Walgreens launches new photo app for Facebook
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced a new application built into Facebook that allows desktop computer users to print their favorite photos, complete with likes and comments, at any Walgreens location nationwide as part of a feature called PrintWorthy.
With the “Photo by Walgreens” app, Facebook users can print photos that include all the context that comes with a photo on Facebook, including location, description, who was in the photo as well as likes and comments posted by friends.
Considering that more than 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, there are many PrintWorthy photos out there,” said Jasbir Patel, Walgreens senior director and GMM photo and e-commerce. “By offering printed photos available at any of our conveniently located stores in as little as an hour, Walgreens is encouraging people to use social media images in more unique, memorable ways.”
Facebook users can find the application by searching the terms Walgreens or “Photo by Walgreens” within the social media site and simply authorize the icon “Photo by Walgreens” within their page. Each 5×7 PrintWorthy card normally costs $2.99.
Shopkick honored as most innovative technology startup
Palo Alto, Calif. — Shopkick has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s most innovative technology startups for 2013. Shopkick is one of two mobile companies selected worldwide.
Previously honored companies include Twitter, Dropbox, Wikipedia, Palantir, Bloom Energy and Google.
“These companies are more than pioneering the way we use technology; they are transforming how we as a society are growing and interacting with each other,” said Silvia von Gunten, head of technology pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “They are also providing new opportunities for people to harness the potential of technology.”
In its first full year of operation (2011), Shopkick helped drive more than $110 million in-store revenue for partner retailers and brands. From January through July 2012, shopkick had already driven $100 million in revenue for its dozen retail and more than 50 brand partners — $35 million of that in just June and July. Partners include Target, Macy’s, Old Navy, Crate & Barrel, Best Buy, American Eagle Outfitters, CVS/pharmacy, Simon Property Group, The Sports Authority, Toys“R”Us, west elm, The Wet Seal, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Disney, Unilever, Intel, HP and more.
Former Procter & Gamble exec named Ralph Lauren CFO
NEW YORK — Ralph Lauren has named Christopher Peterson as SVP and CFO. Peterson will assume his new role effective Sept. 24, and his areas of responsibility will include the company’s global finance and information technology organizations. He will report to Roger Farah, president and COO.
Peterson has 25 years of broad-based financial and operational experience, primarily in the global consumer products industry. During the last 20 years, Peterson has held several successively senior corporate and operational roles throughout The Procter & Gamble Company, most recently as CFO of its Global Household Care division. Peterson began his career in Smith Barney’s investment banking division and he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
“We are excited to welcome Chris to our senior team,” said Farah. “With 25 years of broad-based, global financial and operational experience with some of the world’s most well-known brands, he has a demonstrated track record of disciplined leadership. He will be a strong partner as we continue to execute our long-term strategic growth objectives.”