Discount Drug Stores has announced the appointment of its first National Council
The DDSNC plans to work to make local community voices heard by providing greater alignment between the company’s franchise partners and its national operations
Recently appointed Head of DDS and Chemist King, Patrick Stoll, says it is an honour to help establish the council alongside 12 other franchise partners and representatives.
“DDS’ brand values and core mission have always been about making a positive difference to our customers and to community wellbeing through new and innovative practices, like the DDSNC,” says Mr Stoll.
“The establishment of a National Council will allow franchise partners to have a stronger partnership with national operations, creating a streamlined approach across the board to deliver better services and products to franchise partners and their local communities.”
“I’m thrilled to partner with a group of members who are passionate about the DDS brand. Their knowledge provides us with a local perspective on how we can deliver tailored healthcare advice to these communities,” says Mr Stoll.
Through the NC, DDS is setting their franchise partners apart from competitors by providing them with the tools to personally take charge of their pharmacies and implement real change to meet their local communities’ needs.
Martin Schulz, Chair of DDSNC, said he welcomes the new council as it demonstrates DDS’ commitment to its partners and big-picture thinking combined with local implementation.
“I believe the DDSNC will remove any barriers within the brand, where franchise partners will feel free to voice their opinions on what is and isn’t working. In the long run, this will establish stronger frameworks and strategies within DDS and enhance in-pharmacy experiences for customers,” says Mr Schutz.
“The council may still be in its infancy, but it has already formed robust relationships between pharmacy owner members, DDS, and Sigma Healthcare council members. This is a great avenue to share ideas with key decision makers who will be able to quickly assess and prioritise the opportunities presented.”
“A National Council not only boosts franchise partner confidence but allows them to evolve with the industry. Day-to-day operations are rapidly changing, and a council gives pharmacists the opportunity to transform their business, knowing they have the wider company’s full support,” says Mr Schutz.