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CVS/pharmacy celebrates grand opening of its new DC in Chemung, N.Y.

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy held a grand opening event on Tuesday at its distribution center in Chemung, N.Y., which attracted federal, state and local officials to celebrate the occasion.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Representative Thomas Reed, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara and New York State Assemblyman Christopher Friend were among those in attendance.

The 751,000-sq.-ft. distribution center, which opened for business in June, will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of at least 350 CVS/pharmacy stores in the Northeast. Representing an investment of approximately $90 million, the facility will employ more than 300 people by the end of 2011, and a total of 600 people when it reaches full capacity.

The facility holds the distinction of being the largest industrial building in the state of New York to be certified Gold by LEED, the nation’s green building certification program. It also is one of the 10 largest industrial buildings in the United States to receive LEED Gold certification.

"Our Chemung distribution center is supporting the expanding distribution needs of our retail stores, and is an important part of our company’s overall growth," stated Larry Merlo, CVS Caremark CEO. "The 600 jobs we are creating here [are] part of our hiring effort for more than 5,000 positions around the country and across all areas of CVS Caremark’s business over the next 12 months."

Among the organizations recognized for their support were Southern Tier Economic Growth, Chemung County Industrial Development Agency, Empire State Development, New York State Office of Community Renewal, the New York State Electric and Gas Corp., and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"CVS/pharmacy’s Chemung distribution center is a great example of a public-private partnership that benefits the entire region," added Ron Link, SVP supply chain and logistics. "Not only are we creating 600 new jobs in the Southern Tier of New York, but more than 90 New York-based businesses received work over the last two years from the construction of our facility and the installation of equipment."

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Walgreens reorganizes merchandising, marketing teams

BY Rob Eder

DEERFIELD, Ill — Drug Store News has learned that Walgreens is reorganizing its merchandising and marketing leadership teams to better align the “strategic objectives” and to enhance the integration of those teams, according to a statement from the company.
 
As part of the reorganization, the role of chief marketing officer will be eliminated, and as a result, Kim Feil will be leaving the company effective Sept. 30.

"Kim helped transform the organization from an advertising-based model to a retail marketing organization, establishing an overall brand strategy and building a talented marketing team. We thank Kim for all of her contributions to marketing’s transformation and wish her well in her career as she moves on from Walgreens,” said Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca.
 
According to the company, under the new structure, the senior merchandising and marketing team will be responsible for enhancing the focus on the customer and integrating Walgreens’ approach to health and daily living initiatives across the organization.

Under the new structure, the following people will report directly to Magnacca:

  • Cindy Donohoe, VP pharmacy healthcare marketing, will continue to lead marketing efforts for pharmacy, health and wellness initiatives;

  • Catherine Lindner, VP retail marketing, will provide marketing leadership to all retail operations;

  • Deborah Sabo, VP marketing services, will lead the creative development and execution for all company marketing campaigns;

  • Mark Cordes, senior director of marketing operations and planning, will continue to be responsible for the Walgreens integrated network and other marketing technologies; and

  • Todd Vang, divisional VP marketing insights and loyalty, will continue to lead the company’s efforts to gain insight into customer preferences and behaviors through extensive research and will report to Graham Atkinson, chief customer experience officer.

Chief merchandising officer Bryan Pugh remains with the company, and his role has not changed.

However, to further align the groups, Walgreens also has announced a few key changes on the merchandising side of the operation. Rachel Bishop, divisional VP merchandising strategic planning and analysis, and Moe Alkemade, divisional VP/GMM private brands, will report to Magnacca.

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Broader challenges await new Walmart Canada head

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In her new role as president and CEO of Walmart Canada, Shelley Broader will be tasked with addressing new competition from Target and other retailers expanding into Canada. Broader, who joined Walmart Canada in 2010 as chief merchandising officer, will assume her new role, effective immediately.

Prior to Walmart, Broader held a range of key positions with Michael’s and Hannaford Bros., as well as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Broader is succeeding David Cheesewright, who is taking on the newly created role of EVP, president and CEO of a new regional management team that will oversee Walmart’s retail operations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa, and business development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. Cheesewright will assume his role immediately and report directly to Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Walmart International.

Cheesewright, most recently president and CEO of Walmart Canada, joined Asda, Walmart’s business in the United Kingdom, in 1999. While at Asda, he held a variety of key leadership positions in operations, merchandising, logistics, strategy and format development. Prior to Asda, Cheesewright worked at Mars Confectionary.

"Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada hold tremendous potential for our company and we are excited to have David Cheesewright leading the team," said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Walmart International. "Since joining the company, David has been a champion for our customer, led innovation and delivered returns."

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