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Walgreens to shut down drugstore.com and Beauty.com

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Thursday announced the company will discontinue operations of drugstore.com and Beauty.com in favor of focusing on its core online property Walgreens.com.

"Over the past year, we have been focusing on building new omni-channel capabilities on Walgreens.com with initiatives that improved assortment and website user experiences, enhanced our digital coupon capabilities to provide more customer value and added digital tools into our stores to elevate our shopping experiences," the company stated in an email to Drug Store News. "Expanding on these efforts is an important part of our strategy."

Walgreens had acquired drugstore.com and Beauty.com in 2011. The digital properties helped Walgreens create new digital capabilities with a stronger digital commerce approach.

The shutdown is expected to be complete by the end of September.
 

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Sprouts Farmers Market teams up with Vitamin Angels to support kids’ health

BY Gina Acosta

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Sprouts Farmers Market is partnering with the non-profit Vitamin Angels to support health and nutrition for children.

Sprouts has already donated more than $540,000 to the organization, helping 2.1 million children. Sprouts aims to help connect an additional 2.4 million undernourished children with life changing and lifesaving nutrients through two in-store campaigns in 2016 at locations from coast to coast.

Now through Aug. 31, Sprouts customers can purchase any product tagged with an angel and 25 cents will be donated to Vitamin Angels. Twenty-five cents is all it takes to give a child life changing vitamins for an entire year. Guests can choose from nearly 1,000 vitamins and supplements in the store, representing more than 60 participating brands.

The second in-store fundraiser, a register round-up, will be held in October. At checkout, participants can simply ask to have their purchase total rounded up to the nearest dollar, or make a $1, $5 or $10 donation. One-hundred percent of the funds raised in both promotions will be donated to Vitamin Angels.

“Sprouts has been a terrific partner for Vitamin Angels because they believe in our program and have been out in the field with us. From these experiences, they’re able to inspire thousands of team members and shoppers to take part in change,” said Howard Schiffer, president and founder of Vitamin Angels. “Having partners who believe and are committed to helping us provide a solution to malnutrition on a long-term basis is critical.”

Earlier this year, five Sprouts team members visited Ttio Grande, Peru with Vitamin Angels to learn firsthand the dramatic impact vitamin A, prenatal vitamins and children’s multivitamins can have on the health and wellness of undernourished youth.

“The Sprouts team is humbled to have the opportunity to partner with Vitamin Angels to improve the lives of so many children around the world,” said Diana Lucas, vice president of vitamins and body care at Sprouts. “Our shoppers come to Sprouts with their healthy journey in mind, and this partnership allows them to make a significant difference in the journeys of those in need.”

According to The Lancet, undernutrition is the number one cause of preventable child death. Essential nutrients, especially vitamin A, are critical to the proper functioning of the immune system, giving children the strength to ward off infection and disease. By providing vitamin A and other interventions, Vitamin Angels is helping children attain good health and giving them the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives.

 

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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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