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October 9, 2012

In part 2 of his exclusive interview with Walgreens executives, DSN editor Rob Eder talks to Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson about how the company’s recent acquisition of Alliance Boots helps accelerate the massive transformation that is already under way across its business and its stores.

In part 2 of his exclusive interview with Walgreens executives, DSN editor Rob Eder talks to Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson about how the company’s recent acquisition of Alliance Boots helps accelerate the massive transformation that is already under way across its business and its stores. Part of the DSN.TV Executive Viewpoint series, the special three-part installment is sponsored by Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals. Coming next week in part 3, DSN.TV talks to president of health and daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca.

October 1, 2012

As part of its exclusive Executive Viewpoint video series, DSN editor Rob Eder interviewed Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson and president of health and daily living solutions Joe Magnacca for DSN.TV. In Part 1, Wasson talks about how the company’s strategy has evolved in recent years.

As part of its exclusive Executive Viewpoint video series, DSN editor Rob Eder interviewed Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson and president of health and daily living solutions Joe Magnacca for DSN.TV. In this special three-part installment, sponsored by Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals, Wasson and Magnacca discuss the vision that is guiding the transformation of Walgreens' business and its stores, and what it all means for patients, payers and suppliers. In Part 1, Wasson talks about how the company’s strategy has evolved in recent years.

August 19, 2013

Walgreens last week made several executive moves to boost its Daily Living business organization, chief of which was the announcement that Alex Gourlay will make the transition from chief executive of Alliance Boots' health and beauty division to EVP, president of customer experience and daily living for Walgreens. http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/walgreens-announces-enhanced-daily-...

Gorley will fill in the vision and leadership hole Joe Magnacca left when he departed Walgreens to take on challenge of reinventing Radio Shack. The move showcases the kind of extended depth chart that is now enjoyed across Walgreens and Alliance Boots and takes Walgreens' strategy of tapping the best executives to fill strategic positions to a whole new global level.

Walgreens last week made several executive moves to boost its Daily Living business organization, chief of which was the announcement that Alex Gourlay will make the transition from chief executive of Alliance Boots' health and beauty division to EVP, president of customer experience and daily living for Walgreens. 

July 2, 2013

RadioShack on Saturday unveiled its first revamped store here at the corner of Broadway and 81st Street.

NEW YORK — RadioShack on Saturday unveiled its first revamped store here at the corner of Broadway and 81st Street. The new prototype represents another revitalization of a store format engineered in part by Joe Magnacca, RadioShack CEO, who comes to the personal technology chain from Walgreens and Duane Reade.  

March 18, 2013

In a SEC filing, RadioShack last week confirmed it had recruited Michael De Fazio, one of the architects behind Duane Reade's new store formats, to help the small-box specialty retailer recapture some of its lost retail pizzazz.

FORT WORTH, Texas — In a SEC filing, RadioShack last week confirmed it had recruited Michael De Fazio, one of the architects behind Duane Reade's new store formats, to help the small-box specialty retailer recapture some of its lost retail pizzazz. 

As SVP store concepts, De Fazio joins a team that includes Troy Risch, who came to RadioShack from Target as EVP operations in December, and Huey Long, formerly of Wal-Mart and now RadioShack EVP strategy and consumer insights who also signed with RadioShack in December. 

February 8, 2013

RadioShack on Thursday evening tapped Joe Magnacca, who played a key role in making Walgreens' front-end transformation pop, to be the small-box electronics retailer's chief executive. On Friday morning, RadioShack's shares jumped as Wall Street absorbed the news.

And while that hire makes perfect sense for RadioShack, where does that leave Walgreens? While merchants the likes of Magnacca don't exactly grow on trees, in classic hedgehog style the news also speaks to the depth of Walgreen's bench. The company has a lot of faith in Bryan Pugh. They hired him to be chief merchant before they bought Duane Reade and acquired a problem just about any retailer would love to have: two very talented men leading the merchandising drive.

RadioShack on Thursday evening tapped Joe Magnacca, who played a key role in making Walgreens' front-end transformation pop, to be the small-box electronics retailer's chief executive. On Friday morning, RadioShack's shares jumped as Wall Street absorbed the news. 

