IKEA submits final plans to the City of Joliet, IL that would advance the development of its previously approved Midwestern distribution center

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting final plans to the City of Joliet, IL that would advance the development of its previously approved Midwestern distribution center. The Swedish company received initial governmental approvals from the City and purchased the land in 2007, in anticipation of an expanded retail presence in the Midwest. City approval of these updated plans would pave the way for proceeding with a building permit application. It is anticipated that construction on the facility could begin as early as this Fall, 2015, with its being fully operational in Summer 2017.

Planned on 72 acres at the Laraway Crossings Business Park in Joliet, IL, 48 miles southwest of Chicago, the approximately 1.4-million-square-foot distribution center would serve the inventory needs of at least 10 IKEA stores throughout the Midwestern U.S., as well as customer fulfillment. Goods received by the Joliet facility will reflect the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items currently sold at all IKEA stores worldwide.

With more than 1,300 suppliers in 54 countries, IKEA globally transports products to its stores through regional distribution centers. This Midwestern warehouse will complement the current distribution network comprised of two distribution centers on the west coast and three on the east. Its central location will allow goods to be received at coastal ports from both Asia and Europe and then transported inland to the Joliet facility. The facility’s proximity to a nearby railroad intermodal will provide additional long-term transportation options too. Operating this distribution center will eliminate 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, with even more reductions expected via intermodal solutions.

“We have known for some time now that Joliet was the perfect location for our distribution hub in the Midwest, so we are pleased our Midwestern presence has grown to the point where we need this terminal to be up and running in 2017,” said IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “We appreciate the City of Joliet’s cooperation and patience that allowed us to plan long-term and reach this point today.”

In terms of contributing to the local economy, this project will result in construction-related jobs and positions at the distribution center, in addition to property tax revenue generated for local governments and schools. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

This project represents the fourth significant investment by IKEA in the state of Illinois. Besides the future Joliet distribution center, there are two IKEA stores in the Chicagoland area, one each in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg. And, last year, IKEA announced it was purchasing a 49-turbine wind farm in Hoopeston, IL that is on track to be operational this spring.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S., where there also are 5 operating distribution centers. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

The John Lewis Partnership elects Trevor Phillips Partnership Council President

LONDON, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces that Trevor Phillips has been elected Partnership Council President. The appointment will be effective from 25 March 2015 when David Jones steps down. Trevor will be the first external appointment to the role since 1928. The Partnership Council is the democratically elected body that represents Partners and votes on key issues.

Trevor is Deputy Chair of the Board of the National Equality Standard, and Chair of Green Park Diversity Analytics. He is also a Director of WebberPhillips and Pepper Productions. He is a former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and is an experienced broadcaster.

Jane Burgess, Partners’ Counsellor, said: ‘David has done a great job over the last five years and has played a central role in growing the Council’s influence.

‘I’m delighted to welcome Trevor to the Partnership Council. Trevor has a wealth of experience and will bring a valuable external perspective and an independent and authoritative voice to the core of our democracy.

Trevor Phillips said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be working with the John Lewis Partnership, continuing and developing the work of my predecessor, David Jones in strengthening the voice of the partners within the business. The extraordinary success of the unique employee ownership model has been central to making this company one of Britain’s most admired and inspirational enterprises, and it’s an enormous privilege to be elected to this role by the Partnership Council’.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Neil Spring, Group Senior External Communications Manager
Telephone: 07890 777464

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

Mexico’s first Starbucks Reserve™ store features carefully curated line of some of the world’s rarest single-origin, small-lot arabica coffees

Mexico City, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the heart of the Arcos Bosques commercial center in Mexico City’s Bosques de las Lomas neighborhood is a new Starbucks unlike any other in the country.

It is Mexico’s first Starbucks Reserve™ store featuring a carefully curated line of some of the world’s rarest single-origin, small-lot arabica coffees. From the mountains of Nicaragua, to faraway highlands in Papua New Guinea, to the coast of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador – the store highlights Reserve™ coffees that are hand selected by the company’s most experienced coffee buyers around the world. Each bean will be roasted at the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, Washington, before being shipped to Starbucks Reserve™ locations around the world.

But the allure of Mexico’s first Reserve™ store isn’t in the coffee alone. It’s in the design.

