DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) ranked 60th on the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100, a list of the top business technology innovators in the United States. Walgreens received the recognition for the development and launch of its Balance® Rewards loyalty program, which has grown to nearly 80 million active members.
“This is great recognition for the work Walgreens has done to develop an omnichannel solution that ties customers’ online and mobile experiences to our stores in communities across America,” said Tim Theriault, Walgreens chief information, innovation & improvement officer. “As technology continues to evolve and influence consumer behavior, Walgreens will continue to innovate and offer solutions to help people get, stay and live well.”
Balance® Rewards is the nation’s largest loyalty program. Launched in the fall of 2012, the innovative program offers easy enrollment, instant points and endless rewards on a variety of items, prescriptions and immunizations. In addition, Walgreens rewards members for healthy activities such as weight management and physical exercise such as walking or running.
InformationWeek Elite 100 research tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek Elite 100 spotlights the power of business technology innovation.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. 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 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 8,221 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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 750 locations throughout the country.