DSN’s 20th Industry Issues Summit attracts big names, numbers

Nearly 300 mass retail executives and manufacturers attending the 20th annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit in New York on Wednesday had the opportunity to hear dozens of their colleagues discuss key topics impacting the industry.

Held at the historic Ziegfeld Ballroom in midtown Manhattan, the one-day summit focused on offering the industry solutions to such issues as pharmacy services, enabling patient-facing care and chronic care patient management. Breakout sessions on beauty trends and “Ideas That Matter” were held in the afternoon.

Participants on the panels included key executives from virtually all of the nation’s leading retail organizations, including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Target, Sam’s Club, Kroger, H-E-B, Publix and Wakefern.

Right after lunch, the audience was treated to a 60-minute talk about the current state of retail from keynote speaker Scott Galloway, an award-winning professor at the New York University Stern School of Business and New York Times best-selling author. The keynote speech was sponsored by the Emerson Group.

“I really felt that this year’s Industry Issues Summit was the best yet,” said Eric Savitch, the brand director of Drug Store News and host of the summit. “Where else can our industry draw so many top officials, including many retailers, to discuss the key issues impacting our industry. I was just amazed at how much information was being shared by the panels and how much material was available for attendees to take back to their home offices and to share with their own colleagues.

“Having Scott Galloway as our keynote speaker was simply the icing on the cake. He was not only informative about his views about retail at this point, he was entertaining and kept our interest up the entire time. I want to thank The Emerson Group for making that part of our day happen.”