Walgreens To Acquire Kerr Drug

Walgreens To Acquire Kerr Drug

There are 51 comments on the HAPPI/Household & PP Industry story from Sep 10, 2013, titled Walgreens To Acquire Kerr Drug. In it, HAPPI/Household & PP Industry reports that:

Walgreen Co. and Kerr Drug, a privately held regional pharmacy chain in North Carolina, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Walgreens would acquire certain assets of Kerr Drug's retail drugstores and specialty pharmacy business.

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Since: Sep 13

United States

#21 Sep 11, 2013
Thanks so much RacingFan20 for your words of wisdom. I agree with fake salutations.. I hate going into a store where they greet me and everyone else the exact same way. Being a small town we know most of the regular customers by name and greet them accordingly. I think that is so much more personal and makes them feel special. I know I feel special when greated by name and not "Welcome to (wherever)." We also send them off with a personal statement. These wonderful people are not just customers but friends and family and I want to continue to treat them like that.

Since: Sep 13

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#22 Sep 11, 2013
Mountain Lady wrote:
Thanks so much RacingFan20 for your words of wisdom. I agree with fake salutations.. I hate going into a store where they greet me and everyone else the exact same way. Being a small town we know most of the regular customers by name and greet them accordingly. I think that is so much more personal and makes them feel special. I know I feel special when greated by name and not "Welcome to (wherever)." We also send them off with a personal statement. These wonderful people are not just customers but friends and family and I want to continue to treat them like that.
well after 15plus years i will say welcome to the family and hold on tight because its going to be a bumpy ride. yes there is many pros and cons to this company im hopping to stay with them but the odds do not seem to be in my favor. and i still say welcome or hello (customers name) glad to see you back they can fire me if they wish!
MNbum

Cottage Grove, WI

#23 Sep 11, 2013
wags bought out a mom and pop store in our area, everyone was fired five days after the deal was sealed.
That might be what happens to you. Sorry but I'd get the resume out and update it asap.

Since: Sep 13

United States

#24 Sep 11, 2013
MNbum wrote:
wags bought out a mom and pop store in our area, everyone was fired five days after the deal was sealed.
That might be what happens to you. Sorry but I'd get the resume out and update it asap.
I am not as concerned with my job as in the four years I have worked for Kerr, they have not been able most times to get anyone to move to this desolate area. I know my tag says Franklin but I am much further out and 50 miles from anything to do/ shopping etc. In two years they have not been able to keep a managers position filled or a full time pharamists position. I guess only crazy people want to live here. We have an awesome crew and we are not going anywhere!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 13

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#25 Sep 11, 2013
get ready for random drug tests, cameras, and kpis...

Since: Sep 13

United States

#26 Sep 11, 2013
It always amazed me that Kerr did not have drug testing... but I am ready, bring it on. And if they want to catch anyone doing anything wrong they will have to replace our total security system with something that can be played on a computer newer then Windows97. Not sure what kpis is...

Since: Apr 13

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#27 Sep 11, 2013
Mountain Lady wrote:
It always amazed me that Kerr did not have drug testing... but I am ready, bring it on. And if they want to catch anyone doing anything wrong they will have to replace our total security system with something that can be played on a computer newer then Windows97. Not sure what kpis is...
KPI's are Key Performance Indicators. As I said in my long previous post, this company tracks every key stroke you make in the pharmacy and every possible statistic in the store. Walgreens looks at sooo, sooo many numbers. Sales, percentage of sales on balance rewards card, scripts entered, scripts going from 'printed' to 'ready' status within 7 minutes of promise time, customer delight scores, e-mail addresses captured, etc etc etc.

Since: Apr 13

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#28 Sep 11, 2013
Oh, and also expect to get communication from many levels of company leadership. Throughout the week, or at least it's this way in my district, you get emails from the following- community leadership: community leader, community immunization/chargeback specialist. District leadership: District Manager, Pharmacy Supervisor, Operations Trainer, Loss Prevention manager. Market leadership: Market Vice President. Corporate bastards: Occasional message from our wonderful and "visionary" CEO, Usual emails from President of Community Operations and the daily COMPASS projects. Prepare to be blasted with different projects, focuses, etc.

Since: Sep 13

United States

#29 Sep 12, 2013
WOW sounds like we will need to hire someone full time just for all the communications!

