June 19, 2013

Walgreens, together with Chicago-based solar developer SoCore Energy, announced on Wednesday that they will build more than 200 new solar installations at Walgreens stores throughout California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

June 18, 2013

AquaHydrate, a Southern California-based health and fitness water company, announced expanded retail distribution across the West and Midwest regions of the United States, including Walgreens, Savemart, Raley's, Pharmaca stores and more.

June 17, 2013

Walgreens today announced a donation to the Pan American Health Organization to help make 35,000 doses of flu vaccine available to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua, building upon a successful public-private initiative to help create greater access to seasonal flu vaccine in developing countries.

June 13, 2013

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are teaming with health departments and local AIDS organizations across the country to provide free HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, according to a release from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

June 13, 2013

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. earmarked $2 million in tax credits for a Walgreens distribution center in DeForest, Wis., according to a report published Wednesday by the Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee.

June 12, 2013

Walgreens on Wednesday reached an agreement settling DEA concerns relating to the distribution and dispensing of controlled substances.

June 11, 2013

I couldn’t let this week go by without noting the passing of another of the hugely talented, but low-profile retail innovators who made the chain drug store industry the powerhouse it is today.

As Drug Store News reported June 5, Stephen LaFrance died unexpectedly last Wednesday at the age of 71. LaFrance’s passing came less than nine months after he sold his powerhouse regional pharmacy business, USA Drug, to rival Walgreens for $438 million. So, sadly, he didn’t get much chance to relax and enjoy the harvest of a lifetime of hard work in the drug store industry.

LaFrance never sought the limelight as a business leader or health professional, preferring to toil quietly but successfully in the shadow of Walmart and other national retailers. So he may be unknown to many pharmacists and pharmacy students.

To LaFrance, that lack of renown never mattered much. His is a remarkable, rags-to-riches success story in pharmacy, retailing and wholesaling, and it would make a good case study in any pharmacy school business curriculum.

June 10, 2013

Are retail clinics a fad or a permanent and viable part of the healthcare landscape?

That was the question explored by health experts at a web-based summit April 25, presented by the Rand Corp. and the University of Pittsburgh.

June 10, 2013

Beginning July 1, Walgreens will be able to provide tube feeding services to Medicare patients in 97 of 100 competitive-bidding areas nationwide, the healthcare solutions provider announced last week. The contracts are up for renewal every three years.

This is just another example of how Walgreens is transforming its pharmacy business into a center for healthcare solutions — this goes far beyond dispensing and ultimately aims squarely at reducing hospitalization costs, another way that Walgreens is helping payers bend the cost curve. It begs the question: Should traditional suppliers be thinking about the role their products can play as Walgreens develops new business segments like infusion services?

June 10, 2013

With a striking new pharmacy design and workflow system that pulls the pharmacist out from behind the counter and right into the patient waiting area, the nation’s top pharmacy retailer is helping to drive healthcare reform and the accelerating revolution in pharmacy-based patient care.

June 7, 2013

Beginning July 1, Walgreens will serve as a Medicare Contract Supplier by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide services to Medicare beneficiaries requiring enteral nutrition (i.e., tube feeding) in 97 of 100 competitive-bidding areas nationwide, the pharmacy operator recently announced.

June 5, 2013

Stephen LaFrance, 71, former owner of USA Drug, passed away Wednesday morning, DSN has learned.

June 5, 2013

Walgreens posted third-quarter sales of $18.3 billion, up 3.3%.

June 4, 2013

Beauty brand Vbeaute has announced its expansion into a handful of Duane Reade and Walgreens Look Boutiques this summer.

June 3, 2013

Cosmetic Promotions has announced the addition of a new college program for those manufacturers interested in targeting the teen market.

May 30, 2013

The Mack Elevation Forum and the Drug Store News Group will co-host a one-day summit event on Aug. 9 at the Westin Hotel as a special kickoff for Total Store Expo. Assembling some of the top minds in retail, "The Elevation Forum: The Seven Ideas to Create the Future," will give attendees a grasp of emerging industry best practices in strategic sales, marketing, merchandising and retail consumer packaged goods strategy.

May 30, 2013

Mass market retailers increasingly are elevating their health and beauty departments to help shoppers look good and feel good — initiatives that are playing out in various forms at retail. To share with readers some of the most innovative efforts currently underway at mass, Drug Store News took a closer look at what's trending now in beauty.

May 30, 2013

The beat goes on for Walgreens' store development activities, as the chain last month hosted grand opening events in Boston and San Francisco — about one week apart.

May 30, 2013

Yoga products have become a high growth category, and drug store retailers are finding ways to capitalize on the growing trend.

May 29, 2013

Cause Marketing Forum named America’s Checkout Charity Champions, a first-of-its-kind study ranking the largest consumer checkout donations in the U.S. last year.

May 23, 2013

Responding to Monday’s devastating tornado in the Oklahoma City area, Walgreens this week mobilized increased shipments of essential supplies to its area stores; made an initial donation of three semi-trailers of food, water and first aid supplies to the Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross; and offered customers an opportunity to make donations at its Oklahoma drug stores.

May 22, 2013

The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of large U.S. employers, honored Walgreens for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging their workers and families to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles.

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 20, 2013

Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has made a “founder’s gift” of $100,000 to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation to help further nurse practitioner education by supporting the Foundation’s Scholarship and Grant Fund.