Valeria Marini, a Starbucks store designer based in the company’s Mexico City design studio, had imagined a “jewel box” like location – a small, but storied space in the midst of one of the world’s largest cities where customers could discover new and rare coffees.

A coffee journey from bean to cup

“There is such a rich story behind each bag of Starbucks Reserve coffee,” said Marini. “I wanted to create a space that would introduce Reserve to our customers in Mexico City, and take them on a journey from the small farms that harvest these coffees, to that freshly brewed cup, right here in the heart of Mexico City.”

Starbucks designers spent many months transforming the 650 square foot retail space in to a celebration of the world’s coffee growing regions. There are patterns from East Timor and Sumatra on the ceiling, Rwandan motifs along the walls, and Colombian influences in the furniture and photographs. Starbucks also worked with a range of local artisans and vendors from Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Guadalajara to source wood, furniture, and light fixtures. The merchandise tables and armchairs are from Guadalajara´s Le Porc Shop, while the chandelier is by David Pompa, and the hanging lamps on the outdoor terrace by Ariel Rojo, both artists based in Mexico City.

The color pallet and design elements were chosen to share the origin of coffee with customers. A mural at the entrance depicts the flavor profiles of coffees from around the world, and a chalkboard illustrates the coffee trees and cherries. Patterns are etched into the architecture, allowing their shadows to dance across the space as the sun rises and sets. Designers intentionally kept the indoor space open, with limited bar seating, to allow ample room to walk around and explore while they wait for their orders. Outside, an open-air terrace serves as an ideal place to sit, relax and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

‘Bringing the world of coffee to the customer in Mexico City’

For Marini, who moved from Buenos Aires to Mexico City over ten years ago to join Starbucks Latin America studio, designing Mexico’s first Starbucks Reserve™ store was an exciting new challenge.  “We typically design to reflect and celebrate the local culture and community,” said Marini, whose portfolio now consists of over 50 Starbucks® stores in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. “With this new Reserve store, however, we wanted to go a step further and show where these coffees are grown, harvested and roasted. It was about bringing the world of coffee to the customer in Mexico City.”

The new store features Starbucks Reserve™ Nicaragua Cabo Azul which has rich, vibrant flavors of sun-dried coffee beans from the Cabo Azul Estate located in the mountains of Nicaragua, as well as the Starbucks Reserve™ Panama Carmen Estate with floral and citrus notes of lemon wrapped in the sweetness of roasted nuts. The selection of Reserve™ coffees available at the Arcos Bosques location will change regularly, giving customers an opportunity to try new varieties. Starbucks will also have 20 certified Starbucks Coffee Masters at the store, who wear black aprons as a symbol of their coffee expertise and passion, to answer customers’ questions and help find the right coffee to meet their tastes and preferences.

“For more than 40 years, Starbucks has purchased and roasted some of the finest quality coffee beans around the world for our customers,” said Federico Tejado, ceo of Starbucks Mexico. “Our customers in Mexico City have a strong appreciation for coffee and we’ve created a one-of-a-kind store where they can discover new coffees, explore different brewing methods, and enjoy a truly modern design inspired by the world’s coffee growing regions.”

Mexico City’s new Starbucks Reserve™ store opens Friday, February 20th. Daily hours are 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. The store is located at Centro Comercial Arcos Bosques, Paseo de Los Tamarindos No. 90, Bosques de Las Lomas in Mexico City.

About Starbucks Mexico
Starbucks Mexico is owned and operated by Alsea, the leading restaurant operator in Latin America and Spain with globally recognized brands in the quick service, coffee shop and casual dining segments. Since entering the market with Alsea in 2002, Starbucks Mexico has grown to more than 443 stores in 52 cities throughout the country. Today, with stores around the globe, Starbucks Coffee Company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for our customers through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at http://www.starbucks.com.mx/

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

###

Mexico’s first Starbucks Reserve™ store features carefully curated line of some of the world’s rarest single-origin, small-lot arabica coffees

Mexico’s first Starbucks Reserve™ store features carefully curated line of some of the world’s rarest single-origin, small-lot arabica coffees

Starbucks launches its Evenings Programme in UK offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers

LONDON, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has launched its Evenings Programme in the UK, offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers – from chorizo and prawn skewers with chili ketchup, to truffle mac & cheese and braised British beef. The newly renovated Stansted Airport store, operated in partnership with food travel experts SSP UK, is the first location to offer Starbucks Evenings, with plans to expand the program to additional stores.

