My Walgreens

When customers and team members talk about Walgreens, they speak about it in a unique way. It’s not “the Walgreens down the street” or “the place I work,” but rather “My Walgreens.” Simply put, it’s the personal connection felt toward our iconic company.

Our Vision

To be America’s most-loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty company

Heart Building

Our Purpose

Champion the health and wellbeing of every community in America

Our three core strengths

  • Expert knowledge of pharmacy

  • Community presence

  • Customer insights and relationships

A trusted partner since 1901

With a rich history dating back to 1901, Walgreens is a trusted community partner and an integral part of our customers’ health and wellness.

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Buildings

We know how much our customers count on us, so we never stop evolving and innovating to meet their needs. Our legacy of strong performance and commitment to communities, customers and patients has made Walgreens one of the world’s most admired companies and beloved brands.

1901

Creation of Walgreens

Charles R. Walgreen Sr. purchased the Chicago drugstore where he had worked as a pharmacist — and that started the Walgreen chain. The first prescription delivery was made.

1901

1922

Invention of the malted milkshake

Walgreens invented the malted milkshake. Customers stood three and four deep around the soda fountain to buy the “double-rich chocolate malted milk.”

1922

1968

Rollout of child-restraint containers

Walgreens became the first major drug chain to put its prescriptions into child-resistant containers, long before it was required by law.

1968

1981

Technology-connected pharmacies

The first Intercom computers were installed in five Walgreen pharmacies in Des Moines, Iowa. This was the initial step toward making Walgreens the first drugstore chain to connect all its pharmacy departments via satellite.

1981

1991

Launch of drive-thru pharmacy

Walgreens opened the first drive-thru pharmacy.

1991

1999

Launch of online pharmacy

Walgreens.com launched a comprehensive online pharmacy, offering customers a convenient and secure way to take care of many health care needs online.

1999

2002

Pharmacy prescription labels in multiple languages

Walgreens became the first drugstore chain to offer prescription labels in multiple languages chainwide. Today, labels are printed in 14 languages.

2002

2007

Acquisition of Take Care Health Systems

Walgreens acquired Take Care Health Systems, a provider of retail health care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers.

2007

2014

Creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens completed its strategic merger with Alliance Boots to form Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

2014

2017

Acquisition of Rite Aid stores

WBA purchased 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid Corporation.

2017

2018

Strategic partnerships

WBA established strategic partnerships with a range of health, retail and convenience market leaders, such as Alibaba, Birchbox, FedEx, Kroger, LabCorp, Sprint and Verily, to bring greater value, convenience and omni-channel solutions to customers and patients.

2018

2019

Strategic partnership with Microsoft

WBA and Microsoft joined forces to develop new health care delivery models, technology and retail innovations to advance and improve the future of health care.

2019 2019
My Walgreens
We may have been around since 1901, but everything we’re doing with pilots and strategic partnerships makes Walgreens feel like a fast-moving startup. My Walgreens doesn’t settle for the status quo or what we’ve done in the past. As health care delivery and retail continue to evolve, we’re going to change right along with it, bringing innovative new offerings to our customers. Alef, Senior Director

78%

of Americans live within 5 miles of a Walgreens store.

*As of Aug. 31, 2018

At the heart of our communities

Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health, beauty and retail destination supporting communities across the country.

Our team members live where they work, so taking care of the local community means taking care of their home. We stand especially tall during times of need, coming together to support each other and our customers.

My Walgreens
Walgreens has been a few miles away from everywhere I’ve ever lived, which means they have taken care of me when I was at college, living in the city and now living in the suburbs. I especially appreciate this now, as a busy mom, because My Walgreens provides a shopping experience where I can get whatever I need for my family, quickly and seamlessly. Abbey, Customer

A global force for good

As part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walgreens brings unmatched, personalized health care services, competitive brands and great value.

  • 415,000+*

    People employed by WBA

  • 25+*

    Countries where WBA has a presence

  • 18,500+*

    Retail pharmacy locations in 11 countries

*As of Aug. 31, 2018, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen. Includes WBA’s equity method investments.

Learn about our reach

We are leveraging our heritage, iconic brands and international scale as part of Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) — the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise — to care for people and the planet through numerous social responsibility and sustainability initiatives that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of people.

WBA, together with its equity method investments, has one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. This allows us to better serve customers and patients, and provide deeper health and wellness products and services.

*As of Aug. 31, 2018, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen. Includes WBA’s equity method investments.
**For 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2018, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

A neighborhood health destination

Walgreens is transforming health care and pharmacy for the benefit of our patients now and in the future.

  • 85,000+*

    Health care service providers

  • 380+*

    In-store retail health clinic locations

  • 300+*

    Community-based specialty pharmacies

Explore our health care vision

Just as Walgreens defined the drugstore in the 20th century, we are transforming pharmacy and health care delivery in the 21st century to play a more central role in people’s daily lives. We are reimagining the traditional pharmacy to become a neighborhood health destination, offering patient-centric, cost-effective and transparent primary care, health advice and related services.

