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Smartphone, tablet picture takers can print directly to nearest Walgreens location through new HP app

BY Michael Johnsen

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP this week announced that customers can now print directly from their smartphone or tablet to more than 8,000 Walgreens stores through the HP Public Print Locations network.

By downloading the free HP ePrint Service iPhone app, users can order prints of their photos and pick those photos up from a local Walgreens in as little as an hour.

This fall, HP ePrint mobile printing apps reached more than 6 million downloads, and the number of people printing to the HP PPL network is doubling every six months, HP noted. In addition, HP recently enhanced its HP ePrint Service app to feature more cloud service content, including direct integration with Dropbox and Facebook.

Printing at Walgreens is expected in future versions of the ePrint Service app for BlackBerry and Android.


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Reports: Shakeup at Delhaize Group continues with Sweetbay store closures

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS — The Delhaize Group shakeup continues as news circulates that its Sweetbay Supermarket division will shutter 33 underperforming stores in Florida by mid-February, according to a report on Tampa Bay Online.

The closures, which are part of a broader reorganization plan, will results in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Florida and changes for its pharmacy customers. Following the closures, Sweetbay will operate 72 locations.

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in 11 countries on three continents. At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,452 stores. In the United States, that includes about 1,500 stores under such banners as Sweetbay, Hannaford and Food Lion.

The news of the store closures comes on the heels of a restructuring of senior management. Last week it was revealed that Delhaize America cut 25% of its executive ranks and internally unveiled a new structure that includes about 50 officers, the Salisbury Post reported. Some of the positions were eliminated, some are new and others remain the same. The moves mean that about 80% of Delhaize America officers will be located in Salisbury.

To read the entire Salisbury Post article, click here.


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Half of consumers will seek alternative brands at shelf

BY Michael Johnsen

If the OTC products for which they were looking were not on the shelf, half would switch to another product, with 30% looking for an alternative product and 20% asking the pharmacist for an alternative solution, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. However, 42% of respondents are observed to be product loyalists and would seek the OTC out at another retailer.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in every edition of DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to reder@lf.com.

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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