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Motley Fool: Building charging stations at the drug store? ‘Brilliant’

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Motley Fool on Tuesday published an article heralding Walgreens’ foresight in building charging stations for electric vehicles at its stores.

"Admittedly, the thought of charging a car at Walgreens sounds ridiculous to me," Motley Fool analyst Aimee Duffy said. "[But] when the 800 stations are completed at the end of the year, Walgreens will own 40% of the charging stations in the country. That puts the company in an excellent position to not only dominate market share but to establish itself as the go-to brand for electric charging."

Duffy added, "Once you look at the numbers, though, ridiculous suddenly seems brilliant."

According to the report, the National Academies predicted that 13 million to 40 million electric vehicles will be on the road by 2030.

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L’eggs partners with Dress for Success

BY Allison Cerra

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A hosiery brand has teamed up with a not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women.

L’eggs said that its new partnership with Dress for Success will be highlighted with a Facebook promotion, through which L’eggs will donate 12,000 pairs of legwear to Dress for Success through a virtual legwear drive.

"We think this partnership with Dress for Success is a perfect marriage of our brand’s vision and what it means to help women feel and look good from the inside out," said Angela Hawkins, director and general manager of legwear at HanesBrands, which owns the L’eggs brand. "We also will post Dress for Success’ monthly featured success story on our Facebook page. We feel sharing the success stories of women who have taken control of their destiny will inspire others to do the same."

The promotion kicked off last month. For more information, click here.

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HHS secretary promotes flu preparedness by getting her flu shot at Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius will receive her seasonal flu vaccine and will talk about the importance of prevention measures and flu season preparedness Wednesday morning at a Walgreens "health and daily living" pilot store in Chicago.

The secretary also will tour the store with Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson, who will highlight the store’s ability to offer accessible, preventive health services, such as flu vaccinations and diabetes care in underserved communities.

"It’s very exciting to see stores like these built on the principle that good health starts with steps we can all take to avoid getting sick in the first place," Sebelius said. "A perfect example of preventive care is getting your annual flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones. So we’re working closely with pharmacies like Walgreens to make the vaccine widely available in communities across the country."

"We appreciate Secretary Sebelius recognizing the important role of community pharmacists in health care," Wasson said. "With this pilot store, we are advancing the profession of pharmacy by providing greater accessibility to pharmacists for medication counseling, answering questions and providing additional clinical services."

Pharmacists are on the front lines of health care and among the most trusted professionals as ranked by Gallup’s honesty and ethics survey. Especially in medically underserved communities, pharmacies provide critical access to health care services that often go beyond dispensing medication, Walgreens stated. Walgreens’ new pilot pharmacy addresses the desire of customers for better products, tools and guidance as they aspire to make healthier choices in their daily lives. The pilot pharmacy also addresses the national focus on prevention and management of chronic diseases, which has highlighted the need for a model of care that is convenient, coordinated and affordable.


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J.NORBERG says:
Oct-06-2011 09:33 am

Next year I would ask that Ms. Sebelius get her flu shot at an independent pharmacy. We offer the same service but not the fancy bandage.

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