Walgreens, Alliance Boots Finalize Merger

Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots have finalized their two-step merger launched in 2012 to form Walgreens Boots Alliance—marketed as the world's first global pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise.

New TABS Group Study: "Specialty Beauty Stores" Draw "Heavy" Product Buyers

TABS Group—a leading technology-enabled analytics firm servicing the consumer-products industry—released the results of its 2014 Beauty Consumer Insights Study Dec. 15 with lots of great news as well as excellent advice for what it calls "specialty beauty stores."

Walgreens Debuts Los Angeles Flagship Store Featuring LOOK Boutique Beauty Department, p.2

Walgreens Debuts L.A. Flagship Store Featuring LOOK Boutique Beauty Department

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The LOOK Boutique offers prestige and niche cosmetic, skincare and haircare brands not typically found in drugstores. It includes the popular British skincare brand No7—created by international health and beauty retailer Boots, a division of Alliance Boots, the multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group. The brand is known for its antiaging beauty serum—and is available in a Walgreens store for the first time.

Walgreens Debuts Los Angeles Flagship Store Featuring LOOK Boutique Beauty Department

Walgreens Debuts Los Angeles Flagship Store Featuring LOOK Boutique Beauty Depar

Nationwide drugstore-chain Walgreens recently opened its 8,000th store—also its West Coast flagship store—at the iconic corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles.

The location features the drugstore giant’s LOOK Boutique beauty department (pictured) in addition to other unexpected amenities for a drugstore, such as a café with a barista, a juice and smoothie bar, fresh foods and an extensive fine-wine offering.

Walgreens, Alliance Boots Partner

Alliance Boots executive chairman Stefano Pessina (left) and Walgreens president

Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. and international pharmacy-led health and beauty group Alliance Boots have partnered to create what they’re calling the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise.

CPNA Beauty Retailers Tour Returns

Cosmoprof North America will once again be hosting the Best Beauty Retailers Tour at its upcoming show. The tour, which debuted during CPNA 2011, will take place Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It precedes the trade show, which will take place July 22-24 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.