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Author, business consultant Jim Collins to keynote 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that author and business consultant Jim Collins will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo. The NACDS Total Store Expo will debut Aug. 10 to 13, 2013.

Collins is author or co-author of six books, including the international bestseller Good To Great and New York Times bestseller How The Mighty Fall. Combined, his books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colo., where he now conducts research and teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors. To date, he has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at more than 100 corporations.

“I can think of no better person than Jim Collins to keynote NACDS’ evolutionary new trade show, the NACDS Total Store Expo,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “The groundbreaking nature of this conference will bring together trading partners across the industry — from pharmacy, consumer goods, supply chain, logistics, technology and more. Jim’s expertise will provide a unique opportunity for this diverse group to gain insights on leadership and how to do better business that cuts across all industry sectors.”

Collins will offer remarks to NACDS Total Store Expo attendees during the opening business program on Sunday, Aug. 11.

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NACDS Foundation sponsors nationwide heart-health initiatives

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — The philanthropic arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is supporting various heart-health programs around the country to support a Department of Health and Human Services campaign.

The NACDS Foundation announced the launch of the NACDS Foundation and Million Hearts "Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs," supporting HHS’ "Team Up, Pressure Down" campaign. Various initiatives will take place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

"Given the tremendous impact of the health and well-being of the health fairs’ participants, we are eager to continue our partnership to build healthier hearts and improve lives with the launch of the NACDS Foundation/Million Hearts ‘Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs,’" NACDS Foundation chairman Steven Anderson and president Kathleen Jaeger wrote in a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a partner in the Million Hearts initiative.

The pharmacists and pharmacy students who conduct the fairs will report a number of health-related outcomes, including the number of patients who are screened or at risk for a heart condition. The fairs also are designed to refer patients, as necessary, to physicians for evaluation based on results of blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking cessation and immunizations screenings.

In 2012, NACDS Foundation grants made possible 65 health fairs that served 3,500 patients as part of the "Team Up, Pressure Down" public-private partnership, whose goal was to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The foundation provided $35,000 in grants to 15 schools and colleges of pharmacy around the country.

Services last year included aspirin education for 1,923 patients; blood-pressure screening and education for 2,909 patients; cholesterol screening and education for 1,750 patients and smoking-cessation education for 1,292 patients. Of those screened for blood pressure, 24% were referred for follow-up with primary care physicians, while 36% of those screened for cholesterol were referred.


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Costco sued over diamond engagement rings

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Jewelry maker Tiffany & Co. is suing Costco Wholesale, alleging that the club retailer falsely marketed diamond engagement rings as coming from the New York-based jeweler, according to published reports.

News media reported that Tiffany filed suit against Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco in the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Tiffany said in its lawsuit that it found Costco salespeople sold rings as Tiffany in the stores, but not online, but that the jeweler had never sold its jewelry through the retailer, though Costco does sell jewelry from other high-end suppliers such as Cartier.

According to reports, Costco had not commented on the matter at press time.


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