Web Marketing Association names Overstock.com’s mobile app the Best Retail Mobile Application of 2017

Sixth consecutive year winning Web Marketing Association’s Mobile Web Award

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the sixth consecutive year, the Web Marketing Association has named Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) a Mobile Web Award winner, honoring the retailer’s mobile app as the Best Retail Mobile Application of 2017. The leading online home retailer’s iOS app was recognized for its many innovative and intuitive features, including its recently-added augmented reality (AR) feature.

The Web Marketing Association holds the Best Mobile Application awards as part of the annual Mobile Web Award Competition, which is the first and only industry-based award competition focusing solely on responsive mobile web and application development. Judging for the award focuses on outstanding achievement in mobile development while recognizing growth and creativity in the mobile application space.

“We’re proud that our mobile apps are continuing to lead development within the retail space,” said Amit Goyal, Overstock’s senior vice president of software development. “Customers using our apps have the full assortment and convenience of shopping on Overstock at their fingertips, helping to create a personalized and stress-free shopping experience.”

Overstock’s shopping app also received recognition in 2017 after introducing AR to the iOS version with September’s iOS 11 update. Customers can use AR within the app to view thousands of true-to-life-size 3D models in their own room, helping them to see exactly how products will fit in the space or match their existing style. This technology is changing the way consumers design their homes and purchase home goods.

Holiday shoppers can use Overstock’s app to help them find the missing piece for hosting a perfect holiday event, or the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Overstock will also help customers ensure their orders arrive in time for the holidays by providing clearly messaged shipping timeframes on product pages.

The ground-shipping cutoff date for customers to receive their purchases by Christmas is December 15, with expedited and overnight shipping options available for last-minute needs.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ tZERO platform: OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Pet Adoptions and Worldstock.com dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, Club O, Main Street Revolution, and Worldstock are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on November 8, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

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SOURCE: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

Chipotle Mexican Grill launches new mobile app available on Apple and Android

New Chipotle app, available on iPhone and Android, includes quick reorder, easier customization of meals, and Apple and Android pay

DENVER, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has announced a new mobile app that is available for download starting today (Nov. 6, 2017) on Apple and Android devices.

Whether a first-time mobile user or an online ordering regular, the app enhances guests’ on-the-go Chipotle experience by offering features such as quick reorder of their favorite meals, streamlined payment options and the ability to receive, store and redeem Chipotle offers.

“Our guests are increasingly mobile and on the go, and they want and deserve the same intuitive, accurate and convenient ordering experience they get in our restaurants. That is exactly what our app delivers,” said Curt Garner, chief digital and information officer at Chipotle. “The new app is just one of the steps we’re taking to improve the guest experience through technology and innovation.”

The app’s new features include:

  • Quick reorder of favorites or recent orders
  • Ability to receive, store and redeem Chipotle offers
  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay
  • More user-friendly store locator
  • Streamlined user experience and enhanced design

The app is just one of the ways Chipotle is working to improve the guest experience. Earlier this year Chipotle rolled out “Smarter Pickup Times,” which allows customers who order digitally to benefit from shorter and more accurate pickup times and the ability to reserve a future pickup time.

“Smarter Pickup Times” and second make lines in restaurants also improve the company’s ability to process more digital orders without disrupting service or increasing line wait times for customers who order in restaurants. To accommodate online orders, most restaurants are now equipped with a dedicated prep line.

Guests can download the new app on the Apple App Store or Android Google Play.


Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using only real, whole ingredients, and is the only national restaurant brand that uses absolutely no added colors, flavors or other industrial additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,300 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle

Lindex offers customers smarter and more convenient shopping experience with new mobile app

Lindex offers customers smarter and more convenient shopping experience with new mobile app


Sweden, 2017-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindex releases a mobile app to offer their customers a smarter and more convenient shopping experience. With key features such as Instagram integration, inspiration feed, order management and access to current offers, the goal is an inspiring and personalized shopping service. The initiative is part of the fashion company’s commitment to making it easy for customers to be inspired and to shop wherever they are.

A central part for the development process has been to understand and customize the app according to customer needs. The app offers an omnichannel experience with features that are linked both to Lindex’s digital and physical stores. For example, the customer in store can scan products for more product information or information about availability in stores. The service also offers the customer the opportunity to prepare their shopping in the app but to complete their purchase in store or at lindex.com.

The number of customers shopping via mobile has grown rapidly in recent years, and the app will be central in offering an inspiring and user-friendly shopping experience for our customers. During development, we have received very positive feedback from pilot users and we have high expectations of how the app will be received by our customers,  says Linda Johansson, Project Manager at Lindex.

The app is adapted to Lindex’s active customers, i.e. customers who have been shopping online during the last year or who are members of the Lindex loyalty club ‘More at Lindex’, which has a total of four million members, of which about two million in Sweden.

The application is developed with the Xamarin framework to create an unified platform experience regardless of operating system. The app is optimized for smartphones and is available for both iPhone and Android. It can be downloaded in Norway and Sweden on App Store and Google Play.

During the development process, Lindex has collaborated with DigitasLBi and Bitzeal.

Source: Lindex


Wine.com expands efforts to innovate and leverage technology to enhance consumers experience with new website and mobile App

San Francisco, CA,, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, has raised $15M from existing investors to capitalize on accelerating growth.  The profitable etailer, now over $100M in annual revenue, grew 25% in the quarter ending June 30, double its 5-year average annual growth rate.  Simultaneously, the company is announcing two major new releases:

  • New Website – Released last week, Wine.com’s new website offers a modern, streamlined design with easier filtering capabilities, more granular geographic regions and varietals, enhanced wine and winery content, and a consistent feature set and user experience across all device types — computer, tablet and phone.
  • New Mobile App – Recently released in the Apple App Store, Wine.com’s new mobile app has quickly achieved a 5 star rating, making it the top rated wine app. The app includes a new label scanner, an enhanced wine database, live chat wine experts and all the purchasing capability of Wine.com’s full website.

The company attributes its accelerating growth to improvements in its customer experience, including:

  • Biggest Selection – The Wine.com selection has doubled again to over 17,000 wines and counting — 15 times the average specialty wine store and 30 times the average grocery store – exposing customers to wine from all regions, varietals and price points.
  • Live Chat Service – Wine.com is unique in offering live chat wine experts, non-commissioned and based in San Francisco and New York, available 7 days/week to help customers discover new wine with confidence.
  • Convenient Delivery – Customers have the option of shipping to 6,000 FedEx and Walgreens locations for local pickup on their schedule, especially helpful due to the adult signature requirement.
  • Great Value – Competitive prices, frequent promotions and StewardShip – unlimited shipping for an annual $49 membership fee – provide customers with compelling value.

