The Walgreens API Team has been hard at work as we approach the holiday to get some very exciting news launched on our developer portal. We wanted to give you all a few updates to our API platform.
We are extremely happy to let everyone know about the awesome feature enhancements and new APIs that we are rolling out by the end of this January 2018:
Photo Prints HTML Checkout:
We have been working diligently on some backend upgrades to our HTML Checkout Photo Prints API. Keep looking for these changes as we have more news coming over the next month. We have converted over to a NodeJS backend which should provide for a faster loading and snappier mobile web page experience.
Store Locator API:
Last year we announced the Beta Store Locator API. We are overjoyed to see all the people that have started/finished integration of this API their application(s). We got feedback that you wanted a way to get all the store numbers for all the Walgreens stores. Well, we listened and you can now use the Store Number List Endpoint to get this data.
Add To Cart API: (beta)
We are also excited to give access for everyone to create Walgreens.com Carts in their applications! Allowing your users to take advantage of creating a new cart directly in your user experience and navigating them checkout on walgreens.com! This API is in beta and we look forward to seeing it grow as the community adopts it. The documentation for this API is public now on the developer portal: Add To Cart API
We hope all this information is a nice gift for the upcoming holidays! Check back later for more information, and as always, if you have any comments, questions, and/or concerns please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walgreens API Team
We're very excited to see one of our top Balance Rewards Healthy Choices (BRhc) API Partners, Lifesum top the charts as "App of the Day" on the 1st day of the new iOS 11 App Store. Lifesum successfully integrated with our API in May 2016 and together we have been able to simply healthy living for thousands of our customers! Congratulations to Lifesum on their honorable achievement! We at Walgreens love seeing our partners succeed and their customer base grow!
The PICLIF (https://piclif.com/) mobile app and Web site allows families and funeral homes to display pictures and memories of a loved one during a funeral service and to easily print the photos at Walgreens. PICLIF helps families bring together memories of their loved one by allowing them to crowdsource pictures from family and friends, building a timeline that can be viewed on any smartphone or computer.
"Our integration with Walgreens allows friends, family, and funeral service attendees to print pictures to Walgreens and keep them forever," said Mike Stafiej, Founder and President of PICLIF. "[PICLIF] chose to integrate with Walgreens for picture printing because of the trusted Walgreens brand and the convenience of local pickup. Additionally, it was clear to us that the Walgreens API and API support was far superior to all of the other photo-printing services that we reviewed and considered integrating with."
We have our hearts beating strongly as we are ready to tell you all about Novartis' Heart Partner™ application integrating our Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices API. Checkout the integration on the Apple App Store.
Managing a chronic condition like Heart Failure (HF) is no easy task and it affects not only the HF patients, but their caregivers as well. For HF patients it is sometimes difficult to keep up with a healthier lifestyle and managing their HF treatment. The newly developed Heart Partner™ app helps coordinate care in a simple and easy way. The app allows for tracking daily activity and vitals such as blood pressure or weight, medication compliance, and more!
“We are excited to complement our app by integrating with the Walgreens Balance® Rewards Program! This is a simple and easy way for HF patients and their caregivers to track healthier behaviors and have the patient be rewarded with Balance® Rewards points to use towards healthier purchases, which is so important for managing heart failure -- together”, said Lisa Blizzard, Director of Consumer Marketing with Novartis.
Start tracking your healthy habits and earn points, download the Heart Partner™ app at the Apple App Store today!
We were very excited to be a Gold Sponsor and attend the annual Mobile Photo Connect Conference this year at the beautiful Golden Gate Club inside the Persidio area of San Fransisco. We learned and taught others about all the great things happening in the Mobile Photo Industry! Kartik Subramanian spoke to the how monetizing photo applications through mobile output can be acheived with our Photo Prints API. Drew Schweinfurth did an awesome Show & Tell session showing off our Native Photo Prints API and partners that have integrated it!
This years awards went out to some great applications, they went to:
- Best of Show Award: Funimate, by Funimate
- Best Business Potential Award: JPEGmini, by Beamr
- Best Technology Award: Keegan, by Regaind
- Special Recognition Award: Keepy, by Keepy
These applications were apart of the many Show & Tell session that happened this year, and they do some really amazing things. Funimate, generates multi-animated video loops into a single video loop. JPEGmini, allows photo compression without losing any quality! Keegan, the first ever photography artificial intelligence that tells you what is and what is not a good photo with a hilariously french attitude. Lastly, Keepy, allowing parents and other family members to "Keep" artwork or photographs with memorible video and audio recordings. So, as you can tell, this year was jam packed with all sorts of innovative technologies!
