Walmart introduces new features for mobile pharmacy app

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has rolled out several new features into its mobile pharmacy app to help customers better handle their prescription needs while on the go.

Customers are now able to process prescription refills more quickly with their smartphones or tablet devices via a new scanner feature that allows shoppers to take a picture of the label on their prescription bottles. The app will use the photo to pull up the name and order details of the item.

With more than 4,500 pharmacies under the Walmart, Sam's Club and Neighborhood Market banners, users can also find the closest and most convenient pharmacy.

Walmart has been pouring resources into the pharmacy business over the past few years as the retailer looks to lure customers away from the leading drugstore chains. Walmart has introduced $4 generic prescriptions, in-store health clinics and now mobile pharmacy services, which debuted in April. The company reported that 95 percent of Walmart pharmacies across the United States had a mobile refill within the first month of launching the app.

The mobile pharmacy upgrades follow behind several other new mobile services Walmart recently introduced. Last week, Walmart rolled out a program to send shoppers e-receipts via its mobile app. Walmart earlier this month also announced the pairing of a new ordering app with its Walmart to Go convenience store prototype, enabling shoppers to pre-order meals from their smartphones and tablets.

For more:
-See this Drugstore News article

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