Amazon announced the U.S. launch of Counter, a new network of staffed pickup points that gives customers the option to pick up their Amazon packages in-store at a partner location. Starting today, customers will have access to more than a hundred Counter locations across the U.S., with thousands of additional locations coming soon. Delivery to a Counter location is available for the tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping. The service is available to all customers at no extra cost. Amazon designed and built the technology for Counter from the ground up, resulting in a quick and simple package pickup experience for customers. For store partners, Counter’s straightforward pickup flow and user-friendly technology helps ensure store associates can serve customers without disrupting their daily activities. Counter originally launched in the UK with NEXT and in Italy with Giunti Al Punto Librerie, Fermopoint and SisalPay stores. The service has been positively received, driving strong customer engagement and additional foot traffic for partners. Counter goes live today in more than a hundred Rite Aid stores across the U.S. Click Read More below for additional information.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS) today announced that Personalization Universe®, a destination developed by the company featuring a curated assortment of distinctive customizable gifts and keepsakes, has joined its family of brands. This new brand offers shoppers a personalized option for their gifting needs and is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all celebratory occasions. In addition to Personalization Universe, the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. portfolio of brands includes 1-800-Baskets.com®, Cheryl’s® cookies, FruitBouquets.com, Harry & David®, Moose Munch® premium popcorn, Simply ChocolateSM, The Popcorn Factory®, and Wolferman’s®.
“We are pleased to add Personalization Universe to our growing family of gifting brands,” said Chris McCann, Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. “We’ve been testing the personalized business for some time, while closely monitoring the retail environment and ultimately identifying a strong opportunity within the customized gifts space. What resulted was the creation of a dedicated destination for a carefully curated assortment of unique items that may be personalized, providing gift-givers with truly special ways to act on their thoughtfulness.”
With more than 10,000 items, Personalization Universe features a broad assortment of individualized gifts in a wide-range of product categories, including home décor, storybooks, piggy banks, pets, wine bottles, and costumes, as well as licensed and seasonal offerings. Gift-givers can easily search the site for their preferred occasion, whether for new baby, birthday, wedding, graduation, sympathy and more. Products can be customized through a variety of processes, including engraving, embroidery, monogram, etching and printing.
Customers who shop at Personalization Universe may choose to become a member of the Celebrations Passport® loyalty program, which offers free standard shipping and no service charge for one full year on purchases made across the company’s family of brands.
Gift-givers can find Personalization Universe at PersonalizationUniverse.com, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.