In US stores, Starbucks Evenings has proven very popular and has rolled out to 30 locations in Seattle, Portland, Southern California, Chicago and Atlanta. Depending on the location, Starbucks Evenings in the UK will be available beginning at 4pm and will continue to offer the same quality handcrafted drinks and food, with an expanded menu for later in the day.

“We are delighted to launch the first Evenings Programme in the UK. Providing a welcoming coffeehouse environment has always been our focus and now we can offer something new for the evening too,” said Ian Cranna, vp marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA. “I think our customers will love the new range of terrific food and carefully selected wines and beers which will provide even more choice and reasons to visit us later in the day.”

“Starbucks is a brand which is synonymous with great coffee and introducing this programme will tempt our coffee lovers to experience a new range of delicious foods and carefully selected alcoholic beverages in our newly renovated store,” said Simon Smith, CEO, UK and Ireland for SSP UK.

There are no plans to offer spirits as part of Starbucks Evenings Programme. Regular Starbucks food and drink favourites will continue to be made available throughout the evening.  All wine and beer will be served for in-store consumption only.

For more information, please contact a member of the Starbucks UK press team

About SSP
SSP is a leading operator of food and beverage concessions in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafés, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has nearly 30,000 employees, serving approximately a million customers every day. It has business at circa 120 airports and circa 270 rail stations, and operates approximately 2,000 units in 29 countries around the world.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

###

Starbucks launches its Evenings Programme in UK offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers

Starbucks launches its Evenings Programme in UK offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers

Starbucks named fifth most admired company in the world according to new research from Fortune magazine

SEATTLE, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is the ­­­fifth most admired company in the world, according to new research from Fortune magazine, and is the number one company worldwide in the food service industry.

Fortune calls its list “the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Here is the Fortune’s 2015 assessment of Starbucks:

Operating in 66 countries with nearly 22,000 retail stores, the coffee chain shows no signs of slowing down. The first quarter of 2015 marked its 20th consecutive quarter of 5% or more comparable growth. Last year, in an effort to bring in more customers, the company began expanding sales of beer, wine and an evening menu that includes delicacies like truffle macaroni and cheese. The company has also begun to provide Mobile Order & Pay and even delivery in some U.S. markets.

Starbucks is also ranked number one in the areas of innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products and services.

The top company on the list for 2015 is Apple. The tech company is followed on Fortune’s top 10 list by: Apple, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon, Starbucks, Walt Disney, Southwest Airlines, American Express, General Electric and Coca Cola.

Since 1983, Fortune has compiled a list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Fortune creates the list from a starting base of 1,400 companies based in the U.S. plus 400 from around the world with revenue above $10 billion. It then surveys 3,800 executives, asking them to rank the top 10 based on the following criteria: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products or services, and global competitiveness.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

Starbucks to present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference on March 3 and at UBS Global Consumer Conference on March 5, 2015

SEATTLE, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced the company will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference in New York at 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and at the UBS Global Consumer Conference in Boston at 8:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

A live webcast of the presentations will be available at http://investor.starbucks.com. An archived webcast will also be available on Starbucks website, at the same URL.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com

For more information on this news release, contact us.

METRO GROUP achieved its sales and profit targets for the financial year 2013/14

  • Sales and EBIT guidance achieved in the financial year 2013/2014
  • Proposed dividend of €0.90 per ordinary share
  • Q1 2014/15: sales adjusted for portfolio changes and currency effects rose by 2.6%; EBIT before special items exceeds exchange-rate adjusted EBIT for previous year
  • Forecast 2014/15: exchange-rate adjusted sales and profits expected to continue increasing
  • New target: by 2017, METRO GROUP aims to fill 25% of management positions, including at Management Board level, with women
  • Supervisory Board: retail expert Gwyn Burr proposed for election

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — At today’s Annual General Meeting of METRO AG, the Chairman of the Management Board Olaf Koch gave investors a positive account of the Düsseldorf-based retail company for financial year 2013/14. “We constantly work to improve the range of products and services offered by each sales line and to make them more attractive – with increasing success. Thus we create unique value added for our customers”, Koch said. “The dynamic growth of our online and delivery business has contributed to this positive business development, as have the many creative campaigns to mark the 50th anniversary of METRO Cash & Carry. Furthermore, we have made clear progress in reducing our debt and optimising our portfolio. To continue this positive development, we will intensify METRO GROUP’s transformation process even further in 2014/15.”