Since: Jul 13

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#30 Sep 12, 2013
Technicians had to wear scrubs in our store. I had to wear a mandated tee with the marketing ploy of the month on it. Sometimes, the technicians had to wear a mandatory pins with their marketing ploy of the month on their scrubs. I used joke with one technician that he had forgotten to put on his other 14 pieces of flair. Then, he would come back with another zinger from Office Space...

Since: Apr 13

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#31 Sep 12, 2013
livinginavan wrote:
Technicians had to wear scrubs in our store. I had to wear a mandated tee with the marketing ploy of the month on it. Sometimes, the technicians had to wear a mandatory pins with their marketing ploy of the month on their scrubs. I used joke with one technician that he had forgotten to put on his other 14 pieces of flair. Then, he would come back with another zinger from Office Space...
Oh god, lol. So true! If its not the stupid 'happy and healthy pins, it's something else.
Wagschmag

Palatine, IL

#32 Sep 12, 2013
Diane wrote:
Wow.more stores! Wth are they thinking? Wa$$on, Skinner, Wagner. Power hungry bastards don't have a clue what's going on at store levels. Nor do they care ..when will shareholders put the brakes on these lunatics?
Diane, you'll like this: I was checking my email, where I get Wag-related news. I got a similar article but the entire headline couldn't fit in the subject line. Here's what I saw: Walgreens Acquires North Carolina. I thought, "Whoa, Walgreens has gone WAY too far this time!" LOL.

Since: Jun 12

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#33 Sep 12, 2013
Mountain Lady, If I didn't misunderstand the article related to this thread.....it's going to be a while before this takes place.

Note the following from the article:

The acquisition is structured as an asset transaction and includes Kerr Drug's 76 retail drugstores and its specialty pharmacy business. It also includes a distribution center. Kerr Drug will retain ownership of its long-term care pharmacy business. Until the acquisition closes, Kerr Drug and Walgreens will continue to operate separately.

After closing, the acquired Kerr Drug retail drugstores will continue to operate under their current brand in the near term. The transaction is subject to satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other conditions, and is expected to close sometime this year. Walgreens anticipates the transaction will not have a material impact on earnings per share in fiscal year 2014.

Since: Sep 13

Highlands, NC

#34 Sep 12, 2013
I know this is a bit off topic but at Kerr the weeks schedule is made up on Wednesday or Thursday for the following week (starting Sunday) so we never know until then what shift we are working or what day's off we will get. Really makes it hard to plan anything.
How does the scheduling at Walgreens work? Are employees hired to work certain shifts with certain day's off each week? Who does the scheduling?

Since: Jun 12

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#35 Sep 12, 2013
With Walgreens you won't have a set schedule.
Usually pretty flexible if you request ahead of time to be off. The schedule is supposed to be put up 2 weeks out.
If you work the weekend you won't necessarily have to work a night during the week....at least that is the policy anyway...it doesn't always work out that way......And it will depend a lot on if you end up at a 24 hr store or one that isn't open 24 hours....

Since: Sep 13

Highlands, NC

#36 Sep 12, 2013
We are such a small town that they roll up the sidewalks at dark. Kerr tried to stay open till 10pm right before Christmas for a week for my first two years and we didn't see more than 3 customers all week both years and they just bought drinks... the soda kind.
After two years of losing their butts keeping all the employees just those extra two hours they abandoned the idea. Just staying open till 8 is really a losing proposition. We get the same latecomers at 8 as we did when we closed at 7.
kerrguy

Sanford, NC

#37 Sep 13, 2013
do managers work 45 or 50 hours per week?
Diane

Phoenix, AZ

#38 Sep 13, 2013
Wagschmag ..lol. Mr. Wasson would love that!

Since: Jun 12

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#39 Sep 14, 2013
The SM(Store Manager) and I think ASM's are salaried and I'd say some SM's do hit that mark.
The other MGT(ASM-T and SFL's) are hourly. You won't get 45-50 as MGT or SFL.

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#40 Sep 14, 2013
Mountain Lady

My town is a small town as well but we are still open till 10.

For the past couple of years the 2 weeks before Christmas we have been open until midnight. I'm sure it will be that way this year as well. And, oh yeah, we are not closed on Christmas Day(or any other holiday)-open 9-6.

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