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Retailers and suppliers must adapt to new food ecosystem

ST. LOUIS — The food and agricultural ecosystem has been shaken by the events of the last three-plus years, calling into question many long-held assumptions about how such products get from farm to table. Disruptions in the supply chain and changes in consumption patterns triggered by COVID-19, inflation levels not seen for 40 years and

Health care deal boosts Amazon’s disruptiveness

Anyone who had doubts about the depth and durability of Amazon’s commitment to disrupting the health care system should have had those concerns put to rest when the company agreed last month to pay some $3.9 billion to acquire One Medical, a provider of physician-delivered primary care services, and 1Life Healthcare Inc., the network’s administrative

Video Forum: Scott Melville, CHPA, Part 2

Video Forum: Scott Melville, CHPA, Part 2

In the second installment of a two-part interview, Scott Melville, president and chief executive officer of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, discusses the regulatory environment for health care devices and dietary supplements (two areas where CHPA has recently stepped up its involvement); state-level issues affecting suppliers; and the value that O-T-Cs bring to consumers at

Video Forum: Scott Melville, CHPA, Part 1

Video Forum: Scott Melville, CHPA, Part 1

Scott Melville, president and chief executive officer of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, tells this week’s Video Forum about how the association has evolved to meet the changing needs of its members. In the first of a two-part interview, he also addresses COVID’s impact on the self-care business, the current state of the supply chain,

Video Forum: Lamont Robinson, AmerisourceBergen

Video Forum: Lamont Robinson, AmerisourceBergen

In this week’s Video Forum, Lamont Robinson, director of supply diversity at AmerisourceBergen, discusses the origins of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and the company’s commitment to leadership in the field. He also addresses the benefits that veteran-owned, women-owned, minority-owned and other diverse businesses derive from AmerisourceBergen’s DEI efforts and his passion for his work.

Where’s the prosciutto? Maybe the local grocer

Where’s the prosciutto? Maybe the local grocer

How viable is it to sell premium specialty food, a process that requires a high level of knowledge and expertise, in the mass market? That conundrum was recently tackled by a small group of grocers from the northeastern U.S. and suppliers and officials representing the Emilia-Roma­gna region of Italy, an area known for prosciutto, Parmigiano

Video Forum: Nicholas Hall, Nicholas Hall Group of Companies, Part 2

Video Forum: Nicholas Hall, Nicholas Hall Group of Companies, Part 2

In the second of two installments, Nicholas Hall, chairman and CEO of the Nicholas Hall Group of Companies, tells this week’s Video Forum about the coming reconfiguration of the self-care sector. He also addresses some of the challenges stemming from the large assortments carried by chains in the U.S.; prospects for over-the-counter health care devices

Video Forum: Nicholas Hall, Nicholas Hall Group of Companies, Part 1

Video Forum: Nicholas Hall, Nicholas Hall Group of Companies, Part 1

Nicholas Hall, chairman and CEO of the Nicholas Hall Group of Companies, tells this week’s Video Forum about how the self-care category performed during the COVID pandemic and assesses its prospects now that a new normal is beginning to emerge. In the first installment of a two-part interview, Hall also discusses Americans’ embrace of self-care,

Associates still lifeblood of an evolving Walmart

Associates still lifeblood of an evolving Walmart

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For the first time in three years, Walmart staged a full-fledged version of its annual celebration for associates, and the event did not disappoint. Thousands of employees from around the world descended on northwest Arkansas for a week of activities, culminating in a gathering at the Bud Walton Arena. The vociferous crowd

Walmart can address rural health care need

Walmart can address rural health care need

Sam Walton started what would become the world’s largest company by focusing on small towns where consumers lacked access to a broad range of quality merchandise at low prices. Now, six decades later, Walmart is following his playbook as it looks to expand its reach in health and wellness. The company, in conjunction with Medscape,

Video Forum: Musab Balbale, CVS Health, Part 2

Video Forum: Musab Balbale, CVS Health, Part 2

In the second installment of a two-part interview, Musab Balbale talks about the strength of the team at CVS Health that is deploying digital tools to enhance the customer journey. He also discusses the company’s ExtraCare loyalty program and the drive to personalize product and service offerings; how CVS’ current store rationalization initiative will impact

Video Forum: Musab Balbale, CVS Health, Part 1

Video Forum: Musab Balbale, CVS Health, Part 1

Musab Balbale, senior vice president and chief merchant at CVS Health, tells this week’s Video Forum about efforts to build on the momentum the retailer developed during the COVID pandemic and further strengthen customer relationships. He also discusses how the company’s identity as a health care provider impacts the front-end business, the advantages of maintaining

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