TECHNOLOGY

Walgreens in new tech commitment

BY Marianne Wilson

Walgreens is doubling down on its tech staff.

The drugstore chain will establish a “technology center of excellence” at its tech office, which is located in downtown Chicago. The number of employees working in the office will double from 300 to 600 through a combination of new hires and relocations from the chain’s Deerfield, Ill., support center.

Walgreens is expanding its square footage in the building to accommodate the new center. It will host much of the company’s retail pharmacy technology team along with the digital, mobile and e-commerce technology teams that currently work there.

“We are excited to bring more technology jobs to the City of Chicago and establish a technology center of excellence that will focus on delivering state-of-the-art systems to our more than 8,000 drugstores nationwide,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “Chicago is where Walgreens began as a single drugstore in 1901, and expanding our downtown presence will help us retain and attract the best talent to continue developing our digital and technology capabilities.”

Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business.

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