February 7, 2013

Everybody loves a turnaround story. RadioShack is betting that the now-former president of daily living products and solutions for Walgreens, Joe Magnacca, will help author a turnaround story of its own for the small-box consumer electronics retailer.

Everybody loves a turnaround story. RadioShack is betting that the now-former president of daily living products and solutions for Walgreens, Joe Magnacca, will help author a turnaround story of its own for the small-box consumer electronics retailer.

February 1, 2013

Walgreens promoted Joseph Magnacca to EVP from SVP, effective immediately. Magnacca also retains his title as president of daily living products and solutions.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Friday promoted Joseph Magnacca to EVP from SVP, effective immediately. Magnacca also retains his title as president of daily living products and solutions.

November 30, 2012

Walgreens is welcoming the public on Dec. 1 to the official opening of its 8,000th store nationwide and its first flagship store on the West Coast, located in Los Angeles at the iconic corner of Sunset and Vine.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is welcoming the public on Dec. 1 to the official opening of its 8,000th store nationwide and its first flagship store on the West Coast, located in Los Angeles at the iconic corner of Sunset and Vine.  (To see extensive photos of the new store and the star-studded, red carpet grand opening event, click here.)

November 21, 2012

Walgreens on Wednesday held the grand opening for its latest flagship store, a restoration of Chicago’s historic Noel State Bank building in Chicago’s Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday held the grand opening for its latest flagship store, a restoration of Chicago’s historic Noel State Bank building in Chicago’s Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. 

November 9, 2012

As part of its multi-channel strategy, Boots UK is currently testing the use of iPads to support in-store ordering across 30 stores, the London-based drug store retailer recently announced.

Sound familiar? Borrowing a page from the Walgreens playbook is evidence that the sharing of best practices will flow in both directions across the Atlantic. What else could Boots borrow from Walgreens? Creating a pharmacy business that better interacts with the neighboring community is one strength at Walgreens that Boots may successfully plug into.

LONDON — As part of its multi-channel strategy, Boots UK is currently testing the use of iPads to support in-store ordering across 30 stores, the London-based drug store retailer recently announced

November 1, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday announced the launch of Happy And Healthy, Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens, a biannual magazine that debuts Nov 4.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday announced the launch of Happy And Healthy, Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens, a biannual magazine that debuts Nov 4. The premiere edition is holiday-themed and includes entertaining and gift ideas; the cover features Taylor Swift. The glossy 28-page magazine will be available in English and Spanish, and there will be a similar version for Duane Reade customers.

September 25, 2012

How do you transform a drug store into something else? Something new. Something no one has ever seen before. And what would it look like? 


How do you transform a drug store into something else? Something new. Something no one has ever seen before. And what would it look like? 


To truly reinvent something, you have to be willing to let go of everything you’ve ever known or thought you knew about it; you need to erase all of the preconceptions and abandon the archetypes of what you think it is, what people told you it should be. You need to find the white space. 


September 25, 2012

With an army of 26,000-plus beauty advisers, the expansion of the LOOK Boutique concept, the expertise from its online beauty engine Beauty.com and the Walgreens-Alliance Boots transaction, Walgreens is giving the U.S. mass market beauty world a makeover like no other. 


With an army of 26,000-plus beauty advisers, the expansion of the LOOK Boutique concept, the expertise from its online beauty engine Beauty.com and the Walgreens-Alliance Boots transaction, Walgreens is giving the U.S. mass market beauty world a makeover like no other. 


Going back even as little as a few years ago, Walgreens wasn’t exactly making waves in the beauty industry, as its beauty department was quite typical of that found within a traditional U.S. drug store. How times have changed.


May 9, 2012

Walgreens on Wednesday announced it has selected GSD&M to be its new brand and creative agency of record. The relationship will include broadcast, print and outdoor marketing efforts, as well as digital activation and creative.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced it has selected GSD&M to be its new brand and creative agency of record. The relationship will include broadcast, print and outdoor marketing efforts, as well as digital activation and creative.

April 17, 2012

Two weeks before the Food and Drug Administration met on expanding the switch paradigm, attendees of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s Annual Executive Conference discussed how over-the-counter medicines can help shape health care as part of a panel featuring Joe Magnacca, Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions.