“Wine.com’s rapid growth is a clear indication that the company is aligned with emerging trends in the beverage alcohol space,” said Danny Brager, Senior Vice President, Beverage Alcohol Practice at Nielsen. “As the wine market continues to shift online, Wine.com is tapping into key growth areas such as e-commerce and mobile, alongside the rising influence of millennials – critical components for today’s $33.6 billion U.S. wine market1.”

“It’s still very early in the game,” said Rich Bergsund, Wine.com CEO.  “With this capital, we can expand our efforts to innovate and leverage technology to help consumers discover and buy great wine.  We’ve sold and shipped nearly a billion dollars worth of wine to date, but we feel like a startup, hungry to earn the trust of customers of all ages and levels of wine knowledge.”

1 According to Nielsen-measured Off Premise and On Premise channels in the U.S.

About Wine.com
Wine.com is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores.  The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine store, with live chat wine experts available 7 days a week. With multiple distribution centers and the most sophisticated retail wine fulfillment network in the United States, Wine.com delivers in 1-2 days to most addresses, offering date-certain delivery and the convenience of shipping to 6,000 FedEx and Walgreens local pick-up sites.  The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year.  Just launched, the Wine.com iOS app allows users to scan, rate and purchase wines on the go.  Wine.com’s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here.  Wine.com is majority owned by Baker Capital, a New York-based private equity firm.  For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.wine.com.

Press Contact:
If you’d like to discuss the new Wine.com with its management team, please contact Gwendolyn Osborn to set up an appointment:

Source: Wine.com

MoneyBack launches first-ever point sharing mobile app to celebrate its 10th Anniversary

MoneyBack launches first-ever point sharing mobile app to celebrate its 10th Anniversary


Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year marks the 10th anniversary of MoneyBack, a member reward programme under A.S. Watson Group which was launched in 2007. Entering its 10th anniversary, the Group hosted a celebratory event today and presented to the public the brand new image of MoneyBack. It also announced the launch of the first-ever MoneyBack mobile app which enables members to manage their accounts more conveniently at anytime and anywhere. “Share More, Enjoy More” is the key of the new MoneyBack, members can now share points with family and friends, or let others know about a good deal they found in MoneyBack mobile app with a few clicks. Members can also get more personalised product information and shopping offers which are given out based on their shopping preference.

MoneyBack – Reward More, More Fun
Over the years, MoneyBack has turned shopping into fantastic rewards. MoneyBack members can earn points every time they shop at the Group’s retail brands, namely PARKnSHOP, Watsons and FORTRESS, as well as other retail partners, with a total of over 600 outlets across the city. Points can be turned into perks like cash vouchers and gifts, or converted into Asia Miles or Esso Smiles points.

Speaking at the MoneyBack 10th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony, Mr. Dominic Lai, A.S. Watson Group Managing Director said, “Established in 2007, MoneyBack is the leading retail reward programme in Hong Kong with 3.6 million members currently. To express our heartfelt thanks to the customers, A.S. Watson Group has been offering MoneyBack members with various rewards and excitement. Over the past decade, MoneyBack has rewarded points with a value equivalent to HK$800 million to our members. Looking forward, we will continue working closely with our retail partners to bring more surprises and attractive offers to our customers.”

Mobile App – Share More, More Convenience
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, MoneyBack has been rebranded with a new image and has gone mobile. With the new MoneyBack app, members can earn points without presenting their membership card. They can also manage their account and view their transaction history more conveniently, at anytime and anywhere. In addition, members can enjoy personalised experiences and exclusive offers based on their needs and likes. “Members can ‘Share More, Enjoy More’ with the brand new MoneyBack. Apart from the existing functions, the new mobile app includes a ‘points-sharing’ feature which enables points transfer among members. Members can team up to earn points for redeeming their favourite gifts. When they spot a good deal in MoneyBack, they could share with their family and friends in just a few clicks,” Mr. Lai continued.

Share and Do Good – Donate More, More Happiness
While points can be turned into rewards, members can choose to donate their points to one of six designated charitable organisations*, turning the joy brought by MoneyBack to a force for good. To elevate the impact of MoneyBack’s charity efforts, from now till 31 December 2017, A.S. Watson Group will match every point the public donates to each of our charity partners via MoneyBack’s “Share and Do Good” function. “Community has always been a key pillar of A.S. Watson’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, we would like to invite our customers to join hands with us to share the joy of MoneyBack’s celebration with those in need,” Mr. Lai added.

Download Now and Enjoy a $4,000 Welcome Offer
From now till 26 July 2017, all existing or new MoneyBack members can get a welcome offer upon successful registration of the MoneyBack mobile app. The welcome offer package, which worth a total value of over HK$4,000, includes cash coupons or discounts at PARKnSHOP, Watsons, FORTRESS and various travel and dining partners. Furthermore, MoneyBack app users can enter a lucky draw to win complimentary VIP tickets of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix – Hong Kong.

For details, please visit MoneyBack Website www.moneyback.com.hk or MoneyBack mobile app.

*Six designated charitable organisations: The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Food Angel, Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, Hong Kong Single Parents Association and Street Soccer Hong Kong.

Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836
Email: grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group


New mobile ordering now available for all Rewards members through Wawa mobile app

New Mobile Ordering Option Provides Added Convenience and Value for All Wawa Rewards Members, with a registered gift card, across Wawa’s Six-State Operating Area

Wawa, PA, 2017-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ordering Wawa’s fresh food and beverages is about to get a lot more convenient for Wawa Rewards members! Beginning May 17, 2017, Wawa will officially announce that mobile ordering is available for all Wawa Rewards members at all stores across its six-state operating area through the Wawa mobile app. Customers can order their favorite Wawa built-to-order food and beverages through their mobile device, whenever and wherever they want.

According to a recent survey of Wawa Rewards members, more than 67 percent of respondents said they have ordered or purchased food using their phone within the last month. As more customers use mobile apps for ordering and purchases, Wawa introduced the mobile ordering option to give customers more flexibility when it comes to placing orders for their freshly made Wawa foods and drinks.

