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NACDS Total Store Expo to feature forward-looking Vision 2028 pavilion

BY David Salazar

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo is around the corner and the organization will be bringing back its popular “Vision” pavilion at the exhibit hall in San Diego this year. The Vision 2028 pavilion, curated by retail and consumer goods accelerator XRC Labs, will explore the future of retail and pharmacy through interactive technology demos and dialogue with industry experts.

“Technology, omnichannel and rapid innovation continue to play an increasingly important role in the evolution of retail, so we are excited to present Vision 2028 — in large part due to the work and insights of XRC Labs and Kantar Retail,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “This program contributes mightily to the excitement of the NACDS Total Store Expo. Retailers and exhibitors have the unique opportunity to strategize about how their business will operate in the future – a decade from now – in addition to focusing on the product they need to sell today.”

The selection will span such emerging technologies as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3-D printing, machine learning, robotics and computer vision — all of which are currently disrupting current approaches to doing business. The companies confirmed to be participating in the Vision 2028 Pavilion are:

  • AdhereTech: Maker of smart, wireless pill bottles that collect and send adherence data in real time.
  • Facenot: A facial identification platform to recognize customers in real time, identifying loyal customers and giving them special treatment.
  • Feelter: A mart widget for online shopping that serves customers valuable social information on products.
  • Forge: A platform that provides scheduling software, a performance rating tool to track high-quality employees, and a verified talent pool of additional workers to hire, ensuring supply and demand of labor are met during peaks and lulls of business.
  • InVRsion: Maker of realistic, customized virtual reality experiences for B2B businesses, including retail space simulator ShelfZone, which reproduces the store environment by overlaying data onto products, shelves, and zones to support inventory merchandising.
  • LogistiVIEW: Maker of enterprise augmented reality solutions that solve real-world business challenges. The VIEW Platform manages and tracks the execution of repeatable tasks with minimal loss of human efficiency, ensuring a business can have a safer, more productive, and more accurate logistics workforce.
  • Neura: Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technology that enables apps and devices to deliver experiences that adapt to who their users are, and react to what they do throughout the day.
  • VirtualApt: Augmented reality and virtual reality for real spaces. Using proprietary technology, including robots that autonomously navigate and capture 360 degree video, they create the experience of a moving or guided tour of a space.
  • WiserTogether: Maker of consumer-focused healthcare IT solutions that advance clinical and financial outcomes, and patient satisfaction results, including the Return to Health platform.

Also this year at NACDS Total Store Expo, Kantar Retail will return to the innovation pavilion.

Vision 2028 will be open during Exhibit Hall hours on Sunday, August 20 – Tuesday August 22. The NACDS Total Store Expo takes place Aug. 19-22.

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Albertsons names former Sam’s Club CEO to senior advisor role

BY Marianne Wilson

BOISE, Idaho — One of the nation's leading supermarkets has tapped a retail and digital veteran to join its team.

Albertsons appointed Kevin Turner, former COO at Microsoft, as vice chairman of the board of managers of AB Acquisition, its direct parent. Turner also has been named senior advisor to Albertsons chairman and CEO, Bob Miller.

Turner brings decades of retail and technology experience to his new role with the company, including roles at Walmart and Microsoft. His tenure at Walmart began as a cashier in 1985 and culminated in his appointment to CEO and president of Sam's Club and executive VP of Walmart Stores, a position he served in from 2002 to 2005.

During his time at Microsoft, from 2005 to 2016, Turner led a number of teams including worldwide sales and marketing, the retail stores division, corporate information technology, and operations.

"Albertsons Companies is building out its digital marketing and information technology teams to ensure we are best positioned to capitalize on the dynamic changes occurring in our marketplace," said Miller. "Kevin's retail acumen, commitment to innovation and leadership skills complements our team's expertise and enhances our ability to serve our customers for many years to come."

Albertsons operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs.

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Helping communities address prescription drug misuse: What is Generation Rx?

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The Cardinal Health Foundation partners with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and others on Generation Rx to encourage safe medication practices and help fight prescription drug abuse. Generation Rx focuses on drug take back programs, prevention education, community collaborations and best practices in pain management. Learn more at generationrx.org.

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