DEERFIELD, Ill. — When Alex Gourlay came to the United States in October 2013 to join Walgreens in the wake of its merger with Alliance Boots Group, he brought with him a keen sense of purpose. After beginning his career as a pharmacist at Boots the Chemist, the leading drug store chain in Great Britain,
Reports from sources close to Walgreens Boots Alliance to the effect that the company’s talented and personable senior executive Alex Gourlay was, for now at least, preparing for retirement brought a sharper reaction from the chain drug community than so important a transition usually elicits. The response was primarily the natural result of the affection
DEERFIELD, Ill.— Walgreens Boots Alliance has shifted into high gear since the start of 2021. Building on a foundation that it painstakingly laid in recent years, the company has unleashed a salvo of initiatives designed to buttress its central role in health care and retailing. Following the realignment of its partnership with AmerisourceBergen — a
The year that was like no other is over, and pharmacy operators are looking forward to more normal times, at least starting around summer. One question is how much the elevated status of pharmacists during the pandemic will propel long-term gains for the profession. On the following pages top industry executives address that question and
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and VillageMD announced on Wednesday plans to open the next 40 new Village Medical at Walgreens full-service primary care clinics by the end of next summer. The news comes on the heels of a successful pilot that began in Houston last year and will eventually lead to hundreds
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) announced on Monday that Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, and James Kehoe, executive vice president and global chief financial officer, will participate at the 2nd Annual Wolfe Research Healthcare Conference on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1:10 p.m. EST. The conference is a virtual event. The appearance will
NEW YORK — The COVID-19 pandemic has left few major business sectors untouched, and retail — as well as the supplier community that serves it — is adapting to a landscape transformed by profound changes in consumer behavior and priorities. To help the industry navigate these uncharted waters, Chain Drug Review and Mass Market Retailers
Amid the coronavirus pandemic that never seems to end, several stories have captured the attention of those who follow the chain drug community. As of this writing, none is as compelling as the drama at Walgreens, where an ongoing shuffle at the very top levels of management has raised issues and questions for which there
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced on Monday the appointment of John Standley as president of Walgreens, effective immediately. He will lead all Walgreens operations, and will have responsibility for the development, growth and management of the business as the company continues to build on its leadership in the rapidly evolving healthcare sector.
In this edition of our Video Forum, Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance and president of Walgreens, provides an update on the company’s strategic priorities — creating neighborhood health care destinations, accelerating digitalization, transforming the retail offering, and stepping up cost management efforts to free capital for reinvestment in the business.
DEERFIELD, Ill. — In support of the INFORM Consumers Act introduced Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Walgreens issued the following statement from Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens: “The lack of transparency and accountability in today’s digital marketplaces has contributed to the rapid rise of organized retail crime, which has
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens has made significant progress in its efforts to reopen recently damaged stores in Chicago to serve the needs of the local community. Currently, 100 of Walgreens’ 118 Chicago stores are open and operating with regular business hours. In addition, Walgreens has taken a number of steps to help meet the prescription
DEERFIELD, Ill. – In the wake of temporary store closures impacting a number of U.S. cities, Walgreens has taken a number of measures to help meet the prescription needs of its customers in these areas. “Our commitment to the patients and customers we serve is at the heart of everything we do, and especially now,
DEERFIELD, Ill. – With Richard Ashworth’s resignation as Walgreens president to lead Tivity Health Inc., one thread in the drug chain’s storied history is coming to an end, even as the overarching narrative of its transformation continues. Ashworth – whose duties are being assumed by Walgreens Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay, whom he