Walgreens Plans to Close 200 U.S. Stores

| Daniela Forte

In an effort to cut costs, Walgreens plans to close 200 U.S. stores, two years after it acquired Rite Aid and expanded its footprint to 9,500 stores. The closures are expected to cause “minimal disruption to customers and patients,” the company said in a statement, adding it will find jobs for affected employees in nearby locations.

FedEx Expands Pickup Network with Dollar General Partnership

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx has partnered with discount retailer Dollar General, offering dropoff and pickup services at 8,000 Dollar General stores by the end of 2020, giving it rural penetration it lacked. Along with its own stores and partnerships that also include Walgreens, Kroger and Albertsons, FedEx now has a network of 62,000 locations.

Thinking Outside the (Subscription) Box

| Justin Cramer

In a saturated industry, subscription box companies need a differentiator to succeed. From Blue Apron’s first-ever experiential retail popup shop to Birchbox’s partnership with Walgreens, they’re looking for ways to grow their business and meet consumer demands. Shipping excellence is one way to set yourself apart from the pack.

Walgreens and Birchbox Partner in Stores and Online

| Daniela Forte

Walgreens is partnering with subscription beauty retailer Birchbox to build a Birchbox retail experience in select Walgreens stores, including a curated Birchbox shop on Walgreens’ digital properties. Here is how this move could be a game-changer for both companies.

Kroger and Walgreens Join Forces in Cincinnati-Area Pilot

| Mike O'Brien

In the continuing saga of strange bedfellows teaming up to combat the threat of Amazon, a Kroger/Walgreens pilot in northern Kentucky outside Cincinnati allows shoppers to pick up Kroger orders at 13 select Walgreens and purchase Kroger products while there.

FedEx Office Opening Branches in 500 Walmart Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart will open FedEx Office branches in 500 U.S. stores that let customers pick up and drop off packages for shipment and access printing services, while boosting foot traffic for the retailer. This follows the opening of 7,500 FedEx branches at Walgreens stores last year and is another Walmart weapon against Amazon.

Same-Day Delivery Growing, But When Does it Make Sense?

| Mike O'Brien

With PetSmart becoming the latest company to offer same-day delivery, other merchants are likely asking themselves, when does this level of service make sense? The answer depends on demographics, product category and your ability to absorb the cost.

Apple Wins Award for Best Shipping and Delivery Experience

| Mike O'Brien

With expectations so high and pressure to consistently delight a daily reality, shipping and delivery is a huge component of the overall customer experience. So being atop the industry in this category is no small feat. Find out what Apple did to win the 2016 Excellence in Customer Experience award at Operations Summit for best shipping and delivery experience.