Shoppers Drugmart and RBC Make Shopping Convenient and RewardingThursday, April 19, 2012
Imagine you had to head out to a pharmacy late one night because your little one came down with a fever. You arrive at a 24-hour Shoppers Drug Mart location when suddenly you remember your husband asked you to withdraw some money earlier that day. Your heart sinks because you know the banks are closed. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you notice the glimmer coming from a shiny, new... ATM? Why, yes! It's an RBC bank machine, to be precise. Your spirits are lifted as you pull out your brand new RBC Shoppers Optimum bank card because, not only has it saved the day, it will also help you earn rewards points faster than before.
RBC and Shoppers Drug Mart have partnered to bring you a bank card that offers convenience as well as additional rewards at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix locations across Canada, more than 300 of which will house new RBC ATMs. With the RBC Shoppers Optimum banking account and debit card with enhanced Shoppers Optimum rewards, you'll benefit from unlimited debit transactions in the account, access to Canada’s largest combined network of ATM’s and branches and the ability to convert RBC Rewards points to Shoppers Optimum points
Key features of the program:
- Collect Shoppers Optimum points at Shoppers Drug Mart and other retailers – use your RBC Shoppers Optimum banking account and debit card to collect Shoppers Optimum points.
- Earn points faster with unlimited debit transactions.
- Earn 10 additional Shoppers Optimum points for every $1 spent at Shoppers Drug Mart using the RBC Shoppers Optimum Banking Account (this is in addition to the points earned using the Shoppers Optimum card).
- Earn one Shoppers Optimum point for every $1 spent outside Shoppers Drug Mart using the RBC Shoppers Optimum Banking Account.
- Bonus Shoppers Optimum points - 50,000 bonus points (an $85 value!) for setting up a payroll or pension deposit to the new account and completing two online bill payments.
RBC/Shoppers Drug Mart Poll
Recently, RBC and Shoppers conducted a poll to learn how Canadians are using cash versus debit. Here are some of the results:
- Three-quarters of Canadian women (76%) typically carry $50 or less in their wallet compared to 66 per cent of men.
- To keep cash in their wallets, men tend to use a bank machine up to twice a week (41%), compared to 33 per cent of women
- Twenty-eight per cent of women say they rarely or never withdraw cash, compared to 22 per cent of men
- Nine-in-ten women (89%) are part of a rewards program, slightly more than men (80%).
- The majority of women (83%) say their rewards programs are important to them, ten percentage points higher than men surveyed (73%).
- The survey also found 43 per cent of women say their rewards program memberships are more important to them in the current economic climate, compared to 31 per cent of men.
Personally, I find it somewhat inconvenient to withdraw money from my home branch because I do pretty much all of my banking online. Sometimes, when grocery shopping, I can pay with my debit card and get cash back, which is handy. But those instances are few and far between. Seeing as I often shop at Shoppers Drugmart and take advantage of their Optimum rewards program whenever I can, the RBC Optimum banking card would be an ideal choice. There is, however, a monthly fee of $10.95 but if you already have two or more eligible RBC products, you can enjoy a MultiProduct Rebate which will save you the monthly fee.
What do you think about the new RBC Optimum banking card?
Disclosure: I was sent a gift card as a thank you for sharing details about the program. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.