Walgreens celebrates grand opening of San Francisco flagship – Part 2
SAN FRANCISCO — Walgreens celebrated the official opening of its latest flagship store located at Powell and O’Farrell streets in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood. The store’s expanded features include a Look Boutique beauty department that features dozens of prestige and niche cosmetic, skin care and hair care brands, including Britain’s leading skin care and cosmetics brand, No7, created by Boots. Nearby, a replica display of Ghirardelli Square will pay homage to the neighborhood’s local history and will offer one of the largest selections of Ghirardelli premium chocolates and gift selections in the San Francisco area.
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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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