Calendar day shifts aid May sales for Walgreens
DEERFIELD, Ill. — May proved to be a good month for Walgreens, as the drug store chain posted a total sales jump of 7% to nearly $6.1 billion.
Walgreens reported that its total front-end sales experienced a 5.5% increase, while comparable front-end sales realized a 3.6% increase.
For its pharmacy business, Walgreens said sales rose 7.8%, while comparable-pharmacy sales increased 6.7%, accounting for 64.4% of total sales for the month. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased 7.1%, which included patients that filled 90-day prescriptions in May. Calendar day shifts positively impacted prescriptions filled in comparable stores by 1.7 percentage points, as May 2011 had one additional Tuesday and one fewer Saturday, compared with May 2010.
Customer traffic in comparable stores for May increased 1.6%, while basket size increased 2%, Walgreens said.
Walgreens also reported May sales in overall comparable stores increased 5.6% for the chain, which were impacted positively by 1.1 percentage points due to the calendar day shifts.
Duane Reade stores are not included in any comparable-store results.
In related news, Walgreens said it has completed its acquisition of Drugstore.com, a deal that is valued at approximately $409 million. The deal, which was announced in late March, better positions Walgreens to offer customers a broad range of services by extending its multichannel initiatives.
“We welcome Drugstore.com’s leaders and employees to the Walgreens family,” Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said. "Drugstore.com complements Walgreens’ center of gravity — our 7,700 drug stores — by extending many of our own multichannel initiatives that have been driving our growth. This acquisition also provides us a unique opportunity to access more than 3 million savvy, online loyal customers and move even closer to our existing customers through relationships with new vendors and partners, adding approximately 60,000 products to our already strong online offering."
Shaw’s Mass. stores recognized for recycling efforts
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Shaw’s Supermarkets announced that its Massachusetts stores have received supermarket recycling program certification from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
“Shaw’s is committed to leading the way on environmental sustainability, and we continue to work diligently to expand the comprehensive recycling programs at all of our stores,” Shaw’s president Mike Stigers said. “While receiving this certification from the MassDEP is testament to our commitment, it also encourages us to work even harder toward keeping waste out of our landfills. At Shaw’s, we recognize that by helping our environment and the communities we serve, we can improve the overall success of our business.”
The SRPC program was established through a partnership between the MassDEP and the Massachusetts Food Association to encourage supermarkets to recycle and reuse organics and other materials. With the certification, all waste loads from Shaw’s Massachusetts supermarkets now are exempt from routine comprehensive inspections at solid waste disposal and transfer facilities for the presence of recyclables that are banned from disposal at Massachusetts’ disposal facilities.
Sam’s Club celebrates men’s health with free screenings
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — To celebrate Men’s Health Month, Sam’s Club is offering free men’s health screening tests this weekend at select stores, which will be sponsored by Unilever brands, including Dove Men’s deodorant and body wash.
The screenings, which will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the pharmacy area of Sam’s Club stores, will be conducted by Carmen Ingle & Associates. The screenings will include a prostate-specific antigen test and a thyroid-stimulating hormone test, which can help detect life-threatening conditions, Sam’s Club said. Carmen Ingle & Associates said it will administer one blood test per person, which will be used for either a PSA or TSH test. Men automatically will receive the PSA test, and women will receive the TSH test, unless otherwise specified. If a man would like both tests, he can request two blood samples on-site, the company noted.
In addition to the PSA and TSH test offerings, screening participants also will be given standard body mass index, blood pressure and glucose tests.
"At Sam’s Club, we know personally how crucial these screenings can be," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "According to the American Cancer Society, 1-in-6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Sam’s Club hopes that by offering these free screenings, we can encourage men to get ahead of the game and take charge of their health."