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Walgreens same-store sales up 3.2% for November with $6.1 billion in sales

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday reported November sales of $6.1 billion, an increase of 4.1% for the same month in fiscal 2013.

Total front-end sales increased 3.2%, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.9%. Customer traffic in comparable stores increased 0.8% and basket size increased 1.1%.

The company said that a meaningful increase versus prior quarters in promotional investment contributed to the improvement in traffic and comparable store front-end sales for November and throughout the quarter.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 1.4% in November and increased 3.7% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. This year’s November had one additional Saturday and one fewer Thursday compared with November 2012. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 230 basis points.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores were positively impacted by 40 basis points due to more flu shots versus last year but were negatively impacted by 70 basis points due to the slowest start to the flu season in six years, Walgreens reported. Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season to date were more than 6.1 million versus nearly 4.6 million last year.

November pharmacy sales increased by 4.7%, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 4% and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 6.3%. 

Sales in comparable stores increased by 3.2% in November. Calendar day shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 150 basis points, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 60 basis points.

Total sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended Nov. 30, were $18.4 billion, up 6%. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 5.5%, while front-end comparable store sales for the quarter increased 2.2%. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased 5.6% in the first quarter and comparable pharmacy sales increased 7.5%.

Walgreens opened 22 stores during November, including nine relocations, acquired a net total of 55 stores and closed one.

 

 

 

 

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Exchange employee recipient of DoD Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award for 2013

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — Army and Air Force Exchange Service Associate Tony Garcia received the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award for 2013 at the Exchange headquarters Nov. 15, the Exchange announced Tuesday.  

The award highlights the accomplishments and abilities of employees with disabilities who have made significant contributions to their organization’s mission.

Garcia, a custodial Associate at the Fort Knox, Ky., Exchange Main store, was one of 19 DoD employees worldwide selected to receive the honor this year.

Initially hired as a custodial team member five years ago, Garcia is known for his initiative and going above and beyond supporting customers, the Exchange reported. “Service has become one of Garcia’s strengths and he knows many shoppers by name,” Mary Smith, Fort Knox Express store manager said. "Tony supports customers with disabilities by assisting them with motorized shopping carts.

In addition to his DoD award, Garcia received Exchange leadership coins from the Director/CEO Tom Shull, Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward, COO Michael Howard and senior enlisted advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson.

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RediClinic announces Weigh Forward 2.0

BY Ryan Chavis

HOUSTON — RediClinic, a Texas-based operator of care clinics based in H-E-B grocery stores, on Tuesday announced the newest version of Weigh Forward, its weight and lifestyle management program, which is being dubbed Weigh Forward 2.0.

The new version is a response to new obesity treatment guidelines recently published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, the American college of Cardiology and the Obesity Society.

"I was very pleased to see that NHLBI’s new guidelines strongly encourage physicians and other healthcare professionals to become actively involved in treating their overweight and obese patients, and that they recommend focusing on a combination of behavior modification, a low-calorie but nutritious diet, and physical activity to achieve and sustain desired weight loss and health improvement goals," Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH said. "Weigh Forward addresses all of these elements, and can serve as a turn-key solution for primary care providers who want to start implementing the guidelines in their practices or clinics."

Dr. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and has more than 25 years of clinical and research experience in weight, lifestyle and disease management.

Weigh Forward is a 10-week program that combines 15-minute visits with a healthcare professional with access to a comprehensive online platform that supports both the patient and the clinician. The program has four core components: a medical component, which includes physical exams and biometric testing; a behavior modification component, which identifies each patient’s barriers to success and offers strategies to overcome them; a diet and nutrition component, complete with meal plans and nutritious recipes; and a physical activity component, which features customized fitness regimens for each patient.

 

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