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CVS/pharmacy debuts updated mobile app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy said Tuesday it has introduced an updated mobile app that allows shoppers to digitally store their ExtraCare card in their smartphone, eliminating the need to carry an ExtraCare card when shopping.

The CVS mobile app now allows members to scan the barcode on the back of their card or type in their account number manually. After the barcode is captured, customers’ smartphones will work just like ExtraCare cards at the register.

Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store or through Google Play, the CVS app also offers prescription management, mobile shopping, store locating services and access to the CVS/pharmacy weekly circular.

"During the past few months, we’ve significantly expanded the mobile options available to our digitally-minded customers with the goal of creating the most personalized and accessible shopping experience," said Rob Price, senior VP marketing and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy.

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Ikea Canada launches mobile shopping app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Burlington, Ontario — Ikea Canada announced Tuesday that it is one of three pilot countries to bring store information via Android phones or iPhones.

Effective May 2, the Ikea Mobile Shopping Application will enable customers to browse Ikea’s product range, check product information and stock availability. The new application also allows the creation of shopping lists that include the product’s location for pick up in the store. Customers can also access a store map on their phone to make navigating through the store easier.

"We recognize that smartphones are changing consumer behavior and our customers are increasingly relying on their mobile phones to get the information they need," said Kerri Molinaro, president, Ikea Canada. "Ten percent of all traffic to the Ikea.com websites in March 2012 was from a mobile, which translates into an annual increase of 250%."

The Ikea Mobile Shopping application, available in both French and English, works alongside Ikea’s new mobile-friendly website and catalog app to provide a seamless "Ikea on the Go" experience.

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Pep Boys expects Q1 income drop

BY CSA STAFF

PHILADELPHIA — Pep Boys has released preliminary financial results for its first quarter ended April 28 and expects sales to be between $524 million and $526 million compared with $513.5 million for the same period last year. Net income for the quarter is expected to be between $0 million and $2 million, compared with $12.4 million for the same period last year.

According to the company, its first quarter results were below expectations due to a variety of factors occurring in the ordinary course of business. The company will provide more detail when it releases its full first quarter results.

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