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Ahold Delhaize delivers on Better Together strategy

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — A year after the merger that brought Ahold Delhaize into being, the company shows every sign of delivering on the promise that led to the deal. Strong second quarter results, released last month, reflect an organization that is effectively leveraging its newfound scale to operate more efficiently, develop synergies and capitalize on

Retail innovation isn’t just for industry giants

Retail innovation isn’t just for industry giants

Recent moves by retailing giants that will impact the way consumers obtain goods and services have received a great deal of attention from people both inside and outside the industry. Walmart’s new partnership with Google to offer voice-activated shopping, and the completion of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market and the immediate push to start

WBA a change agent in retail pharmacy

WBA a change agent in retail pharmacy

In ways both obvious and subtle, the retail pharmacy landscape continues to be reshaped by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. In less than 24 hours late last month, the company made two moves that demonstrate its profound influence on the future trajectory of the sector. The development that grabbed all the headlines was WBA’s agreement to

Driving ‘Future Value’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Many of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ considerable strengths were on display at the organization’s Annual Meeting here last month. During the four-day event at the Phoenician resort, which brought together 2,250 executives from 400 companies representing the full spectrum of stakeholders in chain pharmacy, the deep involvement of members,

Disruptive change is industry’s new norm

Disruptive change is industry’s new norm

The established order in mass market retailing has been shaken in recent years by the emergence and increasing prominence of Amazon and other e-commerce alternatives to brick-and-mortar stores. Online merchants continue to make inroads in one category after another — everything from books, (the foundation of Amazon’s business) and home entertainment to apparel and groceries.

Pharmacy advocates are forced to adapt

Pharmacy advocates are forced to adapt

A powerful late-winter storm earlier this month derailed the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ ambitious plans for RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill. Snow, sleet and freezing rain in Washington, D.C., and more severe conditions northward up the East Coast prompted cancelation of the annual event, which would have brought together some 400 industry advocates,

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