Starbucks is top mobile loyalty app with consumers, reveals survey

In what is probably not a surprise to anyone, Starbucks' mobile app is the most popular among several well-known restaurant loyalty rewards apps, according to a new survey from The Manifest. The Manifest, which is a business news and how-to-guide...

Macy's expands Star Rewards to everyone no matter how they pay

The Macy's Star Rewards loyalty program isn't just limited to those with a Macy's charge card. Now anyone, no matter how they pay, is enrolled in the loyalty program. Consumers not using or having a Macy's card can enroll in...

Bruster's taps analytics' powers with integrated loyalty strategy

Bruster's Real Ice Cream has launched a loyalty program in its 200 franchised locations in 20 U.S. states.

Kmart: Bring your Toys R Us gift cards to us

As Toys R Us continues to move forward in its reorganization and bankruptcy process, fellow retail competitor Kmart is offering to help consumers who may be holding Toys R Us gift cards. Kmart, according to a Newsday report, will accept the cards in exchange for its FREECASH reward program.

Amazon shuttering Whole Food's reward program

Fulfilling a statement made early on following its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is closing down the grocer's less than one-year old rewards program and customers have until May 2 to use points and mobile coupons. In its place, according to Loyalty360, Amazon will offer rewards to Whole Foods customers who are also Amazon Prime members.

Amex shuttering Plenti loyalty program come July

American Express announced in a tweet Monday it would end the Plenti rewards program on July 10 and consumers will lose all accumulated points at that time. The card network first launched Plenti in 2015 to much fanfare with retailers...

Sionic Mobile, FreedomPay join forces on mobile payments, rewards

Sionic Mobile and FreedomPay have entered into a strategic alliance agreement to deliver an enhanced mobile payments and rewards experience intended to help merchants quickly and securely connect and engage with millions of consumers through in-vehicle dashboards and preferred mobile...

Boxed debuts membership program

Boxed customers wanting lower shipping fees and bigger price breaks are going to have to pay as the e-commerce grocery site is deploying an annual membership program. The strategy, called Boxed Up, according to a New York Post report, is...

Target expanding loyalty program strategy

Target is reportedly testing a new loyalty rewards approach with a pilot taking place in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The new strategy, called "Target Red," according to a Star Tribune report, is not linked to a payment card and comes...

Chase, PayPal team up on mobile wallet promo

Chase Freedom has added a new quarterly category — PayPal — and has brought back a customer favorite — Chase Pay and grocery stores — from April through June. According to a press release, the new category uses the partnership...

Gen Z, millennials driving the next-gen in loyalty

Gen Z and millennial consumers are propelling a new era in customer loyalty, according to new Alliance Data research. What’s coming is a retail age in which brands must illustrate their loyalty to earn consumer loyalty as the younger shopping...

Singapore Airlines tapping blockchain for mobile loyalty app

Singapore Airlines announced Monday that it's working on what it calls the world's first blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet that will help unlock the value of frequent flyer miles to enable everyday spending at retail partners. "Innovation has been a...

Adyen grabs eBay processing deal; PayPal remains as checkout option

PayPal's time as eBay's primary payments processor will come to an end in a couple of years as the popular online marketplace has signed an agreement with Adyen. PayPal will continue to be a payments option at checkout for eBay...

Citi Retail study reveals shopper savings in play this season

A nationwide study from Citi Retail Services reveals more than two thirds of U.S. consumers who participate in a rewards program expect to save about $149 this holiday season, and one in three expect to save $200 or more.

Emotions play big role in customer engagement, report reveals

A strong emotional engagement with the consumer could help retailers boost annual revenues by 5 percent, according to a Capgemini report. The research indicated that traditional loyalty programs weren't engaging with consumers, according to a press release. The study, "Loyalty...

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.

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