I wouldn’t quite call myself an addict, but I would definitely say I’m a frequent CVS shopper. The stores are so brightly lit and well organized that it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to step inside, even when you don’t actually need anything. For this week’s assignment, I decided to review the CVS pharmacy mobile app. I had heard so many good things about it from friends of mine that I figured it would be a good one for me to try out.
The home screen of the CVS mobile app has a very user-friendly layout. Each category has its own section, making it easy for you to know exactly where you need to go to do what you need to do.
TIP: Immediately after downloading the app, I’d recommend setting up an online CVS account to be able to take full advantage of its features. A few of the sections, such as creating your own shopping list, ask you to set up an account before proceeding. Setting up an account is quick and easy.
Rather than having to call them in or order them online, you can use the pharmacy section of the CVS app to manage, view and refill your prescriptions. You can use Rapid Refill and order from your CVS account or scan the barcode of your prescription to refill your medication. You can even transfer prescriptions from one pharmacy to another without ever having to pick up the phone. One of the newest features in the pharmacy section is the Drug Interaction Checker, which lets you scan over-the-counter product bar codes to check for medication interactions.
But CVS is much more than just a pharmacy. The app also features a section for your photos. In this section, you can upload photos from your online CVS account, your smartphone’s camera roll and even from Facebook for free same-day pick up. Being able to upload pictures directly from Facebook saves you from having to copy/save your Facebook photos to a folder on your computer and upload them to your CVS account.
This section allows you to shop as you would in the store or on the CVS website. You can create a virtual shopping list by searching through different item categories and selecting the picture of the item(s) that you want, or you can add items to your online shopping cart and then purchase them directly from there. In this section, you can choose whether you’d like to give the CVS mobile app permission to access your location so that it can find the closest store to you.
ExtraCare and Other Deals/Coupons
When you use your ExtraCare card to purchase something in the store, the cashier will typically hand you a ridiculously long receipt showing you all of your available coupons. The CVS mobile app features a section where you can upload your ExtraCare card to make it easier for you to track your savings and rewards. In other words, you’ll no longer have to walk around with all these long receipts in your purse because it keeps track of your available coupons digitally.
There’s also a brand new deals section called myWeekly Ad. It allows you to receive personalized deals on the items you buy most while still allowing you to see weekly store specials. Personally, I think this is a great concept. Some of the coupons I receive from CVS aren’t really useful, but with targeted advertising, I’d be more likely to use them. If you’d prefer not to have your frequent purchases tracked, you can choose to opt out of myWeekly Ad and just get information about the weekly deals.
My One Criticism
To my knowledge, there’s no way for you to upload your gift card money like you can when using the Starbucks app. My grandma likes giving me CVS cards, and while I typically carry them in my wallet, it would be easier if I could upload their values directly to the app so that I wouldn’t have to worry about whether I have them on me. Do you think any other features are missing from the app?
The CVS app seems to be one of the most useful and user-friendly apps out there. I think we could all benefit from having it.