Hewlett Packard / HP has announced that it has increased the opportunity for customers to print using their smartphones or tablets by adding 8,000 Walgreens stores in the US to its HP Public Print Locations (PPL) network, bringing the total PPL sites to 30,000 worldwide.
Users can download the free HP ePrint Service iPhone app and use it to order prints of their photos, which can then be collected from their nearest Walgreens store "in as little as an hour". It is expected that future versions of the ePrint app will also be compatible with Android and Blackberry devices.
According to the OEM, the number of HP ePrint mobile printing apps downloads reached more than six million, with the number of people printing to the HP PPL network doubling every six months. HP also states that it has recently improved its ePrint app to feature more cloud service content, including direct integration with Dropbox and Facebook.
Commenting on the partnership, Jasbir Patel, Senior Director and General Merchandise Manager for Photo and E-commerce at Walgreens said: "Providing HP ePrint users with access to more than 8,000 Walgreens locations makes their printing experiences easy and convenient. HP’s integration of the Walgreens QuickPrints technology gives customers expanded access and provides another level of valuable engagement."
Meanwhile, John Tomesco, Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise Business Development, Printing and Personal Systems at HP added: "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."
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Source: HP partners with Walgreens stores to increase mobile printing