Alliance Boots RXM manages entire store

Alliance Boots RXM manages entire store

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LarrySellars

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#1 Jan 17, 2013
On the back cover of the latest Walgreens World it states that the pharmacy manager at Alliance Boots stores manages the front end and pharmacy.
Guaranteed Walgreens is looking into this. Our store managers can't get a break, they are trying everything to eliminate them

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#2 Jan 17, 2013
Boots also give their store more payroll.No way RXM's could run the store now with the pharmacy payroll they have.The other issue would be most RXM's have no clue about stuff in the Front End.The ASM would be the one making most of the notes and decisions for this part of the store if this ever happened.

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#3 Jan 17, 2013
I agree xvef this wouldn't be plausible.
LarrySellars

Scottdale, PA

#4 Jan 17, 2013
I'm sure it wasn't plausible when Boots started doing it either. Any pharmacist can be trained to work the front end
ShampooLady

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Jan 17, 2013
Larry -- The work culture / environment throughout the UK and Western Europe is vastly different then what we experience and accept, as the norm in the United States.
LarrySellars

Scottdale, PA

#6 Jan 17, 2013
I hope your right

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#7 Jan 17, 2013
Executive Profile: Greg Wasson, CEO of Walgreen Co.
Online article in Chicago Tribune Business section dated June 25, 2012

Some text from the article follows below

Greg Wasson - Four days after graduation, "Wasson started his first job in a Walgreens, in management training...Within four months, Wasson was managing his own store."

Kim Wasson - "At the same time, Kim Wasson started in a Walgreen pharmacy, and she also rose quickly to manage her own store."

(Read more at http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-06-25... )

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#8 Jan 17, 2013
From the same article

"At night, he goes home to his wife, Kim, who spent 17 years working for the company. His younger brother, Brad, has carved out a 30-year career at Walgreen. A sister, Terri, manages a Walgreens in Chicago."

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#10 Jan 17, 2013
Brad Wasson is Greg Wasson's younger brother and Group Vice President of Health Systems Solutions Group.

Some text on Brad Wasson from the from the Purdue Alumni College of Pharmacy website follows below

"Wasson started his career with Walgreens in Houston as a stock clerk in 1982. Not long after graduating from Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, he was promoted to store manager in 1986. Starting in 1991, Brad spent 14 years as a district manager, first in New York and New Jersey, and then developed multiple new markets, including Philadelphia, Richmond, Virginia and Southern California.

He was promoted to a regional vice president of Walgreens store operations in 2005, and then transitioned into the pharmacy division in 2008 as vice president of retail clinical services. In 2009 Wasson was named vice president of pharmacy operations, during which time he oversaw the implementation of major growth initiatives such as Walgreens record-setting flu shot program and the strategy for building the company’s on-site health-clinic business. In September 2010 he was named to his current position and is charged with developing business relationships with health care providers.

Wasson received his pharmacy degree from Purdue University in 1985.
Diane

United States

#11 Jan 17, 2013
Well...the whole fam damily works at Walgreens. How special!!

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#12 Jan 17, 2013
All four people were store managers at one time or another according to what I read online. According to the June 25 article, Terri Wasson manages a store in Chicago. Only Kim Wasson was ever a practicing pharmacist with Walgreens.

To me, this explains a lot.

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#13 Jan 17, 2013
LarrySellars wrote:
On the back cover of the latest Walgreens World it states that the pharmacy manager at Alliance Boots stores manages the front end and pharmacy.
Guaranteed Walgreens is looking into this. Our store managers can't get a break, they are trying everything to eliminate them
Depending on the Boots store... they're like a fourth of the size of a typical Walgreens. Remember they're in Europe where space is a prime commodity.

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#14 Jan 17, 2013
wagslavefornow wrote:
All four people were store managers at one time or another according to what I read online. According to the June 25 article, Terri Wasson manages a store in Chicago. Only Kim Wasson was ever a practicing pharmacist with Walgreens.
To me, this explains a lot.
They're not the only Walgreens 'family' that has a lot of people in high positions.....

Wait. Just look at your own districts - you can look at probably just about *any* district and see they're littered with several 'families' that are sprinkled about in various management positions.
Fill That Cooler

Auburn, WA

#15 Jan 17, 2013
There was a 23 year old EXA promoted to MGR around here recently. Just found out that several of his relatives work in Deerfield. What a coincidence!

