Retail stars to headline DSN Issues Summit


Walgreens. CVS. Rite Aid. Walmart. Costco. Health Mart. Sam’s Club. Ahold. H-E-B. Winn-Dixie. McKesson. Good Neighbor Pharmacy. Kerr Drug. Rexall Canada. Family Dollar. Shoppers Drug Mart. Giant Eagle. The list of participating companies in the 14th Annual Drug Store News Group Industry Issues conference reads like a “who’s who” of retailing.

Headlining a high-powered lineup of retailers from top chains across food, drug, mass and dollar stores, Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC primetime’s “The Kudlow Report,” will deliver the special keynote lunch address between executive panel discussions at this year’s Industry Issues event, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the highly prestigious New York Athletic Club in New York City.

“Now in it’s 14th year, Industry Issues Summit is about industry leaders and key decision-makers coming together from both the retailer and supplier communities to share productive conversations about the future opportunities within the chain pharmacy industry,” said Drug Store News Group publisher Wayne Bennett. “Sponsors and attendees get access to a great day of insightful discussions and networking among key industry influencers.”

In all, DSN will host three high-level business discussions as part of its Industry Issues conference, with three distinct groups of expert panelists, including:

Issues Summit: Moderated by Dan Mack, EVP strategic business development for The Swanson Group and managing director of the Mack Elevation Forum. Top retailers discuss best practices and new ideas for engaging shoppers in health, wellness and beauty;

Health, Wellness & Technology Summit: 
Moderated by Bob Dufour, COO and partner at Blue Ocean Innovative Solutions. Panelists, including top retail technology executives and new and emerging technology companies, examine new solutions to drive improved patient care using technology as an enabler; and

Diabetes Leadership Forum: Moderated by Dave Wendland, VP and co-owner of Hamacher Resource Group. This panel examines best practices among suppliers and retailers in improving health outcomes and maximizing opportunities to engage patients with diabetes.

In addition to the top-notch programming, the event also provides an important networking opportunity with key retailers with responsibilities that range across the entire store. To register to attend, visit; for sponsorship information, contact Wayne Bennett at [email protected].

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