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NACDS ANNUAL MEETING 2012 WRAP-UP ‘Push’ vs. ‘Pull’ Pharmacy executives exchanged ideas with key trading partners in Palm Beach, while the NACDS chairman praised the role of community pharmacies and discussed strategic legislative issues. M ore than 2,000 retail executives from drug, food and mass merchandising chains and their suppliers met at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., April 21 to 24 for the annual meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). Outgoing Chairman of the Board Bob Loeffler of H-E-B praised this year’s NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. “Whether you call what is going on in Washington, D.C., a problem or an opportunity… there is no substitute for going and meeting with legislators face-toface,” Loeffler said. The NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill brought pharmacy advocates from 41 states to Washington, D.C., in March. It included more than 350 congressional meetings and visits with 86 percent of senators and representatives who sit on key healthcare committees, the NACDS reported. Those figures topped the 275 meetings – including those with 70 percent of healthcare committee members – at the 2011 event. Loeffler detailed continued momentum and described opportunities for further success across the three priority areas of NACDS, including government advocacy, telling the story of community pharmacies, and fostering business community and solutions. He emphasized the importance and the value of NACDS’s government advocacy work on what he described as the “three legs of the NACDS public policy stool,” including Medicare, Medicaid and pharmacy benefit manager issues. Newly elected Chairman of the Board Gregory Wasson – president and CEO of Walgreen Co. – emphasized the value of community pharmacies. “Today, our product is an outcome – an improved health outcome – that only a face-to-face encounter with a local community pharmacist can accomplish,” Wasson said. He described community pharmacies’ operating environment in terms of “pushes” and “pulls,” saying that “those who want to commoditize our industry, our profession” and who have “reduced the value of the patientpharmacist relationship to merely the tactical part of the job – dispensing the pill” are motivating factors for community pharmacies. “Although it may aggravate us, these enti- ties are merely pushing us to leverage the true value of community pharmacy and to not allow ourselves to become commoditized,” Wasson said. “I call this the push.” Wasson also described “the pull” as “what is pulling our industry to step up – that’s our nation’s need for new, innovative solutions to solve our healthcare crisis. The fact is, this push-pull is creating an enormous opportunity for this industry to step up and play a much greater role to be what this country needs, providing affordable and accessible healthcare and using the pharmacy profession to its fullest capacity.” O May/June 2012 retail merchandiser 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Retail Merchandiser - May/June 2012

Retail Merchandiser - May/June 2012
‘Push’ vs. ‘Pull’
Narrow Your Band
Celebrating in Style
Give a Little Something Extra
Charm City Cakes
LazyTown Entertainment
Binny’s Beverage Depot
Vallarta Supermarkets Inc.
Cintron Beverage Group
Total Wine and More
Golfsmith International Inc.
Barrow Fine Furniture
Hedahls Auto Plus
Kopp Drug Inc.
Grafton-Fraser Inc.
Intelligent Office Canada
A1 Counting Solutions
New & Notable
Focus on Licensing - May/June 2012
2012 Preview
Franchising Facts
Hello Kitty Charm
Playing It Up
Saban Brands Powers Up
Mars Retail Group
SEGA of America Inc.
Major League Baseball Players Association
Universal Partnerships & Licensing
Remington Arms Co.
Cartoon Network Enterprises
Hybrid Apparel
Agile Network
New & Notable

Retail Merchandiser - May/June 2012