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CVS, Aetna to merge

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s agreement to buy Aetna for roughly $69 billion can transform the health care system as well as both companies, say analysts. The deal creates the first health care company integrating pharmacies, a pharmacy benefits manager and insurance business. It connects Aetna’s extensive network of providers with CVS’ multiple health access

CEO named for Ahold Delhaize USA

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize recently announced the creation of Ahold Delhaize USA. Effective January 1, Ahold Delhaize USA will be the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. companies, the company said, including its local brands, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, Giant/Martin’s and Peapod, as well as Retail Business Services (RBS),

Walgreens repositions its brand

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched a rebranding campaign centered on the new tagline “Trusted Since 1901.” The new slogan, which has replaced “At the Corner of Happy and Healthy,” premiered this month in a 30-second TV commercial. Plans call for the tagline to be featured in all of the drug chain’s TV, online and

NACDS dinner raises $1.8 mil.

NEW YORK — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s 19th annual dinner here last month raised $1.8 million to support evidence-based research, pharmacy education and philanthropic initiatives to improve patient outcomes and advance health. More than 100 companies and individuals sponsored the event. The foundation is engaging in “some of the most pressing

Kroger takes aim at diabetes

WASHINGTON — Project Impact: Diabetes Prevention is a collaborative effort between the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, Kroger Co. and Solera Health to reduce the incidence of diabetes through community pharmacies. As part of the effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) selected the APhA Foundation to build infrastructure in pharmacies to expand

Publix to bring GreenWise to S.C.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. is expanding its GreenWise Market concept into South Carolina, the company announced last month. The location in Mount Pleasant, just east of Charleston, marks the second such store, which focuses on the specialty, natural and organic sector. The store, approximately 25,000 square feet, is expected to open early

Meijer expands home delivery for holidays

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With the holidays approaching, Meijer Inc. announced it was adding toys, artificial trees and other seasonal items to its home delivery service. Meijer earlier this year introduced online shopping with delivery of more than 70,000 grocery items and general merchandise to more than 10 million households across the Midwest via third-party

CVS, Aetna take on health care challenge

CVS, Aetna take on health care challenge

Democrats in Congress and critics from other quarters wasted little time in raising concerns about CVS Health’s landmark acquisition of Aetna. If finalized, the $77 billion transaction, which includes the assumption of debt, would bring the pharmacy innovation company — with 9,700 drug stores, 1,100 walk-in medical clinics and a pharmacy benefits management division serving

The impact of digital technology in the physical store

The impact of digital technology in the physical store

Editors’s note: In this article, the first of a new series on all things digital retail, the authors examine how retailers can prepare to lead in the space they ­occupy. Much has been said about the convergence of e-commerce and brick-and-mortar. Omnichannel finds its way into nearly every article about retail today. And why not?

Target’s new look

RICHMOND, Texas — Target Corp. opened its first “next generation” store in this Houston suburb, featuring a new design aimed at creating a faster, easier experience for the quick-trip shopper while encouraging those not in a hurry to linger in the aisles. The 124,000-square-foot prototype has separate entrances for each. Those in a rush will

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