“We are thrilled to offer this exciting new enhancement as an added convenience to our Wawa Rewards members at all of our stores,” said Jim Morey, Wawa’s Executive Vice President. “At Wawa, we exist to go beyond filling customer orders, to fulfill customers’ lives every day. This new mobile ordering enhancement takes that commitment to the next level. We recognize that our customers are increasingly busy and constantly on-the-go, and by offering mobile ordering, we will be able to offer a convenience that allows our customers to order wherever they are, at any time they want.”

In addition to mobile ordering, Wawa customers can use the Wawa app to:
• Pay in-store with a registered gift card.
• Sign up for, earn and redeem Wawa Rewards.
• Check hours of operation and find directions to the nearest Wawa.
• Check fuel prices and get real-time fuel prices at Wawa fuel stores.
• View nutrition information and plan a meal.

About Wawa Rewards

The Wawa mobile app which features the Wawa Rewards program is free and can be downloaded using the App Store for Apple devices and through Google Play for Android devices. Register a Wawa gift card to earn Wawa Rewards, place mobile orders and check your balance. Reload your card anytime. Free Xfinity Wi-Fi in all Wawa stores makes using the app and paying in-stores even easier and faster.

Wawa Rewards launched in January of 2015, and all of Wawa’s 750 stores accept mobile payments through the Wawa mobile app, enabling customers to make in-store purchases with more convenience than ever before, using a registered Wawa gift card from their smartphones. In 2016, more than ten million rewards were distributed to members.

For more information on Wawa Rewards visit www.wawarewards.com.

About Wawa, Inc.

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 750 convenience retail stores (510 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.


Source: Wawa, Inc.

$2 off Polar Pizza through Baskin Robbins mobile app until February 7

$2 off Polar Pizza through Baskin Robbins mobile app until February 7


CANTON, Mass., 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the “Big Game” set to kick-off in just a few days, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be serving at your game day party. Decorations and sports jerseys are important, but let’s be honest, great food is the key to winning, and that’s especially true for dessert!

Thankfully, we have a special treat that will have your guests doing their own victory dance! The Polar Pizza™ Ice Cream Treat is sure to score big points among sports fans. Our Polar Pizza is an entirely customizable dessert, from choosing a Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie Crust to picking your favorite ice cream flavor and toppings. It’s the perfect way to show your team spirit on the big day!

And to help you win even bigger during your game day party, Baskin-Robbins is offering a $2 off Polar Pizza mobile coupon available through the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App, which is valid through February 7th. You can download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App for free from the Google Play and Apple App stores. The BR Mobile App offers guests deals, mobile-pay, and more. Visit BaskinRobbins.com/App for additional details.

Also available from Baskin-Robbins is our Football Cake, an ice cream cake that’s sure to win points at your game day party and can be customized with your favorite ice cream and cake flavors, as well as the colors of your hometown team. The Football Cake can be ordered at your local Baskin-Robbins shop.

Hope you’re able to enjoy some delicious ice cream treats while watching the “Big Game,” and be sure to share your game day celebration photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations

Source: Baskin-Robbins


Bon APPetit! HMSHost Launches Host2Coast App Featuring Dining Offerings at Airports across North America

Bethesda, Md., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the industry leader in culinary innovation, with more than 2,000 dining locations in airports from coast to coast, global restaurateur HMSHost launched a new mobile app for the convenience of travelers throughout North America. Host2Coast offers travelers the ability to easily locate dining options near them, view menus, and even pre-order their food at select locations. Host2Coast is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Travelers are always looking for ways to make their trips less stressful. The free mobile app Host2Coast makes it easy for travelers to better manage their time while at the airport. Travelers are able to find the nearest HMSHost-operated restaurant to their current location, view full restaurant menus, and pre-order and pay for their food from select restaurants directly through the app. Upcoming features will also include promotional offers, loyalty offerings, and trip details, among others.

“Host2Coast is the most comprehensive airport restaurant app available with information on thousands of food and dining locations in airports from coast to coast,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “With Host2Coast, HMSHost is meeting the travelers’ demand for convenience and speed of service by putting information directly in their hands while still providing great in-person customer service when they arrive at one of our dining locations. Host2Coast, the first app of its kind to be created by a food & beverage operator, is another way HMSHost is elevating the guest experience at airports.”

The initial launch of Host2Coast pre-order dining capabilities include select HMSHost-operated restaurants at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.

Host2Coast will continue to roll out across airports in North America over the coming year. Through frequent upcoming enhancements, the app will continue to expand the number of participating airport restaurants where travelers can conveniently pre-order and pay for their food right from the app.

Throughout the next year, the app will evolve with new features including a loyalty program and additional traveler information that makes Host2Coast a key app for any traveler. Based on traveler feedback, HMSHost is also partnering with other mobile travel app providers to enhance Host2Coast’s capabilities to further improve the overall traveler experience.

HMSHost is dedicated to improving the traveler experience with innovative ideas, not only through technology, but also through high quality hospitality, exceptional guest service, access to leading dining options, and unique traveler experiences and culinary events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month and the Channel Your Inner Chef cooking competition. To learn more about HMSHost’s vision for the industry, visit the company’s innovation webpage and watch Innovation in Action.

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost has been recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2016 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the ninth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the seventh year) by Airport Revenue News. HMSHost has also been recognized by Airports Council International-North America, receiving First Place for Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) for 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and First Place for Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept for its Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.



Lina Mizerek





Baskin-Robbins announces launch of its new mobile app featuring special mobile offers and mobile payment

Baskin-Robbins announces launch of its new mobile app featuring special mobile offers and mobile payment
Baskin-Robbins announces launch of its new mobile app featuring special mobile offers and mobile payment


CANTON, MA, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins’ guests now have a cool new way to enjoy their favorite frozen treat as Baskin-Robbins today launched its new mobile app for iPhone and Android users. In addition to money-saving deals, ice cream fans can use the app to pay for their favorite flavored ice cream treats, frozen beverages and ice cream cakes with a Baskin-Robbins card and send virtual Baskin-Robbins cards to friends and family by text or email. To celebrate the launch, guests will receive a mobile offer for a free regular 4 oz. scoop of their favorite ice cream when they download the app.

