Loyalty360 Reads: November 20 | Best Buy Partners with Instacart, 7-Eleven’s Contactless Gas Payment Option Comes To Baltimore, and More

Best Buy Partners with Instacart for Same-Day Delivery Across the Entire US
Electronics retailer Best Buy and on-demand delivery platform Instacart announced a partnership that will see Instacart power same-day delivery of Best Buy in every state in the US, covering nearly every Best Buy location throughout the country.

The partnership is a big deal for Instacart, which has gradually expanded beyond its initial grocery delivery ambitions to include delivery of all manner of goods from many types of different retailers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for delivery of everything from home supplies to groceries to hot meals has skyrocketed, giving Instacart and its rivals huge revenue boosts and the means to continue expanding. For Best Buy, it’s a way to tap into the ease of on-demand delivery while also leaning on companies with the resources and technical expertise to manage the complex logistical side of the operation in ways traditional package carriers cannot.
7-Eleven’s Contactless Gas Payment Option Comes To Baltimore
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is expanding its fuel loyalty program to include pumps in Baltimore.

The program will now let customers pay for gas completely contactless using mobile payments and even by voice. Customers just need a phone number registered with the program, then they can tell Siri the pump number and the desired fuel amount. The process also works in the 7-Eleven app.
Preferred Hotel Group Announces New Beyond Green Brand
Preferred Hotel Group, a global travel and hospitality brand with brands such as Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts, announced the creation of their newest brand, Beyond Green.

Beyond Green, spearheaded by Costas Christ, is a collection of 24 hotels and resorts around the globe that have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to preservation and environmentally friendly practices as set by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The Beyond Green portfolio represents more than independent hotels.

“Right now, as other forces in the hospitality space sit tight or are cutting back, we’ve chosen to double down on our commitment to promote the inherently positive values of travel,” said Preferred Hotel Group, Inc.’s CEO Lindsey Ueberroth.
Sephora Singapore Partners With Atome In Offering Buy Now, Pay Later Payments
French prestige beauty retail giant Sephora Singapore has partnered with buy now pay later service Atome to offer customers flexible payment options across its e-commerce website, mobile app and brick & mortar stores in Singapore.

Sephora is the world's leading prestige beauty retailer with over 2,600 stores in 38 markets, offering customers a unique retail experience with innovative services and nearly 300 beauty brands, including Sephora's own brand, Sephora Collection. In Singapore, Sephora has 12 physical outlets, an e-commerce website and mobile app, which offer a range of products including makeup, skincare, fragrance, haircare, bath and body and more.
Shell Lubricants US and Turtle Wax Announce Collaboration with Move Clean
Shell Lubricants US and Turtle Wax have launched Move Clean, a total vehicle hygiene company focused exclusively on the auto industry. Move Clean is focused on addressing the rising customer concerns around the cleanliness and safety of their vehicles – an issue that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From the beginning of the pandemic we saw the automotive industry struggle to find a solution that fit their needs,” says Nathan Fink, founder and president of Move Clean. “While business was down, they suddenly had additional responsibility to provide their customers with a safe and clean experience.”

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