Drug Store News looks at how independent community pharmacies stay competitive in the face of unprecedented pressures in the form of national chain competitors and a drug-pricing system that’s stacked against them.
Although retail freezer-case sales have been declining in recent years, the trend now has reversed and is expected to continue this year, per a 2019 forecast by Acosta, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based sales and marketing firm.
This year will see CVS Health merging its business with Aetna, Walgreens continuing to integrate stores purchased from Rite Aid and Rite Aid moving forward with its business in the wake of its terminated merger with Albertsons.
With Amazon Go charting a high-tech path for cashier-free stores, other retailers — whose budgets may not be as expansive as Amazon’s — are taking different approaches to using technology to change how shoppers pay for products.
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