May 21, 2013

To celebrate the service and commitment of the nation’s military and honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country, Walgreens is offering a Memorial Day discount to all veterans and active duty military personnel.

May 16, 2013

Nexxus Salon Hair Care, in what it called a “first-of-its-kind” installation at a drug store chain, unveiled a window display tribute to the Tony Awards and Broadway at the Duane Reade store across from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

May 13, 2013

Duane Reade scored marketing gold as Manhattan fans of Celebrity Apprentice fanned out to vote for one of the two finalists Sunday — Las Vegas headliner Penn Jillette and country star Trace Adkins — by purchasing one of two exclusive flavors of Walgreens' DeLish ice cream.

May 7, 2013

Sato Pharmaceutical, maker of ZenTrip, an over-the-counter motion sickness remedy, recently completed an outdoor urban panel promotion with Duane Reade drug stores in New York, driving trial to the remedy’s thin-film medicated strip.

May 2, 2013

Walgreens VP merchandising, store design and well experience Bryan Pugh walked DSN through the company’s newest flagship store, here, in downtown Boston, Tuesday, a day before the official ribbon cutting of the store.

April 23, 2013

RadioShack has ended its mobile phone partnership with Target amid slumping sales, the electronics store chain said.

April 10, 2013

Duane Reade announced the launch of its first mobile application for iOS devices.

April 2, 2013

UrgentRx announced that the company has closed an additional $2.5 million in Series B funding, led by current investors as well as attracting new capital.

March 26, 2013

The American Diabetes Association, partnering with Walgreens and Duane Reade, kicked off its 25th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

March 18, 2013

In a SEC filing, RadioShack last week confirmed it had recruited Michael De Fazio, one of the architects behind Duane Reade's new store formats, to help the small-box specialty retailer recapture some of its lost retail pizzazz.

February 25, 2013

Omnichannel. It's one of the hottest topics in retail. It's seamless retailing in real-time. It's making sure that the brand experience coming out of a retailer is exemplary no matter how a consumer chooses to engage — on the e-commerce site, through an app for the tablet or smartphone, within the brick-and-mortar location or any two of those venues simultaneously.

February 21, 2013

UrgentRx announced expansion of its line of fast-acting over-the-counter flavored powder medications into Duane Reade and Walmart.

February 8, 2013

RadioShack on Thursday evening tapped Joe Magnacca, who played a key role in making Walgreens' front-end transformation pop, to be the small-box electronics retailer's chief executive. On Friday morning, RadioShack's shares jumped as Wall Street absorbed the news.

And while that hire makes perfect sense for RadioShack, where does that leave Walgreens? While merchants the likes of Magnacca don't exactly grow on trees, in classic hedgehog style the news also speaks to the depth of Walgreen's bench. The company has a lot of faith in Bryan Pugh. They hired him to be chief merchant before they bought Duane Reade and acquired a problem just about any retailer would love to have: two very talented men leading the merchandising drive.

February 7, 2013

Everybody loves a turnaround story. RadioShack is betting that the now-former president of daily living products and solutions for Walgreens, Joe Magnacca, will help author a turnaround story of its own for the small-box consumer electronics retailer.

February 5, 2013

Duane Reade announced the Niantic Labs new mobile game Ingress would be integrated across the chain's more than 250 locations in an effort to increase 'share of voice' and customer engagement.

February 1, 2013

Walgreens promoted Joseph Magnacca to EVP from SVP, effective immediately. Magnacca also retains his title as president of daily living products and solutions.

February 1, 2013

Walgreens promoted Joseph Magnacca to EVP from SVP. Magnacca also retains his title as president of daily living products and solutions. In this capacity, Magnacca will continue to oversee Walgreens merchandising and inventory strategy, private brands, insights and analytics, and the New York-based Duane Reade drug store chain, which Walgreens acquired in 2010.

And that means Magnacca will continue to do what he does best, which is change everything you've ever thought you knew about drug store retailing across the front-end. If you've ever met him in person, you'd know he's not a static person. He doesn't stand still. He's always moving toward identifying that next thing, that next offering or presentation that resonates with people at the crossroads of health and happy and at the same time is something they never thought they'd find in a drug store.

January 23, 2013

For two weeks this winter, customers at Duane Reade are being asked to donate their spare change to help feed New York City’s homebound elderly as part of a relationship with Citymeals-on-Wheels, the retailer has announced.

January 21, 2013

Makeup and beauty expert Peter Lamas, the founder of Peter Lamas Products, in February is launching a skin care collection that promises to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars.

January 18, 2013

Duane Reade experienced nearly a 20% boost in sales of its private label hosiery thanks to a seven-week social media campaign dubbed “Show Us Some Leg,” according to a published report.
The important takeaway here is that the success of this campaign speaks to the overall importance of engaging consumers beyond the walls of the bricks-and-mortar store.

January 15, 2013

Duane Reade, which is owned by Walgreens, has increased Duane Reade brand hosiery sales by close to 20% thanks to a seven-week social media campaign launched in November to raise awareness of those products — produced by Doris Hosiery Mills.

January 10, 2013

Beauty licensing company Boldface Group will launch Khroma Beauty by Kourtney Kim and Khloe in 138 Duane Reade and Beauty.com stores this spring, the company has announced.

January 4, 2013

Following the "People’s Choice Awards," Walgreens is celebrating its involvement in the awards by hosting “Night at the W” events at its stores nationwide on Jan. 10.

The “Night at the W,” which leverages the expertise of its beauty advisers, is yet another example of how the pharmacy retailer is elevating the beauty experience at mass. And the event is an ideal way to promote its beauty advisers.

December 20, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday announced $100,000 in additional donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The company, which includes Duane Reade in New York and New Jersey, is making two $50,000 contributions.