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Walgreens goes multichannel with Black Friday promotions

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will be making a multichannel play for Black Friday customers through a mystery mobile coupon, the retailer announced Tuesday. 

“This promotion is an excellent example of how technology and innovation work together to provide customers with a great offer that increases engagement and enhances their shopping experience,” stated Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce for Walgreens. “At a time when shoppers are out looking for the best deals, we’re making it easy by sending real-time, relevant offers directly to them.”

When users open the Walgreens app home screen beginning Black Friday and running through Nov. 25, they can “swipe to reveal” exclusive Walgreens offers and discounts on Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee products at their local Walgreens. The Walgreens app is easily integrated into the iPhone’s Passbook, where the offers will also appear.

Also available through the Walgreens mobile app from Friday through Sunday is a chance to enter a Black Friday sweepstakes to win 1 million Balance Rewards points. Walgreens in September launched the Balance Rewards customer loyalty program, which offers customers ways to save, earn points and get rewarded for purchases, services and healthy lifestyle behaviors. 

Walgreens has introduced the latest updates to its mobile app, allowing for more personalized and relevant experiences for easy access on-the-go or in-store, including the addition of photo editing functionality powered by Aviary to its QuickPrints app; a platform that allows customers to use a digital shopping list to map and locate items in a store by posting a pin on the map; and tablet users can quickly access Walgreens new magazine, Happy and Healthy: Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens, through the company’s shopping app.

Also, Walgreens is offering 16 unique holiday card templates, which can be accessed and customized via the iPad app. The cards, which come in packs of 20 along with envelopes, are available to pick up at a local Walgreens in about an hour.

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Safeway reaffirms commitment to National Guard employees

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Safeway chairman and CEO Steve Burd on Monday signed a Statement of Support for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, at a ceremony at the company’s corporate offices in Pleasanton, Calif., ESGR stated. 

"We are honored to reaffirm Safeway’s support for our employees in the National Guard and Reserve," Burd said. "No other public service could be more important than providing support to our men and women in uniform."

"Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units and allow Guardsmen and Reservists the opportunity to serve our country more effectively and with greater peace of mind," stated James Rebholz, ESGR national chairman. "By signing this Statement of Support, Safeway sends a clear message they stand committed to their military employees."

 

 

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RetailMeNot launches new iPhone coupons app featuring location-based offers

BY Jason Owen

RetailMeNot.com, the largest online coupon site in the United States, has announced the launch of its newest iPhone Coupons app featuring location-specific coupons, as well as expiring and new coupon notifications. These new features will allow consumers to find hundreds of deals at nearby malls this year, making their holiday shopping that much easier.

“This next-generation Coupons app will initially help consumers find local in-store deals available at hundreds of major shopping malls across the country,” said Cotter Cunningham, CEO and founder of WhaleShark Media, which operates RetailMeNot. “As we review the results of our updated app, we believe there is an opportunity to expand this offering beyond shopping malls to help businesses drive local foot traffic and increase their sales revenues.”

Additional features of the new app include location-based coupons available at more than 500 shopping malls across the country by Black Friday, map services that identify nearest store locations to redeem in-store coupons, an easy-to-use interface with curated “Hot Deals” from popular stores, and access via search to RetailMeNot.com’s best online and in-store coupons from tens of thousands of merchants, plus several more new feautures.

Since the June 2012 launch of RetailMeNot.com’s first app, it has been downloaded by nearly 1.5 million people. As mobile technology and smartphone use continue to grow, sophisticated coupon apps will surely become more prominent in the near future. As Cunningham notes, “The new version of RetailMeNot.com’s iPhone app should be a part of every consumer’s shopping survival toolkit for the holidays.”

For more information about RetailMeNot.com, to download the new app or to search for nearby malls with location-based offers, visit http://www.retailmenot.com/mobile.
 

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C.Marry says:
Nov-22-2012 04:32 am

The largest online coupon sites in the United States are RetailMeNot.com and CouponRefund.com these both sites are doing great job to save our money.

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