BELLEVUE & SEATTLE, Wash.--June 10, 2002--drugstore.com, inc. (Nasdaq:DSCM) and Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) announced today a renewed marketing partnership that will continue to provide Amazon.com shoppers with convenient access to the leading Internet retailer of health, beauty, wellness, and pharmacy products.
This new marketing agreement will extend through the first quarter of 2003.
"drugstore.com was the first Amazon.com partner to be an integrated part of our navigation, and we`re thrilled to continue to offer our customers the quality products and unique services that drugstore.com provides," said Eric Broussard, Amazon.com`s vice president of partnerships.
With the new agreement, the drugstore.com Web store will continue to be on the Amazon.com Web site. Amazon.com shoppers will continue to navigate throughout the drugstore.com site with a "Return to Amazon.com" link always available.
"drugstore.com helps Amazon.com in creating the place to find and discover anything you want to buy online," said Kal Raman, President and CEO for drugstore.com, inc. "This renewed marketing partnership is a win for drugstore.com, Amazon.com, and the consumer."
drugstore.com, inc. (Nasdaq:DSCM) is the leading online drugstore and information site offering The Simple Way to Look and Feel Your Best(TM) with health, beauty, wellness, personal care, and pharmacy products. The drugstore.com(TM) online store provides a convenient, private, and informative shopping experience that encourages consumers to purchase products essential to healthy, everyday living. The Web store offers thousands of brand-name personal health care products at competitive prices; a full-service, licensed retail pharmacy; and a wealth of health-related information, buying guides, and other tools designed to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Consumers can personalize their shopping experiences with shopping lists, e-mail reminders for replenishing regularly used products, and private e-mail access to pharmacists and beauty experts for questions.
drugstore.com, inc. has been awarded the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a fully licensed facility exercising the best safe pharmacy practices in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
drugstore.com, inc. has formed strategic relationships with Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN), Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) (PSE:RAD), WellPoint Health Networks Inc. (NYSE:WLP) and General Nutrition Companies, Inc.
Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, Wash., opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth`s Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com seeks to be the world`s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.com and sellers list millions of unique new and used items in categories such as electronics, computers, kitchen and housewares, books, music, DVDs, videos, camera and photo items, toys, baby and baby registry, software, computer and video games, cell phones and service, tools and hardware, travel services, magazine subscriptions and outdoor-living products. Through Amazon Marketplace, zShops and Auctions, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com`s millions of customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, sellers can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments.
Amazon.com operates four international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr and www.amazon.co.jp. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web`s comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 275,000 movies and entertainment titles and 1 million cast and crewmembers dating from the birth of film to 2005.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management`s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, strategic alliances and business combinations, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, foreign currency exchange rates, management of potential growth, system interruption, international expansion, consumer trends, fulfillment center optimization, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com`s financial results is included in Amazon.com`s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001, and all subsequent filings.
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