February 25, 2013

DSN sat down with Calvin Peters, Duane Reade's PR/online manager, to talk about the launch of the social game Ingress, a mobile platform utilizing location-based services to bridge the game into the physical world, and how the company hopes the game will be the next rung in the evolutionary ladder of social retailing helping to drive foot traffic into its stores.

August 31, 2012

In an exclusive video store tour, Duane Reade senior director of store concepts Mike Defazio walks Drug Store News editor Rob Eder and the DSN.TV cameras through the newest Duane Reade flagship store at 100 Broadway. In keeping with the Walgreens/Duane Reade flagship store strategy, the new store serves as a test lab for several new concepts aimed at driving new trips to the store.

March 21, 2012

Earlier this month, Walgreens announced that immunization records would be sent directly from its more than 7,800 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores and 350 Take Care Clinics to primary care providers over Surescripts’ electronic prescribing network using Surescripts’ Clinical Interoperability services. And later this year, the company plans to share immunization data with local and state public health agencies, and share Take Care Clinic patient summaries with primary care providers. Drug Store News recently had the opportunity to speak with Surescripts president and CEO Harry Totonis about the new service.

March 18, 2015

Walgreens unveiled its CIRCA line of cosmetics at Duane Reade’s 40 Wall Street location in Manhattan.

 

March 4, 2015

Introduced in spring 2014, Discover Beauty Within is an exclusive publication to Walgreens, published through a joint venture between Walgreens and Lebhar-Friedman Inc. The first-of-its-kind beauty and wellness magazine focuses specifically on the mass market beauty customer.

March 4, 2015

When GVP/GMM, beauty and personal care Shannon Curtin arrived at Walgreen Co. about five years ago, the beauty department was already regarded as one of the best and most efficient in the mass business. But it was missing one element Curtin and her teamwork diligently to nurture — love.

March 4, 2015

Jaws dropped six years ago when Duane Reade unwrapped its first LOOK Boutique. The concept exemplified what many drug store merchants had only dreamed about — a selection brimming with prestige brands presented in an environment on par with specialty stores.

March 4, 2015

As part of its quest to be the most loved and shopped beauty destination, Walgreens offers an array of its “owned brands.” These chain exclusives fill in gaps in assortments or offer tremendous value, according to Kina Guyton, Walgreens director of beauty owned brands.

February 3, 2015

Celebrated manicurist and famed color mixologist Nonie Creme has officially announced her newest venture — the launch of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails available exclusively at Walgreens, Walgreens.com, Duane Reade and Drugstore.com.

December 23, 2014

Walgreens expects to close its merger with Alliance Boots by the end of the year, pending shareholder approval on Dec. 29, the retailer announced Tuesday. 

December 10, 2014

Walgreens announced that Greg Wasson, president and CEO, will retire shortly after the close of the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction

 

November 21, 2014

John Foley, Walgreens corporate operations VP for Eastern operations, will retire from the company effective Nov. 28, after a 29-year career with the company, Drug Store News has learned.

October 29, 2014

Pharmacy veteran Frank Scorpiniti has stepped down as CEO of Rexall/Katz Group Canada.

October 23, 2014

John Spina, Walgreens corporate VP expense optimization, and Don Huonker, Walgreens chief operational risk officer, will retire from the company effective Oct. 31.

 

October 20, 2014

Walgreens announced the availability of Apple Pay at Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores nationwide. 

 

October 15, 2014

With their arrival in early 2008, the new leaders of Dollar General began a massive but methodical transformation of the chain’s critical merchandising and marketing functions. The goal: to tighten up and rationalize a store presentation and product mix that had drifted and lost focus, while boosting turns, shelf productivity and profitability.

October 15, 2014

When Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts approached the much-heralded chain drug store and supermarket veteran Rick Dreiling to run Dollar General some seven years ago, the move signaled the investment firm’s determination to return its huge but somewhat floundering retail holding to fiscal health and public ownership as quickly as possible.

October 2, 2014

The Western Union Co. and Walgreens on Wednesday launched international and domestic money transfers through a new Western Union stage-and-pay kiosk model via the Walgreens Balance Financial platform.

September 9, 2014

Apple today announced Apple Pay, a new category of service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. 

 

August 27, 2014

Walgreens will be updating its Duane Reade logo with "Duane Reade by Walgreens" on remodeled and new store exteriors as part of normal signage maintenance updates going forward, according to to a Walgreens spokesperson. 

August 20, 2014

iBeacon technology, the Apple iOS 7 feature that helps mobile devices track their position relative to stationary beacons by using low-frequency Bluetooth transmissions, is getting quite a bit of attention from retailers.

June 24, 2014

As Walgreens carefully considers how to best execute the second step of its acquisition of Alliance Boots, Walgreens on Tuesday relayed its progress in improving its domestic business, including the company's success in winning the prescription business of high-value seniors and the pending national launch of its Boots No7 beauty brand.

May 6, 2014

Duane Reade released the first update to its app for iPhone including the integration of iBeacon for 10-select Duane Reade locations active as of May 1.

May 2, 2014

Walgreens is piloting an iBeacon program across several Duane Reade stores, the Mobile Commerce Daily reported Friday.