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Ahold's Dutch Subsidiaries Introduce Joint Online Shopping

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands - Ahold today announced its five Dutch subsidiaries are teaming up to offer a new joint Internet-based home delivery service called "Albert".

Effective Nov. 5, 2001, customers can access Ahold's Dutch subsidiaries through and buy from all five chains in one order. Albert guarantees home delivery within 24 hours from a range of 9,000 fresh, A-brand and private label products from all Ahold stores in The Netherlands.

These Ahold outlets include 690 Albert Heijn supermarkets, 485 Gall & Gall wine and liquor stores, 427 Etos health and beauty care stores, 65 De Tuinen natural product stores and Deli XL's institutional and foodservice operations. The service reaches over 50% of Dutch households in the western and central parts of The Netherlands.

Ahold is using its experience with Peapod in the United States to develop online operations throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, Argentina and Guatemala.
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