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Inside Dollar General

BY DSN STAFF

For a more in-depth look at Dollar General’s most current store prototype, check out this exclusive DSN Store Tour slideshow, featuring extensive photos of the store.

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Walmart intros pickup concept

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart began testing Walmart Pickup – Grocery, a new same-day pickup concept, on Sept. 29. The retailer continues to explore new ways to make shopping faster and more convenient by integrating its digital and physical assets. Located in Bentonville, Ark., Walmart Pickup – Grocery enables customers to place grocery orders online and schedule a pickup time at no additional charge.

“We look at this as an opportunity to allow customers to shop how they want to, when they want to,” said Jeff Davis, Wal-Mart U.S. EVP and CFO, who discussed the concept during an analyst presentation in June. “Within this depot, it will have access to about 10,000 items. … These are high-volume items. It’s not only in grocery and fresh and dry, but also it includes anything in our over-the-counter market.”

If the concept takes off, the convenience play may be of particular appeal to millennial shoppers, who don’t take the time to plan their meals ahead as often as their baby boomer elders do. According to the Food Marketing Institute’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2014, while millennials make lists before they shop, 37% of them do so right before the shopping trip. And for younger generations in particular, planning for a shopping trip is much more likely to be about building a meal or other eating occasion rather than stocking up the pantry. More than one-quarter of all meals consumed by twenty-somethings include items purchased earlier in the day.

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GUEST COLUMN: WSU Spokane career seminar delivers insights on public policy, health

BY Steve Anderson

 

What happens when student pharmacists discover that their professional path may prove equal parts public health and public policy? After an amazing event on Tuesday at Washington State University College of Pharmacy, we just may find out.
The next generation of pharmacists at the Spokane, Washington campus welcomed a very special guest who – by all accounts – delivered insights that were equal parts informative and inspiring. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) participated in what the college calls its Career Seminar Series. I had the honor of participating with the Congresswoman on the panel, which was moderated by Dean Gary Pollack.

The Congresswoman is one of the nation’s most senior members of Congress, and she has emerged as a true champion of pharmacy issues. As the chair of the House of Representatives Republican Conference, she is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress. The Congresswoman also serves as the lead House sponsor of the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act.

In addition to these authoritative credentials that Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers brought to the discussion, there is no more persuasive of a leader when it comes to communicating the importance of engaging in the public policy arena at the grassroots level.
That proved true throughout the conversation of pharmacy’s enhanced appreciation among government officials; of Congress’ pursuit of policy to foster healthcare innovation; and certainly of the momentum behind pro-pharmacy-care legislation in Congress.
I have no doubt that the student pharmacists left the presentation with a greater appreciation of their ability to shape patient care and public policy alike, and with a true fire-in-the-belly to deliver on their potential. It’s going to be exciting to see what they do with it!

Steve Anderson is the president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

 

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