The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices. The app has a variety of interactive features, including:

  • Access deals and coupons: App users will receive various mobile coupons and deals; including deals that are only available through the app.
  • Purchase and reload Baskin-Robbins cards: Guests can add existing Baskin-Robbins cards, purchase new virtual Baskin-Robbins cards directly from the app and add money to an existing card.
  • Purchase and send Baskin-Robbins Cards to friends and family: The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App allows guests to gift the joy of ice cream by purchasing virtual Baskin-Robbins cards and sharing them with friends and family to make someone’s day a bit sweeter. Baskin-Robbins cards can be sent in denominations between $2 and $100.
  • Current and upcoming promotions and events: App users can stay informed on various Baskin-Robbins promotions and events throughout the year, including the current Flavor of the Month.
  • Locate the nearest Baskin-Robbins shop: A detailed store locator makes it easy to find directions and information about local Baskin-Robbins locations, including shop hours, online cake ordering availability, product offerings and more.
  • Browse the menu and sort frozen treats by nutritional preferences: The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App allows guests to easily browse the menu, including the brand’s classic and new ice cream flavors and frozen treats and sort by nutritional preferences. Guests can also view nutrition facts for some of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, sundaes, frozen beverages and desserts.

The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App is powered by Tillster, the leading provider of restaurant digital ordering and customer engagement products and services, and was designed by DigitasLBI, a global marketing and technology agency, to feel seamless with Baskin-Robbins’ brand voice and in-store marketing.

“At Baskin-Robbins, we take pride in delighting guests with our wide variety of ice creams and frozen treats and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the guest experience and to further connect with our customers,” said Weldon Spangler, Senior Vice President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. “We are excited to introduce our new mobile app to guests nationwide, which includes a range of features including special mobile offers, mobile payment and information about our products. We hope guests will celebrate our launch by downloading the app and enjoying a free regular scoop of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor on us.”

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins guests can enjoy dessert inspired by breakfast with Baskin-Robbins’ new August Flavor of the Month, OREO® Milk ‘n Cereal, which features cereal milk-flavored ice cream with OREO® cookie pieces, frosted corn flake cereal pieces, and a frosted corn flake cereal ribbon. To help guests celebrate throughout the summer, Baskin-Robbins is also offering a range of other delicious OREO® desserts, including a newOREO® Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Cake and its new Polar Pizza, an ice cream treat that can be eaten like a pizza, in four featured flavor varieties including OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream. The new OREO® Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Cake serves 12-16 people and features chocolate-flavored frosted cake topped with OREO® Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. The OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream Polar Pizza features a double fudge brownie crust with OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream, topped with crushed OREO® cookie pieces and drizzled with marshmallow and fudge topping.

Finally, Baskin-Robbins is inviting guests to donate $1.00 to The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) during their in-store visits throughout August as part of its Community Cones program. Funds raised will support local and national non-profit organizations that are focused on improving children’s health and providing food for the hungry.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.


Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Baskin-Robbins


Chick-fil-A® launches mobile app Chick-fil-A One TM

App gives customers a new way to order, ability to customize meals and chance to redeem and select surprise offers

ATLANTA, Ga., 2016-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Today (June 1, 2016), Chick-fil-A® launches Chick-fil-A One TM – a mobile app that gives customers a new way to experience Chick-fil-A. The app is designed to give customers more choices to better meet their needs, including the ability to customize their meal, order and pay in advance and skip the line at the register, speeding up the process of waiting at the counter or drive-thru.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Chick-fil-A, 82 percent of millennial parents say they would do almost anything to avoid long lines at fast food restaurants when they are with their children. In fact, nearly half (48 percent) said they would rather not eat at all than stand in a line.

“We know time is valuable, and we’re excited to offer this new convenience that will empower guests to order what they want, when they want it and exactly how they want it, all from their mobile device,” said Michael Lage, senior manager of digital experience for Chick-fil-A. “This app was developed based on customer feedback, so it was specifically designed to give our guests an even more convenient and personalized experience in our restaurant.”

Chick-fil-A One, which replaces the restaurant chain’s previous app, features a unique membership program that will surprise customers with their favorite food for free, based on their preferences and previous orders.  As users order or purchase through Chick-fil-A One, they get closer to their next free offering and can track their progress in the app.

Any customer who downloads (or updates) the free app and creates a Chick-fil-A One account between June 1 and June 11 will receive an offer for a free Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Once the offer is claimed, guests will have until June 30 to redeem their free sandwich.

Chick-fil-A One is available via the Apple App Store or Google Play, or simply by tweeting through an activation that was custom-built by Twitter for Chick-fil-A. From June 1 through August 14, customers can Tweet #CFAOne with the horizontal cow emoji (🐄) to receive a prompt to download the app from Twitter directly to their mobile device. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 13.

A key feature of Chick-fil-A One, mobile ordering, allows customers to place a fully-customized order based on his or her meal preferences. Menu items may be customized via the app, and food is prepared when customers “check in” at the restaurant on the app. The check-in signals the kitchen to prepare the meal and ensures guests receive fresh food quickly and on their schedule. Customers can pay through the app and then skip the line to pick up their food at the mobile order counter, saving time for guests on-the-go. Chick-fil-A One will also save favorite orders for easy reordering in the future.

Chick-fil-A launched the first version of its app in 2012. The company began piloting mobile ordering in 2013. All Chick-fil-A One users also have full access to the app’s other features, including nutrition and allergen information and a restaurant locator.


About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Contact:Corporate Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196

Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com

Twitter: @ChickfilANews 

Website: https://one.chick-fil-a.com

Related Article: Going Mobile: How the Chick-fil-A One App Came to Be

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eBay announced new mobile app updates

New apps offer enhanced navigation, utility and design specifically for iOS and Android.

San Jose, California, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mobile continues to be a key area of focus for the company. Our product and technology team has been hard at work accelerating the pace of innovation across our platforms to power the customer experience – and today, we’re delivering new mobile app updates.

Mobile has become an increasingly significant influence on consumer behavior over the past number of years. In the first quarter of 2016, 55 percent of eBay’s GMV included a mobile touch point. Total mobile volume during the quarter was $9 billion, and the number of downloads of eBay apps reached 314 million.

This week, users can download the free update to eBay’s core Android app, with the iOS app to follow.  Each version of the app includes features that are native to the iOS and Android platforms. The eBay Android app is one of the first global e-commerce apps built using Android Material Design. Users will notice three key updates – Navigation, Utility and Design.

Updated Apps Make it Easier for Users to Find Exactly What They’re Looking for on our Marketplace

These updates restore some of the favorite features from previous apps, as requested by users over the past months. These foundational changes will be the first of many, as eBay adopts a more frequent cadence of app updates throughout 2016.

