Walgreens broadens social media presence
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens said Friday it has surpassed 1 million fans on Facebook, and has also integrated its network of more than 7,700 drug stores through mobile platforms on Facebook Places and Foursquare.
Walgreens said it has become the chain drugstore retailer with the largest following on Foursquare, while developing a growing presence on other social communities, including Twitter and YouTube.
“We’ve embraced social media, and the consumer engagement we’ve generated shows the value of these tools for our customers and the many ways they interact with Walgreens,” said Sona Chawla, Walgreens president of e-commerce. Through these social media tools, we’re able to extend valuable offers and effectively interact with our followers through a number of different online and mobile vehicles.”
No more self-checkout for Albertsons
BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons is pulling the plug on its self-checkout units, which will be replaced by standard "H" lanes or express lanes, the grocer has confirmed.
The 217-store grocer has self-checkout units installed in roughly 100 of its stores. Those units will be removed by the end of the summer.
According to the grocer, the self-checkout units prevent it from providing the level of customer service it wants to offer its shoppers.
Office Depot helps small businesses get much needed loans
BOCA RATON, Fla.— Office Depot announced that it is partnering with Superior Financial Group (SFG), a leading small usiness administration (SBA) lender, to provide qualified small business customers with access to capital in the form of SBA Loans between $5,000 to $25,000. Customers can apply for a loan by visiting www.officedepot.com/sba.
The Office Depot small business loan program is a first-of-its-kind for the company and will help small businesses stretch their budgets in order to make the investments they need to grow their business and hire new employees, the company reported.
"Small businesses are the engine of our economy. We believe this ‘express’ loan program will be just what these business owners need to help jump-start the economic recovery for America," said Monica Luechtefeld, EVP global e-commerce for Office Depot. "We hope the small business community will take advantage of this opportunity to obtain a loan and get access to the funds they need to start, run, and grow their business."