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Alex Gourlay

Walgreens plans to shift about 1,800 jobs to new Chicago office

Walgreens plans to shift about 1,800 jobs to new Chicago office

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced today of its plans to open a new office in Chicago where it anticipates 1,800 people will be based. The new office space will include approximately 200,000 square feet in The Old Post Office building, 433 W. Van Buren St. On Monday, Walgreens will unveil renderings of the future office

Walgreens invests $35 mil. to expand services to Puerto Rico

Walgreens invests $35 mil. to expand services to Puerto Rico

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With its drugstore recovery efforts complete across its 108 drugstores in Puerto Rico, Walgreens is launching an additional investment campaign on the island to expand its offerings in all of its Puerto Rico locations to include, among other features, new patient health rooms, an expanded beauty offering and FedEx OnSite services. When

NACDS leaders: Tap strengths while embracing change

NACDS leaders: Tap strengths while embracing change

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Speakers at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting here last month argued that retailers need to respond to new consumer priorities and competitive pressures by embracing change while preserving and building on their traditional strengths. Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos.,

NACDS Annual Meeting sets the stage for NACDS Total Store Expo

NACDS Annual Meeting sets the stage for NACDS Total Store Expo

ARLINGTON, Va. – During remarks at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Annual Meeting in April, the NACDS leadership emphasized the importance of retailer-supplier collaboration across diverse product categories, and positioned the NACDS Total Store Expo as a natural progression of retailer-supplier collaboration throughout the year. With a theme of “Leading Health and

NACDS Annual Meeting takes on more proactive approach

NACDS Annual Meeting takes on more proactive approach

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Change – confronting it and creating it – has emerged as a powerful theme of the 2018 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting. That fact was on display throughout Business Program remarks yesterday by NACDS chairman of the board Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance and

Execs in spotlight at Retailer of the Year Awards

Execs in spotlight at Retailer of the Year Awards

NEW YORK — At a reception in Manhattan this month, Chain Drug Review honored the recipients of the publication’s Retailer of the Year Awards. In the spotlight before a throng of their retail peers and supplier partners were Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), who was named Retailer of the Year; Kevin

NACDS Regional Conference looks back — and ahead

NACDS Regional Conference looks back — and ahead

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As it marks 85 years of representing traditional drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies and supplier partners, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is looking forward — as it demonstrated during its 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference here earlier this month. One of the keynote speakers during the

Scenes from 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference

Scenes from 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference

Executives from regional drug and supermarket chains from across the country met in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month at the 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. This year’s theme, “Igniting Possibilities,” underscored the opportunity for attendees to share insights and ideas, engage in business and benefit from strategy sessions conducted by peers. “I have a

WBA, Express Scripts boost group purchasing relationship

WBA, Express Scripts boost group purchasing relationship

ST. LOUIS and DEERFIELD, Ill. — Express Scripts Holding Co. and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) are expanding their group purchasing efforts to include the procurement of specialty branded drugs. The companies said late Tuesday that their work will be supported by ValoremRx Specialty Solutions LLC, which will source specialty pharmaceuticals to simplify the global supply chain and

Gourlay: ‘Pharmacy is beautifully positioned’

Gourlay: ‘Pharmacy is beautifully positioned’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pharmacy retailers and suppliers have a world of possibilities in front of them amid an evolving retail health care landscape, industry executives said at the 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. The conference gathered regional drug and supermarket chains (four to 250 locations) with supplier partners that help meet their customers’ health and wellness

WBA hires new chief for Boots retail chain

WBA hires new chief for Boots retail chain

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Sebastian James is joining Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) as senior vice president and as president and managing director of Boots, the company’s international pharmacy, health and beauty chain based in the United Kingdom. Plans call for James, currently group chief executive at European electronics and telecom retailer and service provider Dixons Carphone plc, to join

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

What will the second year of the Trump administration look like? Is the demise of the Affordable Care Act imminent? Will pharmacists get the greater role in health care they have long sought? These are among the questions top chain drug industry executives are pondering as they look to 2018. With spiraling health care costs and

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To the casual observer, the dominant story line at Walgreens might appear to be the phased acquisition of 1,932 drug stores and related assets from Rite Aid Corp., and plans for their subsequent assimilation. But, important as the deal is, it shouldn’t be allowed to obscure other compelling developments at Walgreens Boots

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