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7-Eleven Canada Lands at YYC Calgary International Airport (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

New 7-Eleven stores expand foodservice offering at Calgary airport

7-Eleven Canada Lands at YYC Calgary International Airport (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

7-Eleven Canada Lands at YYC Calgary International Airport (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

7-Eleven Canada is opening two new convenience stores at YYC Calgary International Airport. Open 24/7 and located in the Domestic Terminal, Concourses A & C, both stores will serve travelers and airport employees, as well as those waiting to pick up.

“Whether you are a domestic traveler, an airport employee or are awaiting the arrival of a loved one, we are excited to be adding a convenience factor to the YYC community with these two new locations,” says VP and general manager of 7-Eleven Canada, Norman Hower. “We want to provide travelers and employees with an easy, 24/7 solution for last minute meals, souvenirs, flowers or travel items.”

The newly open stores are conveniently located and offer a wide variety of “hot from the oven in minutes” pizza, wings and hot snacks, fresh to go sandwiches and meals, and beverages, as well as 7-Eleven’s coffee bar and classic Slurpee stations. Freshly cut flowers from fellow airport retailer, A Touch of Petals, are also available in store.

“We are so happy to celebrate the arrival of 7-Eleven Canada at YYC. The brand is globally recognized and has close community ties to Calgary – being home to a Slurpee’s first pour in Canada 50 years ago,” says Rob Palmer, CFO and VP finance, The Calgary Airport Authority. “Our guests asked for changes to our Eat and Shop options and one of the ways we’re delivering is with this partnership with 7-Eleven.”

Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 69,000 in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.


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7-Eleven Canada ups its coffee game with $1 promotion

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7-Eleven Canada – $1 Coffee (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

7-Eleven Canada’s 7Rewards loyalty members can now score delicious hot beverages for $1 every day of the month. In addition to this new limited time offer, every 7th coffee (any size) is still free and members can earn points with everyday purchases. Points can be redeemed for perks and rewards including free food and beverages as well as access to exclusive deals, contests, and events.

7Rewards members can explore the store’s ever-expanding 7-Eleven Brewed Coffee and hot beverage menu, which Hershey’s SKOR Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the new Mexican Hacienda Miravalles Organic Coffee. 7-Eleven Brewed Coffee is ethically harvested, locally roasted and made of 100% Arabica beans.


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7-Eleven opens first mall location in the U.S.

7-Eleven debuted its first ever location in a U.S. shopping centre in Brandon Floria. last week, marking the first of seven mall stores to open this year, according to ABC Action News.

“This year we’ve opened new concept stores in sporting venues and airports to meet the convenience needs of our customers,” said Charles Bantos, 7-Eleven director of corporate development. “Our entry into shopping centers is aligned with our strategy of meeting customers when and where they most need us. Shoppers and mall employees alike can visit this 7-Eleven store to refuel with a quick snack, treat and drink, or grab one of the many meal-time options including sandwiches, salads, hot pizza, chicken tenders and entrées. 7-Eleven continues to redefine convenience for consumers, and Westfield Brandon Shopping Centre presented the perfect opportunity to make the leap into a multi-store shopping venue.”

“The addition of 7-Eleven at our centre caters to the daily needs of our guests,” said Katie Woolridge, senior shopping centre manager of Westfield Brandon. “By adding daily conveniences such as these, we continue to give our guests more reasons to visit while creating a fulfilling shopping experience.”

Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 69,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.


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7-Eleven Canada promo offers free hot beverages on the 7th and 11th of the month

Screen Shot 2019-09-11 at 1.21.23 PM7-Eleven Canada is running a new promotion designed to make it a go-to destination for hot beverage drinker: Registered 7Rewards members can get a free small hot beverages on the 7th and 11th of every month until the end of the year.

The promotion encourages consumers to sign up for the rewards app and visit their neighbourhood store to claim a free, fully customizable hot beverage ranging from Pumpkin Spice Latte to Hershey’s SKOR Hot Chocolate and Mexican Hacienda Miravalles Organic Coffee, as well as the popular Rainforest Alliance Certified 100% Caldas Colombian Coffee, and come November, the Peppermint Mocha.

With no extra charge for endless customizations at the 7-Eleven coffee bar, customers can make their beverage exactly how they like. 7-Eleven is emphasizing that its premium 100% Arabica beans that are hand-picked, ethically sourced, and small-batch roasted locally to ensure a more consistent and fresher cup of coffee.

