Issue 05-23-2022

Elation pervades in-person NACDS meeting

PALM BEACH, Fla. — There was a distinctly celebratory air here during the NACDS Annual Meeting last month. Both NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson and incoming chairman Brian Nightengale, president of Good Neighbor Pharmacies, paid tribute to the role that community pharmacy and its suppliers filled during the height of the ongoing

Ahold Delhaize’s Q1 sales climb 8.3%

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize said its global retail portfolio reported sales growth of 8.3% in its first quarter as food-at-home consumption continued to prove resilient. Sales benefited from recent store acquisitions as well as favorable currency rates; at constant exchange rates, net sales increased 3.6% in the period to April 3. Net sales at

Biden seeks to boost formula supply

WASHINGTON — President Biden has asked retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Target, Reckitt and Gerber, to do more to help families get infant formula. Biden this month talked with company executives about Reckitt and Gerber’s efforts to increase production to make up for lost supply from Abbott Nutrition, and asked them for other ways the

New Meijer supercenters anchor growing areas

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer recently opened two new supercenters in northeast Ohio. Located in Brunswick and Canton, the 155,000-square-foot stores are considered retail anchors in developing communities, the company said in announcing grand openings at both locations. Each supercenter offers consumers a state-of-the-art retail experience that features multiple ways to shop, Meijer said. “These

Pharmacy is ripe for a bigger role

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The retail pharmacy industry really demonstrated its value to the American health care system in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, outgoing National Association of Chain Drug Stores chair Colleen Lindholz asserted during her remarks at the association’s Annual Meeting here last month. The challenge going forward will be to build

Sylvester in new role at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has appointed Cara Sylvester executive vice president and chief guest experience officer, a new role at the company, in one of several changes to the 14-member leadership team that reports to Brian Cornell, Target’s chief executive officer. Sylvester joined Target in 2007 and has been serving since last year as Target’s chief

Peters, Rauch, Visalatha join Walgreens’ top management

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens this month added three executive positions to its leadership team, a move the national pharmacy chain said was made to bolster its retail, marketing and customer-experience offerings. The newest team members are Linh Peters, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Luke Rauch, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer; and

H-E-B store includes new features

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B recently celebrated the opening of a new supermarket in New Braunfels, Texas, on the site of a former H-E-B store. The 122,000-square-foot store introduces shoppers to features and departments that are firsts for the company, said Julie Bedingfield, public affairs manager for H-E-B. “With an enhanced in-store experience and commitment to