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NACDS’ chief lobbyist cited as ‘one of nation’s top 5’ in CQ Roll Call

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ SVP government affairs and public policy Carol Kelly has been featured by CQ Roll Call in an article titled “Advocacy Tips From 5 of the Nation’s Best.” The article is a lead-up to the Nov. 16 ceremony for the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference’s Excellence in Advocacy award, for which Kelly is a finalist. 

Kelly is nominated in the “Veteran Advocate” category for her career  to advancing healthcare issues in the best interest of patients and America’s healthcare system. Among Kelly’s advocacy efforts are initiatives that led to pharmacists being able to administer vaccines in all 50 states and the legalization of electronic prescriptions Kelly has led advocacy efforts that have allowed pharmacists to administer vaccinations in all 50 states, and for electronic prescriptions.

In the article, Kelly emphasized authenticity and honesty with an audience. 

“Know your topic and your audience. Be honest with the people you’re dealing with,” she said.

Kelly also reflected on the changes in the advocacy field since she start her career.

“With social media, grassroots, political action committee activities, and communications strategies, the whole nature of advocacy has changed,” she said. 

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H-E-B introduces e-commerce

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SAN ANTONIO — Grocery e-commerce has thus far mostly been the province of large vertical players like Kroger, mass merchandisers like Target and Wal-Mart, and online platforms like Amazon and Instacart.
 
However, H-E-B is now making 50,000 food, drugstore and general merchandise products available to purchase and ship at its corporate site.
 
Orders can be shipped throughout Texas, to 46 states within the continental U.S. and to military bases worldwide. One positive result is that H-E-B shoppers can more easily obtain products not available at their local store
 
All customer orders are delivered using standard shipping and in some Texas cities may arrive the next day. Orders are shipped in one to three days and can be sent throughout Texas, to all states except California, Alaska and Hawaii, and to any Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO) address in the world.
 
Shipping fees vary and average $5 to $10 per order. Some products require a minimum order quantity, but all products are priced at the same prices in-store.
 
H-E-B has also created a "no hassle" return policy for online orders. Any product ordered online can be returned to any H-E-B store anywhere for an immediate full refund, or products can be sent back using free shipping.
 
"Now, even if you move outside of Texas, you'll still have a 'neighborhood H-E-B' just a click away,” said Martin Otto, chief merchant and CFO of H-E-B.
 
H-E-B’s decision to provide its own online delivery service, rather than turn to a third-party provider like Instacart, demonstrates the increasing pervasiveness of e-commerce and seamless commerce among retailers of all sizes in all verticals. Retailers like H-E-B may not yet be able to offer same-day delivery, but the online delivery gap is starting to close.
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