About Boots

Boots the number one UK high street household name in pharmacy and beauty products. Selling an extensive variety of health and beauty goods, in fact online the choice is over 12,000 products. The Boots website have a stock list far bigger than the Boots stores on the high-street so it makes sense to buy online if it’s a far better choice you like. Apart from their own brand No7 creams they also great branded fragrances. For instance, not every outlet can sell Chanel but Boots are one of the official retailers of perfumes like Chanel N°5 L’Eau and Bleu De Chanel for men.

What they sell

Boots.com Products

The Boots.com website sells many health and beauty products it also runs the loyalty card programme named the Boots Advantage Card. Boots is equally well known for their own branded products. They have a fabulous and innovative collection of own brand beauty ranges. Such as Soap and Glory, Botanics, SEVENTEEN, Boots Soltan. Not to be forgotten the renowned No7 Protect and Perfect creams, serums and lotions for long term anti-ageing benefits.
The departments cover everything. They sell a full range of fragrances, perfumes and aftershaves. Their variety of scents cover timeless classics to the newest celebrity perfumes. Top names include Jean Paul Gaultier and CHANEL.
The Makeup Cosmetics and skincare sections are high on the list of visitors to the website. Pamper yourself with 1,000s of cosmetic products and brands like Clinique and Revlon.
Explore their entire selection of beauty electrical products. You can buy the latest Philips Lumea hair removal devices for body and face. Or your dentists recommended electric toothbrush by Philips and Oral B.

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A Little About

History of Boots

John Boot was born in Radcliffe on Trent Nottinghamshire in 1815. He spent his early years as a farm worker. Until illness forced him to change career direction. Mr John Boot opens his first herbalist shop in Goose gate Nottingham in 1849. He provided an affordable alternative to the normal medicines of the day. The shop sold herbal remedies his mother made. He was not a trained chemist but learned the trade later and as he went along. This was the basis of Boots the Chemists we all know of today throughout the world. The career change did not improve his health and he died in 1860. He was survived by his wife Mary and two children Jesse and Jane.
Jesse Boot at a very young age helped his mum run the family shop M & J Boot, Herbalists in Goose gate. Daily chores included collecting the herbs, roots and flowers for drying and treating at the back of the store. In 1877 Jesse took ownership of the business this is when trade really started to boom. He used inventive advertising campaigns. These ranged from street bell ringers spreading the message of cheaper medicines than his rivals to advertising slogans like ‘health for a shilling’.
Determined to grow the business Jesse bought wholesale medicines he could sell through the growing store chain. He later started to manufacture medicines on a small scale in the back of the main store now named Boot and Co. Ltd. The business flourished but Just like his dad he suffered ill health. He went for a rest in Jersey where he met his future wife much to the consternation of his mother. Jesse Boot and Florence Rowe were married in 1886.

Recent Boots History

The company was renamed to Boots Pure Drug Company Ltd in 1888. By 1914, Boots the Chemist had 550 branches across the country and was continuing to grow. Jesse Boot was instrumental in transforming the company founded by his father into the retailer we recognise now.
The majority shareholding of Boots the “Chemists to the Nation” was sold to American investors (United Drug Company of American) in 1920. In 1933 Boots came back into British ownership after difficult times in the states with The Great Depression.
They have had many mergers and diversification over the years. The Boots Company merged with Alliance UniChem in 2006 to create Alliance Boots. In 2012, Walgreens purchased a 45% stake in Alliance Boots and in 2014 completed the acquisition and Boots became a subsidiary of the new company, Walgreens Boots Alliance in 2014. This was a bringing together of two like minded companies.  Both with shared values and trusted healthcare and pharmaceutical wholesaling care.

Questions Asked

Arranging prescriptions can be stressful especially when you are not at your best. Boots takes a lot of the inconvenience out of the process with their free repeat prescription service. At many of Boots pharmacies they provide a simple way to get your repeat medication. Order your next prescription when collecting your current one. If you do find it difficult getting to the chemist in person patients can use the free Boots repeat prescription delivery service. Boots pharmacists are friendly and helpful.

Once you are registered with Boots.com your Advantage card points will automatically added to your account up to 5 days after you make a purchase. Boots Advantage points balance can be viewed by accessing your online account or on your till receipt if making a purchase instore.

They did have a way of buying gift cards online and using them on Boots.com this as been temporarily suspended. You can still buy the gifts cards in your local Boots store and pass them on as a present. Boots gift cards are a popular way to give a gift that allows someone to purchase health related items or even makeup, perfume and skincare products.

Orders placed online can be collected from a store for free if the order is for £10 or over otherwise you will be charged £1.50. You will be notified by email or text when your order is ready for collection.

Get rewarded for shopping with the enormously popular Boots Advantage card. You can apply online or instore even better download the app to your phone and never miss out on your points.

How To Shop at Boots

Four Types of Boots Stores

Boots are the biggest health/pharmacy and beauty store chain in the UK. With just under 2,500 stores these come in four types.
Local pharmacy which are focussed on healthcare and making sure your medical prescriptions are in order. NHS Prescriptions can be delivered free of charge or collected from one of their many local pharmacies.
Then you have the beauty led stores usually in the smaller town centres. They stock the popular Boots brands like the award winning and immensely popular No7 collection. These Boots shops are also a destination for all your pharmacy and health needs.
Up next is the flagship stores selling the widest selection of products. For example, we will look at the Manchester based Boots flagship store. This Boots store is based on Market Street Manchester the centre for shopping. In-store services include the premium cosmetics and fragrance counters with the full range from Chanel perfumes to Clarins European luxury skin care for face and body. Pharmacy services are covered extensively in store these consist of a range vaccinations and jabs for flu, travel and other medical conditions. They also provide a private consultation room. Other in-store services are in line with a modern inclusive major store. Disable access is accessible along with disability toilets. A passport service is also offered along with a photo kiosk booth. You will additionally find the Boots Hearing care and Boots Opticians Services.
Boots have specialist travel stores you can find at airports. These will have all the last-minute essentials you may have forgotten for your travels.