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FedEx dropoff and pickup services going live within Walgreens locations

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Corp. and Walgreens on Wednesday announced a long-term alliance agreement that will offer convenient access to FedEx dropoff and pickup services at thousands of Walgreens locations across the United States beginning within the next several months.

“Walgreens, with its strong focus on customer care, is the perfect retailer to help us continue to meet the growing demand for convenient, secure dropoff and pickup options, and our research has shown that customers rank pharmacies as a preferred location for accessing their e-commerce shipments,” stated Raj Subramaniam, EVP chief marketing and communications officer, FedEx Corporation.

“Working with FedEx to provide safe and secure delivery locations while making it easy for customers to ship returns and other packages through the FedEx networks is another way we are becoming America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty retailer,” added Reuben Slone, Walgreens SVP supply chain.

By bringing together Walgreens convenient network of retail locations across the country and FedEx as one of the leading enablers of the rapidly growing e-commerce economy, this new alliance will significantly expand the options available to consumers to drop off and pick up their FedEx shipments and handle multiple tasks during a single store visit. As part of the FedEx Onsite program, customers will be able to drop off pre-packaged and pre-labeled shipments at Walgreens stores and pick up packages that they direct to their neighborhood Walgreens.

After an initial, small-scale rollout this spring, Walgreens and FedEx expect to have the program available at thousands of Walgreens locations later this calendar year and chainwide at nearly 8,000 Walgreens stores by the fall of 2018.
 

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Ahold to enhance supplier diversity

BY Brian Berk

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA inked a deal with RangeMe, an online platform that streamlines new product discovery between retailers and product suppliers. Specifically, the technology platform allows Ahold to discover and source more women-owned and minority-owned businesses with innovative and quality products for its division stores.

Ahold USA stated it will use RangeMe to not only scale its product and supplier discovery efforts, but also to manage the company’s inbound product submissions.

"Our goal is to develop more mutually beneficial and successful partnerships with small and diverse suppliers," said Nick Bertram, SVP of merchandising strategy and support, Ahold USA. "This partnership with RangeMe reinforces our commitment to accomplish this at scale while providing our division customers with amazing products at competitive costs."

"We are honored to partner with Ahold USA to scale such an important initiative in our industry," said Nicky Jackson, founder and CEO of RangeMe. "It's refreshing to work with such a forward-thinking retailer to bring greater opportunity to our growing and diverse supplier base."

Ahold USA is the parent company of many grocery brands, including Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle and online grocery Peapod.

San Francisco-based RangeMe also announced it struck a deal whereby beauty retailer Sephora will also utilize its services. 

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Newfangled Collaboration

BY Dave Wendland
As you know, the Drug Store News editorial staff has allowed me to imagine a bit in these posts and offer ideas that haven’t been thought of yet. In this post I decided to think of unlikely partners that could bring value to consumers’ health and wellness efforts through unique, collaborative efforts. 
 
Remember, I’m not saying that any of the ideas offered as part of this series will definitely work, but I am saying that I have not yet seen them put into practice. Perhaps you’ll try one of these in your operation. The only favor I ask in return is to let me know the results.
 
From my vantage point, health and wellness doesn’t just include medicines and taking care of one’s body. Rather, it extends to the surroundings in which people work and live and their overall environment. Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate this big idea.
 
What if the local paint store had a partnership with the retail pharmacy and the two businesses worked together to create a series of paint palettes to help nurture overall well-being. Colors to help invoke calmness could be a palette, and others could be assembled for invigoration, warmth, and more. In turn, the pharmacy could offer special “kits” of products that correlate with these emotional needs (e.g., aromatherapy, bath salts, and eye masks for calming; exercise aids, health monitors, and electrolyte drinks for invigoration).
 
Here’s another idea. How about an alliance between the local community pharmacy and the hardware/building supply store? I’m sure you can think of countless instances where an individual is discharged from a hospital and requires temporary home modifications. There are also longer-term situations where an elderly adult or someone else with mobility, cognitive, or other limitations may be moving into a loved one’s house. How will the wheelchair ramp be built? How will the cupboard lock? What about safety lighting, etc.? These are all things that the building supply retailer already stocks and should have expertise in. Imagine the two retailers creating a comprehensive checklist of sorts based on need state?
 

Of course, the list of these types of collaborations is endless. Here’s wishing you productive, cooperative efforts in your community.


Dave Wendland is vice president and co-owner of Hamacher Resource Group, a retail healthcare consultancy located near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He directs business development, product innovation and marketing communications activities for the company and has been instrumental in positioning HRG among the industry’s foremost thought leaders. You may contact him at (414) 431-5301 or learn more at Hamacher.com.

 

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D.WENDLAND says:
Feb-14-2017 12:29 pm

Thanks for the comment, JoAnn. Thinking outside the box is one of my core competencies ... I'm glad you feel inspired.

J.GAIO says:
Jan-12-2017 10:49 am

Dave - I like your out-of-the-box thinking!

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