Apple taps head of U.K. retailer Dixons to replace Johnson
New York City — Apple Inc. has hired John Browett, CEO of Dixons Retail PLC, the United Kingdom’s largest consumer-electronics retailer, to lead its retail store division. The appointment marks the end of a seven-month search to replace Ron Johnson, who left the world’s most valuable technology company last year to become CEO of J.C. Penney Co.
Browett, 48, will start at Apple in April as senior VP. He has been chief executive of Dixons since 2007. Prior to that, he was CEO of Tesco.com, a division of the world’s No.3 retailer Tesco Plc. Browett’s international experience is sure to be valuable to Apple as it focuses on expansion into new markets such as China.
Browett will report to Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
“Our retail stores are all about customer service, and John shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” Cook said in a statement.
Target to use pharmacy franchise model for its stores in Canada
Minneapolis — Target on Monday announced it will seek independent pharmacists to own and operate the pharmacies in its stores in Canada. The chain said it will utilize a pharmacy franchise model for its stores north of the border, the first of which will open in March/April 2013. The strategy is different than in the United States, where Target operates its own in-store pharmacies.
"We have worked hard to understand the Canadian healthcare landscape and believe our unique pharmacy franchise model will greatly appeal to pharmacists while best serving the needs of patients in Canada,” said Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada.
Target said it created a best-in-class pharmacy franchise model specifically for the Canadian marketplace. In addition to meeting patients’ healthcare needs, the model provides pharmacists with a unique opportunity to own and grow a pharmacy business with no entry fees and the support of a national retailer.
Target said it will begin its search for pharmacist franchise owners in March 2012.
Walgreens acquires Rx files/inventory from 33 Kmart locations
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens will acquire the prescription files and inventory from 33 Kmart pharmacies in 16 states.
Walgreens will purchase the pharmacy patient files and transfer them to nearby Walgreens pharmacies. Patients whose prescription files are being transferred and who have had a prescription filled within the last two years will be notified by letter once the transaction has been completed later in February.