Client Story

Reaping the Benefits of Real-Time Customer Rewards

Walgreens Uses FIS Premium Payback to Enhance Rewards Program and Optimize Customer Experience

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Walgreens is the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States and specializes in prescriptions, health and wellness products, health information and photo services.

For more than 25 years, Walgreens has partnered with FIS® for payments technology expertise and consultation on payments goals and strategies. In addition to merchant processing, FIS provides e-payables services and a treasury management platform for Walgreens.

Seamless, frictionless customer experience

Walgreens is always seeking new and innovative technology to help their team with payments strategy and goals. The company wanted a solution that would enhance the myWalgreens rewards program and optimize the customer experience with a seamless and frictionless experience at the point of sale.

In 2021, Walgreens selected FIS Premium Payback, a real-time loyalty solution that turns unused rewards points into currency at checkout. FIS Premium Payback connects financial institutions, retailers and loyalty providers to simplify rewards redemption for consumers.

In addition to providing an easy way for customers to redeem their bank’s rewards points, FIS Premium Payback enables cardholders to earn myWalgreens rewards on their purchases. Walgreens was able to implement FIS Premium Payback with their existing point-of-sale systems, terminals and rewards program logic, reducing the integration effort.

Speed is key

“Speed is very important to Walgreens, so we wanted to implement a solution that wouldn’t interfere with our point-of-sale processing time. This solution was able to do that,” says Toby-Ann Young, payments manager for Walgreens. “FIS Premium Payback aligns really well with the Walgreens vision and brand.”

According to Barry Hanen, director of payment strategy for Walgreens, “We’ve seen tremendous response from FIS Premium Payback. We’ve seen an uptick in transaction size, approval rates around 50%, more customer engagement and higher spend.”

Strong FIS-Walgreens collaboration

In closing, Toby-Ann notes, “FIS and Walgreens work well together. It’s a very collaborative environment.”

At a Glance

OBJECTIVE
Enhance the myWalgreens rewards program with an optimized, seamless and frictionless customer experience.
FIS SOLUTIONS

FIS Premium Payback

RESULTS
Using FIS Premium Payback, Walgreens achieves greater customer engagement, larger transactions and strong offer acceptance rates.

Impact

The streamlined loyalty rewards experience enabled by FIS Premium Payback has helped Walgreens broaden its reach and attract more customers to the myWalgreens rewards program and the myWalgreens credit card.

We’ve seen tremendous response from FIS Premium Payback. We’ve seen an uptick in transaction size, approval rates around 50%, more customer engagement and higher spend.”
−Barry Hanen, director of payment strategy, Walgreens
FIS Premium Payback aligns really well with the Walgreens vision and brand.”
−Toby-Ann Young, payments manager, Walgreens
FIS and Walgreens work well together. It’s a very collaborative environment.”
−Toby-Ann Young, payments manager, Walgreens