I agree a little with both you and Patriot. I think the Drug division was a force under American stores because American stores understood the importance of the drug store chains. Now ABS uses the drug stores to help them build customer count (or at least slow the tide of lost customers)
Yes it sounds like Tripp has no directive other than to fall in line with the Albertsons way of thinking. I always thought when you attained the level (and money) a K Tripp has, we as shareholders were paying him to help the CEO and COO make better decisions.
Sounds like K Tripp doesn't want to or can't take a little heat to get the drug division back on track. Gee another over paid yes man, what a surprise.
Without leadership in the drug division, this food retailer continues to get hammered by WalMart and Costo. It is so odd, the one advantage Albertsons has over the new generation of food retail competitors is the fact that they had a decent drug store chain, and under the leadership of L Johnston and K Tripp they have traded and sold that advantage away for nothing but a future of continued disappointments.