Geolocation Technology Archive

Walgreens geolocation beacons offer shoppers coupons and deals

The company is now pushing the use of geolocation options to customers through their mobile app.

Walgreens geolocation beacons are taking a much more central role in the latest mobile app update. The application is now pushing the use of the store’s beacons with offers of location based deals such as coupons.

The Walgreens chain has been testing the use of location based beacons in certain specific stores.

The Walgreens geolocation testing first started in February and has been focused on Duane Reade locations. The store expects that these additional mobile marketing tools will help it to record an increases in sales. At the same time, the company has expressed certain concerns about barriers to widespread adoption.

Walgreens Geolocation Beacons - Walgreens StoreFor this reason, Walgreens is being very careful and strategic about the way it is approaching location based marketing. It is seeking to ensure that its offers and features are always within its shoppers’ comfort zones.

The reason is that Walgreens geolocation uses tech that has caused consumers elsewhere to voice concerns.

Location based beacons have the potential to boost both engagement and sales while in-store at Walgreens. This mobile technology is seen as particularly promising when it comes to selling consumer packaged goods (CPGs).

Moreover, recent studies have shown that CPG shoppers are interested in receiving discount coupons. BI Intelligence reported that 61 percent of American shoppers who had never used geolocation in-store would opt-in in exchange for receiving mobile coupons and discounts from a retailer.

Furthermore, that same report said that 47 percent of US shoppers would opt in to location based messages in exchange for loyalty rewards. Since CPG purchases happen exceptionally regularly, Walgreens may be on to something in using location based tech to offer in-store savings opportunities. This has the potential to boost total sales and customer loyalty.

In fact, the same report indicated that beacons such as those used by the Walgreens geolocation program are already making a difference. It estimated that $8 billion in CPG sales was influenced by the receipt of some form of beacon-triggered message while shopping in-store. That represents 2 percent of the total CPG sales in the United States.

Gas station mobile payments prove popular in Spain

The vast majority of drivers enjoy using their smartphones to complete transatctions at the pump.

Recent data released by the Carrefour fuel station revealed its gas station mobile payments are highly popular. In fact, the company’s report said that 9 out of every 10 drivers approved of this smartphone based service.

Ninety percent of Spanish customers who had used the mobile service called it “very satisfying.”

Since the summer when the gas station mobile payments option became available at Carrefour in Spain, there have been over 10,000 people who have tried it. Among them, nine out of every ten said that the experience was “very satisfying.”

Gas Station Mobile Payments - Refueling CarThere are currently 125 Carrefour stations throughout the country and that offer the Pass card holder mobile payment option. This started in June 2016 by way of the Mi Carrefour app. In this way, customers could fuel up and could then get back into their vehicles to pay.

The gas station mobile payments service used geolocation to determine the exact position of the driver.

That allowed the app to recognize the fuel station where the customer was located. The mobile app then prompts the driver to select the supplier, product and amount before starting to pump the gas. Once the car has been fueled up, the customer can confirm the details and simply drive away.

Moreover, the app also occasionally provides discount coupons at the time of payment. This not only gave drivers the chance to save money on their next visit, but it encouraged them to come back and use the mobile payments option again.

According to a statement from the retail chain of gas stations, “The new system has already changed the habits of its users.” It went on to add that “More than 10,000 customers have already tried this option to pay for their fuel stops and nine out of 10 have highlighted this as much more comfortable and safe. Along with pricing and discounts, [these are] the main advantages of Carrefour service stations.”

There are a few companies, such as Starbucks, that have very successfully implemented mobile payments as a transaction option. Carrefour has illustrated the way in which it may be done at fuel stations moving forward.