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Walgreens, HP team up on mobile printing
January 15th, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Users of Hewlett-Packard's mobile printing application for the iPhone can now get their prints at Walgreens drug stores.
HP said Tuesday that through the free HP ePrint Service iPhone app, consumers can order photo prints directly from their Apple smartphone or Apple iPad tablet and pick them up in as soon as an hour at any Walgreens store.
"Providing HP ePrint users with access to more than 8,000 Walgreens locations makes their printing experiences easy and convenient," Jasbir Patel, senior director and general merchandise manager of photo and e-commerce at Walgreens, said in a statement. "HP's integration of the Walgreens QuickPrints technology gives customers expanded access and provides another level of valuable engagement."
Plans call for upcoming versions of the HP ePrint Service app, available for download at HP.com/go/eprintmobile, to enable printing at Walgreens via BlackBerry and Android mobile devices.
Walgreens introduced its QuickPrints mobile photo printing service last March. Then in July, the drug chain launched an online developer portal that gave third-party software makers access to the QuickPrints software development kit so they could create apps that enable photo printing from iPhone and Android mobile devices.
With the addition of Walgreens stores, the number of HP Public Print Locations has climbed to 30,000 sites worldwide, according to HP.
"As we extend the HP Public Print Location network to include Walgreens, customers and partners will have greater access to convenient and flexible printing solutions as they need it," stated John Tomesco, vice president of worldwide enterprise business development for printing and personal systems at HP.
HP added that this fall its ePrint mobile printing apps topped 6 million downloads, and the number of people printing to the HP Public Print Locations network is doubling every six months.
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