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mmhae

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Dec 10, 2012
 

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You have no idea......Do you ? Unions did not bring GM to bailout...That is what corporations would like you to think. I bet you "knew somebody who knew somebody who cleaned floor at GM for $70 an hour....?" Am I right ? I hear those stories so often....Unions make sure that workers do not get pushed to lowering their wages until they can't even buy food with that, while CEO's are getting million of dollars raises every year. Real problem is that there is only few businessmen who understand ( like Ford understood almost 100 years ago) that if your workers will not make REAL wages, they will not buy your product, use your services, etc, so in the long run your business will go bust. And going back to Walgreens, this business makes money on selling goods here, so while taking and taking and taking away from their employees, they take buying power from them so they loose ,not save money. Of course in the meantime workers are not happy, do not care, etc and it shows . And clients are not having good buying experience and they look for different stores....Another way to loose business. That is problem of almost every corporation ( except for companies that have to compete with outsourcing- that is different story). Wake up disgovernment !!!
Example: Hostess. Because ONE union would not work with the company who was already having financial problems the company is gone and not only did the ONE union members loose their jobs but a couple of others also did. Explain why having no job is better than working with your employer and maybe paying a little more of your own benefits.
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#22
Dec 15, 2012
 
When is Walgreens getting rid of store managers? I am now stuck working Pharmacy with a key holder for management. When I get busy and need to call IC3 - he can not help. No training
marysue

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Dec 15, 2012
 

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Walgreens is not the same Pharmacy the Express Scripts customers left in January. We suck in many ways, poor customer service, experienced techs pushed out with budget cuts. I am given cashiers to fill in. Mistakes everywhere. Customers call in with a simple refill number and then they can not get it in the computer!! HELP!!

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#24
Dec 15, 2012
 
Yep! Walgreens is going to collapse VERY soon! Just not this PARTICULAR week because our stock is up. But anyway...at SOME point in the future....we are destined to collapse suddenly.

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#25
Dec 15, 2012
 
On the 9/28/2012 earnings call, Wade D. Miquelon said, "Now I know some of you may want specific numbers on returning customers, however, as I'm sure you can understand these numbers are competitively sensitive. Therefore we think the best and most accurate way to track this and our underlying business in the months ahead is through our monthly sales and prescription counts. This is because our comps reflect not only returning customers but customers who have switched from one plan to another as well as new business. That's how we will be tracking our progress as we focus on growing our prescription market share overall."

(From Page 3 of 2012 Q4 Earnings Call transcript from the Morningstar website)

I understand that our leadership said publicly that they were going to focus on monthly sales and prescription counts and not just focusing on recapturing former ESI customers - with the opposite message within the company I will note.

I have not heard anyone say how our current compensation from ESI compares to that of a year ago. I have not even heard how many years are in the contract. The big question to me is if we are making less money filling prescriptions of the ESI customers we have gotten back than we were making a year ago.

As someone said on this forum months ago, it is not about a company making money this year, it is about a company being able to make more money than the year before.

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Dec 15, 2012
 

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I heard that we settled with ESI for a respectable amount and we did not capitulate to their low ball demand.

ESI and Walgreens had reason to work together again. It's obvious that Walgreens needs the business but ESI had big reasons too. CVS was swallowing up all these ESI patients and they were building momentum to eventually get all these patient's employers sold on a Caremark PBM plan. ESI saw the writing on the wall too.

Walgreens financials are looking solid.

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#27
Dec 16, 2012
 
All I know is that our prescription count is up and our tech hours are down compared to what they were last fall and early winter of last year.

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#28
Dec 16, 2012
 
Walgreen returns to hospice care

"Looking to bolster sagging revenue, Walgreen Co. plans to launch a national platform targeting hospice providers as soon as next year, an about-face after jettisoning its long-term care pharmacy business two years ago."

(Read more at http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20121... ?)
Mother_bleeper

Grass Valley, CA

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#29
Dec 16, 2012
 
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My store has a couple bad apples. Namely HPS and SBA and 1/2 of the rest of photo. Yup, that's my store!
my whole photo dept is full with dumb witted, losers
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#30
Dec 17, 2012
 
simple math: wags will continue to cut hours to make up for any lost profit..slowly over time have employees in place with mentality of working in such environment...go into a cvs, at least the ones by me are running the front end with 1-2 employees..people always waiting to be rung up and lines get long..i think walmart will crush wags and cvs once they get their mini-marts up and running..walgreens should really look into putting registers and waiting areas in place like in the grocery store..at least people can put their items down and wait in a contructive line..but bottom line walgreens will continue to be around and make money but i think they really lost lots and lots of momentum they had built up in the industry..

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#31
Dec 17, 2012
 
Cutting the hours has been brutal. I get called to the pharmacy to fill scripts since they are understaffed, then I have to respond to the front calls still. Cosmetics person is out now by 8pm. i have one person with me from 9 onward, all this during holiday season. We have less hours now than before. How this makes sense, I have no idea but I am just ignoring it and doing the best I can. I don't care what expectations are :)...
ynot

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#32
Dec 17, 2012
 
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Cutting the hours has been brutal. I get called to the pharmacy to fill scripts since they are understaffed, then I have to respond to the front calls still. Cosmetics person is out now by 8pm. i have one person with me from 9 onward, all this during holiday season. We have less hours now than before. How this makes sense, I have no idea but I am just ignoring it and doing the best I can. I don't care what expectations are :)...
Ha, a few days ago I was in the same boat, with the added thrill factor of having an underage newb with approximately a months experience (at any job whatsoever)as my front cashier. Wheeee!
Cannot wait for the holidays to be over, or for this insane schedule to cause everybody to quit, whichever comes first!

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#33
Dec 17, 2012
 
I'm selling all my stock tomorrow! You guys are scaring me!!

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