new beauty format for CVS? Perhaps a special beauty-forward format driven by its store segmentation initiatives?

CVS/pharmacy has, in fact, hinted that future iterations could bring more category-focused versions like the Urban Cluster stores that put a greater emphasis on food. During its Analyst Day in December 2011, Mark Cosby, president of CVS/pharmacy, told analysts that it plans to test “several volume-based clusters, including a program for our top pharmacy stores and a program for our top beauty stores.”

Furthermore, CVS/pharmacy hasn’t been bashful about its desire to capture a greater share of the shoppers’ wallet — especially within beauty. The company has indicated that its top customers spend 27% of their wallet on beauty with CVS and 73% of their wallet elsewhere. This upside represents a $1.5 billion opportunity in beauty alone!

And what about the services the retailer had been offering in the Beauty360 stores? Could some element — or all of it, the mini-manis, etc. — end up in store? Maybe not in all 7,300-plus CVS/pharmacy stores, but perhaps in those beauty-forward locations where shoppers already over-index in beauty purchasing? … Hard to tell for sure at this point, but it sure makes you think.

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