Partnership in focus ahead of NACDS Total Store Expo
Three months out, the stage is set for this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo. This year’s event, which is set to take place Aug. 25-27 in Denver with the theme “Leading Health and Wellness. NACDS TSE is almost 90% sold out, according to past NACDS chairman and Walgreens Boots Alliance co-COO Alex Gourlay.
Ahead of NACDS TSE, the organization’s leadership has highlighted its ability to drive collaboration between retailers and suppliers across categories.
“NACDS is doing a lot to bring retailers and suppliers together to really tackle the issues of today and tomorrow,” said Mark Panzer, the newly minted NACDS chairman and Albertsons senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “NACDS has fantastic senior-level engagement from drug, food and mass — national and regional players alike. Among our associate members, we have that same senior-level engagement, and tremendous diversity across all products and services.”
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson has said that NACDS TSE arose out of the organization’s work to identify so-called “hard trends” within the industry that are almost certain to happen. NACDS TSE was the result of the NACDS board knowing “change was needed to deliver value and to connect dynamics across the entire store,” Anderson said.
“NACDS is about chains and suppliers collaborating, to benefit the consumer, the nation, and the business,” Anderson said. “That is the infinite goal of NACDS. And doing that through the years requires an intentional, determined, and spirited transformation.”
Panzer said the event is a way for retailers and suppliers to work together on ways to improve the profitability as retailers focus on areas of the store outside the pharmacy.
“There are tremendous opportunities to be had by sharpening our focus on the health, wellness, and beauty areas within the store,” Panzer said. “There is so much opportunity for retailers and supplier partners to work together to drive profitable sales and successful partnerships.”
Pharmasave to provide HBP screenings in May
In support of Hypertension Month in Canada this May, Pharmasave locations across Canada will provide patient education and opportunities for blood pressure screening.
“Knowing your blood pressure numbers is the first step towards maintaining or achieving healthy blood pressure”, Allison Nourse, Pharmasave national director, pharmacy innovation, said. “Hypertension is often unnoticed and untreated because there are no symptoms. During Hypertension Month, pharmacists have a great opportunity to help people control their blood pressure by providing screening, counsellling, resources and products to help reduce the risks of hypertension.”
High blood pressure affects more than 7.5 million Canadians and another 7.4 million have elevated blood pressure that will advance unless some lifestyle changes are made, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based pharmacy operator noted. Almost 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable and pharmacists can support people in developing healthier habits to reduce risks of hypertension.
Modifiable risk factors such as diet, exercise and smoking can be altered through lifestyle changes to reduce risks of hypertension. Studies show that pharmacists provide a real and significant benefit to both patient health and increased collaboration with other healthcare professionals through screening, education and hypertension management, Pharmasave added.
The Exchange, DCA partner on ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ fest for soldiers
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Defense Commissary Agency are giving soldiers and their families something to celebrate with Healthy Lifestyle Festivals on most military installations worldwide.
“The Healthy Lifestyle Festivals are a great example of making those BE FIT choices that will improve the quality of life for our Airmen, Soldiers and their families,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “We are honored to be a resource that helps our military community develop healthy habits.”
The annual Exchange festivals feature health and wellness activities, including commissary produce sidewalk sales, exclusive savings on select Exchange fitness items, grilling demonstrations, food tastings and giveaways for service members and their families. The festivals also highlight healthy living tips and products for pets.
The festivals kicked off at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, on May 1 and run through July 3 and are an example of the continued partnership between the Exchange and Commissary, highlighting the value both retailers bring to military communities.
For the Exchange, the Healthy Lifestyle Festivals are part of a larger BE FIT program that encourages soldiers and their families to make better-for-you choices to remain ready and resilient.