Loyalty360 Reads: October 8 | The Home Depot Teams Up with Walmart GoLocal to Enhance Local Delivery Capabilities; Impressive Third Quarter Growth Underscores Momentum for Smoothie King; and More

The Home Depot Teams Up with Walmart GoLocal to Enhance Local Delivery Capabilities
Two of the world’s leading retailers are working together to expand same-day and next-day delivery capabilities for home improvement customers in the U.S. With Walmart GoLocal, The Home Depot customers have another option for same-day or next-day delivery on a variety of home improvement products.
“The Home Depot is continuously working to give customers the most convenient shopping experience in home improvement, and that includes providing a wide range of fast and reliable delivery options,” said Stephanie Smith, senior vice president of supply chain for The Home Depot. “This partnership brings us even closer to our goal of offering same-day or next-day delivery to 90 percent of the U.S. population.”
Impressive Third Quarter Growth Underscores Momentum for Smoothie King
After a record breaking second quarter which brought a company milestone of 34% same-store sales increase, Smoothie King experienced a 5% sales increase in the third quarter of 2021 on top of an extraordinary 14.8% sales increase in the third quarter over. The brand ended the third quarter positive 18% year-to-date. Further solidifying its position as the leader in the smoothie category, Smoothie King opened 21 new stores for the quarter, totaling 92 new-store openings year-to-date. In addition to strong sales numbers, the brand has welcomed 26 new domestic franchisees this year and signed 158 domestic store commitments to date.
"In the wake of the global health crisis we are facing, inspiring people to live healthy and active lifestyle has proven to be instrumental to our growth and has helped introduce our brand to new guests," said Wan Kim, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Smoothie King. "As we head in to 2022 our focus is on helping our franchisees attain higher unit volume and EBITDA through operational efficiency and new technology and to stay dedicated to our mission and vision through new product launches and system-wide initiatives. I am proud of my team and our franchisees hard work getting to where we are today and look forward to the future growth of Smoothie King."

CEFCO and Stuzo Launch First-Ever Web Pay at Pump Capability With Stuzo's Open Commerce® Product Suite

Stuzo announced today, in partnership with CEFCO, web-based pay-at-pump capabilities using CEFCO’s digital wallet have been launched across CEFCO’s network of stores, an industry first for any Convenience and Fuel Retail operator.
The innovation enables CEFCO Rewards members to securely purchase fuel and car washes via a fast and frictionless web experience, using the CEFCO digital wallet and payment method of their choice. The new experience empowers program members to enjoy the full benefit of personalized offers and promotions through the CEFCO Rewards digital payments capability without needing to download the CEFCO Rewards mobile app. The seamless cross-channel loyalty, payments, and customer experience capabilities, powered by Stuzo’s Open Commerce product suite, are helping CEFCO acquire more program members and engage with them via personalized payments capabilities. 
First 7-Eleven Store Opening in India
The first 7-Eleven® store in India is set to open Saturday, Oct. 9, in Mumbai, India's largest city and the country's economic powerhouse. Opened by 7-India Convenience Retail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), this 7-Eleven store offers residents and tourists the world's largest convenience retailer's unique style of convenience, signature food and drinks, as well as products and delicacies especially created to appeal to the local market.
Mumbai is a city of superlatives and the ideal location for the first Indian store from the world's largest convenience retailer. It is India's financial and commercial hub, home to the Bollywood film industry and one of the top 15 wealthiest cities in the world. Mumbai is also home to Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the largest publicly traded company in India. RRVL, through its wholly owned subsidiary, 7-India Convenience Retail Limited, holds the master franchise agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc. to operate stores in Greater Mumbai.

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