Giant drugstore chain Walgreens today announced that Balance Rewards loyalty scheme members can now earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay through Apple Pay — without having to separately scan a Balance Rewards card or barcode.
Apple just took the wraps off Apple Pay, its much-rumored mobile payments service. CEO Tim Cook is so excited about it that he looped the demo over and over during the keynote. It’s being touted as an “easy, secure and private” way to get your caffe latte on the run.
One thing’s for sure: this is a massive shift in the payments industry.
Walgreens has begun deploying iPads to pharmacy employees as in-store tools for helping customers with prescriptions. The initiative is a slow rollout, with Walgreens only sending iPads out to 16 stores in the Chicago area.
A designated employee will wander the aisles of each Walgreens with an iPad in-hand. The iPad probably won’t help you buy the right birthday card, but you’ll be able to get information on medicine and other pharmaceutical needs.