Wellness as luxury. Amazon supports startups. Stores as a platform. These were some of the top trends seen by The Fung Global Retail & Technology team at the 2017 National Association of Chain Drug Stores [NACDS] Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona this week. Here, the Top 10 takeaways from the event, according to Fung Global Retail & Technology:

  • The store of the future will build a sense of community

  • Building Social: A startup that builds on the concept of community

  • Stores as a platform

  • Wellness: The new luxury

  • The CMO’s role is increasingly complex

  • A growing senior population underpins demand for higher healthcare spending

  • Amazon is curating and supporting startups with Amazon Launchpad

  • Mobile is underdeveloped as a channel

  • Virtual reality [VR] gains traction in 2017

  • One word sums up the sentiment at NACDS: Overwhelmed

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