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Walk a Walgreens mile and earn money for charity

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Any biker, runner or walker participating in Walgreens' Balance Rewards program can now become corporately sponsored athletes working out for their favorite cause, thanks to a Walgreens announcement Tuesday regarding the newest Balance Rewards API integration, Charity Miles. 
 
Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android app that enables users to earn money for charities. Walgreens users can also earn Balance Rewards points by connecting their Charity Miles and Walgreens accounts.
 
"We're thrilled to partner with Walgreens," stated Charity Miles founder, Gene Gurkoff. "Together we can help grow a movement in which millions of people walk with a cause in their heart, for a healthy, happy world, every day."
 
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Meijer mPerks members clip 1 billion coupons in first 5 years

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer announced that its free digital savings program, mPerks, is turning 5 this week and has already set a company record with $100 million in savings to customers this year. Launched in 2010, the Grand Rapids-based retailer now has nearly 4 million mPerks members who have clipped more than 1 billion digital coupons, with total savings eclipsing $400 million over the last 5 years.
 
"The popularity of digital coupons and shopping apps is at an all-time high as price-conscious shoppers are realizing how much their iPads, tablets and mobile phones can be used as a tool to help stretch family budgets," said Michael Ross, VP digital shopping and customer marketing. "We're especially proud that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the time- and money-saving resources we offer and continue to enhance."
 
mPerks, which has evolved into a multifaceted rewards program, was launched as a way to help customers save money at the register by offering a faster and more convenient way to clip coupons. mPerks has a redemption rate that is four times higher than the national average and frequent users are saving an average of 15% per year.
 
Meijer was also one of the first retailers to provide a mobile app that allows customers to access shopping tools and receive digital receipts to better track their spending and savings information. The retailer also offers free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app.
 
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Walmart, Sam’s Club execs honored by IMS Health, NACDS Foundation

BY DSN STAFF

DENVER — During the NACDS Total Store Expo’s Insight Sessions, IMS Health’s VP industry relations Doug Long and VP global supplier services Robert Wahl presented Darren Townzen, Walmart’s director of health-and-wellness systems, and Sam’s Club’s John Luebker, senior director H&W wellness contracting and pricing, with the company’s Bernie Greenberg Pharmacy Partnership Award.

The award, given in conjunction with the NACDS Foundation, is named for longtime industry veteran Bernard “Bernie” Greenberg, who spent 35 years with Bristol Myers before starting a second career as a consultant for IMS Health and Novo Nordisk. 

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