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#16 Jan 18, 2013
I've had my pharmcist ask me where to go in store net to print out Operation Statements and other reports that he's never looked at before. He was also going to many meetings during this time. Later on, he stepped down from RXM becauese he said he could not take the pressure.

When I asked why he needed the reports, he said it's secret Walgreens stuff and could not say.

Was he joking? Or giving hints on things to come?

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#17 Jan 18, 2013
OutCastEXA wrote:
I've had my pharmcist ask me where to go in store net to print out Operation Statements and other reports that he's never looked at before. He was also going to many meetings during this time. Later on, he stepped down from RXM becauese he said he could not take the pressure.

When I asked why he needed the reports, he said it's secret Walgreens stuff and could not say.

Was he joking? Or giving hints on things to come?
He was joking.

Rxms are in charge of the pharmacy side of the store's business. They run their department and as such need to know the financials.
Wagg

Durham, CT

#18 Jan 22, 2013
OutCastEXA wrote:
I've had my pharmcist ask me where to go in store net to print out Operation Statements and other reports that he's never looked at before. He was also going to many meetings during this time. Later on, he stepped down from RXM becauese he said he could not take the pressure.
When I asked why he needed the reports, he said it's secret Walgreens stuff and could not say.
Was he joking? Or giving hints on things to come?
well it is known tat allRXM's have been going to meetings called impact meetings , it's not top secre . Any yes bothy are learning what the store managers already do, like analyzing operating statements , conduct disciplinary actions, growing employees etc.. They well replace us for sure everyone else's job titles changed. It's just a waiting game
Jeff

Gilbert, AZ

#19 Jan 23, 2013
Wagg wrote:
<quoted text>well it is known tat allRXM's have been going to meetings called impact meetings , it's not top secre . Any yes bothy are learning what the store managers already do, like analyzing operating statements , conduct disciplinary actions, growing employees etc.. They well replace us for sure everyone else's job titles changed. It's just a waiting game
Being someone who went through the IMPACT training, I can tell you that part on analyzing operating statements was strictly on the pharmacy parts of the operating statement, not the entire thing.

I can't imagine being an RXM and managing an entire store. Your job is as a pharmacist first and the manager side is the little bits inbetween and the extra time spent outside your scheduled hours. Finding time to manage the entire front end would be nearly impossible.

Could I see Walgreens trying to do it? Yeah, I could. Pharmacists and especially the RXM have the strongest position security in the company because state law requires there to be a pharmacist on duty whenever the pharmacy is open a pharmacist in charge. The SM, EXA, MGT, RX Supervisor and even the DM can be removed from the picture and the store will still be able to run. I think it would be a huge mistake for Walgreens to do it because very few RXMs have true management/business training and many struggle to manage just the pharmacy staff. But it would save Walgreens money, so I see it as something they may do.

Since: Sep 14

Northolt, UK

#20 Sep 2, 2014
In the UK in low £ volume 'local boots' stores there is only every one manager - the 'pharmacist manager'. They get support/part cover in their budget for a second pharmacist for part of their week. The pharmacist manager looks after front of store and healthcare/pharmacy. In higher £ volume 'local boots' stores some still keep a Store Manager and a Pharmacist. The more £ volume the more resource allocated eg, an Assistant Manager or Second Pharmacist. It is entirely plausible that this will happen at Walgreens.
BeachBum

Hilton Head Island, SC

#21 Sep 2, 2014
jjj14 wrote:
In the UK in low £ volume 'local boots' stores there is only every one manager - the 'pharmacist manager'. They get support/part cover in their budget for a second pharmacist for part of their week. The pharmacist manager looks after front of store and healthcare/pharmacy. In higher £ volume 'local boots' stores some still keep a Store Manager and a Pharmacist. The more £ volume the more resource allocated eg, an Assistant Manager or Second Pharmacist. It is entirely plausible that this will happen at Walgreens.
Don't try to tell the US pharmacists and Store Managers this. They think that neither the position or salary can't be touched. Lots of pharmacists and Store Managers in for a rude awakening over the next 5 years.
Pharmacist salary went from $20/hr to $60/hr because of supply and demand and it will drop because of the same principles. Plenty of new grads out there that will work for $40/hr right now and offer to manage the entire store if needed.

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