Walgreens on Black Friday will unveil retail mobile coupon program
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday added scannable coupons to its mobile applications, with exclusive discounts to its smartphone customers, beginning on Black Friday.
Coupons will range in value from 50 cents to $5 and will be good toward a variety of products, including beauty items, gifts, consumables and everyday essentials, such as diapers. Scannable coupons provide optimal convenience with no clipping or printing required. Cashiers simply scan a coupon straight from a user’s smartphone.
With mobile scanning capabilities at all of the more than 7,700 Walgreens stores nationwide, this is the largest retail mobile coupon program in the United States, Walgreens said.
“We’re enhancing the shopping experience by giving our mobile customers greater convenience and exclusive savings during the holiday season,” Walgreens president of e-commerce Sona Chawla said. “Through our mobile application, no matter where people are, they can find an easy way to save next time they come to Walgreens — just download the app and you’re ready to shop.”
Coupons will be offered through the Walgreens mobile application from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. Details regarding post-Christmas coupon programs are not yet available.
The Walgreens mobile application is free and can be downloaded by searching for “Walgreens” in smartphone application stores or marketplaces for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
MinuteClinic becomes participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic announced on Thursday that it has become a contracted provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, which provides health insurance products, services or networks to 1.2 million individuals.
Under the agreement, these individuals now will have access to 16 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics located inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in communities throughout the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas.
"This is an important development in the growth of our business in Arizona as we expand access to care to thousands of new patients," said Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. "By offering high quality treatment in a convenient setting, we can work with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to help reduce health care insurance expenses for its members as well as time spent away from members’ families and the workplace."
Ninth annual Hunger Has a Cure campaign kicks off at Food Lion family of banners, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food
SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion family of banners, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food announced the launch of its ninth annual Hunger Has a Cure, a campaign that supports local food banks affiliated with hunger relief charity Feeding America.
Food Lion, Harveys, Reid’s, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores will offer customers the chance to purchase ready-made food boxes — which contain six items of private-label products — for $4.99. The boxes are available while supplies last, and customers will have the opportunity to give cash donations at the register in lieu of sold-out boxes. All of the stores will have designated food collection area where customers can place the food boxes or other nonperishable items.
The supermarket chains hope to collectively surpass previous box donation counts and raise more than 1.5 million pounds of food, valued at more than $1.2 million.