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Walgreens opens smartphone photo software code to third-party developers

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday extended its innovation in mobile technology with the introduction of a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit, enabling photo printing directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices.

“Our new QuickPrints SDK enables third-party software developers to tap Walgreens Web services, building a broad selection of apps that deliver our convenient store capabilities to more customers,” Walgreens e-commerce chief technical officer Abhi Dhar said.

The launch of the QuickPrints SDK marks the first time that Walgreens has provided an open interface for third-party application developers to integrate Walgreens in-store services. QuickPrints, currently available in the Walgreens iPhone and Android applications, allows mobile users to print photos directly from their phone in about an hour.

"With almost 30% of photos today taken on smartphones and the popularity of photo applications growing, the opportunity for consumers to benefit from the convenience of printing their memories to Walgreens through a variety of photo apps is tremendous,” said Jasbir Patel, senior director of Walgreens photo.

The QuickPrints SDK already has been adopted by GroupShot, Kicksend, Pic Stitch, Pinweel and StillShot, with more partners expected to join the program in the coming weeks. Walgreens also is partnering with Aviary, a digital photo-editing platform currently used by more than 1,200 app developers and 8 million consumers, to leverage its growing group of photo application partners.

To encourage mobile developers to include new features using the QuickPrints SDK within their application, Walgreens will host its first Mobile Photo Hack Day event Aug. 11, at its downtown Chicago e-commerce office at 36 S. Wabash Ave. The event will provide developers the opportunity to meet, collaborate and showcase their creative implementations of the QuickPrints SDK in their applications.

Developer demos will be reviewed by a panel of top industry professionals with a total of $5,000 in cash prizes available to the top developer integrations.

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Keough named CEO of Millennium Pharmacy Systems

BY Allison Cerra

OAK BROOK, Ill. — A leading provider of advanced medication management and technology services to the long-term care industry has promoted its president.

Millennium Pharmacy Systems said Philip Keough has been appointed CEO, as well as a member of its board of directors. Keough joined Millennium Pharmacy Systems as COO in November 2010 and continued to take on increasing responsibilities at the company.

Millennium also confirmed that its former CEO, Richard Scardina, will continue in an active role with the company as its chairman of the board.

"I am excited to take on these added leadership responsibilities and further Millennium’s mission of improving patient care and making our customers more successful in the process," Keough said. "Our flexible, leading edge solutions will be even more important in the future as technology and healthcare reimbursement mechanisms continue to evolve."


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Juan Soler, Honey Nut Cheerios form partnership

BY Allison Cerra

LAS VEGAS — Spanish-language novela star man Juan Soler has partnered with Honey Nut Cheerios to help Hispanics lead a heart healthy life.

The multimarket education initiative, "Cuidate, Corazon" (Take Care, Heart), seeks to help reduce the incidence of heart disease, the leading cause of death among Hispanics, while celebrating the great honey taste of Honey Nut Cheerios. The initiative kicked off with a satellite media tour from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center — where the National Council of La Raza is holding its Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo — this week. The tour’s message is expected to reach millions of Latino homes across the country, and will be followed by several in-market visits by Soler in the weeks to come.

"I am very proud to be working with Honey Nut Cheerioso this initiative, which is so important to our community," Soler said. "We Hispanics need to learn about the health risks of eating diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol, so that we can begin to modify ours. We also need to begin ingesting more soluble fiber, which helps rid the body of bad cholesterol."

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