“With these foundational updates, eBay will be able to continue to focus on enhancing the user experience across our mobile platforms with more frequent updates,” said Dave Comer, Senior Director, Head of Mobile Product Management at eBay. “As we look towards future updates, we will continue to integrate the newest technology, respond to and incorporate user feedback, and evolve the experience to create the best browse, shopping and selling experience possible.”

Here are details on some of the new experiences in the apps:

Navigation With this update, users will be able to easily navigate throughout the app with the simplified horizontal navigation bar on iOS and navigation drawer (sometimes referred to as a “hamburger menu”) on Android.

○      Users will see more of their recent Search history.

Utility Optimization across mobile and tablet screens for a seamless experience across devices.

○      Selling remains a one-stop-shop destination. We will continue to innovate in this area, improving how users can start new listings, complete drafts, and easily manage all their selling activity on active, sold and unsold items (in applicable markets).

○      Related Items leverage eBay’s structured data, allowing users to discover similar items closely related to what they’re currently viewing.

○      Personalization draws on data and insights to continue to enhance the user experience; users will see relevant and tailored items, specifically based on their shopping behavior.

Design and Speed: A faster experience making it easier for users to find what you want. With the move to Material Design, Android users can look forward to a more intuitive experience

We’ll continually iterate our mobile experience throughout 2016 and ensure we deliver the best possible customer experience on every platform.





eBay announced new mobile app updates

eBay announced new mobile app updates

Overstock.com’s mobile app named the Web Marketing Association’s Best Shopping Mobile Application for the 2015 Mobile Web Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announced today that its mobile app has been named the Web Marketing Association’s Best Shopping Mobile Application for the 2015 Mobile Web Awards. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which an Overstock.com mobile app has been honored by the group.

The award is one more in a string of recent mobile app successes for Overstock.com. The online retailer recently surpassed the 5 million app download milestone, with 76 percent of its mobile app shoppers as repeat customers. The app was also featured as one of the best-rated retail mobile apps available in a study by ARC from Applause, and the retailer’s Android app has been named as an Editor’s Choice in the Google Play Store.

“We are committed to delivering an exceptional shopping experience to every one of our customers, including the millions who have downloaded our mobile shopping apps,” said Overstock.com President Stormy Simon. “Trends have changed, and as we see more and more customers choosing to shop on mobile devices, it is rewarding to have Overstock.com acknowledged as a leader in mobile commerce.”

Mobile Web Award candidates are judged on: creativity, design, interactivity, use of the medium, impact, content, and ease of use. Apps that receive the highest average score from the judges within a given industry category are named winners.

The free Overstock.com Apple iOS and Android mobile apps focus on providing the user with useful and engaging features, such as personalized push notifications for upcoming sales and deals. The iOS app adds the fun to functionality in the form of the “Lott-O” feature, an in-app “scratch card” that, when uncovered, can award lucky users a unique coupon discount for use on the website.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on November 9, 2015, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409

SOURCE: Overstock.com


Overstock.com’s mobile app named the Web Marketing Association’s Best Shopping Mobile Application for the 2015 Mobile Web Awards

The Overstock.com mobile iOS team poses with their Mobile Web Award.

Sears refreshed its mobile app with new features

Retailer further expands on its suite of in-store and mobile shopping conveniences

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season is expected to be the most connected ever and Sears has refreshed its mobile app with new features, making it even easier for shoppers to fill their sleighs with gifts this holiday season.

“In 2015 we’ve seen more than a third of our online traffic come from a mobile phone – a 46 percent increase from last year,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president, Customer Experience & Integrated Retail, Sears Holdings. “Mobile devices are so much a part of our members’ lives and they’re not only researching and sharing, they’re also buying. So it’s more important than ever to have a robust, simple-to-use shopping app with features and services that no other major retailer offers.”

In addition to the app update, Sears recently lowered the minimum purchase threshold for free shipping on qualifying orders to just $35 (was $49).

For a limited time, as a special reward for Shop Your Way members who refresh the app or for new members who download it, Sears is offering $5 in points on your next purchase of $15 or more. Key features of the refreshed Sears mobile app include:

  1. Free In-Store Shipping – Looking for a different color of an item that’s not in-store? Simply open the Sears mobile app, find the item you want and get free shipping on orders placed while in-store (when location services are enabled).
  2. In-Vehicle Pickup, Return & Exchange in Five, Guaranteed – The fastest, most convenient way to get Sears.com purchases is via In-Vehicle Pickup. The service lets members pick up, return or exchange their online purchases for free at any Sears store – guaranteed in five minutes or less – without ever leaving their vehicle.
  3. Complete Layaway Management – Shoppers can initiate a new layaway contract and make all payments via the Sears app. In-store, shoppers can now simply scan products directly from the app.
  4. Exclusive Wheel of Fortune® Game – In a retailing first, play the Wheel of Fortune® Holiday Puzzler directly on the Sears app for a chance to win. Sears is giving away $1,000 in Sears gift cards to game winners every day through December 11.
  5. eCoupons – The simplest way to find, load and redeem coupons. Members get exclusive, personalized online and in-store discounts – no clipping necessary.

This major refresh enhances the app’s existing shopping conveniences, including the ability to quickly find the right products and compare features, prices and user reviews; find deals, make the most of Shop Your Way points; make purchases, and track orders.

How to Activate Free Shipping In-Store on the Sears Mobile App

  1. With location services enabled, open the Sears mobile app while in-store. The app will automatically recognize you are inside a Sears store.
  2. Search for the products you’re looking for and add items to your cart.
  3. Check out to receive free shipping on all products added to your cart while in-store.

Shoppers can download the Sears app at Sears.com/mobile and discover more @Sears.com. Join the holiday conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #BringTheSleigh.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

Brian Hanover Kamal Bosamia
Sears PR Zeno Group for Sears
847-286-6080 312-527-2SHC (2742)
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com Kamal.Bosamia@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation



Sears refreshed its mobile app with new features

Best Buy adds new live-chat feature within its mobile app

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Need help choosing between two TVs? Wondering whether the latest smartwatch is compatible with your smartphone? Want to check the status of a recent order?

Now you can get help on all of that and more with BlueAssist, a new live-chat feature within the Best Buy mobile app. With the simple touch of a button or shake of the phone (while the app is running), you can get expert service right in the palm of your hand.

