By John U. Bacon
"This is the tale of Walgreens, the main winning drugstore chain within the usa. From its founding as a family-run shop in Chicago in 1901, Walgreens has grown into one of many greatest nutrients and drug shops on the earth. With greater than 3,600 shops national and the 6,000th scheduled to open by means of 2010, Walgreens has controlled to outlive or even thrive while different, better-known rivals, haven't - incomes commonplace spots on Fortune magazine's lists of so much in demand and top acting businesses. the tale of Walgreens' amazing upward thrust to the pinnacle is one in every of grit and gumption, expertise and tenacity, and an unfailing dedication to outdated down-home values. This publication deals either a colourful slice of Americana and a compelling company profile, interweaving own anecdotes with ancient and fiscal insights.
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Walgreen’s plan worked—maybe too well. Valentine was so impressed by the suddenly invigorated Walgreen’s efforts that he bumped his TLFeBOOK from humble beginnings 25 monthly salary from $35 to $45, and then again a little while later to $55—pretty good money for a drugstore clerk. S. Pharmacopoeia, the National Formulary, and Remington’s. Walgreen probably surprised both Valentine and himself by taking the bait, poring over those dense tomes well enough to pass the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy examination in 1897 and become a registered pharmacist.
It would not be the last time Walgreen would demonstrate the fine art of working smarter, instead of harder—one of his trademarks. There’s an old saw that young generals focus on combat strategy, whereas older ones stress logistics. Walgreen was a whiz at logistics, from an early age. The Army wisely recognized this and put Walgreen to use in the dispensary of the Sibony Hospital. Every bed and hallway was filled with dying men—not from Spanish bullets but from microscopic enemies. The three-month war claimed 5,462 American lives, but only 379 from battle-related wounds.
It is not surprising that Myrtle’s upright brother “did not like Earl. . ”64 Earl didn’t last long, but she did have a “best beau” throughout high school, a popular young man named George. “No party seemed to get under way until George breezed in,” Myrtle wrote. Even after the Nortons moved to Chicago, George kept coming around, all the way from Normal, Illinois. Myrtle, Paul, and Nellie all liked George, but “I was a shade worried when I began to hear that he had been seen with girls who were not the kind we always went around with.
America's Corner Store: Walgreen's Prescription for Success by John U. Bacon