Walgreens increases efforts to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy
DEERFIELD, Ill. — To help victims of Hurricane Sandy, customers shopping this week at any Walgreens or Duane Reade store in the United States will have the opportunity to make donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in increments of $1, $2, $5 or $10, Walgreens announced Monday. The fundraising initiative is in addition to Walgreens’ announcement last week that it would make a $250,000 contribution to the same fund.
As the company’s recovery effort continues, Walgreens has now reopened all but 13 of the 750 stores that experienced service interruptions at the peak of the storm.
In response to needs immediately after the storm, last week Walgreens delivered four semi-trailer truckloads of bottled water, including three to the American Red Cross and one to the City of New York. Two additional truckloads are on the way, Walgreens added. The retail pharmacy operator also donated merchandise and conducted food drives in response to local community requests.
And this week, Walgreens is diverting its Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with National Urban League bus to New York to deliver blankets, water and other needed services to hard hit communities. On Wednesday, the bus will begin making visits to Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in Rockaway, followed by Brooklyn and Staten Island. The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with National Urban League provides free health resources to residents in urban and minority communities across the country with high rates of preventable disease.
Walgreens pharmacists have also provided direct assistance to New York City, Hoboken and other emergency response outposts to help patients find medicine they need. The company also is in the process of setting up four temporary pharmacies at stores that were heavily damaged by the storm and won’t re-open in the near term.
Younger patients less likely to get flu shots
Focusing solely on patients that did not receive a flu shot in 2011, the recent AccentHealth data indicate a net increase of 11 percentage points in the number who will vaccinate in 2012. And while there appears to be a greater propensity to receive a flu vaccination among patients 45 and older, “the younger audience segment is still an important area of focus and opportunity of market growth,” noted AccentHealth VP market research Natalie Hill. Only half of adults younger than 45 years old reported they will receive the shot this year.
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Supervalu subsidiary Shaw’s Supermarkets cuts 700 store-level positions
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Shaw’s Supermarkets, a subsidiary of Supervalu, on Friday announced plans to reduce its store-level workforce by an estimated 700 positions. These reductions, which will occur across 169 Shaw’s and Star Market stores in New England, and will be finalized by Nov. 3, the grocer stated.
“A decision of this nature is never easy, but after careful evaluation, it is unfortunately the necessary step for us to take to help improve our business, reduce expenses and reinvest in more customer-facing initiatives,” stated Mike Stigers, president of Shaw’s. “As we continue to look at the best ways to achieve success, we recognized an opportunity to align our workforce to more effectively serve the marketplace by scheduling team members more appropriately to serve customers at the times they shop. These changes will help us to compete more effectively in a rapidly changing marketplace.”