In a time when giant drug store, supermarket and mass merchant chains with their own distribution centers shake the retail landscape, the drug wholesaling business is alive and well. For pharmacy retailers, particularly smaller-scale regional chains and independents without distribution centers, the drug wholesaling industry remains a critical back-end resource. Even big national chains still draw on the industry’s unmatched logistical, distribution and storage prowess to guarantee an uninterrupted inventory pipeline, ensure safety stock and support central-fill dispensing operations. Click below to download the PDF of the Top Wholesaler Report.
Over-the-counter health-and-wellness items play a key role in bridging a supermarket retail pharmacy to the rest of the food store. And with extensive outcomesbased medicines on the horizon, more health-seeking consumers will look to make that link between pharmacy and nutrition.
So many of the chronic conditions that continue to challenge the U.S. healthcare system tie back to rising obesity rates and the simple fact that here, in the land of plenty, Americans eat too much — particularly, too much of the wrong stuff. With that, today’s supermarket pharmacies, ideally positioned to help fill the gap between the physician’s office and everyday life, are emerging with unique solutions, leveraging the food-pharmacy connection to help Americans reduce costs and improve health outcomes. Read more
In times of uncertainty and economic turmoil, Americans still have to eat and take their medicines. That essential marketplace truism isn’t lost on supermarket pharmacy operators. Trading on the enormous appeal of one-stop shopping convenience, growing demands among consumers for healthier eating alternatives, and their own growing ability to merge the health and prevention expertise of their pharmacy staff with the nutritional benefits offered in the food aisles, food-store operators continue to elevate the role their pharmacy departments play in overall store performance. Read more
The people shaping the industry and the Drug Store News power Rx 50, as well as how chains are expanding focus amid an uncertain economy, how mass retailers are pushing pharmacy by expanding programs, how regional players are strengthening their foothold by finding a niche and how supermarkets are emphasizing the health/nutrition connection. Click below to download the PDF of Annual Report 2008. Read more