PRESS RELEASE: Snapfish by HP Partners with Walmart and Duane Reade; Becomes Nation’s Largest Print-to-store Web Destination
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 29, 2009 - Snapfish by HP, the No. 1 online photo service, today announced it is partnering with Walmart, the No. 1 retailer in the United States, and Duane Reade, the “uniquely New York” drug store chain.
Effective today, customers can pick up lab-quality photo prints or photo cards ordered on Snapfish.com in one hour from any of the 3,350 participating Walmart stores nationwide.
Beginning Nov. 14, Snapfish customers also will be able to pick up lab-quality photos from Duane Reade’s more than 250 locations in metropolitan Manhattan, where the chain has the largest market share of any drug store retailer. Duane Reade customers also will have the option to collect large poster prints, wall calendars, hardcover photo books and photo cards at select stores.
The new relationships are expected to make Snapfish the largest print-to-store web destination in the United States.
“InfoTrends research shows a growing shift from mail-order photo to retail pickup,” said Alan Bullock, analyst, InfoTrends. “We predict that online orders will account for nearly half of all retail photo printing within a few years.”
Snapfish customers can find and choose a pickup location in their area quickly and easily by entering their zip code at checkout.
“We are committed to offering Snapfish customers the ultimate in choice and convenience when it comes to printing their digital photos and gifts,” said Ben Nelson, general manager, Snapfish by HP. “Our relationships with Walmart and Duane Reade extend our reach and leadership in the print-to-store category, making our prints available for pickup in more than 10,000 retail locations nationwide.”
The collaboration with Duane Reade will also extend HP’s relationship with the retailer following an announcement earlier this year regarding the implementation of HP Retail Publishing Solutions in more than 200 stores. The web-to-store functionality powered by Snapfish in combination with the in-store hardware from HP allows consumers to create a wide range of photo products online for pickup at Duane Reade stores, using HP services throughout the process.
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(First posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 15:34 EDT)