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Rite Aid unveils latest Medicare plan selection tool for open enrollment period

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — As the annual Medicare Part D enrollment period gets underway, from now through Dec. 7, 2017, Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide are providing senior customers with free resources to help select the right prescription drug plan or update their existing coverage for 2018.  

"Prescription medications play a critical role when it comes to living and staying well, so it's important that patients review their prescription drug plan each year and choose the one that best fits their individual needs," stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid EVP pharmacy.

"Using Rite Aid's Medicare Advisor tool, patients can compare the estimated annual costs of various plans, including monthly premiums, brand and generic co-pays and drugs covered, and as always, Rite Aid pharmacists are available to meet with customers to review their Medicare Advisor reports and answer questions," she added.

Patients and caregivers can use Rite Aid's dedicated Medicare Advisor comparison tool available at www.riteaid.com/medicareadvisor and in all Rite Aid pharmacies, to request the three lowest-cost prescription drug plans based on current prescriptions filled at Rite Aid.  

 

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Walgreens expands retail pharmacy, omnichannel technology teams

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that it will bring approximately 300 technology positions to its current downtown Chicago office in the Sullivan Center to establish a new technology center of excellence.

Walgreens is currently building out its space in the Sullivan Center to host the new center of excellence, which will host much of the company’s retail pharmacy technology team along with the digital, mobile and e-commerce technology teams that currently work there.

“We are excited to bring more technology jobs to the City of Chicago and establish a technology center of excellence that will focus on delivering state-of-the-art systems to our more than 8,000 drugstores nationwide,” stated Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “Chicago is where Walgreens began as a single drug store in 1901, and expanding our downtown presence will help us retain and attract the best talent to continue developing our digital and technology capabilities.”

Walgreens already employs more than 3,500 people in the City of Chicago, where it operates 136 drug stores.

“Chicago and Walgreens have a long and shared history of innovation and ingenuity,” Mayor Emanuel said. “That history makes Chicago the perfect city for Walgreens to locate 300 jobs and make an investment in its future.”

 

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Catalina names Tom Corley to key leadership role

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Shopper intelligence and personalized digital media company Catalina on Monday named a longtime CPG veteran to a key position. The company named Tom Corley, who has held leadership positions at Acosta and Kraft Foods, its global chief retail officer and president of U.S. retail. In his new role, Corley will oversee Catalina’s U.S. retail business and provide additional leadership to its retail market teams in Europe and Japan. 

"We are excited to welcome Tom to our leadership team," Catalina CEO Andy Heyman said. "Catalina is focused on expanding our capabilities and value proposition to help retailers efficiently grow and meet the opportunities of a fast-changing marketplace. Tom brings a fresh perspective to those efforts and a deep understanding of how to drive win-win relationships between CPG manufacturers and retailers given his extensive experience working with both parts of our network."

Corley’s background includes nearly 30 years in senior leadership positions at Kraft Foods, including such roles as EVP, president of sales and foodservice. Before joining Catalina, he was COO Acosta, which provides sales, marketing and retail solutions for CPG companies and retailers.

"Catalina is creating exciting new opportunities for retailers to connect with shoppers to build loyalty and engagement,” Catalina global go-to-market president Todd Morris said. "Tom is the right person to drive those innovations forward and build even deeper partnerships with our retailers."

Currently, Catalina reaches more than 528 million shoppers with personalized digital and in-store marketing solutions for retailers and CPG brands across more than 53,000 stores globally. The company’s shopper analytics are driven by a 150-person team, and it is investing in innovations to build value for retailers and their shoppers, Catalina said.

"I am excited about the value Catalina delivers to its customers and in the investments it continues to make in advancing its technology to drive shopper intelligence for retailers," Corley said. "Catalina has an unparalleled opportunity to broaden the importance it plays for retailers as they work to more effectively engage shoppers, including the 97 percent of households that shop at brick and mortar stores every week."

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