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WAG’s Beth Stiller to discuss earning ‘share of heart’ at upcoming thought leadership event

BY Antoinette Alexander

DENVER — Did you know that your personal leadership story matters? To shed light on why diversity of thought, self-evaluation and personalizing your own story is the only way to true leadership effectiveness, Walgreens’ Beth Stiller will take the stage as a speaker during the upcoming thought leadership event to be hosted by Drug Store News and the Mack Elevation Forum on Aug. 21.

Stiller, who serves as Walgreens’ group VP, retail brands and global sourcing, will share why earning “share of heart” with your team is the heart of team cohesiveness and a healthy culture. Deep listening, empathy, trust and collaboration are the currency of the new economy.

This powerful event will start a day before the opening of the NACDS Total Store Expo and will challenge attendees to think differently about brand building, breaking through to today’s consumer, why “share of heart” matters in the currency of the new economy, how mobile and social are changing the rules, and what’s next in a totally connected, global retail world.

Additional speakers include —

•  Meg Columbia-Walsh, global lead of digital innovation and marketing excellence at Ernst & Young;
•  Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer at Kantar Retail;
•  Ryan Olohan, head of health care at  Google;
•  Karuna Rawal, EVP business lead at Arc/Leo Burnett Group;
•  Marc Landsberg, president/COO at Social Deviant;
•  Greg Kahn, advisor at Internet of Things Consortium; and
•  Gary Preston, CEO of Preston Partners.

“People need to attend and take time from their busy schedules to gain fresh insights and ideas from cutting-edge experts in their related fields to help grow your business,” DSN publisher Wayne Bennett said. “We also strive to provide an environment for industry leaders and those interested in gaining new ideas that matter to your business and a place where you can learn what’s next and stay ahead of the competition.”
 
For registration information, visit theelevationsummit.com. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Wayne Bennett at wbennett@drugstorenews.com.

 

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Next up for Alibaba: Robots

BY Marianne Wilson

TOKYO — Alibaba wants to put a robot, specifically one named Pepper, in your home — or store.

The Chinese e-commerce giant and Foxconn Technology Group announced they are each investing $117.8 million in Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank’s robotics unit, SoftBank Robotics Holding Corp. Softbank will own 60% of the joint venture, with Alibaba and Foxconn each holding ownership stakes of 20%.

The three companies  plan to bring SoftBank’s human-like robot, Pepper, to global markets, envisioning it for use across a range of sectors, ranging from healthcare to at home. Pepper is already in use in some stores in Japan, including SoftBank’s mobile phone shops where it welcomes customers. 

The white plastic robot was designed by French robotics company Aldebaran Robotics, a subsidiary of SoftBank. Billed as the “world’s first personal robot with emotions,” it can reportedly recognize human voices and read facial expressions and body language. It can also carry on basic conversations.

"As we enter the data technology era, robotics will become a critical field that catalyzes technological breakthroughs in numerous sectors such as healthcare, public services, research and at home,” said jack Ma, founder and executive chairman, Alibaba Group Holdings. “We are delighted to play an active role in the emerging field of robotics, that with cutting-edge technology and transformative products and services, can positively impact millions of lives.”

SoftBank plan to make the robot available to the public on Saturday.

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Bartell Drugs, Food Lifeline team up to fight hunger

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Regional pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs has announced that it is continuing its tradition of helping to fight hunger in the Puget Sound area with its “Bartell’s Community Food Drive,” a community partnership with Food Lifeline.
 
Now through June 27, Bartell Drugs locations throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are accepting non-perishable food items to replenish local food banks in the summer months when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home.
 
Suggested items to purchase for in-store donations include tuna, instant oatmeal, cereals, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jam, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. 
 
Last year’s food drive generated more than 5,400 pounds of food donations — the rough equivalent of 4,520 meals.  According to the company, its food drives over the past five years have totaled more than 138,400 pounds of food donations. 
 
“For many families, dealing with food hardship is an ongoing challenge, and the need becomes more acute during the summer months when children are at home and school programs are not available,” Bartell Drugs chairman George Bartell said. “With the support of our customers, we hope to fill a very important need in the communities we serve.”
 
 

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