Rakuten Point Card can now be used at McDonald’s restaurants across Japan from June 1, 2017

Service starts June 1 at the approximately 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants across Japan

Tokyo, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Japan and Rakuten, Inc. today (May 26, 2017 ) announced that the two companies have formed a partnership around the Rakuten Point Card service to improve customer convenience by enabling Rakuten Point Card cardholders to use their Rakuten Point Card at approximately 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants across Japan from June 1, 2017.

Collaboration between McDonald’s Japan and Rakuten began in December 2008 with the introduction of Rakuten’s e-money service, Rakuten Edy, at all McDonald’s restaurants nationwide, giving customers the opportunity to enjoy a wider variety of payments methods beyond cash and allowing the restaurants to provide a quicker and smoother service. Through the new partnership, customers who present their Rakuten Point Card or their Rakuten Point Card app when paying at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan can earn one Rakuten Super Point for every 100 yen (tax included) spent. Rakuten Super Points can be used in the various Rakuten Group services as well as for payment at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan and other partner stores.

Through the partnership, the two companies aim to further improve convenience for customers by giving them the chance to experience the fun and simplicity of using and earning Rakuten Super Points whenever they visit McDonald’s restaurants in Japan.

To commemorate this service partnership, a campaign will be held in which customers who use their Rakuten Point Card at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan on weekdays between June 1 and June 30 will receive five times the regular Rakuten Super Points. Customers will also be able to receive an original “McDonald’s Rakuten Point Card” for free at McDonald’s restaurants across Japan from June 1.

In addition, McDonald’s Japan plans to incorporate a Rakuten Point Card function into its official McDonald’s Japan app by this summer.

McDonald’s Japan and Rakuten will continue to strive to offer more convenient services and improve customer satisfaction.

Service Outline

1. Use and earn Rakuten Super Points at approximately 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants across Japan
Start of service: June 1, 2017
Participating restaurants: All approximately 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants in Japan
Details: Present your Rakuten Point Card or Rakuten Point Card app when paying at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan to earn one Rakuten Super Point for every 100 yen (tax included) spent. Rakuten Super Points can be used in the various Rakuten Group services as well as for payment at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan and other partner stores.

2. McDonald’s Weekday 5x Point Campaign
Campaign period: From 00:00 on June 1, 2017 until 23:59 on June 30, 2017
Campaign website: https://point.rakuten.co.jp/rpointcard/campaign/mcdonalds/spotevents/20170601
Details: Present your Rakuten Point Card or Rakuten Point Card app when paying at any McDonald’s restaurant in Japan during the campaign period to earn five times the regular Rakuten Super Points for every 100 yen (tax included) spent.

3. Free McDonald’s Rakuten Point Card offered at all restaurants
Start of offering: June 1, 2017
Details: Customers can receive an original McDonald’s Rakuten Point Card for free at McDonald’s restaurants in Japan.
*Offer valid while stocks last.

About Rakuten Point Card
Rakuten Point Card is a service that enables users to use and earn Rakuten Super Points by showing the card or barcode displayed on the smartphone app when shopping at affiliated stores or utilizing affiliated services. Rakuten Super Points can be used on the various services of the Rakuten Group, in addition to other services and stores, such as at the approximately 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants in Japan, as well as supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, and gas stations nationwide.

About McDonald’s Japan
Since opening its first restaurant in Ginza in 1971, McDonald’s Japan strives every day to provide customers with the best restaurant experience possible. With a mission to be its customers’ favorite place and way to eat & drink, the company follows the principles of QSC&V (Quality, Service, Cleanliness, and Value) that are the rules for success in the restaurant business, as advocated by the founder of McDonald’s, Ray Kroc. Currently, McDonald’s Japan runs approximately 2,900 restaurants throughout the country’s 47 prefectures, and serves an average of around 1.3 billion customers a year. Aiming to be the world’s best food product management system, with uncompromising quality management, the pursuit of cleanliness in operations, and the practice of sincere service as its motto, McDonald’s Japan provides customers with a pleasant space, and works to create restaurants that customers will feel as a “FUN PLACE TO GO.”

About Rakuten
Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 20 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions. For more information visit https://global.rakuten.com/corp/

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

Ireland: Topaz announces new Motorway Service Areas in Carlow and Fermoy both will feature McDonald’s restaurants; will create 230 new jobs

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has today (20 Feb 2017) announced it will be creating a total of 230 jobs in conjunction with McDonald’s, across two Motorway Service Areas strategically located on the M8 Cork/Dublin Road in Fermoy and the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road at Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow.  Additionally, during the construction phase of both developments a total of 100 jobs will be created across both sites. The Fermoy development will be in direct conjunction with local developer JR Oronco and is due to open in Autumn 2017. Topaz Junction 5, M9, Co. Carlow is due to open in March 2017.

