USE OWN BRANDS TO AID PROFIT, DRUG CHAINS TOLD

CHICAGO -- Chain drug stores may look to stem the profit erosion they are suffering today in pharmacy by expanding store-brand programs far beyond health and beauty care categories. Expansion of store brands into general merchandise, snack foods and drinks can strengthen chain drug stores' strategic position as a convenience stop and help retailers win back front-end business lost to alternative formats,

CHICAGO -- Chain drug stores may look to stem the profit erosion they are suffering today in pharmacy by expanding store-brand programs far beyond health and beauty care categories. Expansion of store brands into general merchandise, snack foods and drinks can strengthen chain drug stores' strategic position as a convenience stop and help retailers win back front-end business lost to alternative formats, according to a panel of industry executives gathered here for the opening of the Private

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