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AmerisourceBergen VP strategic accounts retires after storied 37-year career

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.  – Jerry Dale Cline, AmerisourceBergen VP strategic accounts, community & specialty pharmacy group is retiring after a 37-year career in the wholesale and retail drug industry, the wholesaler announced recently.

Cline began his drug wholesaler career at Fox-Vliet Drug Company in 1979. While there, Cline was a sales consultant at a time preceding the prime-vendor concept. He had the task of managing a variety of retailers, hospitals and clinics and transitioning his accounts from placing orders over the telephone to using an electronic order-entry platform.

In 1982, Cline joined one of AmerisourceBergen’s predecessor companies, Bergen Brunswig, where he was on the leading edge of the wholesale drug industry transition from a fractured purchasing platform to an established prime-vendor model. In 1990, Cline was promoted to division manager of Bergen Brunswig’s Tulsa Oklahoma Distribution Center, where he led a group of more than 100 associates servicing a diverse customer base in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Cline continued to advance to more challenging roles, ultimately serving as SVP retail sales and marketing. Most recently, Cline served as VP strategic accounts at AmerisourceBergen since 2012.

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Fred’s Pharmacy signs distributor McLane Company to multi-year contract

BY Michael Johnsen

TEMPLE, Texas – McLane Company announced Thursday it has been chosen as the main distributor for Fred’s Pharmacy. With more than 650 locations across the Southeastern part of the United States, this new service agreement allows McLane’s nationwide reach and expertise to consolidate the work of Fred’s 60-plus previous distributors.

The multi-year contract, beginning in October, includes distribution of key product categories tailored specifically to fit the needs of Fred’s unique format of a discount retailer and pharmacy.

“McLane is well-known in the industry for offering supply chain efficiencies and additional benefits of scale of a single source of supply for key consumable categories,” stated Michael Bloom, Fred's CEO. “Partnering with McLane as an alternate distribution source allows us to improve our efficiencies and overall direct-to-store process including our ability to improve service, assortment and freshness; and ultimately grow sales and profit.”

Fred's recently participated in McLane’s value-add Center for Category Innovation process, where the retailer was able to benefit from McLane’s proprietary sales database and category managers to identify and capitalize on key merchandising trends and market-specific product mix and planograms.
 

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