METRO GROUP had achieved its sales and profit targets for the financial year 2013/14: EBIT before special items reached €1,727 million and sales adjusted for portfolio changes and currency effects rose by 1.3%. By reducing net debt by €736 million, METRO GROUP materially strengthened its economic substance. To allow its shareholders to benefit from the positive business development too, a dividend of €0.90 per ordinary share will be proposed to today’s Annual General Meeting.

Good start to the financial year 2014/15

In the first quarter of the current financial year, METRO GROUP saw growth in operating business: adjusted for currency and portfolio effects, group sales rose by 2.6%. Reported sales declined by 2.2% to €18.3 billion. This decline is due mostly to the sale of Real in Eastern Europe as well as to significant negative currency effects in large parts of Eastern Europe, particularly Russia and Ukraine. On a like-for-like basis, sales increased markedly by 2.1%. At €1,024 million, EBIT before special items was only down on the previous year (Q1 2013/14: €1,073 million) as a result of negative currency effects amounting to €60 million. METRO GROUP also continued to markedly strengthen its balance sheet: year-to-year, net debt declined by around €900 million to just €1.5 billion, the lowest level in more than 10 years.

For the financial year 2014/15, METRO GROUP expects to see a slight rise in overall sales, despite the persistently challenging economic environment. In like-for-like sales, METRO GROUP foresees a slight increase that will follow the 0.1% gain in the previous year. METRO GROUP expects EBIT before special items adjusted for currency effects to rise slightly above the €1,727 million produced in the financial year 2013/14, including typical levels of income from real estate sales. The METRO GROUP forecast is based on the current group structure and refers to currency-adjusted figures. In addition, it is based on the assumption of an unchanged geopolitical situation compared to the last reporting (Annual Report 2013/14).

New target to encourage women into management positions

In order to further increase the share of women in management positions, METRO GROUP has updated its self-imposed commitment in this regard and adjusted the existing target: By 2017, 25% of management executives on levels 1 to 3 should be women. For the Management Board of METRO AG, the Supervisory Board passed a resolution for a target of the same level at the instigation of the Management Board. Currently the quota of women who are working at METRO GROUP’s management levels 1 to 3 is at 18.5%. “A diverse composition of personnel is decisive for the success of our company. We are focusing on long-term, trusting relationships with our customers, who are just as diverse as our employees,” emphasised Heiko Hutmacher, Chief Human Resources Officer and a Member of the Management Board of METRO AG. “Diversity and thus also an adequate women quota must therefore be reflected in all areas of our company – and especially in the top positions.” The Supervisory Board of METRO AG also increased its own targets: Following the Annual General Meeting in 2016, women and men should each make up at least 30% of representatives on the Supervisory Board. The minimum requirement should be fulfilled by representatives of both shareholders and employees.

Supervisory Board elections

The agenda for today’s Annual General Meeting includes an election for an additional member to the Supervisory Board. Gwyn Burr, former executive manager at British retail chain Sainsbury’s, is set to be elected to the Supervisory Board of METRO AG for the first time. Burr joined the Board by court appointment at the end of December 2014. Her appointment expires at the end of the Annual General Meeting. She will thus complement the shareholder representatives as successor to Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe. The Annual General Meeting will now take a decision on Burr’s continued service on the Supervisory Board.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

###

Carrefour made changes to the use-by dates on 350 of its own-brand products to tackle food waste

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Within the framework of its Antigaspi plan to tackle food waste that it initiated in 2013 and following quality checks and food tests, Carrefour has made changes to the use-by dates on 350 of its own-brand products:

– On grocery products: the optimum use-by dates on 135 cereal type products, rice products, dry food products and compotes have been extended, and the optimum use-by dates on more than 50 products such as sugar, salt, vinegar, etc. have been removed

– On fresh products: the expiry dates on 165 products have been extended: the expiry dates for yoghurts, for example, have been extended by between 7 and 10 days, and by between 2 and 8 days for cream deserts.

