In what many expect to be a breakout holiday season for mobile shopping, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) is adding scannable coupons to its award-winning mobile applications, offering exclusive discounts to its smartphone customers beginning “Black Friday,” Nov. 25.
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 U.S.
"We’re enhancing the shopping experience by giving our mobile customers greater convenience and exclusive savings during the holiday season,” said Sona Chawla, Walgreens president of E-commerce. “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.
Other Walgreens mobile shopping features include:
• View the weekly ad and the latest sales
• Shop directly from any smartphone
• Browse products and check in-store availability
• Receive text alerts regarding special offers and exclusive deals
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. Standard data and text messaging rates may apply, internet connectivity is required at time of transaction for coupon to be accessible.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 7,786 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 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 improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. 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.