Walgreens has opened its ninth automated micro-fulfillment center to fill prescriptions and ease pharmacist workloads.
The drug store chain’s micro-fulfillment centers use robots to fill prescriptions, eliminating routine tasks and excess inventory from the pharmacy. Automated facilities now support around 3,000 stores, CEO Roz Brewer said during a Q1 earnings call.
Walgreens is investing in the drug-filling centers as it struggles to hire new pharmacists in key markets. By eliminating certain repetitive tasks, the company hopes to create a differentiated work environment that’s more attractive to healthcare workers.SupplyChain Dive