OPERATIONS

Walgreeens opens education and training center, Walgreens University, for employees

BY Michael Johnsen

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens on Friday will open the doors to Walgreens University, an internal education center with technology-enhanced classrooms, a mock drug store and video-conferencing capabilities. The new learning center will be the base of operations for employee educational programs offered online and in regional locations nationwide.

"Investing in your professional development is good for you and good for Walgreens," Walgreens’ chief executive Greg Wasson stated in the opening letter of the 2013 course catalog. "Several years in the making, Wag U is the result of thorough analysis, research and planning on the part of its board of governors, the Human Resources learning and development team and countless others across our organization who have developed and planned course offerings and learning experiences specific to Walgreen core competencies."

With the opening of Walgreens University, the company is doubling its annual investment in employee education and development. More than 100 courses will be available through one of the few corporate training programs to offer college credit for certain classes, including pharmacy technician training and management and retail fundamentals. U. S. companies overall increased spending on training and development 12% last year, the highest growth rate in eight years, Walgreens noted citing Bersin by Deloitte, a human resources consulting firm. That’s a reverse of recession-year spending in 2008 and 2009, when such investments dropped by 11% both years.

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

D.Naomi says:
Mar-20-2013 08:27 am

The making Wag U is the conclusion of complete reasoning investigate and intellection on the air of its shack of governors the Weak Resources acquisition and usage team and uncounted others across our administration who have formed and contrived pedagogy offerings and acquisition experiences http://www.exactdumps.com/PMI-001.html

D.Brisbane says:
Feb-27-2013 09:46 pm

Investing in employee education and development is the main reason why I like Walgreen, their University will allow a lot of people to finish masters degrees and find better jobs. 100 courses is a very good start, I am sure that in a couple of years the number of students will triple.

D.Brisbane says:
Feb-27-2013 09:46 pm

Investing in employee education and development is the main reason why I like Walgreen, their University will allow a lot of people to finish masters degrees and find better jobs. 100 courses is a very good start, I am sure that in a couple of years the number of students will triple.

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Are you hiring seasonal employees this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
OPERATIONS

J.C. Penney sets mid-March launch of Joe Fresh shops

BY Marianne Wilson

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney Co. announced that Canada’s Joe Fresh brand will launch in J.C. Penney stores beginning March 15, with a collection of modern basics for women. The collection will be displayed in 750-sq.-ft. to 2,500-sq.-ft. dedicated shops in nearly 700 JCP stores.

J.C. Penney also said it is rolling out an upscale fancy-dress line, Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa brand. Created for holiday parties, black-tie events, summer soirees and prom, the collection of gowns and cocktail attire will be priced from $50 to $250. The line will be featured in more than 500 stores on March 1, and presented with upscale fixturing, including an elegant chandelier.

J.C. Penney’s spring line up of brands also includes L`Amour Nanette LeporeTM, William Rast, LuLu by Lulu GuinnessTM and Duro Olowu. The new fashion lineup will be showcased in the spring marketing campaign that will launch during the Academy Awards on Feb. 24 as part of the company’s 12th consecutive year as the exclusive retail sponsor.

"We want to become famous for irresistible style at incredible value every day," said Ron Johnson, CEO, J.C. Penney. "By introducing these exciting brands at truly affordable prices, we are making it easier for customers to look and live better every day."

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Are you hiring seasonal employees this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
OPERATIONS

Wendy’s embraces more modern look; 200 remodels planned for 2013

BY Marianne Wilson

Dublin, Ohio — Wendy’s is getting a makeover. On Feb. 25, the company will unveil its new, more contemporary-looking logo in advertising, on product packaging, crew uniforms, new restaurant signage, menuboards and digital assets.

The updated logo is in sync with the company’s new “Image Activation” restaurant environment, whose bold, sleek, ultra-modern look is designed to enhance the customer experience. Features include lounge seating with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and digital menuboards. (San Francisco-based Tesser worked with Wendy’s on the rebranding and new store design.)

As of Jan. 31, 2013, more than 75 restaurants were reimaged or newly constructed to the new format. Another 200 reimages are planned this year throughout North America and new designs are under way in international markets.

The goal is to remodel 50% of company restaurants in North America by the end of 2015. Average sales volumes for Image Activation restaurants have increased more than 25% over the prior year, according to the company.

"Every brand evolves over time to maintain relevance with consumers," said Craig Bahner, CMO, Wendy’s. "We’re transforming our brand to signal a new dynamic company that’s listening and responding to consumer needs."

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Are you hiring seasonal employees this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...