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Walgreens launches new biannual magazine showcasing private label, Balance Rewards deals

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday announced the launch of Happy And Healthy, Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens, a biannual magazine that debuts Nov 4. The premiere edition is holiday-themed and includes entertaining and gift ideas; the cover features Taylor Swift. The glossy 28-page magazine will be available in English and Spanish, and there will be a similar version for Duane Reade customers.

“We are thrilled to bring Happy and Healthy magazine to our customers,” stated Joe Magnacca, president of daily living products and solutions for Walgreens. “Walgreens is constantly innovating, and Happy and Healthy is a great way to keep our customers informed of our latest private-brand offerings.” 

The magazine delivers such content as healthy living tips, relevant offers and Balance Rewards loyalty program promotions to its readers. It also provides a unique way to highlight Walgreens’ private brands. Each issue is divided into three sections: Health and Wellness, Food and Beverage, and Beauty.

Happy And Healthy, Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens will be inserted into millions of Sunday newspapers and also be available in stores nationwide. An electronic version of the publication can be viewed online at Walgreens.com, and the total circulation is expected to be approximately 65 million.

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Publix third-quarter sales up 4.4%

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Thursday announced a 4.4% increase in third-quarter sales to $6.7 billion. Same-store sales were up 2.5%. 

“Although the economy continues to be weak, I’m pleased with the improvement in our operating results and stock price,” stated Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “I congratulate our associates for continuing to deliver exceptional customer service.”

Net earnings for the third quarter were $368.4 million, an increase of 18.1%. Earnings per share for the third quarter increased to $0.47 for 2012, up from $0.40 per share in 2011. 

Publix’s sales for the first nine months of 2012 were $20.5 billion, a 3.9 percent increase from last year’s $19.7 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first nine months of 2012 increased 2.6 percent. 

Effective Nov. 1, 2012, Publix’s stock price increased from $22.00 per share to $22.50 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded, and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors. 

 

 

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Wegmans able to get all stores open in wake of Hurricane Sandy

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets on Tuesday reported that they were able to open all 81 of the company’s stores in the six states where they do business, all of which were affected to some degree by Hurricane Sandy. Wegmans’ stores are located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

“We recognize that we provide an essential service, and not just food, but prescription and over-the-counter drugs," stated Jo Natale, Wegmans director of media relations. "Most of our stores have not been affected by power outages, but several were. We have been planning for days by testing our generators, bringing in additional generators where necessary, and securing an adequate fuel supply.” 

Wegmans will now work with its stores to assess community needs to see how they can help, Natale said.

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