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Kaufland masters the Force across 8 countries

Taking millions of shoppers on an unforgettable mission 

Kaufland masters the Force across 8 countries

Together with Kaufland, BrandLoyalty took millions of children and their parents on an unforgettable Star Wars mission, inspiring them to leave their everyday life behind for just a moment. Star Wars Mastering the Force, which encourages kids (and big kids) to use their imagination, stimulates children through play to become more active, mindful, healthy and social. Kaufland launched the brand-new Star Wars Mastering the Force loyalty campaign on 28th November 2019 in over 1,200 stores in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Moldova, to coincide with the cinematic release of the last episode in the Star Wars saga. 

Change and personal evolvement through play  

When the distractions from the world around us increase, our need of finding time to relax and unwind also escalates. Next to that, the 2018 research of NOC NSF showed that on average, children are sitting for 10.5 hours a day, which stagnates their development. Kaufland decided to address this increasing consumer desire with a big Star Wars campaign, which included games and exercises for the whole family. With the first movie release in 1977 and new movie releases coming up, Star Wars spans generations. Play can enhance bonds which help people to become closer. It’s only through play that we’re able to experiment, break boundaries of what’s normal and change and evolve ourselves. Star Wars is about empowerment, inspiring courage, self-discovery and a sense of family. There’s no other winning formula that captures timeless storytelling about good versus evil set in an imaginary galaxy far, far away, as Star Wars does.

On- and offline completely intertwined

People are increasingly living more of their lives online and the ability to deeply connect with one another is limited by constant distractions in the modern lifestyle. That’s why BrandLoyalty developed a concept where offline and online are completely intertwined. Star Wars Mastering the Force is inspired by the power of the Jedi and teaches children about becoming the best versions of themselves. The concept stimulates children to become more active, mindful, healthy and social. There are 48 cards to complete the card collection, and 48 special cards with cool holographic features. The collector’s album and K-Master app are not just to store the cards, they include a manual that teaches children to become powerful Jedi. Through training, which includes games, recipes and social and physical exercises, children need to complete four different stages. Children can only complete their training if they mastered the challenges in the album and K-Master app together.

Four stages of edutainment

Four stages of edutainment

With Mastering the Force, we stimulate children to learn and understand the world through play. At the same time, children will learn that actions have consequences, leading to different life paths.
In stage 1, children have to develop knowledge about the Star Wars universe; learn about all the different characters, the great Jedi and the power of the Force.
Stage 2 is focused on intrinsic training; with physical activities and healthy recipes, kids are stimulated and educated on how to become strong and healthy in a fun way!
Stage 3 is all about practice. Kids are ready to put their lessons into practice by fulfilling assignments and challenges.
Stage 4 is the final stage, focused on the mind. This stage takes children on a trail to become a master. Putting their knowledge to the test and teaching them a bit more about mindfulness and ways to find inner balance.

Mastering power, dynamics and fairness

For Kaufland, who named power, dynamics and fairness as its most important corporate values, the Star Wars brand and Mastering the Force concept fitted in the strategy seamlessly. You can start wondering if Kaufland’s executive committee might include some masters too.

Profiting from blockbusters

The launch of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, AKA Episode 9, will be the last movie installment based around the Skywalker clan, drawing to a close the saga that George Lucas started over 40 years ago. Further Star Wars movies will be based around new storylines and characters, with the next expected to be released in December 2022. We expected Episode 9 to break box-office records, so why not make the most out of it?

In the 8 different countries, everything is in place for shoppers and children to feel entertained, rewarded and to enjoy grocery shopping at Kaufland stores in the upcoming weeks. The programme included a big 360-degree media campaign, including supplier collaboration deals and merchandise items.

About Kaufland International

Kaufland is a leading German hypermarket chain and part of the Schwarz Gruppe (next to Lidl). The retailer operates over 1,200 stores in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Moldova. Recently it also entered the Australian market. Its stores are full-service supermarkets, offering a wide range of products across all price categories – from premium to budget. Kaufland is built on the pillars of simplicity, quality, variety and price.

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