FedEx dropoff and pickup services going live within Walgreens locations
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
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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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.
Thanks for the comment, JoAnn. Thinking outside the box is one of my core competencies ... I'm glad you feel inspired.
Dave - I like your out-of-the-box thinking!