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Top 10 things to do at NACDS Total Store Expo

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS — It’s show time! Jam-packed with all of the excitement that is Las Vegas, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo has officially kicked off. As you gear up for the next few days and embark on this game-changing event, DSN has compiled a list of 10 key things to do at NACDS TSE.

NACDS TSE marks a new concept for trading partners, combining the Marketplace Conference, the Pharmacy and Technology Conference and the Supply Chain and Logistics Conference into one event. Not only is the industry brought together under one roof, but also more than 1,100 retailer attendees will be in attendance — the most ever at an NACDS conference.

There’s no doubt that over the next few days the opportunities for retailers and exhibitors will be unprecedented. So, as the event kicks off, here are 10 things to put on your “to-do list”:

1. Download the app. Everything you need to work the show will be in the palm of your hand. Mobile apps have become vital resources for NACDS events, and this version will enable you to easily access such information as exhibitors, a map of the show floor and speaker information. It also has a GPS to help you find exactly what you are looking for in the exhibit hall. Via the app, attendees also can create a profile that will help participants link up correctly with their counterparts in partner companies.

2. Educational Programming. Take advantage of 36 — yes, 36 — educational program sessions to be held throughout NACDS TSE. Highlights include: business programs; Insight Sessions on such topics as medication adherence initiatives and healthcare reform; Super Sessions with high-caliber speakers like Doug Long of IMS Health; and presentations.

3. Meet the Retailer. If you expect to have any success on the show floor, you had better know a thing or two about the retailers you’ll be talking with — nothing turns off a retailer more than not being familiar with their stores and basic strategy. Over the years, the Meet the Retailer series has become an integral component of NACDS meetings and conferences. At NACDS TSE, this program has been enhanced and featured presentations on the “total store” by key executives of such retailers as Walgreens, Alliance Boots, Family Dollar Stores and CVS Caremark. Attendees got an overview of the company, heard how retailers use the conference to conduct business, learned what topics retailers expect to discuss with suppliers and had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session. This program was held Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and was restricted to exhibitors only.

4. Meet the Market. It’s the dance before the big dance. It gives retailers and suppliers a head start on the show floor, leading to more productive meetings when the exhibit floor opens on Aug. 11. Participating exhibitors present their company and products to retailers through a series of 10-minute appointments arranged by NACDS. It is geared toward any manufacturer or service provider that is new to NACDS conferences or exhibiting a new product, service or technology. Buyers/category managers and other product decision-makers from drug stores, supermarkets, club stores, mass merchants, convenience, dollar and specialty retail will participate. There are literally thousands of presentations that take place during this highly acclaimed pre-exhibition event. Meet the Market was held Aug. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

5. Business Programs. From Jim Collins to Hillary Clinton to the Pratt Award, the business programs are ones you won’t want to miss! Author and business consultant Jim Collins will offer his keynote remarks during the Aug. 11 opening business program. Collins is author or co-author of six books, including the international best-seller “Good to Great” and New York Times best-seller “How the Mighty Fall.” Also during the morning of Aug. 11 will be the Pratt Award presentation. The annual award that is named for Harold W. Pratt was established in 1985 by the NACDS board of directors and recognizes individuals whose activities have contributed to the promotion, recognition and improvement of the practice of pharmacy within the chain drug industry. Then there’s the keynote address on Aug. 12 by Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York.

6. Hit the Show Floor! It’s sold out. Complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 11, the show floor is bound to be especially impressive this year as the industry convenes under one roof. Be sure to check out the interactive floor plan via the NACDS website or the mobile app to learn more about an exhibitor, booth locations, schedule an appointment and more. Following a Retailer Exhibit Hall Preview exclusively for retailers on the morning of Aug. 11, the exhibit hall officially opens to all attendees following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

7. “Total” Product Showcase. Being featured in the Product Showcase is a great way for exhibitors to expand their product exposure at NACDS Total Store Expo and is an ideal way for retailers to easily check out some of the hottest products on the show floor. Preparation is key to success, and you can bet that retailers looking for new merchandising ideas have previewed these products — which encompass the “total store” — in advance of NACDS Total Store Expo on the Total Store Expo website, and will do so again in the showcases on the exhibit hall floor.

