Innovation
Chevron And Texaco Apps Now Accept Venmo
Chevron recently announced its new Texaco and Chevron smartphone apps will have Venmo as an option for payment, marking the first fuel company to accept Venmo for gas purchases at the pump. “Chevron updated its branded mobile applications to offer consumers access to Venmo to pay for fuel and car washes at the pump from their mobile devices,” said Bill Miner, Chevron’s general manager of Americas Marketing Sales & Services. “The addition of Venmo continues our strategy to inject innovation into retail fuel transactions to help provide customers with flexibility and seamless interaction with our brands.”
 
OpenTable Gives Frequent Diners Access to Hard-to-Book Restaurants
OpenTable is launching Premium Access, a new loyalty perk available for frequent users. OpenTable Dining Points now can be used to unlock hard-to-get reservations at popular restaurants during prime dining times. “As we look for ways to enhance our OpenTable Rewards program, we want to ensure we’re giving diners what they want, and getting into the best restaurants at prime dining times topped the list,” Joseph Essas, Chief Technology Officer, OpenTable, said in a press release. “We’re excited to reward frequent diners with the ability to book highly sought after reservations with less lead time.”
 
Daily’s Chooses Paytronix to Transform its Loyalty Program
Daily’s announced it will upgrade its loyalty program with the one-to-one capabilities of the Paytronix platform. Daily’s, which operates 36 convenience stores in Florida, is working to enhance the customer experience through updated technology. “The new program enables the Daily’s marketing team to create customized offers for its customers and features both a mobile app and integration with the NCR Radiant RPOS system,” according to a news release.
 
 
Partnerships
FIS Extends Partnership with PayPal to Enable U.S. Cardholders to Redeem Loyalty Points for Purchases
FIS and PayPal are extending their partnership “to enable millions of cardholders of U.S. financial institutions to participate in PayPal’s Pay with Rewards. Beginning in Q3 2020, cardholders of thousands of financial institutions participating in FIS’ Premium Payback loyalty network will be able to use their eligible card loyalty points to pay for eligible online purchases at millions of PayPal merchants globally,” a news release states. “Our partnership with FIS will help us extend Pay with Rewards to even more customers, offering more payment choice to our joint customers,” Jim Magats, senior vice president of global payments at PayPal, said in the release.
 
 
Corporate Social Responsibility
BP sets ambition for net zero by 2050
BP recently set a new goal to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner. BP says the ambition is supported by some of the following aims: net zero across BP’s operations on an absolute basis by 2050 or sooner; net zero on carbon in BP’s oil and gas production on an absolute basis by 2050 or sooner; 50 percent cut in the carbon intensity of products BP sells by 2050 or sooner; install methane measurement at all BP’s major oil and gas processing sites by 2023 and reduce methane intensity of operations by 50 percent; and increase the proportion of investment into non-oil and gas businesses over time.

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