Foursquare gets local for businesses
NEW YORK — Foursquare, the mobile application that helps users and their friends "make the most of where [they] are," has expanded to offer updates from the businesses where users are loyal customers.
Appearing in the app’s "friends" tab, the Local Updates feature provides Foursquare users with updates from businesses automatically when a user is in the same city, Foursquare said. Local Updates share local businesses’ latest news via new specials, photos and any other information. Additionally, the businesses’ updates only appear when users are close enough to stop by.
If users want to stop receiving updates from a particular business, they easily can do so with one tap, Foursquare noted.
"It’s an easy way to keep up with news from places you frequent, including things like new specials, pictures of the latest shipment of shoes, or a serendipitous food truck appearance," the company stated in its blog announcing the new feature. "The best part is there’s no extra work for you to do: we already know you care about a place if you’ve checked in often or liked it, and will show you updates from it when you’re in the same city."
The Local Updates tool is free for businesses and will be available to Foursquare’s nearly 1 million claimed businesses, beginning later this week.
Winn-Dixie launches prescription-savings card
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie on Wednesday launched a prescription-savings card that offers deep discounts on more than 400 generic medications and varied discounts on name-brand and other generic medications, the grocer announced.
“Not everyone has insurance or health benefits that adequately cover prescriptions,” stated John Fegan, VP pharmacy for Winn-Dixie. “This program makes it easier for our customers to get the prescriptions they need at a great deal so they can focus on their health … not on how much it costs.”
For a an annual enrollment fee of $5, customers with an active Winn-Dixie Reward Card will receive a $5 store coupon loaded to the customer’s Reward Card and $4 30-day and $10 90-day generic drug pricing on an extensive list of more than 400 generic drugs.
The program runs through the grocer’s existing free Reward Card program.
DPS headquarters earns gold LEED certification
PLANO, Texas — The Plano, Texas-based headquarters of Dr Pepper Snapple Group has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for a multiuse building by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Tim Gratto, DPS VP sustainability, said the sustainability requirements for LEED certification — which considers fuel conservation, energy use reduction and recycling and waste reduction, among other points — align closely with the company’s overarching corporate social responsibility goals.
"Earning LEED gold certification for our Plano headquarters is a significant achievement for DPS and our ongoing sustainability efforts," Gratto said. "This project spanned several years, and its success is a testament to the great work and dedication of a facilities team that has truly embraced our environmental sustainability commitments."
The latest LEED certification follows one year after DPS earned LEED silver certification for its 850,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art regional manufacturing and distribution center in Victorville, Calif.