Blog Post: Pharmasave National Conference & Buying Show – Inspiring to Say the Least


By: Jon Higgins


We have been working closely with Pharmasave and had the pleasure of exhibiting at the recent Pharmasave National Conference & Buying Show in Calgary, AB as a preferred point of sale provider for the banner.  This was an incredible event hosted by the Pharmasave National Office for their storeowners.  As a vendor, we had the opportunity to attend all of the functions put on by Pharmasave and enjoyed meeting many of the Pharmasave staff.

Our experience with Pharmasave reminds us of why we do what we do.  It is great to see a banner that is truly dedicated to its members and invested in their future.  They have invested in programs designed to help their members remain competitive within their communities.  In order to ensure successful implementation of these programs, it is important for a banner to work with a technology partner that integrates with all of the programs designed to help their members. Here is a list of some of the custom support features we have developed for Pharmasave and other banner groups:

Rewards Program
Our customers build customer loyalty by leveraging their banners brand and implementing their very own rewards program.  They are able to increase sales and improve margins by using our innovative couponing and promotions features to promote specific banner brand items and additional purchases.

Gift Card Processing
By integrating gift card processing into the Star-Plus point of sale, our customers save time and eliminate the need for a cumbersome second terminal prone to user error.

Flyer Import and Downloads
Our customers take advantage of higher margin opportunities by automatically downloading and adding private label brand items to their database.  Customers can import flyers with the click of a button and quickly and easily print promotional shelf tags.  This also streamlines the purchasing process by integrating into our industry leading inventory management features of Star-Plus. 

Product Integration
Leveraging specific banner product catalogues, customers simplify product management and are able to subscribe only to the updates that they want.  This integration frees up valuable time to spend with their patients and customers rather than managing front shop product.

Signs and Labels Printing
Our fully integrated Signs and Labels module comes ready to go with pre-built shelf labels that match the label stock provided by individual banner groups.  We help stores streamline the merchandising process by automatically queuing shelf labels for printing based on received purchase orders or imported flyers. 

Email Marketing
Customers can take their marketing efforts to the next level with email marketing.  With support from the various banners we work with, Auto-Star users can automatically upload customer emails and limit liability by ensuring compliance with Canada’s anti-spam legislation.


By working closely with many banner groups we are able to ensure pharmacies get all of the support they need for their programs.  This has been beneficial to Pharmasave stores in particular as they choose Auto-Star as their point of sale and retail management partner. 

We were very inspired by the support Pharmasave provides its members and the time and money they put into bringing members together to celebrate what it means to be a pharmacist with one of Canada’s great banners.  

It is clear that Pharmasave proudly supports their members in serving their communities throughout Canada.  They really do make a positive difference by creating stronger communities.  It is great to work in such a wonderful industry and get the opportunity to help many pharmacy banner groups like Pharmasave.  We are grateful to be part of the Pharmasave family.


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