A celebration of ‘Amazon’ proportions
SEATTLE — Roughly 40 vendors mingled with key members of the Amazon health and beauty team at Seattle’s Utina Wardroom last month to celebrate the May 13 issue cover story, “Navigating Amazon.” In addition to providing a highly detailed, step-by-step roadmap for how vendors can do business with the world’s largest online retailer, the special report also provided key insight into Amazon’s growing health and beauty business and how it is aligned across the enterprise, as well as how Amazon measures success in those categories, what it expects from its vendors and how it defines its core customer.
The key takeaway — the biggest winners are those who leverage Amazon both as a merchandising platform and also as an important marketing platform capable of helping a new item build awareness, drive trial and build the brand.
To download the complete special report, “Navigating Amazon,” click here.
Great looking party.
Peapod opens 12 new grocery pickup locations
NEW YORK — Peapod has lately made a significant push in the Northeast, recently opening 12 new pickup spots.
Peapod, the online grocery business owned by Ahold USA, announced last month that it had opened three pickup locations at Giant Food stores in Maryland and Virginia and nine at Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, bringing the total number of pickup locations in both store chains to 47.
Under the pickup program, customers can order groceries online and then have them delivered to their car in the store’s parking lot.
“Customers love having the option of shopping at any time, anywhere from their laptop or smartphone and then picking up their groceries at a time that fits their schedule,” Stop & Shop New England Division president Joe Kelley said last month. “It takes less than five minutes, and they don’t even have to get out of their car.”
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Walgreens debuts Boston flagship store in historic bank building – Part 1
BOSTON — Walgreens VP merchandising, store design and well experience Bryan Pugh walked DSN through the company’s newest flagship store, here, in downtown Boston, Tuesday, a day before the official ribbon cutting of the store.
The expansive, 25,000+-sq.-ft. store, including more than 17,000 sq. ft. of selling space and more than 20,000 SKUs, features a new interactive kiosk that allows customers to sample a selection of beauty products for $1. Also unique to the new Boston store is a special tie-in between the city of Boston’s Boston Moves initiative and Walgreen’s Steps with Balance Rewards program. A Boston Moves kiosk is located just outside of pharmacy.
The store also is home to the company’s 45th Look Boutique and its third Boots No 7 boutique.
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