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Two weeks before the Food and Drug Administration met on expanding the switch paradigm, attendees of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s Annual Executive Conference discussed how over-the-counter medicines can help shape health care as part of a panel featuring Joe Magnacca, Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions.

February 10, 2012

Walgreens on Friday announced it will publish a digital edition of its weekly advertising circular that will offer additional items through Walgreens.com and the company's mobile applications.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Friday announced it will publish a digital edition of its weekly advertising circular that will offer additional items through Walgreens.com and the company's mobile applications.

The Sunday circular — read by more than 50 million consumers, according to Walgreens — also will get a new look and feel, designed to improve the shopping experience.

January 16, 2012

It couldn't have been choreographed better if Bob Fosse himself had orchestrated Walgreens' annual shareholders' meeting.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — It couldn't have been choreographed better if Bob Fosse himself had orchestrated Walgreens' annual shareholders' meeting. It started on Monday, Jan. 9, when Walgreens' executive team entertained reporters to unveil the latest flagship location on State and Randolph. That evening, Illinois governor Pat Quinn and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel stood with flagship architect Joe Magnacca and officially christened the new store before Tuesday's grand opening.

December 15, 2011

Duane Reade is set to put its signature “New York Living Made Easy” vision on full display on Friday with the unveiling of its expanded store located at 1657 Broadway in New York.

NEW YORK — Duane Reade is set to put its signature “New York Living Made Easy” vision on full display on Friday with the unveiling of its expanded store located at 1657 Broadway in New York.

(Check out photos of the new store here)

The new 24-hour location, which opens Friday, will serve as an amplification of the retailer’s continued rebranding and aggressive transformation initiatives to date.

November 10, 2011

Duane Reade is gearing up for the holiday season with the upcoming release of its in-store publication: The Duane Reader Holiday Edition 2011.

NEW YORK — Duane Reade is gearing up for the holiday season with the upcoming release of its in-store publication: The Duane Reader Holiday Edition 2011.

November 7, 2011

October sure was a busy month for news in the drug channel. It began in earnest on Oct. 1, the day CVS’ new president officially began his new job. Before the month was over, CVS’ chief merchant left to become president of Family Dollar, and his responsibilities would be carved up between three key executives.

October sure was a busy month for news in the drug channel. It began in earnest on Oct. 1, the day CVS’ new president officially began his new job. Before the month was over, CVS’ chief merchant left to become president of Family Dollar, and his responsibilities would be carved up between three key executives.

October 21, 2011

Walgreens announced a series of changes in its merchandising division following a realignment of the group, aimed at “better integrat[ing] with and accelerat[ing] our strategy to become America’s first choice for health and daily living,” Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca said late Friday in a statement to Drug Store News.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced a series of changes in its merchandising division following a realignment of the group, aimed at “better integrat[ing] with and accelerat[ing] our strategy to become America’s first choice for health and daily living,” Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca said late Friday in a statement to Drug Store News.

As a result, Walgreens’ three general merchandise managers and areas of responsibility are:

October 4, 2011

Now, Walgreens wants to completely integrate its stores and its messaging.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — “I wore a baseball cap and sweatshirt and went into some old and new stores,” Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson told BusinessWeek about the time in 2009 when he went undercover to check out the competition in Manhattan, for the story that appears in its Sept 30 issue. “The moment I decided we should get serious about buying Duane Reade was after seeing their new Herald Square store. … I said, ‘Duane Reade is creating something new.’ That’s what we were looking to do.”

August 22, 2011

Nice! may tout no-frills packaging, but make no mistake, Walgreens' latest private-label introduction is anything but. It's another example of Joe Magnacca's influence as president of daily living solutions; and it's another way by which Walgreens will better connect to its customers.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Nice! may tout no-frills packaging, but make no mistake, Walgreens' latest private-label introduction is anything but. It's another example of Joe Magnacca's influence as president of daily living solutions; and it's another way by which Walgreens will better connect to its customers. Indeed, the packaging is more similar to the DR Delish brand than Walgreens' typical store-brand fare. But perhaps most important, Nice! represents a strong push into a key drug-store differentiator going forward — food offerings.

August 18, 2011

Walgreens on Thursday officially unveiled its new store brand, Nice!

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday officially unveiled its new store brand, Nice!