FedEx (fdx) pronounced on Wednesday it had signed a multi-year deal with drugstore user Walgreens Boots Alliance (wha) that will addition about 8,000 Walgreens stores as points of use delivery. After what FedEx called a “small-scale” this spring, drop-off and collect adult of pre-packaged and pre-labeledwill be accessible during roughly all Walgreens stores by a tumble of 2018.
The association and a categorical rivals, particularly UPS (ups) have sought in new years to addition their possess immeasurable networks of stores worldwide by collaborating with retailers that are closer to business and offer additional spots where business can boat or collect a package. Three years ago, UPS launched a Access Point service with area preference and grocery stores in a singular of locations in Chicago and New York. Those Access Points in a U.S. now series 8,000 locations.
One pivotal advantage of such services is that shippers can leave a package when someone isn’t home to accept it, thereby obscure a series of unsuccessful smoothness attempts, that are dear to a likes of FedEx and UPS and emanate backlogs. And in a box of Walgreens, a ubiquity of a stores was a offered indicate for FedEx.
“Our investigate has shown that business arrange pharmacies as a elite plcae for accessing their e-commerce shipments,” pronounced Raj Subramaniam, executive clamp president, arch selling and communications officer, FedEx Corporation. Last year, FedEx announced a enlargement of a prolonged partnership with Office Depot that offers some services within a bureau supplier’s stores.
As for Walgreens, a arrangement could lift shopper traffic, something all drugstore chains, including rivals CVS Health (cvs) and Rite Aid (which WBA is set to buy in 2017), are struggling with.
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