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Edeker hails Hy-Vee’s obsession with change

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — After more than a decade of leadership, Randy Edeker, executive chairman of Hy-Vee’s board of directors, believes that a chief executive officer should be a driver of change. Since taking the reins in 2012, Edeker has been the catalyst in equipping the supermarket chain to continuously adapt to a dynamic market.

FMI conference probes implications of artificial intelligence

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — During Leslie Sarasin’s tenure as president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association, the organization has consistently helped members bring into sharp focus the issues that matter most. FMI upheld that tradition at the recent Midwinter Executive Conference here by tackling the topic of artificial intelligence and

FMI represents all four corners of store

FMI represents all four corners of store

As noted elsewhere in this issue, artificial intelligence was front and center at last month’s FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. Anyone who only saw some of the keynote presentations at the event might have come to the conclusion that technology is crowding out other important priorities. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a conversation

Video Forum: Crystal Lennartz, Health Mart

Video Forum: Crystal Lennartz, Health Mart

In this week’s Video Forum, Crystal Lennartz, recently named president of Health Mart and Health Mart Atlas, talks about her priorities for the network of independent drug stores. Among the subjects she addresses are the resilience of independents, efforts to revamp pharmacy payment models, and the continuing appeal of drug store ownership.

Video Forum: Rodney McMullen, Kroger

Video Forum: Rodney McMullen, Kroger

This week’s Video Forum features Kroger chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen, MMR’s newly named Retailer of the Year. McMullen discusses some of the major initiatives that have helped make the company the nation’s premier operator of traditional supermarkets. In addition, he shares his thoughts about Kroger’s pending $24.6 billion merger with Albertsons Cos. (The article

McMullen hailed as Retailer of the Year

McMullen hailed as Retailer of the Year

CINCINNATI — The editors of Mass Market Retailers have named Rodney McMullen the publication’s Retailer of the Year. The recognition for Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer will rightly be linked to the company’s pending $24.6 billion merger with Albertsons Cos., but the deal is only one aspect of the work that McMullen has done

Walmart details its technology vision at CES

Walmart details its technology vision at CES

LAS VEGAS — Doug McMillon and several other members of Walmart’s management team discussed their vision of a new type of commerce — adaptive retailing — at the Consumer Electronics Show here yesterday. Driven by the needs of customers and associates, the concept hinges on technology and its role in creating an interconnected and frictionless

CVS acts to improve the health care system

CVS acts to improve the health care system

CVS Health is once again a catalyst for positive change. Appearing at the company’s investor day earlier this month, CEO Karen Lynch and other members of senior management unveiled initiatives intended to accelerate the shift toward integrated care and transform the pharmacy reimbursement model. One of the projects involves the creation of a new brand

Video Forum: Health Equity Summit, Part 2

Video Forum: Health Equity Summit, Part 2

In this week’s Video Forum, Kearney’s Laura Bowen and Karen Yocky talk about what the consulting firm has learned from its work in helping clients step up the fight against health disparities. They spoke during the second-annual Health Equity Summit sponsored by Kearney and Chain Drug Review.

FMI a willing partner in SNAP renewal effort

Leslie Sarasin takes an expansive view of her work. As president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association, she has significantly broadened the organization’s reach, carving out a bigger role within FMI for grocery manufacturers and other industry stakeholders, while at the same time forging partnerships with groups that support its

Video Forum: Sarah Davidson, ECRM

Video Forum: Sarah Davidson, ECRM

In this week’s Video Forum, Sarah Davidson, executive vice president at ECRM, reflects on the company’s upcoming 30th anniversary in 2024. She discusses the evolution of ECRM over the course of the three decades since it was founded by Charlie Bowlus and — after the pandemic necessitated a shift to virtual sessions — plans to

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