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Walgreens recognizes its 75K pharmacists for American Pharmacists Month

As American Pharmacists Month kicks off, Walgreens is recognizing the roughly 75,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians it employs for their work in health and patient care.

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Walgreens stores to act as hubs for e-commerce returns

Starting in November, Walgreens will partner with FedEx to accept returns at its stores of purchases made from any e-tailer that has implemented FedEx returns technology.

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Walgreens is acquiring nine of Novant Health’s retail pharmacies and the North Carolina-based health system will be opening clinics inside Walgreens stores. 

Walgreens delivery in the Postmates app

Postmates will be delivering hundreds of OTC, health, beauty and grocery products from 174 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Walgreens and Wing Drone Delivery

Walgreens and Alphabet’s Wing Aviation are partnering to make drone delivery of items from Walgreens stores a reality. Starting next month, consumers in Christiansburg, Va., will be able to order items from Walgreens using the Wing app for delivery within minutes via drone.

Walgreens Find Care has added the Philips SmartSleep Analyzer, one of the latest SmartSleep solutions, to the platform, which it said will allow users to identify potential causes of their sleep issues and connect with guidance and solutions.

Honest Beauty products are rolling out to 750 Walgreens stores and its website.

As it begins to offer flu shots for the coming flu season, Walgreens also will kick off the seventh season of its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.

In January 2019, Walgreens held a ‘Quarter Drive’ customer donation program, which resulted in an additional $1.5 million raised to support Vitamin Angels work.

The company has named Francesco Tinto global chief information officer and senior vice president, tasking him with overseeing its IT operations and the implementation of technology and digital innovation.

The ranks of retailers revising their policies on customers bringing guns into their stores are growing, with CVS Health, Kroger and Walgreens asking non-law enforcement customers in open-carry states not to bring their guns into stores.

Faced with what some have said is the survival of their overall business concept, many traditional food and drug retailers are rethinking their store formats and operations, and stepping up their omnichannel efforts.

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida Friday, Walgreens was readying its stores in the area to assist customers, employees and communities expected to be impacted.

The companies have added the Knoxville, Tenn., area as a new proving ground for Kroger Express and Kroger Pickup within Walgreens stores, as well as Walgreens own-brand health and beauty products in Kroger stores.

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