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Costco VP Looks Ahead To 2013 Expo

By Chris Freeman
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As chairman of the Pharmacy and Technology Conference hosted by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Costco Wholesale Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Victor Curtis took the chance Sunday to pitch attendees on the association’s latest event.


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Cover Story - Chain Drugstores

Prescription for Success

By Lynn Celmer
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From expanding their presence into fresh to connecting consumers with their private brands via social media, chain drugstores have been up to quite a bit in the past year.


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NACS Report: In-Store Convenience Sales Up Again

By Chris Freeman
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Rising fuel prices and strong tobacco sales helped push convenience stores to record sales in 2011, but strong growth of in-store sales provided a boost to the industry, as well.


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Walgreens Sees PL Opportunity With Merger

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After reporting a sluggish fiscal third quarter, Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens officials said Tuesday that they were excited about the opportunities involved with private brands associated with Alliance Boots.


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Retailers Make Inroads At The Pump

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A new study by Boulder, Colo.-based Market Force shows that Costco and Kroger are the favorite stops for consumers to fill up their gas tanks, beating out traditional gas stations such as Shell.


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Walgreens Takes Stake In UK's Alliance Boots

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Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens said Tuesday that it would spend $6.7 billion in cash and stock for a 45 percent stake in Alliance Boots, a pharmacy-led health and beauty group based in the United Kingdom.


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PLMA Yearbook Shows Private Label Sales Up in 2011

By Chris Freeman
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The 2012 Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) Private Label Yearbook shows that private label products gained 3.9 percent in dollar sales in 2011, even as unit sales for private label products fell by 1.5 percent.


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Exclusive: Walgreens ‘Very, Very Proud’ Of New Private Label

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Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens is touting the launch of its Well at Walgreens private label line as the centerpiece of its private brand strategy, a program launched about three years ago.


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You're the Top

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 Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper’s director of corporate brands Mike DeJulio says end cap displays can be an effective and useful tool to promote private label products. 


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Sustainability Is Important, But Be Wary Of Price

By Chris Freeman
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Retailers and suppliers who want consumers to buy sustainable products need to be wary of the price premium attached to those products.


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September 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products include cane sugars, barbeque sauce, condiments in squeeze bottles, cinnamon snack seasoning, and jalapeno tzatziki, ice cream, herb toasts, corn puffs, instant coffee, coconut water, and a water enhancer.

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Coming with a clear, comprehensive plan was the key to success for Longo Brothers Fruit Markets when the grocer decided to roll out a two-tier private label strategy, Jenny Longo and Robert Koss tell PLBuyer editor Chris Freeman in this podcast.

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September 2014

The September 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes a convenience channel update, as well as category insights on frozen store brand trends and health and beauty items. Check it out today!

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