“Previously, if you had a question or needed advice while browsing our mobile app, you were left with two options: call or email.  That’s too much effort for our customers and not always convenient,” said Pedram Afshar, vice president of customer experience for Best Buy. “The whole idea behind BlueAssist is to be their helping hand, digitally, without ever having to switch channels.”

All BlueAssist chats are prioritized to receive a response within seconds. You can also choose to call Best Buy, request a call back or send an email.

You can access BlueAssist at any point while shopping in the app, whether you’re on the home page, reviewing your cart or checking out. Plus, you can use it whether you’re in a Best Buy store, at home or on the go.

“BlueAssist is the first of many features we will bring to life to connect digital and physical experiences to create a truly seamless experience for our customers,” said Bala Subramanian, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Best Buy.

The enhanced Best Buy app also makes it easier than ever to research and purchase Holiday gifts from a mobile device.

Download the mobile app on the Best Buy website, by texting APP to 332211 or searching “Best Buy” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

SOURCE: Best Buy

Best Buy adds new live-chat feature within its mobile app

Best Buy adds new live-chat feature within its mobile app

Kmart refreshed its mobile app in time for the Holidays

Kmart App Makes Shopping Fun, Easy and Seamless By Connecting In-Store, Online and On-the-Go

HOFFMAN ESTATES, III., 2015-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — To kick off the busiest shopping week of the year, Kmart has refreshed its mobile app with easy-to-use features designed to help shoppers cross everything off their shopping lists. As an added convenience, free shipping is available on Kmart online orders of $35 or more (previously $49).

“Mobile continues to play an important role in the shopping mix. In fact, mobile’s share of our online sales has increased 100 percent year-over-year,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president, Customer Experience and Integrated Retail at Sears Holdings. “We’ve added features and updates to our mobile app, making it easier than ever for our members to shop, earn points and get the best deals online, in-store or through their smartphones.”

National Retail Federation data shows that mobile is set to play an important role in all phases of the holiday shopping experience. A survey found that 22 percent of shoppers planned to purchase on mobile during the season, the highest since NRF began asking the question in 2011. Thirty-eight percent of shoppers said they’ll be using smartphones to research purchases, and 20 percent will use them to look up product availability in store.

New mobile app features and benefits for Shop Your Way® members include:

  • Bluelight Specials: The Bluelight is back! Receive real-time push notifications announcing Bluelight Specials exclusive to Kmart.com. With a phone in-hand, members can feel the thrill of Bluelight anytime, anywhere. As soon as a Bluelight Special is available online, users who opt in for push notifications will receive item details and can make a purchase directly from the app.
  • Free Friday Fix: Using the Kmart app, receive an exclusive coupon on Fridays to redeem in store for a free item with qualifying purchase, while supplies last*.
  • Free Store Pickup & Pay in Store: For added convenience, members can shop online and pick up their purchases in-store for free with Free Store Pickup. Another option, Pay In Store, allows members to reserve items online, pay however they wish in store (cash, check, credit card or gift card) and leave with their order (or shipment confirmation if they prefer to ship items home).
  • Layaway & Go: This year, put items on layaway and make weekly payments faster than ever with the new Layaway and Go app feature. Scan products from the app and add to a layaway list, no need to haul products to the layaway counter. Shoppers can also open up a layaway contract through Nov. 29 for just one penny down online**. For more information, visit www.kmart.com/layaway.
  • Mobile Coupons: Through the “Coupon Center,” it is easy to find and apply the best deals and exclusive savings through your mobile app. Simply load applicable coupons to your Shop Your Way account, where they will automatically get applied at checkout – through the app, online or in-store.

Kmart members will earn $5 off in Shop Your Way points toward a purchase of $35 or more*** by simply downloading or updating the app. Shop Your Way membership is free and sign-up is available in-store, online or via the Kmart app.

The new mobile app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit www.kmart.com/mobile, or follow the conversation on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter using #ShoppingIsFunAgain.

 *This offer is not available every Friday
**Offer valid on new layaway contracts through Sunday 11/29/15. No down payment required in store.  One penny down required online for layaway only. All fees nonrefundable. Cancellation fees apply, except Ohio. Layaway requires biweekly payments. Exclusions also apply. See store for details.
*** $5 in Shop Your Way points must be used within 7 days of when the points are issued.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information, visit www.kmart.comwww.searsholdings.com and www.facebook.com/kmart.

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. Through a network of retail partners and service providers, members can shop, compare, purchase items and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also enjoy special pricing, exclusive sales, events, access to celebrity brands and sweepstakes. And through the unique social community on shopyourway.com members can research and browse products, create wish lists, poll friends and family and even get advice from experts to help choose the products and services that best meet their needs. There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way® members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. There is no minimum purchase required for Shop Your Way members to redeem points and points can be used toward purchases across countless product categories. Download the free Shop Your Way app available on iTunes or Google Play. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.


Sara Weitz

Annika Tunberg
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)



Kmart refreshed its mobile app in time for the Holidays

Kmart refreshed its mobile app in time for the Holidays

Walmart estimates more than 210 million visits to its mobile app over holiday season

Retailer will wow customers with simplified shopping experience and enhanced eCommerce offering; Predicts more than 210 million visits to its mobile app over holiday season

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — America moves from candy corn to candy canes November 1 and Walmart is ready. The retailer has been combing through data, predicting trends and preparing for the holiday season for more than a year. Today, it is summing up its plan for customers: easier shopping every day. Walmart is promising customers low prices and one-of-a-kind convenience on a product assortment hand-picked based on current customer trends.

The excitement begins this Sunday as Walmart kicks off eight weeks of deep savings and holiday retailtainment. With more than 140 million customers each week and an expected more than 210 million visits to its app in November and December – up from 18 million in 2013 – Walmart is forecasting the most integrated holiday shopping season ever. Powered by more than 4,500 stores, millions of additional items online and a best-in-class fulfillment network, the retailer will serve customers like only Walmart can.

I want customers to be in awe when they see what we have to offer as they walk into our stores or click around our site. Our managers have made a lot of progress to improve the shopping experience before the holidays and our merchants made sure we have the right products in stock. We’re delivering the prices customers expect, but we’ve taken it up a notch,” said Judith McKenna, chief operating officer, Walmart U.S. “Our Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Walmart.com will be a powerful combination for customers this holiday season – trust me.”

