Walgreens Expanding to Alaska
Deerfield, Ill. Walgreen Co. will open its first stores in Alaska in 2009, giving the chain a presence in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The first store is planned for Anchorage, with an opening date of summer 2009. Two more locations are expected to open by the end of that year. The company is initially focusing on Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska.
This is only the beginning of Walgreens’ expansion into Alaska.
“We’re going to make substantial investments in Alaska in the years ahead,” said William Hose, Walgreens VP of store operations for Alaska.
New Gap Inc. service enables universal shopping
SAN FRANCISCO Gap Inc. has launched a new online service, “universality,” which enables customers to shop at all of its brands at one time. Customers can now add items from the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Piperlime web sites into one shopping cart.
Gap Inc. added that customers benefit from a flat shipping rate of $7 and orders from Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy will ship in one box. Orders from Piperlime will ship separately and continue to offer free shipping and returns.
“We’re thrilled to offer our customers the ease and convenience of shopping our four amazing brands online with only one check-out,” said Toby Lenk, president of Gap Inc. Direct. “Universality allows us to leverage the strength of our iconic brands and still maintain each brand’s identity.”
Amazon.com to boost digital offerings
SEATTLE Amazon.com has plans to launch a streaming video service in the next few weeks as part of its plan to boost its digital offerings, said ceo Jeff Bezos, speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, according to reports.
Bezos reportedly also talked about Amazon’s portable reading device, Amazon Kindle, saying it could possibly become an important part of its online business.
The company recently lowered Kindle’s price to $359 from $399.