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Melville’s a step in the right direction for CHPA

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT If there were just one word that captured the flavor of CHPA today, that word likely would be “collaborator.” Because under Linda Suydam’s tutelage, any issue addressed by CHPA never really felt like an “us” or “them,” but rather a confluence of issues and concerned stakeholders all flowing toward a singular, fair solution. With the naming of Scott Melville as CHPA’s next president, it seems the association may have a little more of the same to look forward to.

(THE NEWS: CHPA names new president. For the full story, click here)

Melville comes to CHPA as a veteran facilitator familiar with health care and, more importantly, the vital roles over-the-counter medicines and natural health solutions play in today’s healthcare system. As announced, Melville most recently served as SVP government affairs and general counsel for the Healthcare Distribution and Management Association and at one time had worked on the staff of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., a member of Congress since 1978 and former chair of the House Appropriations Committee (Lewis served in that capacity from 2005 to 2007).

And at CHPA, Melville will have an opportunity to bring all of his decades of experience as an advocator in the healthcare sector to bear. After all, next year the first baby boomers will be celebrating their 65th birthdays. And as the largest generational demographic continues to contend with the wellness issues associated with old age, you can bet today’s healthcare model will be wholly transformed within the next decade. And that means CHPA will be in need of a steady hand at the helm to help frame tomorrow’s healthcare model if self care and affordable access to medicines are to remain a reality.

So in that respect, Drug Store News agrees with CHPA chairman Christopher DeWolf’s assessment that Melville’s “experience in public policy, coalition-building and working with government officials and key stakeholders will be invaluable in guiding the industry through the rapidly changing healthcare environment.”

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Navarro Discount Pharmacies inks deal with Sona

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies, which operates 28 stores in Miami, has partnered with Sona to provide point-of-sale reporting to all suppliers.

The program will be presented to vendors and suppliers at the Vendor Summit on Oct. 8 hosted by Navarro.

"As a Hispanic-centric retailer, we are committed to understanding our customers and their buying needs within every market we serve; in turn, our partnership with Sona will give our suppliers the tools needed to unlock the potential of this underserved market. We want our vendors to know and understand ‘Hispanic’ at the same level we do," stated Jose Alvarez, VP merchandising.

Sona provides a Web-based dashboard-driven data management solution.

Suppliers will have the ability to look into each category and understand what the key sales drivers are for the category. Custom product hierarchies and store clusters will enable suppliers to view the data in ways that are designed to maximize insights and drive sales. Suppliers also will have the opportunity to review how their products influence the shopper’s market basket.

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Bravado, The Bridge Direct to create Justin Bieber dolls

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK A world’s leading global music merchandising company and a global children’s consumer products sourcing and supply chain management company will team up to create an exclusive line of collectible dolls, singing dolls, toys and plush based on pop star Justin Bieber.

 

The Bridge Direct’s new Justin Bieber toy line will debut holiday 2010 with:

  • The JB Style collection figures for a suggested retail price of $17.99;
  • Justin Bieber music video collection singing figures for $27.99 that each "sing" a portion of one of Bieber’s most popular hit songs and come with fun accessories;
  • In-concert microphones ($14.99) that play two of Bieber’s hit songs with cool sound effects; and
  • The cuddly and collectible Signature Plush ($7.99).

 

 

"We’re thrilled to be working with Bravado to create authentic products that Justin’s millions of fans will surely love," said Jay Foreman, president and CEO of The Bridge. "My experience with celebrity-themed toys based on hugely popular musical artists like the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Disney’s Hannah Montana has given me the ability to bring these must-have products to market for fans just in time for the holiday gift-giving season."

 

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