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Ted Gladson, BS 1959, is a prime example of the diversity of practices available to pharmacists. When Ted graduated, the vast majority of pharmacists went into traditional pharmacy practice; retail or hospital, but, while in college Ted meet 2 Prof. that charged his thinking & direction.
Dr. Bauer and Professor Emig were 2 teachers who brought a creativity to the classroom.
Ted remembers Dr. Bauer starting a 3 hour organic lab with a blackboard question concerning a circular arrangement of Fe++ ions. Of course it was a Ferris Wheel! Organic Chemistry taught him the unlimited creativity that exists in science.
Professor Emig gave him the love of retail not only in the compounding lab, but, Ted also had the pleasure of working retail with the Professor in the evenings. The Professor always wore a white shirt, sleeves rolled up and a tie. Professor Emigs’ ability to relate to people was exemplary and an inspiration to Ted on how to effectively deal with people.
These college experiences, plus Ted’s entrepreneurial spirit, started him on a journey through various types of pharmacy practice including; independent and chain retailing, hospital practice, detailing Pharmacists & Physicians for a pharmaceutical manufacturer, consultant for a drug wholesaler and finally starting his own company in 1971 known today as Gladson (Gladson.com.)
It was Ted’s experience with the manufacture and their over-the-counter products that gave Ted the idea that there was an opportunity to make a difference and a business. An opportunity to create a company that was based on product merchandising; “putting the right product in the right place in the right quantity”.
Positioning of products was not the science it is today where product positioning and quantity are dependent on product movement. Products were generally placed where there was available space, making shopping and reordering a nightmare. Over stocks and out-of-stocks were regular occurrences.
To correct this, Ted developed the “picture planogram” with 8x10 picture of the shelf with the products in each category arranged by product sales allowing for better inventory control and easier customer shopping. Over the years a dimensional & digital image library of over 1,000,000 retail products was developed to allow retailers to combine their UPC product movement data with these libraries to reset their shelves to reflect product movement and provide a better shopping experience.
Additionally, Ted developed retail pharmacy designs for 5,000 new and remodeled independent retailers nationwide to strengthen their ability to compete.
“What I’ve been able to do outside of traditional pharmacy,” Gladson says “shows how many opportunities exist for pharmacist.”