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Walgreens links its rewards program with Apple Pay

The drug store chain on Thursday became the first retailer to link its loyalty program with Apple s mobile payment system.

Walgreens1 announced2 this morning that support for accepting its rewards card in stores through Apple Pay is now live. Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now seamlessly use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. This offering supports our commitment to removing friction and enabling a simple and convenient customer experience . When you go to pay, hold your phone or Apple Watch near the NFC terminal and tap on your Balance Rewards card to earn points when the screen awakens. Members need to simply hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent.

Walgreens is making sure its 80 million other Balance Rewards card members never have to remember a physical card again. The first one allows the reader to access your Balance Rewards card info, the second allows it to accesses the credit card linked to your Apple Pay account and process the purchase. Now they can simply use their phone or Apple Watch to make payments, collect rewards or use discount coupons. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week. If this proves to be the impetus for consumers to finally start using mobile payment in large numbers, expect integrated loyalty at a lot of other retailers and also with a lot of other mobile payment solutions.

It s good to see Apple Pay being used for more than just payments. Kohl s3, Dunkin Doughnuts, Panera Bread, and Wegmans have said4 they plan to support their loyalty cards in Apple Pay as well.

References

  1. ^ Walgreens (getapp.cc)
  2. ^ announced (www.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ Kohl s (phx.corporate-ir.net)
  4. ^ said (www.apple.com)

Boston Store’s Goodwill Sale under way – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)

Customers may register at www.MillionActsofGoodwill.com1 for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

One winner will receive a $500 shopping spree.

See official rules online for details.

 

 

References

  1. ^ www.MillionActsofGoodwill.com (www.bonton.com)

Top 5 stores where customers can haggle for a deal – Palm Beach Post (blog)

Want to save on your next purchase?

At some stores, it’s as simple as asking a sales clerk to give you a discount.

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The Deal experts at Ultimate Coupons1 has put together a list of the top 5 retailers where they say you can haggle for a better price.

Here it is:

  1. Nordstrom: Nordstrom has always had an unwritten policy of meeting competitor’s prices.

    If you can pull up the same item on your smartphone at another store offered for less, they are willing to meet at that price. (Stores with similar policies include: Bloomingdale’s, Dillards, and Macy’s.)

  2. Target: If you find an item that is slightly imperfect or damaged, you are able to receive 13% off.

    However, we have heard that if something is out of its package, it is possible to get 30% off the item.

    Also, if you notice a soon expiring produce item, you can potentially receive a discount on it as well.

  3. Macy’s: Salesclerks at Macy’s generally keep discount coupons at the register, and all you have to do is ask.

    If a coupon applies to your purchase/purchases, they will apply it to your order.

    Macy’s online store even allows you to search for coupon codes upon checkout.

  4. Best Buy: If you point out a competitor’s lower price, Best Buy will likely match it. It pays to do your research before arriving, especially when you are purchasing pricey electronics.
  5. Kohl’s: Each week, Kohl’s offers 15-30% off on almost everything in the store.

    Kohl’s credit card holders receive these automatically via email, while other customers have to watch for them.

    However, if you are shopping in the store, and don’t have your coupon handy, you can kindly ask a salesclerk if you are able to use any that they have behind the counter.

  1. ^ Ultimate Coupons (www.ultimatecoupons.com)
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