1. Trends & External Forces
Walgreens is launching its own COVID-19 Index to track COVID-19 variant cases across the U.S. The research will come from positive test results tracked at the retailer’s 5,000 locations. Dr. Kevin Ban, chief medical officer for Walgreens, pointed to testing as a means to deal with the pandemic. “I’m not saying this is the definitive […]
  1. Channel: Drug
CVS and Walgreens have made the tough decision to close some stores on the weekends as the Omicron variant has left them with too few staff to keep them open. “The ongoing labor shortage, combined with the surge of Covid-19 cases, has resulted in isolated instances in which we’ve had to adjust operating hours or […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has begun a strategic review of its U.K.-based Boots business, according to a Reuters report, which cites remarks made by WBA chief executive officer Rosalind Brewer Tuesday at the J.P Morgan Healthcare Conference. “This review is very much in line with our renewed priorities and strategic direction,” Reuters […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
There is no doubt that the tight labor market is leading to rising salaries, new perks, wage inflation, food cost inflation, etc. Most concerning to many is the rise in unionization of restaurant employees and the onslaught of unforeseen consequences resulting from the rise of restaurant worker unionization. Regular readers of this blog know that […]
  1. Channel: Drug
KEY POINTS Walgreens beat analysts’ expectations for fiscal first-quarter earnings, as customers came to stores for Covid vaccines and tests. Despite that, shares of the company fell after Walgreens spoke of rising labor costs as its pharmacists are stretched thin by administering vaccines and filling prescriptions. The drugstore chain raised its forecast for the year, […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — According to various published reports in the U.K., Walgreens Boots Alliance may sell its Boots pharmacies to private equity firms. The Sunday Times in London said Walgreens “received an acquisition approach from Bain Capital more than two months ago” and “is positioning itself as a leader in an upcoming auction for boots […]
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 Sam’s Club is using robots to scrub floors and scan product. Walgreens uses automation to fill prescriptions. Tablets are replacing cahiers at some Starbucks. White Castle and Buffalo Wild Wings are testing robots that flip burgers or make chicken wings. The Sprinkles cupcake chain has replaced cashiers with self-checkout kiosks. A consultant says impatient customers […]
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A spokesperson from Amazon told CNBC this week that the company was having trouble procuring supplies of COVID home testing kits and would limit sales to 10 units per customer. Similarly, CVS said on Tuesday that customers would only be allowed to buy six kits and Walgreens issued a statement saying that, “Due to the […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has issued the following statement on the COVID-19 surge: “As the nation experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases coinciding with the holidays, we are seeing unprecedented demand for related testing and vaccine services and products. We remain committed to offering convenient access to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing services and products that […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — With the fight against COVID-19 far from over, Walgreens and Harlem New York-based initiative for civic engagement, Faith for Black Lives, have come together to call upon churches to be community bullhorns for combatting persistent vaccine hesitancy and to drive the importance of COVID vaccination for children and young adults. ‘Shots for […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Sometimes less is more. CVS recently shared its plans to close 900 stores over the next three years as part of its brand strategy to make healthcare more affordable, accessible and convenient for consumers. Though the move means there will be 10 percent fewer CVS stores, this change makes way for “new store formats” better […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Business Insider has a story about how retail pharmacists at the major chain drug stores – CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid – are saying that they are feeling burned out because of overwhelming workloads, under-staffed departments, and continuing stresses created by the demand and need for vaccinations as a reaction to Covid-19. The story makes […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill.— Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and VillageMD plan to expand into San Antonio with the opening of nine Village Medical at Walgreens primary care practices over the next year, the companies said on Wednesday. These openings represent expansion into the fifth major market in Texas, following Houston, El Paso, Austin and Dallas. Through the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
SAN FRANCISCO — Buoyed by the recent boom in omnichannel retailing, Instacart is redoubling its efforts to cement a central role in the marketplace, extending existing relationships with retail partners, establishing new ones, and expanding the scope of activities to include services that directly touch what goes on inside the store. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
WASHINGTON — In a letter to Congressional leadership on Thursday, 20 top executives of leading retail companies expressed their urgent concern about the growing impact of organized retail crime on retail employees and communities across the U.S. The executives implored lawmakers to pass the INFORM Consumers Act, legislation that they say will address the problem […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is partnering with Mental Health America (MHA) this month to raise money for mental health during the holiday season. Together, Walgreens and MHA are asking people to donate to a virtual ‘Swear Jar’ when they experience the inevitable holiday hiccups that make them want to yell out a ‘humbug.’ MHA is […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Walgreens has said it will fix a glitch in its system that booked COVID-19 vaccine appointments for kids at times when no pharmacists were on hand to administer the shots. The retailer blamed a labor shortage for the situation but did not disclose how many children encountered similar situations.
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance is considering the sale of its Boots chain in the U.K. in order to focus more on its North American business, according to published reports. The company has reportedly enlisted Goldman Sachs to advise it on its options, which include selling the British chain, keeping it, or listing it […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Walgreens Boots Alliance chief executive Roz Brewer said the company’s emphasis on primary and post-acute services is intended to keep its customers healthy and out of the healthcare system. Walgreens owns 63 percent of the VillageMD primary care clinic business and has a controlling stake in CareCentrix, a home care company.

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Dried pasta should be so easy to cook and yet, somehow, that delicious al dente texture Italian restaurants so effortlessly perfect often seems to elude even the biggest pasta fans. Leave the pan boiling for 30 seconds too long or too little, and it seems you either end up with overcooked mush or a bowl […]