In a post on Walmart’s blog, McKenna said high-low retailers and pricing games have led to frustrated holiday shoppers who second-guess their purchase decisions throughout the season. Walmart’s playbook to win starts with doubling down on its everyday low price promise through the season, coupled with an on-trend assortment and new tools for seamless shopping like never before.

  • Honest, Low Prices All Season Long: The retailer promises more Rollbacks that last at least 90 days on everything from electronics to baking essentials, and fewer “this weekend only” holiday offers. These savings will last all season long and are backed by Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee and Online Price Match. If customers find a lower price, Walmart will match it.
  • Free, Easy Pickup with New Mobile Check-in: Nearly 75 percent of traffic to Walmart.com is expected to come from a mobile device this holiday season. To better serve the growing number of shoppers who order online and pick up in stores, Walmart is rolling out Mobile Check In. Customers can check in using their phone when they arrive to pick up their online order. And new Pickup branding in stores will help guide customers more quickly to the Pickup service area. Pickup is always free at any Walmart store or Neighborhood Market.
  • Scan and Shop with Wish Lists: For the first time, customers can scan items in store to build a Wish List or search for someone else’s list by using the Walmart app. The new feature makes giving and getting the perfect gift faster and easier.
  • Top Trends and Products: Based on data and insights from adults and kids through Walmart’s “Chosen By You” program, the retailer bought deep in popular categories and items, including:
    • Pop Culture Favorites:  Expected top sellers include Star Wars, Minions, Jurassic Park and Paw Patrol licensed merchandise along with a new kitchen collection byThe Pioneer Woman only available at Walmart.
    • Toys: With help from hundreds of kids, Walmart merchants identified the top toysof the season. In addition to adventure and action toys, other trends tie to personas: foodies and chefs, animal-lovers and designers.
    • Seasonal Décor:  Walmart Christmas Shops in stores and online will offer a wide range of holiday decorations and gift giving supplies. Cashmere artificial trees are back and aisles are full of creative ways to personalize décor and customize any gift. Gold and natural colors are on trend for ornaments, while metallic is the new look for wrapping paper.
    • Tech: From wearables to tablets, Walmart is stocked with top brands at unbelievable prices, like an Apple iPad Mini 2 for $199.
    • Food: Walmart is ready for holiday gatherings and each of the 63 everyday meals remaining before the new year. On-trend food flavors include black forest, mocha and peppermint. Walmart will offer its lowest prices on holiday ham in years, and its bakeries will sell two pumpkin pies every second in November.

“Our customers are looking for great deals no matter how they shop with us – whether in store, online or on their mobile device,” says Fernando Madeira, president and CEO,Walmart.com. “We’re building digital capabilities so it’s faster and easier for them to find the right items at the right prices, and get them delivered quickly to their door or to a store.”

Walmart’s holiday approach follows a number of initiatives rolled out earlier this year to accelerate digital innovation, bridge in-store and online shopping, improve inventory management and make Walmart stores cleaner, faster and friendlier. Efforts like a billion dollar investment in associate wages and training, the opening of five new fulfillment centers and an emphasis on fresh food are paying off.

For more information, visit Walmart.com.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,504 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

New mobile app, Shopper Radar, rewards shoppers with store credit and digital coupons

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — While more retailers are turning to online and digital shopping, Associated Food Stores is giving shoppers another reason to visit the grocery store; Free money. The grocery wholesaler announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app, which gives users access to store credits, special offers and digital coupons when they use the app at any of its participating retailers. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store and an Android version will be available soon.

Shopper Radar uses Bluetooth beacons to send alerts to shopper’s smart phones while they walk around the store. To receive the store credit or coupon, shoppers simply tap their screen to signal they have seen the offer. Once they tap the screen, they are rewarded with a store credit and digital coupon for that product. In order to keep the credits, shoppers must make a purchase before they leave the store. They can use the credits toward the sales total or save them for even greater savings later. Each digital coupon earned through the beacons can only be used the day they are earned. Shoppers can also clip additional digital coupons with the app. Credits and coupons vary in amount and must be used before the listed expiration date. Associated Food Stores’ retailers are the first in the country to partner with Shopper Radar to bring additional savings and store credit to shoppers.

The app is designed to engage shoppers during key purchase decision making times by providing offers directly to their smart phones. Users can earn up to four different wallet credits each day by visiting their local participating AFS retailer.

“We wanted a way to provide shoppers with great savings, coupons and other deals while they are in the store and making those decision,” said Heather Hall, AFS’ Rewards Marketing Manager. “Shopper Radar is great because it also integrates with each participating store’s customer rewards program, making it easy for shoppers and the store to manage.”

Once shoppers download the app, they will need to select their preferred store and connect their Rewards account phone number to earn wallet credits and save digital coupons. Shopper Radar can be used at multiple Associated Food Stores retailers including Macey’s, Dan’s, Dicks, Lin’s, Fresh Market, Blair’s Supermarkets, Broulim’s Fresh Foods, Peterson’s Fresh Market, Soelberg’s, Stewart’s, Bowman’s, Davis Food and Drug, Stokes Fresh Market and Prather’s Market.

Reporters interested in trying Shopper Radar should contact Heather Hall hnhall@afstores.com 801-978-8556 or Curtis Packer cgpacker@afstores.com 801-978-8466.


About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on the little guy, AFS has changed the way independent retailers operate and allowed them to prosper and currently serves more than 500 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit afstores.com

Rachael Wabel

SOURCE: Associated Food Stores


Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

The K-ruoka launches mobile App that offers personal benefits and store special offers

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The K-ruoka mobile application offers personal benefits and store specific special offers, a smart shopping list that recommends products frequently bought by the customer, as well as nearly 6,000 recipes with instructions. The app can be downloaded from App Store starting from today.

Special attention has been paid to the ease of use and visual aspects of the app.

– We want to make everyday life easier for customers. The new K-ruoka mobile app offers smart tools for that purpose, says Sales Director Mika Kakko of Kesko’s grocery trade division.

The shopping list can be shared between several devices within a K-Plussa card household and the list is updated in real time.

– The app also offers new ideas and inspiration for cooking. The recipe search function includes special diets and the app also suggests the most popular, easy and affordable, topical recipes using seasonal ingredients, says Kakko.

Food shopping for the week is planned on Monday

We asked K-food stores’ customers when they planned the meals for the week. The most popular day was Monday with 38 per cent of the votes. The second most popular day was Friday, getting 28 per cent of the votes.

