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Chain Drug Consortium, The Premier Value Alliance announce merger

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOCA RATON, Fla. and Park City, Utah — Chain Drug Consortium has merged with its Premier Value Alliance subsidiary to form a new combined organization, which will operate as Chain Drug Consortium, LCC.  

The new organization will continue to provide its members with a broad portfolio of pharmacy industry programs and benefits, such as the Premier Value brand program.

Edward Frisch, founding president and CEO of CDC and PVA, has resigned and will remain a consultant to the new company.

 “I am very proud to have developed our unique business model, driving $1 billion in member retail programs and $100 million in member savings, since 2000. I am very confident that our board of directors and management will continue on this path,” Frisch stated.

Ed McGinley, CDC VP of pharmacy, resigned in February to pursue new consulting ventures.

Lou Helfrich, CDC VP of purchasing, will continue to manage CDC’s Premier Value brand program, based in Pittsburg, Pa.

George Bartell, chairman and CEO of Bartell Drugs, will continue as CDC chairman.  

"Eddie Frisch and Ed McGinley have been valuable assets to both organizations, and their contributions through the years are greatly appreciated,” Bartell stated.

Steve Rule, president and CEO of The Rule Group is the CDC’s new president, and he will be opening a new office in Park City, Utah.  The Boca Raton, Fla., office will be closed at the end of May.

 

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Report: Kroger’s expansion into loyalty, e-commerce keeping HR department busy

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger has ramped up its headquarter workforce by 50% since 2008, according to a recent report posted on Cincinnati.com, a Gannett Company. 
 
The supermarket operator has created roughly 100 jobs a year for six years, according to the report, thanks to advances in loyalty card utilization and the company's exploration of e-commerce.
 
Kroger's expansion of private label penetration also has contributed to the job growth, the report noted. 
 
For example, Laura Studaway joined Kroger in 2007 as the grocer's health and beauty category manager. According to the report, she's an engineer by trade and took the job at Kroger as she relocated to Cincinnati from Minnesota. "I love my job because it's like owning your own business unit," she told Cincinnati.com. "I'm empowered to make decisions."
 
 
 

 

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Walmart CEO takes firm stance against ‘religious freedom’ bill in Arkansas

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Arkansas native and Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon has taken a firm stance against a “religious freedom” measure passed by the Arkansas House on Tuesday. The bill (HB1228) is similar to the one that has kicked up a firestorm in Indiana.
 
“Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold. For these reasons, we are asking Governor Hutchinson to veto this legislation,” McMillon wrote in a statement released on the retailer’s Twitter account.”
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked that the bill be recalled, adding that it must be made clear that it's not the intent of the state to discriminate. 
 
McMillon, who hails from Jonesboro, Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas and received a MBA from the University of Tulsa.
 
“Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve," McMillon wrote in the tweet. "It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual.”
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