As per required standards, many photos were taken at the event and we on the Walgreens API team happened to be in some of them, we gathered a collection of the event here: https://goo.gl/photos/1oTdQDapo8W9WWkR9
Thank you to everyone that was at the event and we look forwards to seeing even more people at the event next year!
The Walgreens API Team
The inspiration for their Photo Prints app was to save photo memories in printed form and not have them be lost forever in the digital landfill. They wanted to create a simple to use, fast and robust experience for their customers to make photo prints with same day pickup at their local Walgreens store. Their uploading process is not only quick and easy but looks absolutely beautiful!
“As a woman I know that in most families; women do almost all of the photo printing and are in charge of making photo prints, scrapbooks and preserving family memories for generations. We wanted something fast and easy for all of my girlfriends and our customers to use on their phones; since most photos are already on our mobile devices,” said Ashley Taylor, Customer Evangelist of JPEG Labs. According to Taylor, “Walgreens is a brand our customers trust and they provide quality photo prints in 1 hour or less; that coupled with advanced API functionality allows us to create a compelling customer experience, which is the main reason we chose to work with Walgreens.”
The Photo Prints app was designed specifically for a fast mobile experiences. We wanted a time saving and fun experience because everyone is busy these days. Some of the functionality includes:
- Selecting individual photos or an entire photo album to be printed in a single tap
- Choosing from 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10 prints
- Same day pickup at any Walgreens or Duane Reade location in the U.S.
There is nothing better than reflecting back on the great moments of our lives; and experiencing the richness of our photos in printed form is even better than looking at pictures on a phone. This is why the team at JPEG Labs decided to build the Photo Prints app for iOS and Android by leveraging the Walgreens Photo Printing API. Walgreens is the perfect partner for us to team up with to make these Photo Prints apps possible.
Walgreens is happy to introduce, UnfoldLabs, an innovative products and services company based in San Diego, CA. They have just announced the launch of UnfoldPrints – an android application that makes the task of printing pictures easier. They have choosen to integrate our Photo Prints API for fast, convienant in-store pickup. Check out their application today on the Google Play Store.
UnfoldPrints is an application that allows customers to print in three simple steps directly from their smartphone or tablet. Their unique photo selection and order memory gives the customer a fast and convienant photo printing experience making multiple orders a breeze!
Their usage of our /coupon endpoint and an entire section based on showing promotions to the customer is really great. "We are excited for android users to print their pictures from their devices directly to the closest Walgreens Store. Users can enjoy special promotions offered by Walgreens for UnfoldPrints," said Asokan Ashok, CEO of UnfoldLabs Inc. Ashok also said, "The Walgreens Developer Program & the Photo Prints API helped us with the Integration."
Did you attend Lollapalooza, Burning Man, or Coachella if so we've got a great app for you, introducing FloomIt! Create, edit, share, and now print all your photos with you friends from your favorite event to your local Walgreens! Have you ever wanted to create a collaborative collage with all your friends in real-time, FloomIt lets you do that. We think with all the unique features that FloomIt has to offer they are a one of a kind application that deserves to be on your phone! We happily welcome FloomIt to our family of Photo Print partners! Download the application today from Google Play.
UPDATE: The iOS version is now live: Check it out on the Apple App Store.
We are happy to broadcast our first Photo Prints integration via Apple TV! MEA Mobile has knocked it out of the park again with their redesigned Printicular application for Apple TV. MEA Mobile, a leading partner of our photo prints ecosystem has done a great job of publishing their already successful Printicular app to the Apple TV platform.
Find the application by searching for "Printicular" on your Apple TV's App Store. The ability to view your social media photos on one TV screen and print to your local Walgreens makes this an unbelivably awesome experience! Connect the Printicular app with your Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr accounts to access your photo libraries. Did you also know you can search photos by hashtags (i.e. #cats, #baseball, and #morecats)?
Checkout the first Walgreens API application for Apple TV by searching for Printicular on your Apple TV App Store today!!
We’re excited to be a Gold Sponsor at Mobile Photo Connect 2016 for a third consecutive year! We meet some of the best talent at this event and look forward to it every year. This year the event will take place in Palo Alto, California. Yes the birthplace of the Silicon Valley! We’ll have our very own Kartik Subramanian (Director, Mobile Product Management, APIs and Innovation) speak about monetizing photo apps and Drew Schweinfurth (Developer Evangelist) present a 4 minute Show & Tell.
As you may remember from last year, we are pleased to mention a majority of the attendees at Mobile Photo Connect were already integrated with our Photo Prints APIs and we hope to meet more successful integration opportunities this year!
We look forward to seeing everyone at Mobile Photo Connect 2016 and we’ll be sure to make it as fun and exciting as we have in previous years!