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Inside This Issue - Opinion

Primary object of mergers is change

Loblaw Cos.’ pending acquisition of Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart drug chain is but the latest example of a global chain drug store business that continues to pursue realignment, if not ­consolidation.

Uncertainty threatens health care reform rollout

The run-up to the launch of the centerpiece of the nation’s health care reform plan isn’t going smoothly.

Retailers should appeal to all the senses

Offering fast-moving consumer goods such as cold beverages, magazines, candy, gum and mints at checkout is the tried-and-true formula for ensuring quick turns on low-margin items with high consumer demand.

Expertise in skin care is one way to build shopper loyalty

Unlike traditional skin care products, which are typically used for moisturizing, medicated skin care products provide relief from such conditions as acne, eczema, rashes and itching, rosacea, warts, and psoriasis.