One Idea, Big Opportunity

One Idea, Big Opportunity

One idea sparked an innovative and inclusive way to look at productivity, efficiency and opportunity at Walgreens distribution centers. In 2002, Walgreens senior vice president of supply chain and logistics Randy Lewis wanted to create a way to give new job opportunities to people with disabilities. This was the right idea at the right time as the company was investing in new technology for its next generation of distribution centers.

Walgreens created a new foundation of systems, machines and processes, as well as a universal design. When the Anderson, S.C. distribution center opened in 2007, Walgreens worked with local agencies to train and attract people with disabilities for employment at the facility. The company also created training for managers to help ensure an inclusive workplace for people with and without disabilities working side-by-side. Now, the Supply Chain division has incorporated the lessons learned in Anderson at its newest DC in Windsor, Conn.