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News and information on retail pharmacy chains, including chain drug stores, mass merchants, supermarkets and independent pharmacies.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Q2 sees solid U.S. script growth

Despite a nearly 4% increase in sales and solid U.S. retail pharmacy performance, Walgreens Boots Alliance posted a decrease in net earnings and earnings per share for the quarter ended Feb. 29.

CVS Pharmacy expands benefits, safety measures for employees

CVS Pharmacy announced new employee benefits and safety measures to keep employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kroger maintained its first-quarter guidance and reported a 30% increase in March same-store sales.

Kroger is will raise the base pay for hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates by $2.

Walgreens' and Postmates' partnership has officially gone nationwide, making delivery an option from more than 7,000 Walgreens stores in the continental United States. 

Walmart will start taking the temperatures of its employees as they report to work in stores, warehouse clubs, distribution centers and other facilities.

New research from Coca-Cola is taking a look at what it takes to drive consumer trial, frequency and advocacy.

In partnership with SilverCloud Health, Shoppers Drug Mart will offer Canadians access to a virtual stress management program, free of charge.

CVS exterior.

CVS Health and its foundations are providing financial investments to help communities and employees facing COVID-19 pandemic-related hardships.

Kinney Drugs will have Clayton Distillery's liquid hand sanitizer in all stores by April 6.

Dollar General is providing all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen with a 10% discount on qualifying purchases.

Kinney Drugs exterior.

All 97 Kinney Drugs locations have acrylic shields installed in the pharmacy drop-off and pick-up areas, as well as at the front registers, to protect customers and employees.

Bartell's storefront.

Bartell's is taking additional safety measures to protect employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giant Food will donate $1,550,000 to a variety of nonprofit partners across its service region to support those who are struggling with access to necessary food and supplies.

Publix will be offering rent relief to businesses operating in Publix-owned shopping centers that have closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The company's more than 7,300 pharmacy drive-throughs now offer more than 60 front-end products, among them household essentials Walgreens chose specifically to support efforts to prevent infection or mitigate symptoms. 

Giant Food is donating 1,200 hams and $550,000 to five Feeding America food banks to help provide meals to families impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Walmart has started installing plexiglass barriers at pharmacy lanes and also is waiving fees on telehealth doctor visits for associates.

CVS Health is taking additional steps to limit stockpiling of drugs that are used to treat chronic conditions as interest in off-label use of these medicines to treat COVID-19 grow.

Target will raise its pay for employees by $2 an hour until at least May 2, and offer paid leave for up to 30 days for team members most at risk for contracting COVID-19.

Major retailers are awarding bonuses, expanding employee benefits and launching unprecedented hiring drives as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

The testing site opened Monday following Rite Aid's joining of the White House COVID-19 Response Working Group.

The Path to Purchase Institute, a sister company of Drug Store News, recently conducted a survey to figure out just what sort of impact the pandemic was having on shopper behavior. 

Instacart plans to distribute new health and safety supplies to full-service shoppers, including a liquid spray alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Albertsons has forged a partnership with 17 companies to provide part-time jobs to partners' employees who have been furloughed or had their employment hours cut back. 

Hy-Vee and Kroger have installed temporary window panels at checkouts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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