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Reports: Sponsors get green light to circulate North Dakota pharmacy measure petition

BY Antoinette Alexander

BISMARCK, N.D. — Sponsors of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal a 50-year-old section of state law that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists who are licensed in North Dakota can start circulating their petition for signatures, according to published reports.

According to reports, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced his approval of the petition format on Tuesday. Now the committee must work to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by Aug. 6 in order to get the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The approved petition states that the ballot measure would “remove the requirement that an applicant for a permit to operate a pharmacy must be a licensed pharmacist, a business controlled by licensed pharmacists, or a hospital pharmacy or postgraduate medical residency training program,” according to reports.

 

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Retail Solutions, Gigwalk team up to improve in-store execution

BY Antoinette Alexander

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO — Retail Solutions, a provider of cloud-based, big data analytics and real-time intelligence for the consumer products industry, has selected Gigwalk, the local visibility software platform, to power its new RSi Intelligent Crowdsourcing solution.

Under the terms of the agreement, RSi Intelligent Crowdsourcing will combine RSi’s daily downstream data and alerting capabilities with Gigwalk’s platform for on-demand access to Gigwalk’s public network of 550,000 mobile-enabled independent contractors. The integration will enable retailers and brands to gather and share in-store intelligence, identify gaps in the supply chain and trigger actions at the store level to correct errors in near real time. 
 
Each year, $800 billion in revenue is lost globally to avoidable issues like out-of-stocks. Using RSi Intelligent Crowdsourcing powered by Gigwalk, suppliers can accurately detect store or event conditions, send real-time fix notices to store teams, share observations with the value chain and reclaim lost sale, the company stated. Pilot testing prior to launch, which was completed with five retailers and multiple suppliers, resulted in an average ROI of eight times the original investment. In some instances, returns as high as 18% were achieved over a few weeks.

"This is a truly new and innovative approach to solving many store-related problems," stated Peter Rieman, COO of RSi. "By combining hyper-local, crowdsourced intelligence with real-time alerting and mobile technology, we are — in many cases — providing the most cost-effective and timely way to understand, audit and solve in-store activation issues. We believe this solution is a game changer for the industry, and we expect to expand this capability to address multiple in-store challenges, including on-shelf availability, display compliance, new product introduction, seasonality and more."

With RSi Intelligent Crowdsourcing, CPG manufacturers can know with certainty that each critical piece of their strategy is being executed correctly at the store level. The new solution takes the guesswork out of retail execution initiatives, like ensuring proper execution of promotional displays, new item planogram compliance or preempting risks for out-of-stocks, the company stated.

"You can’t manage, what you can’t see," added Bob Bahramipour, CEO of Gigwalk. "Gigwalk eliminates blind spots to increase in-store sales. By bringing together RSi’s sophisticated algorithm-based, on-shelf alerting and scorecard reporting with Gigwalk’s local insights and on-the-ground resources, we are transforming traditional models of visibility, collaboration and action — enabling brands and retailers to achieve new levels of retail execution and compliance."

 

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Shopko names Michael Cantrell SVP retail health

BY Michael Johnsen

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Shopko on Wednesday announced that veteran pharmacy executive Michael Cantrell has joined the company as SVP, retail health. 

In this role, Cantrell will provide strategic direction for Shopko’s pharmacy, optical and Rx care departments. He will report to CEO Peter McMahon.

Cantrell, a registered pharmacist and licensed attorney, is joining Shopko from Delhaize America, where he was VP of pharmacy. Prior to Delhaize America, Cantrell held various executive positions at AmerisourceBergen and Longs Drugs.

“Mike brings high-level pharmacy experience, a proven track record of success and a fresh perspective to Shopko’s pharmacies, optical departments and Rx Care areas,” McMahon said. “His unique combination of legal and pharmacy experience will make him an invaluable resource as we look to strengthen and expand the health and wellness services provided to our customers.”

Previously, Cantrell was group VP managed networks at AmerisourceBergen Corporation where he was named president of the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network. Cantrell also served as VP professional services and chief privacy official for Longs Drug Stores, where he was named to the board of RxAmerica, the chain’s wholly-owned pharmacy benefit manager. 

Cantrell holds a B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado, a B.S. degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah, and a J.D. degree from the former Peninsula University. He is a registered pharmacist and is a current member of the State Bar of California.

 

 

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