NACDS names winners of TSE Product Showcase

BY Gina Acosta

BOSTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced the winners of its Total Store Expo Product Showcase.

Products ranging from health and beauty to seasonal items were on display in the “Product Showcase” on the exhibit floor. The showcase provided increased visibility for suppliers to market their products to retailers.

Evaluated by the retail attendees, winners of this year’s “Product Showcase” are:

Baby Care:              

  • Company: Oilogic
  • Booth: Booth 1959
  • Name of Product: Oilogic Essential Oil Care


  • Company: Mondelez International
  • Booth: Booth 2133
  • Name of Product: Oreo Thins

Cosmetics & Fragrances  

  • Company: SinfulColors / Pure Ice
  • Booth: Booth 1041
  • Name of Product: SinfulColors

General Merchandise

  • Company/Booth: Navajo Incorporated
  • Booth: Booth 1651
  • Name of Product: Qi Wireless Charger


  • Company: Apothecary Products
  • Booth: Booth 1153
  • Name of Product: Ezy Dose Easy Fill Pill Planners

Home Healthcare     

  • Company: 23andMe
  • Booth: Booth 2431
  • Name of Product: 23andMe Personal Genetic Service

Household Products/Non-Edible Consumables

  • Company: EO Products
  • Booth: Booth 965
  • Name of Product: Everyone Aromatherapy

Personal Care/HBC 

  • Company: OraLabs, Inc.
  • Booth: Booth 881
  • Name of Product: Waterless by Gillette Venus

Pharmacy Operations Equipment & Services

  • Company: First Databank, Inc. (FDB)
  • Booth: Booth 2446
  • Name of Product: Meducation

Pharmacy Products 

  • Company: Dexcom, Inc.
  • Booth: Booth 2923
  • Name of Product: Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

To see photos of the Product Showcase, click here.


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GMDC taps long-time association veteran for VP member development role

BY Michael Johnsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Global Market Development Center on Monday named Troy Beeler VP member development.

“Troy is truly the right person for GMDC and this position because of his extensive association experience – which is essential to the role – and deep knowledge of our industry and members,” stated Patrick Spear, president and CEO of GMDC. “Troy brings global and international business acumen that aligns with the association’s vision for growth. We welcome him to our ecosystem of thought leaders.”

In his role at GMDC, Beeler will primarily focus on expanding the association’s reach within the retail and consumer product industry in order to create a global network of those in the health, beauty, wellness and general merchandise value chain.

Beeler was most recently the director of global clients for RetailNet Group, a GMDC strategic partner, where he managed global relationships with The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart and other Fortune 500 clients.

Prior to this position, Beeler was director of executive education and client development for RNG. He helped to launch the group’s Advanced Retail Strategy Program, an executive education program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management for industry leaders from North America and Latin America. He also assisted in initiating RNG’s Retail Innovation Series at MIT, an innovation program for industry leaders responsible for their company’s five- to 15-year outlook.

Before joining RNG, Beeler spent several years in Washington, D.C. with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where as senior manager of sales and sales promotions he managed three member committees in the areas of reverse logistics, coupon promotions and sales agencies.

Beeler will work in GMDC’s Nashville office. He graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in business administration/e-business.


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P&G brands to serve 2016 Olympic athletes in Rio

BY Gina Acosta

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — On the eve of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Procter & Gamble is ready to serve athletes, moms and families from around the world throughout the games.

The company has opened the P&G Family Home event in Rio, where Gold Medalist and Tide Pods ambassador Nadia Comaneci was on hand during the opening event to officially welcome moms of athletes from across the globe including the United States, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Ukraine, Poland, and the host country Brazil.

As the first gymnast to score a perfect 10, Comaneci discussed with moms how she not only redefined the sport of gymnastics, but elevated the expectations of female athletes around the world, a sentiment that she demonstrates in her role as an ambassador for the Tide Pods® Evolution of Power campaign.

“I didn’t go into the Olympic Games in 1976 to score a perfect 10, but learned I was powerful enough to do it,” Comaneci said. “It’s exciting to see how the sport has changed in the past 40 years, as female athletes evolve and continue to impress us all.”

As part of the opening, P&G brands offered complimentary services to all guests in attendance, including athletes, moms and families. Services included: hot towel shaves in barber chairs, hair styling, makeovers, and nail treatments, all courtesy of Gillette, Pantene, Aussie and CoverGirl. Guests were also invited to join the Always #LikeAGirl movement by recording a video encouraging girls around the world to ‘Keep Playing #LikeAGirl." This effort is part of the brand’s commitment to stop the drop in confidence at puberty, as sports are a known to be one of the top drivers of girls' confidence.

The event also included a showcase of Gillette’s recently launched anthem film, Perfect Isn’t Pretty – revealing the tough and often overlooked struggles athletes encounter in their pursuit of perfection.

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists (Decathlon) Gillette athlete Ashton Eaton, a featured athlete in the film said, “Perfect Isn’t Pretty honors the hard work that we as athletes go through on our path to perfection – not just the end result, but the effort we put in from start to finish. As I continue this journey here in Rio, I’m grateful that P&G will be taking care of my mom here at the Family Home.”

The opening event concluded with a surprise performance from Olodum – the celebrated Brazilian marching band whose unique flair and percussion influence is featured in the soundtrack of Gillette’s Perfect Isn’t Pretty anthem film.

“We’re honored to be here in Rio at the P&G Family Home, where our brands support and serve athletes, moms and families on their Olympic Games journey,” said Phil Duncan, P&G Global Design Officer. “We know families never get thanked enough for the role they play on an athlete’s journey, so this is a way for our brands to say ‘thank you.’ We do this by not only offering beauty and grooming treatments, but we provide the comforts of home, including Tide laundry service and a place to relax and enjoy the Games.”

As the Proud Sponsor of Moms, P&G will host athletes and families from around the world at The P&G Family Home through the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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