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Saturday, January 19


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Better Buy: Walgreens Boots Alliance vs. CVS Health

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Instead of buying a health insurer outright, Walgreens began a tiny joint venture with one of the largest insurers in the U.S., Humana(NYSE: HUM), last summer. The partners started a pilot project in Kansas City to offer senior-focused health services at a handful of primary care clinics connected to Walgreens pharmacies. Unfortunately, sales from Walgreens' international pharmacy segment slipped 5.9% compared with the previous-year period. As the U.K.'s Brexit deadline approaches without any agreement, weak U.K. market conditions that have been pressuring the segment will probably continue or worsen in 2019. By becoming the company that pays the bills, CVS truly has a chance to turn its retail locations into community health hubs.

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Friday, January 18


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Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) closed the most recent trading day at $72.30, moving +0.43% from the previous trading session. On that day, WBA is projected to report earnings of $1.74 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 0.58%. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system. Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988.

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Thursday, January 17


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Walgreens Inks a Massive Deal With Microsoft

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Microsoft will become the strategic cloud provider of Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the U.S. Walgreens "plans to migrate the majority of the company's IT (information technology) infrastructure onto Microsoft Azure," according to the press release. In addition to its adoption of Azure, Walgreens also plans to roll out Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365 and Windows 10, to more than 380,000 employees. The partnership will focus on "enabling more personalized healthcare experiences from preventative self-care to chronic disease management." If things go according to plan, this will result in "new transformational platforms in retail, pharmacy, and business services." This follows a five-year deal between Walmart(NYSE: WMT) and Microsoft in mid-2018, where Walmart chose to migrate a "significant portion" of both walmart.com and samsclub.com to Microsoft's Azure, "tapping into the full range of Microsoft's cloud solution."

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Wednesday, January 16


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Nebraska, New Mexico and Kentucky Take Top Spots for State Flu Activity in this Week’s Walgreens Flu Index™

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Nebraska, New Mexico and Kentucky Take Top Spots for State Flu Activity in this Week’s Walgreens Flu Index™. Now in its fifth flu season, the Walgreens Flu Index was developed as a tool for consumers, health officials and the media to track flu activity in their area, and it continues to be an indicator of flu activity and important reminder to take preventive measures, such as receiving a flu shot, to stay healthy throughout the flu season. Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. As of August 31, 2018, Walgreens operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com.

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Tuesday, January 15


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Walgreens teams with Microsoft to battle Amazon

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The companies said Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 that they will work to improve care in part by using patient information and the Walgreens store network. Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com. For Walgreens, the pharmacy giant must contend with looming competitive threats from Amazon and other upstarts looking to disrupt the drugstore business. Meanwhile, Microsoft is angling to gain ground against Amazon Web Services by offering back-end computing muscle to retail, grocery and health operators that don’t want to give more business to one of their biggest foes. Walgreens has several North Bay stores, located in Ukiah, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Napa, American Canyon, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, San Rafael and San Anselmo. As part of the accord, Walgreens will begin using Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing software, moving applications and data to the tech giant’s data centers, the companies said. For Microsoft, it’s the second major Azure-centered deal with a retail chain this month, following a pact with grocer Kroger Co. last week.

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Microsoft and Walgreens join forces to 'transform healthcare'

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Microsoft and Walgreens announced today that they will be teaming up to help improve health care. The companies have entered into a seven-year agreement during which Walgreens plans to migrate most of its IT infrastructure over to Microsoft's Azure cloud services. Microsoft is also providing Microsoft 365, a package of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office, to the 380,000 employees working at Walgreens stores around the world.

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Walgreens brings in Microsoft to help improve care

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Walgreens brings in Microsoft to help improve care. Associated PressJanuary 15, 2019, 4:55 PM GMT. The drugstore chain Walgreens is working with Microsoft to improve care, as more companies seek ways to manage patient health, cut costs and improve quality. The companies said Tuesday that they will work to improve care in part by using patient information and the Walgreens store network. Insurers and care providers are shifting their focus more toward managing care and keeping patients healthy instead of waiting to treat them when they become sick.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NAS:WBA) social chatter is higher than usual

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Walgreens and Microsoft partner to develop digital healthcare services Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday they have entered a seven-year agreement to research and develop new methods of delivering healthcare services through digit… https://t.co/TP12TE28ER
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Walgreens and Microsoft partner to develop digital healthcare services

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(Reuters) - Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Tuesday they have entered a seven-year agreement to research and develop new methods of delivering healthcare services through digital devices. As a part of the deal, the companies will focus on virtually connecting people with Walgreens stores and provide services on therapeutic areas ranging from preventative self-care to chronic disease management. Early last year, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) had said they will form a company that could eventually negotiate directly with drugmakers and healthcare providers and use their vast databases to get a better handle on costs. Walgreens and Microsoft will also develop healthcare solutions to reduce emergency room visits and decrease hospital readmissions while lowering the cost of care, the companies said. The drugstore chain said it will pilot up to 12 stores, which will sell select healthcare-related devices, in 2019.

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Walgreens teams with Microsoft to battle Amazon – The Seattle Times

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Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com. For Walgreens, the pharmacy giant must contend with looming competitive threats from Amazon and other upstarts looking to disrupt the drugstore business. Meanwhile, Microsoft is angling to gain ground against Amazon Web Services by offering back-end computing muscle to retail, grocery and health operators that don’t want to give more business to one of their biggest foes. As part of the accord, Walgreens will begin using Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing software, moving applications and data to the tech giant’s data centers, the companies said. For Microsoft, it’s the second major Azure-centered deal with a retail chain this month, following a pact with grocer Kroger last week. After rival CVS Health agreed to buy health insurer Aetna, Walgreens set up a senior health clinic joint venture with insurer Humana. And to ramp up its technological and e-commerce sophistication, it has inked deals with Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, and cosmetics retailer Birchbox. Microsoft has made earlier forays into health software before pulling back. For the past two years, it has been working on cloud and artificial-intelligence products that can be used to reduce data-entry tasks for doctors, triage patients and provide more-targeted cancer care.

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