Walgreens wins Webby for Best Integrated Mobile Experience for its Paperless Coupons
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced that it has been named the Best Integrated Mobile Experience for its Paperless Coupons offering in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet’s highest honor" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
By providing the ability to easily clip digital coupons to a Balance Rewards card, Walgreens Paperless Coupons are designed to further enhance the customer experience. It’s a simple way to consolidate coupon savings that can make a shopping trip even more convenient.
"Walgreens Paperless Coupons offering has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators."
“Our customers live in a digital world, and providing them with relevant rewards and savings such as Paperless Coupons is an example of how we make the shopping experience even more convenient,” said Rich Lesperance, Walgreens senior director of personalization and CRM. “We always are looking for ways to provide a top-notch customer experience, whether that’s through a mobile device, online or in-store. With more than 100 million Balance Rewards members, providing our customers with an easy and convenient way to save while on-the-go is another example of how we’re helping people get, stay and live well.”
Walgreens will be honored at a ceremony on May 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, where winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of the Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Highlights from last year’s 5-Word Speeches include: Pinterest’s “Pinterest loves you, Ryan Gosling”; Bjork’s "A.E.I.O.U"; and Kevin Spacey & Dana Brunetti for House of Cards, "The Oscars should do this." The show will be hosted by critically-acclaimed standup comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, fans can watch the show in On Demand at WebbyAwards.com.
The IADAS, which nominates and selects the Webby Awards PV Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, tumblr founder David Karp, Internet co-creator Vint Cerf, Mozilla CEO and chair Mitchell Baker, the gif creator Steve Wilhite and mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper. This year, more than 1.5 million votes were cast by people around the world for their favorite sites, videos, ads, mobile sites and apps and social in the Webby People’s Voice Awards.
Bi-Lo announces exclusive Kuddles line
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo on Thursday announced Kuddles, a new line of formula, diaper and baby essentials that will be available exclusively in its stores.
The exclusive Kuddles baby brand line features:
- Snug diapers with a back waistband for fit and containment as well as hypoallergenic and fragrance-free liners. Available in size 1 through size 5, plus training pants;
- Baby and kid wipes, which are alcohol-free and available in 10 assorted scents like lavender, shea butter and green tea;
- FDA-approved baby formula with DHA and ARA in five varieties; and
- Baby lotion, powder, oils and detangler
“There is no need to spend more money or travel farther to get the quality baby essentials you need. We’d like to invite parents to compare Kuddles to the national brands today and see how much they can save,” said Mary Kellmanson, SVP marketing for Bi-Lo.
Federal minimum wage effort fails to clear Senate procedural vote
WASHINGTON — An effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 failed on Wednesday, as the issue was not able to clear a procedural vote in the Senate. Senators predominantly voted across party lines, which places Democratic senators in favor and Republican senators opposed.
According to published reports, while the defeat was expected it is serving as a rallying cry for Democrats preparing their next campaign.
"The senators who voted ‘no’ … are doing so contrary to the wishes of the American people," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday. "So what we have seen since the President has been forcefully arguing for raising the minimum wage is support for that proposition around the country," he said. "We’ve seen states acting individually to raise the minimum wage, and that is very heartening."
Carney was referring to Hawaii, which recently raised its minimum wage to $10.10. And in Seattle on Thursday, the minimum wage for that city was raised to $15.
Minimum wage is a hotly contested issue. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of April 8, 38 states considered minimum wage bills during the 2014 session; 34 states are considering increases to the state minimum wage.
In addition to Hawaii, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, West Virginia and D.C. have enacted increases so far in 2014. As of Jan. 1, 2014, 21 states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.