Walgreens January same-store sales up 6.3%
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens Tuesday morning reported January sales of $6.2 billion, an increase of 6.3% as compared to the same month in fiscal 2012.
Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 13.6% in January and increased 11.6% on a day-fall adjusted basis. This year’s January had one additional Wednesday and Thursday and one fewer Sunday and Monday compared with January 2012, positively impacting prescriptions filled in comparable stores by 2 percentage points.
Walgreens reported that the percentage of Express Scripts customers filling prescriptions in its pharmacies continued to increase in January.
January pharmacy sales increased by 8.7%, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 6.2% and by a day-fall adjusted 4.2%. DFA comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 6 points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months.
Pharmacy sales accounted for 65% of total sales for the month.
Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season-to-date were nearly 6.9 million versus approximately 5.5 million last year.
Total front-end sales increased 1.3% compared with the same month in fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales decreased 0.4%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 2.8% while basket size increased 2.4%.
Sales in comparable stores increased by 3.7% in January. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 1.3 percentage points, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 3.9 percentage points.
Registrations for Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty program, which launched in September, totaled nearly 55 million through January.
Walgreens opened nine stores during January, including two relocations, acquired two stores and closed two.
Target rocks out with Dora exclusive
NEW YORK — A new line of apparel, toy and specialty goods inspired by Nickelodeon’s Dora Rocks! is now avaible exclusively at Target stores and on Target.com through April.
"We are excited to bring the Dora Rocks! experience to Target’s guests," said Ron Johnson, SVP retail development, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. "Dora Rocks! extends the interactivity kids and parents have come to expect from the show, bringing Dora into their homes with specially designed products."
Items available exclusively at Target include:
Apparel and accessories such as T-shirts, backpacks, shoes and more
A DVD package, distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, featuring the direct-to-DVD release of "Dora Rocks!"
Dora Rocks! Music from the Special & More CD featuring 12 upbeat tracks including the series theme song and tunes from the television special
Dora Rocks! themed bedding, toys, games, headphones, musical instruments, books and activities.
Haier seeks supply chain edge
Third party logistic provider Kenco was chosen by Haier America to manage the appliance brand’s U.S. distribution.
The contract is a huge win for Kenco as Haier America is a division of Haier Group, the world largest appliance brand. Under the new agreement, Kenco will implement turnkey management of Haier’s three main U.S. distribution centers in Keasbey, N.J., Savannah, Ga., and Fontana, Calif. Haier distributes appliances and consumer electronics from each of these facilities and Kenco will provide real estate, management, staffing, warehouse management systems, and material handling equipment. Distribution center space managed will total more than a half million square feet once the agreement is fully implemented this year.
"We wanted a national (third party logistics provider) to operate our three facilities and any we might need to open in the next three to five years," said Larry S. Monaghan, SVP of administration with Haier America. "Our experience with Kenco has already been excellent, and their proposal proved to be the best match for our future needs as well."
Plans call for Kenco to provide a single system at all sites, with a consistent process across the network, and single point of contact for the Haier logistics network.
"Kenco is proud to have been selected by this market leader," said David Caines, president, Kenco Logistic Services. "We leveraged our years of experience in managing appliance supply chains to develop a common sense solution that will deliver uncommon value to Haier. Our national footprint, combined with Kenco’s reputation for operational excellence, made it possible for us to win this significant new business."
Haier employs more than 70,000 people around the world and distributes products in more than 165 countries and regions with global revenues reaching $23.3 billion in 2011.