In 1952, Leonard Astrup opened a single pharmacy – Astrup Drug - in Austin, MN. Leonard’s sons, Chris and Dan Astrup, joined the firm in the 80’s with the intent of building on the Astrup legacy. What began as a single pharmacy has grown into a regional chain of retail locations, long-term care pharmacies and the Smart-Fill network, a “virtual chain” of independent pharmacies across America.
Smart-HR grew out of the Astrup family enterprise, led by Erik Lundquist, form Astrup CFO. The concept for Smart-HR builds upon the desire to help small businesses stay competitive, profitable and independent.
With increased competition and regulatory pressures, independents such as Astrup need to find ways to run their business more efficiently. We believe providing businesses with a way to consolidate their employment services, access HR expertise and leverage robust technology can help. As a Human Resources Outsourcing firm, we allow independents to focus on their core business by providing the necessary employer support and resources.
In September 2012, we opened Smart-HR in Rochester, MN to provide your complete employer solution. We help you manage your workforce from recruitment to retirement. We combine people power and an integrated HR information system to deliver a customized solution unique to your business.
Our growth continues from our original home office in Rochester, MN into the Twin Cities marketplace. Opening our second location at the Reserve in Edina, MN in October 2016, we look forward to serving our partners across MN as well as our partners nationwide.
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At Smart-HR, we work with the idea “don’t be average, be awesome!” We love people and creating awesome people solutions. This gives us energy and in turn allows us to share that energy with each other and our partners.
“Smarties” have a conscious desire to listen, learn, lead and act in a way that supports others’ success. We take time to really get to know each other and our partners individually to act in ways specific to their needs.
We believe in being open to new ways of work, thoughts and perspectives. This comes from working in a learning environment. We harnesses and invest in the diverse talent and expertise of each person.
Integrity fuels our success. We know that doing what is right, does not always mean it is easy. We believe in making moment to moment decisions and actions that we stand behind because it reinforces the service and products that make our partners stronger.
We strive to “make it happen” every day for our teammates and our partners. This means making the seemingly impossible into possible, positive and memorable.
“Smarties” believe in the human workplace. We believe in making everybody feel like somebody. People are our most valuable asset and we work with that in mind and as a priority every day.
At Smart-HR, we dare to create and cultivate new ways of work, thought and solutions. We constantly look for ways to improve and build upon our services and people solutions.
In partnership with our sister company, Smart-HR not only provides you with employer relief but we offer a suite of other revenue generating programs. Visit Smart-Fill to learn more about the Total Solution for your pharmacy.
Smart-HR is a proud Holacractic Organization as of October 2014! What does that mean? Watch below to learn how we internally also work to drive efficiency, empower our talented professional team and bring structure and discipline to a peer centric workplace.