Pharmacy today is much more than just dispensing medication. Our pharmacists believe in helping our customers lead healthier and happier lives. As part of our patients’ broader health care teams, Walgreens pharmacists are dedicated to helping patients address their health care needs, improve health outcomes, lower costs and receive convenient and personalized treatment.

Walgreens is creating a store-in-store model to bring our patients affordable access to a broad range of important health care services, such as diagnostic lab testing, hearing, optical and dental care—all conveniently located in their local Walgreens store.

Microsoft Verily

Walgreens is exploring ways to deliver ground-breaking health care services and solutions, including chronic care management, for patients and customers by partnering with leading technology companies like Microsoft and Verily.

*As of Aug. 31, 2018

My Walgreens
The pharmacist at My Walgreens showed me how to use the Walgreens app to help stay on track with my blood pressure medication. I even get text reminders sent to my phone when it’s time to refill. I just order my prescription on the app and have FedEx deliver it to my door the next day. It’s that easy. George, Customer

Transforming retail

Walgreens is creating a contemporary retail offering focused on wellness, convenience, beauty and more.

Find great value & products

By combining our expansive physical store footprint with the latest technology, Walgreens is able to meet our customers where they are, delivering high-quality products and services to every community and doorstep.

Trusted brands
Customers trust and find high quality and great value in Walgreens owned brands, such as Walgreens Brand, Nice!, Well Beginnings and Finest Nutrition.

Beauty products
Our beauty consultants engage with customers on the latest beauty trends and products to help them look and feel their best.

  • 90+ million*

    Members of Balance® Rewards loyalty program

  • 8+ million**

    Customer interactions in-store and online each day

  • 3,000+**

    Stores with expanded beauty offering and expert beauty consultants

*As of May 31, 2019
**As of Aug. 31, 2018

My Walgreens
One thing that is always constant at My Walgreens is that we’re willing to innovate and find new ways to take care of our patients. Walgreens provides our patients with the care they deserve today and never stops searching for new ways to serve them in the future. Agnes, Pharmacist

55M+

Downloads of Walgreens mobile app

*As of Aug. 31, 2018

Innovating for the future

Walgreens is digitalizing, modernizing and innovating for the future by combining our expansive physical store footprint with the latest technology.

Go digital

Walgreens is striking an important balance: weaving digital into everything we do while still keeping the focus on the care we’re known for. We prioritize customer convenience without losing the human connection that drives our deep brand loyalty.

Paperless coupons

Customers can search Walgreens.com and the Walgreens mobile app to “clip” digital coupons to their accounts, to be applied automatically online and in stores. And with Text2Clip, customers can text a keyword and receive all related coupons instantly.

Ship to Store

We offer free shipping to any Walgreens store with no minimum online purchase, allowing customers to shop our expanded online selection and pick up their order at their convenient neighborhood store.

  • 5-star rating in the Apple App Store*
  • 15+ million digital coupons clipped monthly

*As of Aug. 31, 2018

Find Care

Walgreens introduced a digital platform and marketplace called Find Care that helps connect the company’s millions of mobile and online visitors to health care services at Walgreens stores and a growing selection of providers in the community. Patients can receive a variety of services including video chatting with a doctor and talking to a therapist online, all from the Walgreens mobile app.

My Walgreens
I joined Walgreens through the Skills for Chicagoland’s Future program. Since then, I’ve noticed how big of a role Walgreens plays in the world. My Walgreens isn’t just a store... it’s a sense of belonging, not only for our team members, but for my neighbors in the community. Jacori, Team Member

Caring for people and the planet

We are committed to caring for customers and communities and demonstrate this commitment through the work we do every day.

Make an impact

These values are shared by our customers who have joined us in supporting causes like ending child poverty and bringing vital health care to communities around the world.

As part of our commitment to the community, we invest in the people who bring our company values to life. Founder Charles R. Walgreen Sr. recognized the importance of a diverse workforce with our first store in 1901, as well as the importance of fair and equal treatment and opportunities for team members. Today, Walgreens promotes diversity through its business resource groups, and encourages inclusion through disability hiring programs in our distribution centers and hundreds of our retail stores.

Helping children around the world
Our customers are making a difference in the lives of millions of children around the world by participating in the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program. Through this program, we have helped provide more than 34 million potentially life-saving vaccines to children in need.

Supporting the fight against cancer
Our purpose — to champion the health and wellbeing of every community in America — builds on our partnerships and commitments to raise millions of dollars each year for cancer organizations such as Susan G. Komen® and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

*As of Aug. 31, 2018

Change is healthy

Walgreens is a pharmacy leader that countless Americans have known, loved and trusted for over a century.

As consumers take more control of their health care, demand greater value at the lowest cost, and expect convenience, speed and personalized engagement, we’re reinvigorating our business by combining the personal touch that Walgreens has always been known for with the latest technology and service.

Transformation is a beautiful thing

From our earliest days at the cosmetics counter to our present-day expanded beauty offering, we know people still value a familiar place and a human touch.

So we’re joining forces with other retail partners to offer top food, health and beauty products and services; two-hour order and pickup; and same-day home delivery while delivering value to our customers.

We are fundamentally transforming our company and business model to leap into the future — and we’re rewriting the story of My Walgreens along the way.