Walgreens’ Beth Stiller talks consumer shopping habits with Bloomberg Businessweek
NEW YORK — Walgreens’ Beth Stiller, division VP category strategy and innovation, on Thursday discussed with Bloomberg Businessweek the shopping habits of today’s post-recession consumer and how Walgreens is engaging that consumer where and when she wants.
"Customers have become really sophisticated, and value to customers comes in lots of different forms," she told the news journal. "It could be personal interaction in a bricks-and-mortar store. It could be the ease of your mobile app, or just convenience and helping me get what I need to get done quickly, easily, and in the way I want to do it."
Stiller also outlined the investment Walgreens is making across its pharmacy staff in an effort to make the pharmacist more accessible. "They’re out front at a desk, on the floor, where you can talk to them if you need them," she said. "So that’s really enabled us to change the interaction and make the pharmacist a real pivotal piece of your healthcare plan."
Meijer anticipates more flu shots in 2013-2014 season amid increased demand
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer expects its pharmacists to administer 40% more flu shots this season than last year due to increased demand, the mass-merchandise retailer said.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain, which operates 203 stores in the Midwest, said walk-in services and new options for flu shots had made it easier and more appealing for families to get vaccinated.
"Meijer customers know that we’re making it easy for them to take care of their families by offering walk-in services and a variety of immunization choices to better meet their needs," Meijer Drug Store VP Nat Love said. "If one person in your family is sick, chances are the illness will circulate throughout your home. The flu vaccine really is your best defense for keeping your entire family healthy."
Stater Bros. VP of real estate has passed away
Stater Bros. has announced that VP of real estate Mike Slaton passed away suddenly on Sept. 28. He was 51 years old.
As a tribute to Slaton, the 44,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. supermarket that opened recently in Redlands, Calif., will be dedicated in his honor.
“Mike was a very loyal and committed member of the Stater Bros. Family and started his career with Stater Bros. as a Courtesy Clerk in Redlands, Calif., when he was 16 years old. His contributions to our company were immeasurable and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” stated chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown.
The family has requested donations in Slaton’s honor be made to Stater Bros. Charities and a scholarship fund will be set up in his name at California State University, San Bernardino — his alma mater. The company asks that checks be addressed to Stater Bros. Charities, P.O. Box 150, San Bernardino, California 92402.
Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion. The company currently operates 166 supermarkets.