With people's daily lives being extremely busy nowadays, all they want is more convenience. Retailers worldwide are tapping into this trend by making shoppers' lives even more convenient. This edition of 'Things we see in retail and loyalty' highlights how Alibaba, Walmart Cabify, and more are taking convenience to the next level.
Walmart, coin-cashing machine company Coinstar, and crypto-cash exchange Coinme have joined forces to bring shoppers bitcoin ATMs at 200 stores. The initial pilot rollout, which lets shoppers use cash to buy bitcoin, is expected to eventually expand to 8,000 bitcoin ATMs.
To make its shopping app more accessible for the elderly, Alibaba Group’s online marketplace, Taobao, has introduced a ‘senior mode’. The new features include larger font, simplified navigation, voice-assisted technology, and personalized product recommendations for seniors, who make up almost 19% of the population of China.
Following a successful three-year strategic collaboration, BrandLoyalty has extended its exclusive partnership with The Walt Disney Company. As a result, BrandLoyalty will continue to offer retailers across EMEA loyalty promotions featuring Disney brands and franchises known and loved around the world. This includes The Walt Disney Company’s newly acquired properties, such as Avatar, National Geographic, The Simpsons, and Ice Age.
Spanish ride-hailing service Cabify has joined forces with local grocery picking start-up Lola Market to offer shoppers the option to shop for groceries via the Cabify app and have them delivered to their homes. Lola Market delivers groceries from several Spanish supermarkets such as Lidl, Carrefour, DIA, Makro, and Alcampo.
Shoppers at supermarket chain Albert Heijn can save even more on their in-store and online purchases thanks to a new omnichannel subscription, which lets them save up to more than € 100 for € 12 a year. Called ‘My Albert Heijn Premium’, the initiative is the supermarket’s latest move towards digitalizing its customer program.
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