N.A.R.D. Notes Volume 21, No. 8

National Association of Druggists

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...of the use of trade coupons and all similar devices, by the manufacturers of food products, or any other article of merchandise which is sold by the retail merchant and Resolved further: That we express the conviction that the trade coupon is an added expense in the conduct of our business from which no one is benefited except the coupon corporation, or manufacturers who pack them in their goods. The Progress of the Drug-Chain Merger United States District Attorney George W. Anderson, at Boston, acting for the Department of Justice at Washington, has begun an investigation of the reported merger of the United Drug Company and the Riker-Hegeman Company, to determine whether there has been any violation of the antitrust laws. He is making a through study of the combination and its business methods, but as yet has formed no opinions as to procedure. The Riker-Hegeman company has been under investigation for many months, and a report on the matter was expected shortly. The merger with the United company has, however, opened up new phases of the case, and it is probable that the report will be delayed for some time. As explained in recent dispatches from Washington, the government is concerned chiefly with the purchasing methods of the companies. As vendors, selling through a chain of stores that supply a local trade, they are doing an intrastate business and cannot be regulated under the Sherman act. As purchasers, however, the government contends the companies buy from large wholesalers throughout the country, receive shipments that pass through several states, and in that way engage in interstate commerce which the federal authorities may investigate. Details of the plan whereby the two big drugstore-chain concerns are to be consolidated as soon as the assen...