Founded over a century ago in 1901, we have a rich and colorful history of continuous improvement and innovation at Walgreens. From inventing the world’s first chocolate malted milkshake to the creation of one of the most popular and sophisticated mobile applications in retail shopping today, we have transformed ourselves into a leader within the retail and drug industry.
In 2014, that deep history joined together with another long-standing organization, Europe’s Alliance Boots, to create the first global health and well-being retail drug organization – Walgreens Alliance Boots. Through this merger, we have extended our reach to more than 25 countries, employing more than 400,000 people and connected with the iconic beauty brand, No. 7 – thereby catapulting us into the next wave of top beauty trends.
Impressive Size, Scale & Expertise
Through our strategic partnership with Alliance Boots, we are now a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and well-being retail, and together have over 13,200 stores in 11 countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390 distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000 pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20 countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and well-being products.
The company’s size, scale, and expertise help us to expand the supply and address the rising cost of prescription drugs in the USA and worldwide.
Walgreens Boots Alliance at a glance
- Walgreens Boots Alliance ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. This is the 24th consecutive year that Walgreens Boots Alliance or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., have been named to the list.
- Unmatched supply chain and procurement expertise, offering customers innovative solutions and optimal efficiencies
- A portfolio of retail and business brands, including Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle, and Soap & Glory
- A unique platform for growth in developed and emerging markets
Walgreens Here at Home
In the U.S., Walgreens is the neighborhood retailer that makes health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach for everyone on a daily basis. We are 245,000 team members strong and one of the largest drugstore chains in the U.S., with more than 8,000 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In fact, did you know there’s a Walgreens store located within five miles of approximately 76 percent of all Americans? And every day, we touch the lives of over 10 million customers in our stores and online.
We’re also a trusted wellness provider that supplies customers, patients, and payers with everything from acute prescriptions and vaccinations to specialty pharmaceuticals and wellness services. And to our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Walgreens in the Community
At Walgreens, we’re motivated to help all people feel better and live healthier every day. That belief extends beyond our warm, welcoming stores and state-of-the-art facilities and into the communities and neighborhoods we all call home. Each year, we’re proud to dedicate dollars, time, and staff to various outreach programs that revolve around access to health services and providing education.
Initiatives include providing free health screenings and using our electronic outdoor store signs for severe weather and missing child alerts, and meeting the critical health needs of people impacted by disasters big and small. Join us and find yourself at a place and point where innovation thrives, and good work on behalf of our company and communities is always greatly appreciated and rewarded.
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