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London Drugs launches Photolab app

BY Gina Acosta

RICHMOND, B.C. — London Drugs has launched a new Photolab app that allows free and easy upload and printing of photos direct from a mobile device and social media accounts.

"The Photolab app was designed to satisfy Mobile Phone and Tablet users' growing appetite for easy mobile printing from their personal devices while they are in "the moment" or at that special event," said Andy Kahrmann, London Drugs imaging business unit manager. "More and more people are opting to use their mobile devices to store their captured images from their phones or transferred images from their cameras, and many are looking for a simple way to have their photos professionally printed on the go. The LDphotolab easy-to-use IOS App allows users to upload photos straight from their device's camera or upload from their Camera Roll, and order prints in seconds."

For those customers who already use the London Drugs Photolab website to order prints online, they will be able to sign into their existing Photolab Account and place orders from their Collections. Sign-up is quick and simple for new users with prints being offered for as low as 39 cents.

To provide customers with an extensive list of printing options straight from their mobile devices, London Drugs has added print options in a wide variety of sizes and styles. The app offers glossy and pearl prints, photos with borders, enlargements, and even fine art prints including bamboo, canvas and metallic prints. For those hoping to print their favourite Instagram shots, the app also offers convenient square prints. Prints available on the app range in size from 4×4 to 24×96.

Users can pay for prints in-app or in-store, and choose between delivery or pick-up from a London Drugs location available through the app. Prints are available for pick up within 24 hours or less for prints, and up to 48 hours for enlargements.

iPhone and iPad users are now able to download the Photolab app from Apple's App Store. London Drugs has announced they will be soon be rolling out more features and updates, as well as an Android version of the Photolab app.

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Kroger names IRI as preferred market insights partner

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CINCINNATI & CHICAGO — Kroger has reached a long-term agreement with IRI that will enable the firm to provide the nation's largest grocery chain with market measurment serices that further enhance its "Customer 1st" strategy.

Kroger announced Thursday that IRI will be Kroger’s preferred partner for market measurement services, which provide Kroger and its supplier partners a common view of their business performance compared to the rest of the market. The industry-leading IRI Liquid Data technology platform and extensive product movement and causal data – which includes weather, gas and macroeconomic factors – will help both Kroger and its suppliers collaborate more easily and make better decisions to benefit customers.

“In everything we do and every decision we make, we put our customers first. Our relationship with IRI is another step in this direction,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising. “We believe IRI has the best tools and technology to allow both Kroger and our suppliers to access better market insights, helping us create even better experiences for every customer.”

IRI is a provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights that help CPG, OTC health care organizations, retailers, financial services and media companies grow their businesses. With the largest repository of purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data, all integrated on an on-demand, cloud-based technology platform, IRI is empowering the personalization revolution, helping to guide its more than 5,000 clients around the world in their quests to remain relentlessly relevant, capture market share, connect with consumers and deliver market-leading growth. 

“IRI and Kroger are at the forefront of the shifting landscape by providing better market measurement data and industry-leading technology to create highly personalized consumer marketing to drive growth,” said Andrew Appel, president and chief executive officer, IRI.

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