Saturday, April 20, 2013

The New Duane Reade App is Awesome

As many of you regulars know, I've been working with Duane Reade as one of their VIP Bloggers for over a year. Most recently, I worked with them to check out their brand new Duane Reade App (it's available as a free download on iTunes).

While I have an iPhone and consider myself to be somewhat of a techie, I have a pitifully small number of apps on my now 4-month old phone. I just don't know what besides FourSquare, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I'd really need, or use.

So I was somewhat surprised to find that the Duane Reade App is awesome. Who knew you could so so much with an app on your phone?!

First of all, downloading the app is totally easy, which you might already have guessed it would be. I've always had app download anxiety, but no more. It literally takes nothing to go to iTunes and download the Duane Reade app (under Walgreen Co.).

And here you can see the app joining the sparse company on my phone:

Just as the download was easy, so is using the app. I was able to print photos with the QuikPrints feature,  which enables you to print photos from your phone and then choose a Duane Reade store location for pick-up, usually within an hour.

It quickly became clear my bigger problem would be picking which photos to print.

At the store, prints are waiting for pick-up:
In addition to the Quikprints feature, there are lots of other useful tools on the app, and as I scrolled through the functionality it was clear I would also be easily able to use the Refill by Scan and other options when I want to use those as well.

Another cool feature on the app is that can also check your Balance Rewards point balance, and you can save the information from your current card to the app, too - I think that might be what people mean when they say sync, so yes even better than saving your information, you can sync it with the app (I think).

I should also mention that even though I usually go to my same "usual" Duane Reade locations, I used the store locator feature on the app to find a nearby Duane Reade as I was in the Fashion District for an event at the Duck Tape pop-up store - which is incredibly cool and absolutely worth a visit, with every pattern of Duck Tape they sell all in one place. Swoon.

One of my favorite patterns: "retro owl," it was the winner of the "my design" contest.

Overall, my experience with my first "real" app was a great one, and I look forward to the day soon when the blue expanse of my iPhone screen is filled with apps as good as this one from Duane Reade.

See more from my trip to Duane Reade and to the Duck Tape pop-up store - I've even got photos of  Project Runway contestants! Go over and see it all in my Google+ Album.

You can also learn more about the Duane Reade app by following the hashtag: #DRApp on Twitter, as well as @DuaneReade on Twitter. Duane Reade is also on Facebook.

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Duane Reade. #DRApp #Cbias #SocialFabric

1 comment:

Terri Satterlee said...

I'm new to Apps, too, but the Duane Reade App looks like one I would love and use regularly! Love the idea of having all that convenient access right on my phone! Thanks for sharing your experience :)

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