Hilton teams up with Amazon in loyalty program strategy

Hilton Honors members can now link Amazon accounts to their Hilton account and shop Amazon using Hilton points, according to a TechCrunch report. The collaborative effort is the first time a hotel brand and Amazon have joined forces in a...

Target has big plans for the big holiday season

Target is boosting the number of exclusive brands available for the holiday season and expanding ways consumers can shop while at the same time increasing staffing and associate training. Most of its 1,700 holiday gift products this season will be...

First Data expands availability of Clover via Apple retail stores

First Data has announced new initiatives with Apple designed to broaden the distribution of First Data's Clover devices and accelerate the expansion and digital transformation of Apple Pay, according to a press release. First Data's Clover Go device, an EMV...

Macy's revamps loyalty program

Macy's shoppers are getting a revamped loyalty program as of this month that aims to offer consumers a more engaging shopping experience. The new loyalty program, still called Star Rewards, aims to make getting rewards easier with every purchase as...

Google veterans launch smartphone activated self-serve convenience concept

Google veterans Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are launching a new concept called Bodega, a 5-foot-wide pantry box filled with non-perishable convenience items that customers purchase using their smartphones, according to Fast Company.

Rewards playing a role in UK consumer activity

Three quarters of British consumers admit that a reward impacts final purchase, and an appealing incentive has driven 30 percent to choose a product of less quality, and 33 percent to buy a more expensive product. The insights, from a...

UK gets its first contactless loyalty card program

Thames Card Technology, in a joint effort with Tesco, is launching the first contactless loyalty card program in the U.K., available to several million customers. The redesigned card boosts security for customers and advances Tesco's brand recognition, according to a...

Low price, good value are driving deeper customer loyalty

Nearly all consumers, 92 percent, view price and value as top reasons to be loyal to a retailer and brand. Product quality also factors high, with 72 percent of U.S.

Paytronix expands integration of rewards platform

Paytronix Systems is expanding its reward platform with three new POS integrations. The platform is now integrated with Gilbarco Passport, NCR Radiant and Verifone Commander, all technologies used at convenience stores, including the Des Moines-based Yesway store chain. "The new...

Target to revamp Cartwheel Perks program after year-long test

Consumers holding Target Cartwheel Perks have until August 27 to earn points and select items to redeem by September 27 as the retailer is shuttering the loyalty program and prepping a re-do. The rewards program has been in a year-long...

Research: Lifestage and lifestyle play big roles in consumer path to purchase

Family, childhood experiences and external influences all play a role in the consumer's path to purchase, according to new Alliance Data research. For example, as millennials came of age during the social media boom, they are likely more trusting than...

Consumers are loving loyalty programs, claims report

More than half, 53 percent, of Americans enrolled in a loyalty program are participating because the program is easy to use, and currently there are 3.8 billion memberships in customer loyalty programs, according to the 2017 Colloquy Loyalty Census. While...

Tesco adds contactless tech to loyalty card program

U.K.-based Tesco has added contactless functionality to its loyalty card that enables users to collect points with a tap at the point of sale, according to a press release. The retailer has also made what it calls significant improvements to...

Retail tech investment expectation bodes well for tool makers

A new Accenture Strategy report reveals greater tech investment by retailers could lead to $2.95 trillion in sales for technology makers. The reason? Retailers will be grabbing up new digital tools as consumers want and expect technology in the retail...

Paytronix report examines how to draw less frequent guests into loyalty program

Paytronix Systems Inc. has released a report that examines key metrics on guest loyalty programs.

Consumers have high level of trust when it comes to brand, claims report

Brand matters, at least to shoppers and there's a high level of trust still in play, according to a new Blackhawk Network survey. In fact, 91 percent of those polled trust their favorite brand "somewhat" or "very much." That reveals...

Report: Amazon, Google are most loved brands

The two most loved brands in America are Amazon and Google. That's the finding of a new Morning Consult report.

Amazon offers free Prime to town as film award celebration

Those living in Manchester, Massachusetts who don't have a Amazon Prime membership will be getting a free one very soon. That's because Amazon is celebrating its Academy award-winning movie Manchester by the Sea by doling out the free one-year membership...

Companies expand loyalty scheme in the UK

AEVI has partnered with U.K. startup Loyalzoo to bring their "merchant-first" digital loyalty card service to AEVI's global marketplace of value-added apps and services, according to a press release. Loyalzoo, a loyalty service provider for SME retailers, is fully integrated...

Retailers failing at personalization, claims study

Less than half of retailers are successfully driving a personalized consumer experience and even fewer are using advanced strategies to customize the shopping experience. Yet consumers are increasingly seeking both personalization and customization, according to a new Reflektion survey that...

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