The latest news on innovation in the fuel retail and convenience store industry.
7-Eleven Inc. is adding to its portfolio of mobile payment options with the addition of Apple Pay and Google Pay for contactless payments at participating U.S. convenience stores.
Walmart began testing the service earlier this year, and announced an expansion to all "SuperCenters" for the holidays. Note that all Walmarts don't have it – we visited a Walmart in Torrance (known as a "Neighborhood Market") that didn't offer the service, then went to a larger "SuperCenter" also in Torrance, that hadn't pulled out the equipment yet for Black Friday
7-Eleven Inc. is partnering with cross-border payment firm Citcon to start accepting Chinese mobile payment platforms WeChat Pay and Alipay at 35 Canadian locations in Vancouver and Toronto, according to a company press release.
About 48.5 million Americans will be hitting the road this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA. A fair share will be stopping at gas stations to refuel their tanks, and roughly half of these consumers will be using mobile apps to find the cheapest gas and get directions to the station.
Visa Checkout will become an accepted form of payment in the My Phillips 66, My 76, and My Conoco apps in early 2019. Payments are set to get even easier at c-stores featuring Phillips 66 fuel brands. Phillips 66 is partnering with Visa to add Visa Checkout to its branded mobile apps. This will allow customers to simply and securely pay with the app at the pump and in the convenience store.
Walmart, which earlier announced a pilot program with Waymo on how customers want to use self-driving cars for grocery shopping, is introducing another pilot program with Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford to use autonomous vehicles for grocery delivery.
Convenience-store retailer Enmarket is partnering with Skip Checkout for its mobile self-checkout service. The program enables customers to use their mobile devices to scan items as they take them from the shelves, allowing them to bypass the checkout line.
7-Eleven is piloting a new mobile check-out process called Scan & Pay. 7-Eleven shoppers can track their items by scanning a product's QR code with their phone and pay using the 7-Eleven rewards mobile app. The company, which operates more than 65,000 stores in 17 countries, is currently piloting, Scan & Pay in 14 Dallas stores,It plans to expand the service to additional cities in 2019.
Muji just made autonomous vehicles slightly more chic. The minimalist Japanese company has teamed up with Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4 to create the Gacha shuttle bus, an autonomous vehicle that it claims is the first in the world designed to function in all weather conditions.
Shell's launch of the Pay & Save app has carried its score Stuzo's digital ranking of convenience stores into the top 10. The brand has an overall score of 2.56, up from 2.14 previously. Shell's Pay & Save app allows customers to pay with Chase Pay or any debit card, credit card or checking account.
Walmart's Sam's Club division announced it is opening a cashier-less store in Dallas, Texas, that will let customers skip the checkout line by scanning and purchasing groceries with an app.