8. Innovation Zone. You can scope out some of the coolest industry-related innovations being showcased by participants. Located on the exhibit hall floor, the Innovation Zone will house such companies as MoBeam, for example. MoBeam is showcasing its patented light-based communications technology and software for mobile handset manufacturers that enables mobile phones to interact with existing POS retail technology. Additional participants include Altierre, A.T. Kearney, Coca-Cola, Descartes and 3-D Printer.

9. Pharmacists Connect. Housed within the Innovation Zone, this center will enable attendees to meet with pharmacists from such member companies as Costco, CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Walmart, Sears/Kmart and Safeway. This is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of how pharmacists interact with patients and make product recommendations to their patients. And the pharmacists will be prepared to answer general questions related to a health or prescription drug inquiry.

10. Networking. After a productive day of meetings, relax a bit, enjoy some good food and drinks, and mingle with industry peers. There’s the Welcome Reception on Aug. 10, Total Store Expo Reception on Aug. 11 and the big Vegas Extravaganza on Aug. 12 featuring Roger Daltrey of The Who. Don’t miss out on the festivities!

 

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Campbell Soup Co. makes executive appointments

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. today announced the appointment of Ed Carolan as president of U.S. Retail, and Tim Hassett as SVP and general manager of Away from Home and chief customer officer of Campbell North America. Both will report to Mark Alexander, president of Campbell North America.

Alexander said, “Ed and Tim are outstanding leaders who have delivered strong results throughout their Campbell careers. The company will certainly benefit as they bring their experience and knowledge into their new roles, to drive growth by strengthening our core business in the U.S. and by expanding into faster-growing spaces.”

Carolan, 44, will assume responsibility for Campbell’s $3.5 billion U.S. Soup, Sauces and Beverages business. Carolan joined Campbell in 2001 and has led several significant businesses. Since 2011, he has led Campbell’s core U.S. Soup and Simple meals business. Under Carolan’s leadership, Campbell has delivered four consecutive quarters of growth in U.S. Soup. Prior to that, Carolan served as general manager — Pepperidge Farm Snacks Division, with responsibility for the company’s crackers and cookies business, where he accelerated growth behind Goldfish crackers. From 2006 to 2009, he was general manager of Campbell’s StockPot and North America Foodservice business. Prior to joining Campbell, Carolan spent five years in brand management positions at Procter & Gamble in both the U.S. and Europe. Carolan earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Hassett, 49, will assume responsibility for leading Campbell’s North America Foodservice business and its retail fresh soups and sauces business, as well as expanding the availability of Campbell’s products in the immediate consumption and e-commerce channels. In addition to the Away From Home position, as chief customer officer of Campbell North America, Hassett will bring together sales teams to build strategic joint business plans with Campbell’s customers in a unified fashion. He joined Campbell in 2004. Most recently, Hassett served as senior vice president of Sales — Campbell North America. Before that, he spent almost seven years at Pepperidge Farm, first as SVP of sales and then as general manager of the Fresh/Frozen Bakery business. In both roles, Hassett’s teams delivered share and earnings growth. Prior to Campbell, Hassett spent three years at Kellogg Co. and earlier in his career spent 15 years with Procter & Gamble in a variety of sales and business unit roles. Hassett earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing / Management from Siena College.

In addition to the leaders named today, Campbell North America Innovation vice president Darren Serrao has been promoted to senior vice president of innovation and new business development, where he will remain focused on leading innovation, commercialization and new business opportunities. Under Serrao’s leadership, Campbell has accelerated its rate of innovation. He has led the launch of several new products designed to expand into faster growing segments and appeal to new consumer groups such as millennials.

 

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Jewel-Osco names Jim Rice VP of operations

BY Antoinette Alexander

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has named Jim Rice as VP of operations for Jewel-Osco.

Rice will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s new go-to-market strategies in marketing and merchandising.

“Over the last several years, Jim’s contributions to the retail industry have helped set the bar on operating standards, illustrating the highest expectations of quality merchandising and continually striving for what is best for our business and, most importantly, our customers,” stated William Emmons, Jewel-Osco president. “His years of experience combined with his vast knowledge of operational opportunities will be an invaluable asset to Jewel-Osco in mentoring and educating his team to reach levels of excellence that we are striving for.”

Rice has worked for Albertsons for more than 35 years. He began his career as a part-time associate with the goal to become a store director, which he achieved in Southern California in 1986. From there, he was promoted to district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, roles which prepared him to be VP of the Northern California division and later the president of the Southwest division.

 

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