Loyalty360 Reads: November 30 | Big Lots Adds New Pay Options; KFC Calls On Competitors; and More

Big Lots Adds New Pay Options Ahead of Cyber Week Sales
Big Lots has added several new pay options to its online shopping experience and made thousands of new products available online in time for shoppers to take advantage of Cyber Week promotions. Customers can now choose to pay online with Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal, or opt to pay later for select purchases on biglots.com in four interest-free payments using PayPal Pay in 4. Shoppers can also take advantage of in-store and curbside pickup as well as same-day and two-day delivery options.

"This holiday season, we're encouraging customers to celebrate the 'Have-it-all-idays' by shopping our dramatically expanded online product selection using their favorite payment methods," said Bruce Thorn, president and CEO of Big Lots. "This year we've increased the number of available products on biglots.com by 40%, including some online exclusives, and we're adding more every week. It's never been easier to take advantage of our exceptional deals online, just in time for Cyber Week."
KFC Calls On Competitors to Halt the Chicken Sandwich Wars
KFC is calling on all worthy chicken sandwich purveyors to put their differences aside in the name of fighting hunger. On Giving Tuesday (November 30), KFC will donate $1 for each KFC Chicken Sandwich sold (including KFC Chicken Sandwich meals) to Blessings in a Backpack to provide weekend meals to children who might otherwise go hungry. The organization was selected as the donation recipient by KFC restaurant team members.

In addition to the donation to Blessings in a Backpack, KFC is challenging its competitors in the chicken sandwich game to put down their arms – er, wings –and join forces to donate to a deserving non-profit organization of their choice to fight hunger. Or they can stop by their local KFC and grab a KFC Chicken Sandwich, and we'll donate for them.
Members of AMC Stubs and Investor Connect to Receive an Exclusive Spider-Man NFT
AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibitor in the United States, in Europe and the Middle East and in the world, announced that for the first time ever, members of its AMC Stubs Premiere, AMC Stubs A-List and AMC Investor Connect who advance purchase or reserve their opening-day ticket to Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home will receive an exclusive Spider-Man NFT, while supplies last. There will be 86,000 NFTs available for this unprecedented Sony and AMC celebration of the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. (The total production of these Sony/AMC NFTs is expected to be limited to an overall quantity of 90,000.)

Tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home go on sale at AMC on November 29, and the movie opens exclusively in theatres on December 16.
American Express’ 12th Annual Small Business Saturday Reaches an All-Time High
As consumer spending continues to rebound, U.S. shoppers showed up in a big way for the small businesses in their communities during this year’s Small Business Saturday on November 27, positioning American Express’ (NYSE: AXP) 12th annual event to be one of the most impactful shopping days of the holiday season. The results of the American Express 2021 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey show that total reported projected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reached an estimated $23.3 billion1, up 18% from $19.8 billion in 20202 and an increase from pre-pandemic spending in 2019 ($19.6 billion).

Over the past 12 years consumers reported spending an estimated $163 billion at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, since American Express started the movement in 20103. This year, thousands of American Express Neighborhood Champions across all 50 states celebrated Small Business Saturday in their local communities.
Xoxoday Delivers Record High Volumes of Holiday Gifts Globally
Xoxoday Plum, a reward and gifting platform, distributed millions worth of gifts within a short span of a week, amidst the holiday season without any technical glitches.

Being in the rewards industry for almost a decade, Xoxoday Plum had upgraded its framework and infrastructure to handle a 120% higher TPS (Transaction per Second) and QPS (Queries per Second) rate to ensure that the gift redemption process takes place seamlessly, despite an unexpected surge in the demand. This, in turn, led to an improved redemption rate of 40% in the overall holiday campaigns across the client base.

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