McKesson taps Medco Health Solutions exec to lead Health Mart franchise group
SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Monday named Steve Courtman president of Health Mart, a franchise of 3,000 independently owned pharmacies. Courtman brings 25 years of industry experience with a track record for delivering business growth through technology, product innovation and sound leadership.
“Health Mart owners and pharmacists are passionate about the success of independent pharmacy and delivering exceptional customer service, and Steve shares that commitment,” stated Brian Tyler, president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “Through his deep understanding of retail pharmacy and the changing reimbursement landscape, he is uniquely qualified to lead Health Mart’s continued success.”
As Health Mart president, Courtman will focus on shaping the future of the franchise. He will work with Health Mart members and McKesson leadership to leverage the power and expertise of the group’s 3,000 independent pharmacies, while driving the rapid adoption of operational efficiencies, technology innovation and expanded clinical capabilities. Ultimately, Courtman will focus on driving business success for member pharmacies, allowing them to focus on the delivery of quality patient care, McKesson stated.
Prior to joining Health Mart, Courtman served as SVP retail markets at Medco Health Solutions, where he was responsible for contracting with independent and chain pharmacies and the creation of pharmacy networks to deliver value to plan sponsors. Previously, Courtman served in various capacities in the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and restaurant-franchise industries.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Health Mart also announced that it has reached the significant milestone of 3,000 member pharmacies this month.
Kellogg’s launches new Special K items
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s has boosted its Special K portfolio.
Building on the success of the brand’s cracker chips, Special K has launched popcorn chips. Available in two varieties (butter and sweet and salty), the new chips are made with 100% real milled corn for a light and crispy texture. Each 28-chip serving has 120 calories and 2 g of total fat.
In addition to the popcorn chips, Special K has added new varieties to its pastry crisps: chocolaty delight and brown sugar cinnamon, which each tout 100 calories per serving. What’s more, the brand is relaunching Special K Protein cereal in response to consumers looking for protein for energy and to feel full longer.
"Every new product from Kellogg is developed based on keen insights into the lifestyles, taste preferences and nutrition needs of our consumers," said Brad Davidson, president of Kellogg North America. "By leveraging these emerging trends, we continue to introduce hot new products that excite both our consumers and our retail partners."
California becomes latest state to require online retailers to collect sales taxes
ARLINGTON, Va. — As of Saturday, California became the latest state to implement "sales tax fairness," in requiring online-only retailers to begin collecting sales taxes on products sold to California residents.
“Modern retailers operate in a competitive environment that requires them to compete on price 24 hours a day, both in the store and online," stated Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retailers Industry Leaders Association. "Closing the loophole that has given Amazon and other e-tailers an unfair competitive advantage over brick and mortar stores is essential to a free market economy that is void of government picking winners and losers."
California joins Texas and Pennsylvania this year in requiring online retailers to begin collecting sales taxes, New Jersey and Virginia will require the same next year, RILA reported.