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Loyalty Newswire – November 16th, 2020

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By: Wise Marketer Staff |

Posted on November 16, 2020

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Claire’s Debuts New Loyalty Program

Quotable: “The more Claire’s Stores know about their customer’s spending habits, the more the company can offer personalized rewards as well as personalize their products and services to their customer’s needs. With Claire’s Rewards, the company can collect detailed information, such as transactional data, demographics, preferences, interests, and location. Generating customer insight from the loyalty program positions Claire’s Stores to not just keep customers coming back but to coax them to spend more and more often and even move to higher-margin products”

Giant Eagle introduces myPerks, bringing its loyalty program to a new level

Quotable: “Giant Eagle’s new myPerks loyalty program is also the first multi-tier loyalty program introduced by a major U.S. supermarket, according to the company. Canton customers who earn 2,500 qualifying perks within a six-month earning period unlock the myPerks Pro tier, enabling them to earn 50% more perks on groceries, retailer gift cards, gasoline, prescriptions and more.”

Target Circle Celebrates One-Year Anniversary, Unlocks Holiday Deals for Nearly 80 Million Members

Quotable: “"In just one year, it's been amazing to see how our guests have embraced Target Circle, saving millions of dollars and helping give back to their local communities," said Rick Gomez, executive vice president and chief marketing, digital and strategy officer, Target. "Heading into the holidays, our nearly 80 million members – and growing – will have access to even more great deals. Combined with the safety and ease of our contactless same-day services, it's an unparalleled offer – with no membership fee required."”

Qatar Airways Creates Student Loyalty Program

Quotable: “This new program is part of the airline’s wider rejuvenation of its Privilege Club, the airline’s loyalty program, in the effort to give loyal customers better deals and exclusive benefits. The Student Club is open to full and part-time students from 18 to 30 years of age. The club supports students by getting better savings, special fares, extra baggage allowances, flexible changes, complimentary Super Wi-Fi and more. Members will also earn Qmiles as they fly, which they can then redeem for flights, upgrades and more.”


Walmart is retreating from its effort to crack Japan’s retail market

Quotable: “Walmart Inc. is selling most of Japanese retailer Seiyu to KKR & Co. and Rakuten Inc. in a deal that values the supermarket chain at 172.5 billion yen ($1.6 billion), as the U.S. giant retreats from its two-decade attempt to crack Japan’s retail market. Under the agreement, private equity fund KKR will become the majority owner with a 65% stake, while Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten takes 20%, the companies said in a statement Monday.”

Is Chipotle’s Digital Restaurant the New Look of Retail?

Quotable: “The location does not include a dining room or front service line and customers must order in advance via Chipotle.com, the Chipotle app or third-party delivery partners. Orders are then picked up from a lobby that is designed to include all of the sounds, smells and kitchen views of a traditional Chipotle restaurant. The Digital Kitchen will also service large catering orders available for pickup in a separate lobby with its own dedicated entry.”

Thom Browne Expanding Retail Footprint Significantly

Quotable: “By the end of this year, the luxury brand will operate 60 stores globally and the plan is to up that number to 75 by the end of 2021. This is a substantial increase from the 16 stores the company operated in 2016 when Rodrigo Bazan joined as chief executive officer — two years before the Ermenegildo Zegna Group acquired a majority stake in the business.”


CVS Pharmacy is First National Retailer to Offer Touch-Free Payments Through PayPal And Venmo

Quotable: “The partnership, which was first announced in July, makes CVS Pharmacy the first national retailer to integrate PayPal and Venmo QR code technology in its point-of-sale experience at all standalone locations across the country. The touch-free experience will be available to existing PayPal and Venmo customers, while new customers can sign up and link their preferred payment method usually within minutes.”


California’s CPRA Approved at the Ballot Box; Changes (Already) Coming To State Privacy Rights

Quotable: “Though CPRA is not without its controversial elements, it does provide several concrete changes to the CCPA that bring California law closer to parity with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), widely considered to be the world’s premier privacy rights bill. For example, CPRA will expand consumer control over the use of personal information classed in categories considered to be sensitive: biometrics, health information, race, location data, religion and sexual orientation. Data subjects will be able to opt out of the sharing and sale of any or all of these categories.”


Korean Air to spend $1.6 billion to become Asiana Airlines' top shareholder

Quotable: “Korean Air Lines Co Ltd plans to spend 1.8 trillion won ($1.62 billion) to become the top shareholder of indebted Asiana Airlines Inc in aviation's first major consolidation since COVID-19 brought the industry to its knees. It will also be the biggest shake-up in South Korean air travel since Asiana’s founding ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, with the airline eventually integrated into Korean Air to create a national carrier commanding about 60% of international routes.”

Read last week's newswire if you missed it: Loyalty Newswire – November 9th, 2020

The Loyalty Newswire is compiled and edited by the staff at The Wise Marketer.