Gillette, Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews partner for upcoming NFL season
BOSTON — To celebrate the 2012-2013 season of the National Football League, Procter & Gamble’s Gillette brand has announced a new partnership with Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews to support a campaign for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor.
Beginning Thursday through Sept. 27, to kick off the partnership and celebrate the passion of NFL fans, Matthews and Gillette are challenging NFL fans to post pictures of their best imitation of Matthews’ famous “Predator pose” on the brand’s Facebook page. By submitting a photo, NFL fans will join Gillette in supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Gillette has a goal to make a $100,000 donation.
Gillette is the ”Official Shave of the NFL” and beginning in early October, NFL fans will see Matthews in a new 30-second commercial for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor that captures Matthews challenging the status quo both on and off the field. In addition to appearing in the new TV commercial, Matthews will appear in digital advertising, as well as in-store merchandise displays.
Walgreens registers $5.9 billion in August sales, down 4.5%; reports Q4, year-end sales
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday reported August sales of $5.9 billion, a decrease of 4.5% as compared with the same month in fiscal 2011.
Prescriptions filled at comparable stores decreased 6.8% in August. Higher incidence of flu positively impacted comparable store prescriptions filled by 0.4 percentage point. The negative impact on comparable-store prescriptions filled due to not being part of the Express Scripts pharmacy network was 10.7 percentage points in August. Prescriptions processed by Express Scripts comprised 12.6% of Walgreens prescriptions in August 2011.
August pharmacy sales decreased 7.2%, while comparable-store pharmacy sales decreased 12.4%. In addition to the Express Scripts impact, comparable-store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 7.9 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months. Pharmacy sales accounted for 64.1% of total sales for the month.
Total front-end sales increased 0.9%, compared with the same month in 2011, while comparable-store front-end sales decreased 0.6%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 2.2%, while basket size increased 1.6%.
Sales in comparable stores decreased by 8.2% in August. The effect of generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 5.1 percentage points.
Total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended Aug. 31, were $17.1 billion, down 4.9%. Comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 8.7%, while front-end comparable-store sales for the quarter decreased 1.3%. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores decreased 8% in the fourth quarter and comparable pharmacy sales decreased 12.6%.
Total sales for fiscal 2012 were $71.6 billion, down 0.8%. Comparable-store sales for fiscal 2012 decreased 3.6%.
Walgreens opened 18 stores during August, including six relocations, and closed two.
Walgreens gives more than $100,000 of in-kind donations to areas hit by Hurricane Isaac
DEERFIELD, Ill. — In the week after Hurricane Isaac made landfall along the Gulf Coast, Walgreens responded with donations of more than $100,000 worth of products to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in the hardest-hit states, the pharmacy retailer announced Wednesday. The company delivered three truckloads of food items to Red Cross facilities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for distribution to first responders and those in need.
“We are committed to the health and safety of the communities we serve,” Walgreens market VP Kim Treece said. “With the help of our team members, store operations and distribution centers, we were able to provide much-needed assistance to residents, relief workers and others in the area.”
Anticipating temporary store closures due to severe weather, Walgreens prepared in advance by staging more than 100 emergency generators for rapid deployment. Logistics managers also implemented emergency procedures to ensure store shelves were stocked as demand increased for prescription medications, bottled water, batteries and other essentials.
With nearly 230 Walgreens locations in areas impacted by the storm, the company also received requests from its local team members who experienced hardships due to the extreme weather.
Employees are being assisted through the Walgreens Benefit Fund, which was created in 1939 as a tax-exempt charitable foundation designed to help team members in need. Every team member who is faced with an extreme hardship and has exhausted their financial resources is eligible to apply for assistance. Employees are not required to pay back the donation.