Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced its app is available
for download on mobile phone devices across the Windows Phone 8
platform. A Windows 8 version for desktops and tablets is expected to
become available at a later date. Additionally, the company will soon
release its QuickPrints API designed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
“As we continue to innovate, we’re always identifying relevant ways to
engage with our customers – wherever, whenever and however they prefer,”
said Abhi Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technology officer.
“Providing our app to consumers on the Windows Phone 8 platform makes it
easier for customers to shop with us, while extending our QuickPrints
API creates greater value for developers interested in offering an
enhanced experience for their user.”
Unique features of the app lets users create shortcuts on the device’s
home screen, which allows for easy access with a single tap. Also, voice
recognition can quickly open the app or any of its features.
“Apps come to life on Windows Phone thanks to features like Live Tiles
and the ability to integrate directly with the phone’s own speech and
Wallet capabilities,” said Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Phone
Apps, Microsoft Corp. “Walgreens takes advantage of all of these
features and more to enable people to quickly refill prescriptions and
easily use their Balance Rewards card directly from their Windows Phone
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72
billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com)
vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living.
Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most
convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and
trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and
advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy
services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail
service, along with respiratory services. These services help improve
health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed
care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the
public sector. The company operates 8,096 drugstores in all 50 states,
the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a
Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager
of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care
clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.