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Walgreens finalizes BioScrip deal

BY Michael Johnson

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced it has completed its acquisition of certain assets of BioScrip’s community specialty pharmacies and centralized specialty and mail-service pharmacy businesses. The transaction represents a total deal value of approximately $225 million.

“We welcome the BioScrip leaders and employees involved in the transaction to the Walgreens family,” stated Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president pharmacy, health and wellness. “BioScrip’s clinically focused community specialty pharmacies and access to additional limited distribution drug therapies, combined with Walgreens’ existing nationwide network of retail and health system pharmacies, creates a strong network of support for our core drug store business to provide specialty pharmacy solutions to our patients. This acquisition also significantly expands our nationwide reach to an additional half-million patients with chronic and complex health conditions.”

Beyond growing Walgreens’ specialty pharmacy footprint, the acquisition also will help grow Walgreens’ centralized specialty and mail-service pharmacy operations, the company stated.

The acquired community specialty pharmacy business includes a national network with 30 locations in 16 states across the United States and the District of Columbia, primarily serving HIV, oncology and transplant patients. Walgreens also acquired certain assets of BioScrip’s centralized specialty pharmacy business and traditional mail-service pharmacy business that dispenses prescriptions for, among others, Drugstore.com, which was acquired by Walgreens in June 2011.

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Sears launches localized online shopping portal

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Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears has launched SearsLocalAd.com, an online service that provides customers with access to additional local deals beyond the weekly Sears print circular or Sears.com. The online shopping portal is dedicated to local customers, allowing them to shop smarter by previewing new local deals updated every week, and includes enhancements for Sears’ Shop Your Way Rewards members.

Localization is pre-selected based on the shopper’s location and can be easily changed to another store within the experience. Shoppers can search their nearest Sears store and browse deals by department, brand or price point, quickly filtering to find offers of interest. SearsLocalAd.com helps shoppers ensure products are available before they go to the store. The site features hundreds of additional deals, and displays in real time how many items are currently in stock at the chosen location.

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Hannaford Bros. expands use of Kronos workforce management solutions

BY Marianne Wilson

Chelmsford, Mass. — Hannaford Bros. Co., the second-largest New England-based supermarket chain, has enhanced its workforce management suite of solutions from Kronos Inc.

Hannaford Bros. has used the Kronos time and attendance and forecasting and scheduling solutions for several years. Based on benefits achieved, Hannaford updated the Kronos suite to include the labor analytics solution to gain real-time visibility into store performance across the entire enterprise and next generation user interface. The grocer also selected the Kronos next generation user interface to enhance end-user adoption and reduce training efforts. Both solutions will enable Hannaford to increase sales through improved customer service, Kronos said.

The new additions will further augment Hannaford’s existing workforce management strategy including its wall-to-wall optimized scheduling approach. The Kronos forecasting and scheduling tools offer access to customer traffic data in 15-minute increments by department and store, enabling managers to generate accurate schedules based on those patterns and trends.

"Through the use of Kronos optimized scheduling, we are achieving many sales benefits,” said Norm Daigle, manager of labor and productivity, Hannaford Bros. “The analytics solution and the intuitive user interface will help us reap further rewards. For example, the user interface will improve the execution of our standard practice for scheduling as it will guide the user through the process, allowing them to spend less time in the back office and more time helping customers. Also, our associates and managers will be able to leverage functionality and additional metrics that they previously didn’t have access to.”

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