– Previously, K-food store customers received the special offers from their local store by e-mail at the beginning of the week. Now we also offer a mobile app with their personal benefits and the store’s other special offers handily displayed and added to the shopping list, says Kakko.

Customer oriented development continues

Kesko’s partner in designing and implementing the K-ruoka mobile app has been Futurice, a builder of digital services.

At every stage of the development, customer wishes have been taken into account; in the summer, for example, an inquiry on the matter was conducted among K-Plussa customers. The user experience and user friendliness of the app will also be actively developed further in tandem with customers.

– Applying Futurice’s design expertise and agile operating methods with Kesko in this high profile project is a fine example of how a major retail chain known to Finnish people and an agile partner can work together and learn from each other at the same time, says Futurice Business Director Riku Valtasola.

The iOS version of the app is released today. The Windows Phone and Android versions will be released during the autumn.

When do you plan your food shopping for the week?

on Monday (38%)
on Tuesday (7%)
on Wednesday (13%)
on Thursday (25%)
on Friday (28%)
on Saturday (11%)
on Sunday (22%)
I don’t plan my food shopping (23%)

The inquiry was conducted among K-food store customers in connection with an electronic customer letter and 6,000 customers answered it. They were given a choice of no more than three days. The inquiry was conducted in September 2015.

Further information:
Sales Director Mika Kakko, Kesko, grocery trade, tel. +358 105 346 620
Business Director Riku Valtasola, Futurice, tel. +358 40 531 8943

K-food retailers, with whom Kesko grocery trade applies the chain business model, are responsible for customer satisfaction at more than 900 K-food stores. K-food store chains are K-citymarket, K-supermarket, K-market and K-extra. K-food stores are the most responsible in the world in their sector. Their strengths also include superior fresh food departments, professional service, the widest selections, Finnish products and Pirkka. K-food stores offer both high quality and favourable prices. K – for shopping to be fun.

Futurice is a fast growing Finnish company that creates both consumer and business services on all technical platforms. Its largest customers include international operators, media houses, device manufacturers and retail companies. Futurice has offices in Berlin, London, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tampere.

7-Eleven rewards customers with free beverage for every six cups purchased with the launch of 7Rewards on its mobile app

‘Buy 6-Get 7th Free’ Includes Coffee, Big Gulp®, Slurpee®, Chillers® Drinks

DALLAS, 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. wants its customers to drink up … because the more often they do, the more FREE coffee, Big Gulp®, Slurpee® and Chillers® drinks they’ll earn. Just launched on the 7‑Eleven® mobile app is 7Rewards, an expanded customer loyalty platform that rewards customers with a free beverage for every six cups purchased.

Best of all, 7Rewards counts every 7‑Eleven beverage – hot or cold – served in a 7‑Eleven cup toward the seventh free. That means any six cups – any size and any drink – whether it’s a large Chillers Iced Coffee or a small Slurpee drink.

“7‑Eleven is a beverage destination for millions of Americans, with over 60 percent of our customers including a beverage with each purchase,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “We know that millennials like to have plenty of choices and, hands down, 7Rewards offers more beverage variety than any other rewards program.”

To participate in the new 7Rewards program, customers must use 7‑Eleven’s mobile app, available in the iTunes App Store or Google Play, and register as a member. In anticipation of 7Rewards, 7‑Eleven updated its app to move the member’s scannable barcode and digital punch card to the home screen for easier use.

Every time a customer purchases a cup, the cashier will scan the barcode in the app, and a “punch” will automatically appear within the app. Each purchase earns a punch that shows up as a star icon in the app. After receiving six punches, or stars, a “You earned a free cup” notification appears in the app. The punchcard process starts over once the free beverage is redeemed. Links to Facebook and Twitter on the app’s home screen let the user tell their friends about their rewards.

“We have customers who come in every morning, like clockwork, for a fresh-brewed cup of 7‑Eleven coffee, while others regularly treat themselves to a Slurpee or Big Gulp drink,” Gordon said. “If you come in every day, scan your 7Rewards app barcode, you can get one free drink a week or even more, and that’s our way of saying ‘thanks’ to our customers and letting them get more of what they want at 7‑Eleven.”

Coffee was 7‑Eleven stores’ first venture into serve-yourself beverages. The retailer was also the first to introduce self-serve soft drink fountains and is the exclusive retailer of the iconic, thirst-quenching Slurpee beverage.


  1. Buy 6-Get 7. Only six cups to get one free … not 10, not 12, not 711.
  2. Any cup, any drink. Mix and match your favorite 7‑Eleven drinks – all of them. Like Coffee-Slurpee-Big Gulp-Chillers Iced Coffee-Slurpee-Slurpee … 7th drink FREE! Or Coffee-Coffee-Coffee-Coffee-Coffee-Coffee … 7th drink FREE!
  3. Any cup, any size. Mix and match cup sizes too, no restrictions. Like Small-Small-Small-Small-Small-Super Big Gulp … 7th drink FREE!
  4. Every cup counts. Not one per shopping trip or one per day. Coffee in the morning, Big Gulp at lunch, Slurpee after school, a Chiller later on – all count. Buy six cups at once and the next time, it’s free. Heck, bring seven drinks to the register at one time and the seventh one is on the house.
  5. Refills count too. Have a refillable coffee or Slurpee mug? Each refill counts as one punch.
  6. That free drink? Also any cup, any size, any drink. So what if you bought six small Slurpee drinks. That seventh free cup can be an extra-large coffee or the biggest of Big Gulps. And if you have earned a free beverage and check out with both a small cup and a big cup, the free one will be the one with the greatest value.
  7. It’s easy. The 7‑Eleven smartphone app does all the work. When the 7‑Eleven cashier scans the member’s 7Rewards barcode in the 7‑Eleven app for each cup purchased, it tabulates the number of cups toward the free one and notifies when a 7Rewards drink is earned. The number of cups – and 7Rewards – adds up fast.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies, organizations and publications. Recent accolades include: Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven as #1 on its 2014 Global Franchise Rankings list and #10 on its “Top 10 Franchises” for 2015, #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; and #3 in Forbes magazine’s 2012 Top 20 Franchises to Start list. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail,” among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.


7-Eleven rewards customers with free beverage for every six cups purchased with the launch of 7Rewards on its mobile app

7-Eleven rewards customers with free beverage for every six cups purchased with the launch of 7Rewards on its mobile app