October 17, 2018

Drugstores

New Leases Standard About to Really Blow Up Drug Store Chains’ Balance Sheets

We are T-minus 155 days away from financial executives at U.S. public companies saying a couple of Hail Mary’s, keeping their fingers and toes crossed, and hitting the “go” button on adopting new accounting rules for reporting leases. Accounting Today reported that two popular drug store chains top the list of Fortune 1000 companies with […]

A Sign of Things to Come? Walgreen Outsourcing 150 Accounting Jobs

Apparently this is part of WAG’s ‘Rewiring for Growth’ initiative. And by ‘rewiring’ they mean cutting $1 billion in expenses by next year (no pressure).

As many as 150 accounting jobs could be eliminated at Walgreen Co.’s Deerfield headquarters within the next 10 months as the drugstore giant outsources the work.

The job losses result from Walgreen Co.’s agreement with process-outsourcing firm Genpact, based in India, to take over certain accounting work.

Genpact has agreed to acquire Walgreen’s accounting office in Danville, Ill., where 500 former Walgreen employees have become employees of Genpact.

Another 300 Walgreen jobs, including the 150 in Deerfield, will be affected by the move. The remaining 150 jobs are scattered among Walgreen accounting offices nationwide, a Walgreen spokeswoman said Monday.

An unspecified number of Walgreen accounting department employees who remain employed will be shifted to other jobs or see their positions changed drastically, the Walgreen spokeswoman said.

Problem is “positions changed drastically” could be anything from the mailroom to working the counter at your respective local store on Christmas Day.

Walgreen outsourcing deal to cut as many as 150 accounting jobs [Chicago Sun-Times]