Western Union is now allowing customers of Walgreens to transfer money domestically through a new Western Union stage-and-pay kiosk model. The kiosks will use the the Walgreens Balance Financial platform.
Starting now, customers can send or receive money at almost 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in 49 states. Using a photo touchscreen, customers can serve themselves in a single session or save the transaction and pick it up later.
“Western Union’s advanced point of sale model enhances access and experience by simplifying process, granting control and facilitating speedy service end-to-end for customers, as well as retail agents. We are bridging retail experience with digital innovation delivering upon our omni-channel strategy, while making it simple and fast for our customers. We are pleased to be rolling out this breakthrough service model in collaboration with Walgreens,” said Odilon Almeida, President of Western Union, Americas and European Union.
This first rollout will work closely with Walgreens to integrate with mobile to allow for a larger volume of essentially self-service transactions.
“In keeping with our goal to be first choice for health and daily living for everyone in America and beyond, Walgreens will offer Western Union Money Transfer transactions as part of our expanding suite of financial services. Components like money-transfer transactions empower customers by giving them easy access to powerful financial tools,” said Jason Dubinsky, vice president and treasurer of Walgreens.