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Walgreens adjusts web strategy

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is shutting down drugstore.com and Beauty.com in an effort to focus on Walgreens.com. The retailer, which acquired the two e-commerce operations in 2011, expects the shutdown to be completed by the end of September. The properties helped Walgreens create new digital capabilities with a stronger e-commerce approach, said a company spokesman.

Chawla exits Walgreens to become Kohl’s COO

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Sona Chawla has left Walgreens to join Kohl’s Corp. as chief operating officer, a new position. She reports to chairman, president and chief executive officer Kevin Mansell. Chawla, who had been president of digital and chief marketing officer at Walgreens, joined Kohl’s at the end of last month. She spent seven

Walgreens enhances digital capabilities

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has expanded access to telehealth services and brought new mobile functionality to its Balance Rewards loyalty program, including integration with Apple Pay. This month Walgreens said it has begun offering telehealth services in another 20 states under its partnership with connected health provider MDLive. Via an expansion of the Walgreens mobile

Walgreens’ Chawla joins Kohl’s as COO

Walgreens’ Chawla joins Kohl’s as COO

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. – Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer at Walgreen Co., has been named chief operating officer at Kohl’s Department Stores. She will join Kohl’s November 30 and will report directly to Kohl’s chairman, chief executive officer and president Kevin Mansell in the newly created position. In making the announcement

Walgreens integrates rewards with Apple Pay

Walgreens integrates rewards with Apple Pay

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has become the first merchant to integrate its customer rewards program with the Apple Pay mobile payment platform. Also on Thursday, Walgreens announced plans to migrate its Healthcare Clinic walk-in medical clinics to the Epic electronic health record (EHR) platform, called EpicCare. The drug chain said members of its Balance Rewards

Walgreens debuts app for Apple Watch

Walgreens debuts app for Apple Watch

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched its Apple Watch app, designed to help people better adhere to their prescription medications. Also on Monday, the drug chain announced that its Balance Rewards loyalty program will integrate with Apple Pay, Apple’s secure mobile payment system. The Walgreens App for Apple Watch aims to assist patients in managing

Walgreens’ Chawla sheds light on digital & retail

Walgreens’ Chawla sheds light on digital & retail

Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens, spoke of her passion for retail and the ever-increasing role of technology in a recent interview with the National Retail Federation Foundation. Named as a “Power Player” on NRF’s List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2015, Chawla said she embraces “the art and science

Walgreens’ Chawla to head digital-led marketing unit

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Illustrating technology’s paramount role in marketing, Walgreen Co. has promoted e-commerce president Sona Chawla to the newly created role of digital and chief marketing officer. Sona Chawla Walgreens said Thursday that Chawla will lead a new Digital and Marketing Division. The unit is charged with unifying and integrating digital, companywide marketing and

Walgreens to buy drugstore.com for $409M

Walgreens to buy drugstore.com for $409M

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In a move to expand its e-commerce business and expertise, Walgreen Co. plans to acquire drugstore.com in a deal valued at $409 million. Walgreens said Thursday that under the agreement, it will acquire the drugstore.com web site plus the online retailer’s extensive roster of microsites, led by Beauty.com. Plans call for drugstore.com