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The Rexall Story
A History of Genius and Neglect




ISBN 9780789024725
Published October 22, 2004 by CRC Press
175 Pages

 
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In the second half of the twentieth century, 20 percent (10,000) of all retail druggists were Rexall druggists. Now there are none, and this book explains why!

The Rexall Story: A History of Genius and Neglect shows how a brilliant and successful business/pharmacy venture was allowed to fail through carelessness and an inattention to the original formula of the company. From the celebrated genius of Louis Liggett—who started United Drug in 1903—to the business’s demise nearly 75 years later, this significant text will provide you with new insight into the pharmacy industry.

With The Rexall Story, pharmacists, pharmacy and business educators, and historians alike can see how Louis Liggett single-handedly transformed the retail drug business using innovative business practices and policies. Author Mickey C. Smith, editor of the Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Economics and principal author and editor of the seminal book Pharmaceutical Marketing: Principles, Environment and Practices, uses his expertise to explain how Louis Liggett’s techniques were so successful in the industry. This book explores in detail his communication and merchandising skills, his principles in doing business, and his revolutionary techniques for keep his business prosperous.

Using internal documents, photographs, and direct quotes from radio promotions, and the recollections of former Rexall employees, this book chronicles Rexall’s story, including:

  • the beginnings of Rexall—its origins and expansion, International Rexall Clubs, and the unparalleled efforts of Liggett and his franchisees
  • the “Dear Pardner” letters (1903-1923)—unprecedented in “Big Business” even today, these were personal letters between Liggett and his people
  • the Rexall “family”—conversations and correspondence with former “Rexallites,” capturing how the ret

Table of Contents

Foreword  Preface Acknowledgments A Partial Chronology of Rexall PART I: THE LIGGETT LEGACY Chapter 1. The Genius of Louis Liggett: How It All Began Chapter 2. "Dear Pardner" Chapter 3. The Sense of Family and Its Effects: Rexall Retirees Speak PART II: MARKETING REXALL Chapter 4. The Genius of Rexall Product Chapter 5. The Genius of Rexall Price Chapter 6. The Genius of Rexall Place Chapter 7. The Genius of Rexall Promotion PART III: THE DART ERA Chapter 8. Justin Dart: A New Era of Genius Chapter 9. The End of the Rexall Era Chapter 10. Conclusion Afterword Appendix. A Profile of Hazard Rexall Drug Notes Index

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Smith, Mickey C.