It is for this reason that, following the vote yesterday at the French Senate on the scrapping of optimum use-by dates on non-perishable food products, Carrefour would like to suggest that a discussion be held as soon as possible with stakeholders – with consumer associations in particular – so that best practices in relation to this subject can be adopted.

###

PatientsLikeMe works with Walgreens to help people understand how the medications they take may affect them

Newly-Enhanced Health Dashboard Now Includes Access to Patient-Reported Data on Side Effects for 5000+ Medications

CAMBRIDGE, MA., 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PatientsLikeMe is working with Walgreens to help make it easier for people to understand how the medications they take may affect them. Now, anyone researching a medication or filling a prescription on Walgreens.com can access a simple snapshot that shows how their prescribed medication has impacted other patients on the therapy, including medication side effects, as reported by PatientsLikeMe members.PatientsLikeMe is a free, online network where patients living with chronic conditions can track their health, connect with others and contribute data for research. More than 300,000 individuals have joined PatientsLikeMe and shared their own experiences with various treatments. The PatientsLikeMe-sourced information is updated daily with new patient reports and covers many medications available at Walgreens pharmacies.

PatientsLikeMe is the first featured external contributor to the new Walgreens Health Dashboard, a secure and private personalized health information offering. Walgreens can access PatientsLikeMe content to share information that may be of interest to Walgreens patients based on individual medication needs.

“Leveraging patient perspectives and experiences through Walgreens Health Dashboard provides our patients with helpful insight into their medications and overall therapy management,” said Walgreens Divisional Vice President of Digital Health, Adam Pellegrini. “Our collaboration with PatientsLikeMe underscores the power of social support and shared experiences on a wellness journey.”

The agreement also marks the first time PatientsLikeMe has integrated its data on another company’s website.

“We want to help patients wherever they are, so they can be better informed about the treatments they’re taking and make more informed health decisions,” said PatientsLikeMe Executive Vice President of Marketing and Patient Advocacy Michael Evers. “We’re thrilled to be working with the nation’s largest drugstore chain. Our work with Walgreens will give their patients important insights from people taking both simple and complex medications. It can also help enrich our treatment data should Walgreens patients decide to join our community.”

To access patient-reported data on medication side effects, Walgreens patients can visit www.walgreens.com. Walgreens patients interested in connecting with other patients managing similar conditions and sharing their medication experiences through PatientsLikeMe can visit http://www.patientslikeme.com/join/walgreens.

About PatientsLikeMe
PatientsLikeMe® (www.patientslikeme.com) is a patient network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. Through the network, patients connect with others who have the same disease or condition and track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease that help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers, and nonprofits develop more effective products, services and care. With more than 300,000 members, PatientsLikeMe is a trusted source for real-world disease information and a clinically robust resource that has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research studies. Visit us at www.patientslikeme.com or follow us via our blog, Twitter or Facebook.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,229 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

CONTACTS

Margot Carlson Delogne
(781) 492-1039
mcdelogne@patientslikeme.com

Markeisha Marshall
(847) 315-2923
Markeisha.marshall@walgreens.com

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy to dispense Ibrance for those requiring access to advanced, metastatic breast cancer therapy

New Drug Available to Treat ER+/HER2- Advanced, Metastatic Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today announced that Ibrance® (palbociclib) is immediately available through Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy for those requiring access to advanced, metastatic breast cancer therapy. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy was selected by Pfizer as one of a group of pharmacies to dispense Ibrance, for use, in combination with letrozole, as initial endocrine-based therapy for postmenopausal women with ER+/HER2- advanced breast cancer. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy also has access to letrozole, the required accompaniment drug.

“Through our integrated clinical and specialty distribution assets, we deliver comprehensive and collaborative patient care for those within the breast cancer community and are pleased to be able to better serve patients requiring this anti-cancer medication,” said Mike Ellis, Walgreens corporate vice president, specialty and infusion pharmacy.

Working collaboratively with oncology providers, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy delivers comprehensive patient care for those managing cancer therapies. Patients benefit from Walgreens access to limited distribution drugs, as well as a number of support services. These include help verifying insurance and identifying financial assistance options and supportive nutrition care through Walgreens infusion services capabilities.

Ibrance is available at select Walgreens specialty, community and health system pharmacies.

For more information, visit www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/specialtypharmacy.jsp. For more information about Ibrance, visit www.ibrance.com.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,229 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Markeisha Marshall, (847) 315-2923
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens