Agreement Is a Major Step in DHLs Retail Strategy to Reach Small and Mid Size Businesses as Well as Consumers
DHL, the worlds leading express delivery and logistics company, has entered into a strategic agreement with Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG), the nations largest drugstore chain, which will more than double the number of retail outlets offering DHL Express shipping services nationally. Walgreens is projected to expand to more than 6,500 locations by the end of 2008 with more than 1,600 stores open 24 hours a day. The Walgreens/DHL agreement brings an unprecedented strategic retail partnership to the express delivery industry with the highest level of convenience and accessibility for small businesses and consumers.
The new agreement is designed to readily service shippers sending and dropping off their packages via DHL for overnight, ground or international delivery. The DHL Shipping Spot will be staffed by Walgreens associates at Walgreens photo counters to weigh, label and ship customer packages to U.S. or international destinations, creating a simple and easy shipping experience.
DHLs success partnering with a retailer to offer in-store shipping services has proven that American businesses and consumers want the convenience of shipping where they shop, and Walgreens is the perfect partner, said Hans Hickler, CEO of DHL Express (USA). Expanding DHLs retail presence is an important next step in our U.S. retail strategy, as well as our small to mid-sized business growth plans. The combination of shipping within the corner drugstore environment on a national basis is unprecedented and allows both DHL and Walgreens to provide even more convenience to customers in unparalleled ways, continued Hickler.
Walgreens customers will have access to DHLs core express products and services. Shippers will benefit from the convenience of a DHL location down the street and around the corner that provides access to a global shipping network serving over 225 countries and territories.
Weve seen strong customer response to DHL in-store shipping in test markets, said Walgreens Executive Vice President of Marketing George Riedl. The service addresses an important need for our time-crunched customer base. This new offering will be another powerful addition to our overall strategy of making life easier for customers.
By end of 2008, DHL will have more than doubled its retail presence with retail shipping locations, including Walgreens and OfficeMax locations, as well as thousands of independently owned and operated shipping centers that are part of the DHL Authorized Shipping Center network.