The overall investment in the construction of both of the new state-of-the-art Service Stations will be €14 million which will both feature McDonald’s restaurants, representing a €2 million investment by the restaurant chain and bringing the total investment to €16 million.

The service area will be in well-positioned Motorway locations on the Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes, to best serve motorists making the long journey between cities.

The state-of-the-art service areas will feature a robust and varied retail and food court offering, to include Topaz’s renowned healthy ‘food on the go’ offer – Re.Store, its latest Mexican offering Cantina, a McDonald’s restaurant, and extensive self-service customer refreshment facilities. There will be a large indoor seating area, as well as external picnic and seating areas for the summer months.

Once opened, the service areas will be in operation 24 hours a day, providing a full range of services to all road users day and night. There will be in excess of 140 parking spaces at each station, to include generous truck parking, coach parking, and additional facilities such as secure ADR parking.

Niall Anderton MD of Topaz commented: “The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists. The development represents a very significant investment by Topaz, and we are also delighted to be able to bring a large number of jobs to both Cork and Carlow. Featuring our game-changing Re.Store shop and Deli concept along with our Mexican taqueria Cantina, we are continuing to bring an unparalleled customer experience to Irish motorists. Today’s announcement is a key milestone in the continued expansion of our retail network and we have no doubt it will be a tremendous benefit and service to commuters, tourists, locals, and passers-by.”

Nigel McGuire, Director of Property and Supply Chain, McDonald’s: “At McDonald’s we are delighted to be bringing our world-class food offering to drivers along Ireland’s busy motorway network. Our focus is on retail expansion, to meet customer demand in new locations. We are committed to delivering a great experience in every McDonald’s;  our new restaurants will demonstrate our continued innovation to meet changing customer needs and desires, through our menu, dining facilities and our people. ”

This latest investment announcement by Topaz follows a €1.2 million investment in a major site redevelopment at Dublin Port in partnership with Dublin Port Company late last year. In the past 24 months, Topaz has invested €36.1 million in its retail network with investment going towards the development of its Re.Store brand, the upgrade and rebrand of the recently acquired Esso network, and the development of major Topaz sites at City Avenue in Dublin and Ballysimon in Limerick.

Contact:

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

Source: Topaz

Lobster Roll returns to McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lobster lovers rejoice! Beginning June 20, more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area will add the Lobster Roll to their summer menus. A local favorite, the Lobster Roll is freshly prepared and made with 100 percent North Atlantic lobster meat lightly tossed with mayonnaise in a stainless steel bowl, layered on crisp leaf and shredded lettuce and served chilled on a home-style toasted roll.

An instant sensation, the Lobster Roll returned to McDonald’s menu last summer for the first time in a decade, creating buzz among media and consumers alike. Fans in New England and beyond rushed to restaurants to get a taste of the summer staple, which garnered rave reviews for its quality and value.

“The return of the Lobster Roll is exciting for McDonald’s because it was such a hit with our customers last summer,” said Suzanne Pingeton, McDonald’s Marketing Director for the Boston Region. “We aim to deliver diverse, quality menu items that resonate with the customers in our community, and we’re proud to offer this regional favorite at such a great value.”

“It’s exciting to see a high demand for regional flavors at McDonald’s,” said Chef Michael Haracz, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s USA. “Our Lobster Roll is made with quality ingredients, freshly prepared in our kitchens and exactly what our customers enjoy from McDonald’s. This sandwich is the perfect blend of ingredients to give you a great-tasting summer sandwich from McDonald’s.”

Each lobster is wild caught directly from established East Coast wharfs by multi-generational fisherman, who set sail before sunrise to pull in the catch for the day.

“The lobster we supply to McDonald’s is a hand-picked, artisan quality product, caught by seasoned veterans of the industry,” said Stephen Felsenthal of Mazzetta Company, LLC, one of McDonald’s regional lobster suppliers. “This is the same quality lobster served at white tablecloth restaurants on the East Coast.”

Priced at $8.99, the hand-prepared Lobster Roll is 290 calories and made with 100 percent North Atlantic lobster meat.

The Lobster Roll will be available through mid-August at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County) and the Albany, NY area.

Media:
Becca Hary
630-623-7293
becca.hary@us.mcd.com

Jeanette DeBartolo
630-623-7584
jeanette.debartolo@us.mcd.com

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Lobster Roll returns to McDonald's restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer
Lobster Roll returns to McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer

 

Source: McDonald’s