The convenience retailer is looking to compete in the coffee wars and attract busy consumers. In a release the company said: “With the added benefit of no lineups, customers can quickly grab a hot beverage while on the go.”


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7-Eleven teams up with Microsoft to empower field employees

7-Eleven Inc. is using modern workplace solutions, data services and devices from Microsoft to empower field employees and provide better business insight to franchisees.

The convenience store operator is equipping these field employees, who serve as the connection between headquarters and its franchisees, with Microsoft Surface devices that use Microsoft 365 and Power BI.

This provides franchisees with better insight from corporate into their store’s performance, purchase trends and other data to help them grow their business.

“Franchisees have a significant role to play in our transformation, and empowering them with the right information is critical,” said Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven executive vice president, chief digital, chief information and chief marketing officer. “Our collaboration with Microsoft enables us to get data out to Franchisees through our field employees that they can use to make better business decisions.”

Power BI dashboards help field employees to spot trends and visualize insights from point-of-sale data stored and analyzed by Azure Data Lake and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. This enables them to recommend actions to franchisees, boosting sales and ensuring the right products are stocked to meet customer demand, the company said.

Additionally, franchisees can take pictures of their store’s schematics using the Surface camera, which allows them to quickly identify differences from the planogram that they can use to analyze sales opportunities.

“Unlocking the power of data is the key to reinventing the future and delivering amazing customer experiences in the retail industry,” said Shelley Bransten, corporate vice president of worldwide retail and consumer goods industries, Microsoft Corp. “We’re thrilled to empower 7-Eleven’s field and franchisees with the services, knowledge and devices to innovate on behalf of their customers wherever they are in their shopper journey.”

Field employees will be able to use Surface as their mobile office; use Microsoft OneDrive to give them real-time access to the latest corporate assets; and use Microsoft Intune to provide the security capabilities needed for a mobile workforce, with the ability to remotely manage devices and protect data.

7-Eleven is also migrating its infrastructure to Azure and leveraging advanced technologies such as AI to power enhanced customer experiences. The companies expect to apply future collaborations across intelligent and emerging technologies such as AI, data analytics and blockchain to drive even greater insight, efficiencies and customer experiences across its business, the convenience retailer announced.

Irving-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 68,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.

Originally published at Convenience Store News.


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7-Eleven adds Beyond Meat Pizza to menu

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7-Eleven Canada Beyond Meat Pizza (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

Capitalizing on the latest culinary trend, 7-Eleven Canada is adding a Beyond Meat Pizza to its Hot to Go menu.

Packed with 100% plant-based Italian Sausage Crumbles, customers can now enjoy the Beyond Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pizza in select Urban Toronto 7-Eleven locations.

Canadians are shifting their food habits and attitudes towards more sustainable and humanitarian products.

“By expanding the fresh food assortment offered to our customers, we hope to provide options for every preference,” Doug Rosencrans, VP and general manager of 7-Eleven Canada, said in a release. “Beyond Meat has created excitement around plant-based protein alternatives and with the introduction of the Beyond Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pizza, we are providing our customers with what they want.”

Consumers can get it hot from the oven 24/7 in-store, or take it home to bake. Delivery is available from select stores by Foodora or Uber Eats.

“This partnership marks our entrance into the c-store category and an exciting opportunity to partner with one of the largest global brands,” said Chuck Muth, chief growth officer at Beyond Meat. “Accessibility is a top priority for us and 7-Eleven Canada locations, from urban to rural, are a prominent fixture in all communities.”

To promote its new Beyond Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pizza, 7-Eleven is offering free samples at select Urban Toronto stores every Monday and Friday between August 26th and September 13th.


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7-Eleven unveils mobile checkout app in the U.S.

7-Eleven mobile pay7-Eleven Inc. is helping busy city dwellers be on their way even faster by introducing Mobile Checkout to participating convenience stores in New York City.

The frictionless shopping experience lets customers skip the checkout and pay for their purchases using the 7-Eleven app. For a limited time, New Yorkers can receive up to $5 off their first Mobile Checkout transaction through an exclusive introductory offer.

Mobile Checkout is available for most 7-Eleven merchandise that has a bar code. Financial services and age-verified products such as alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets still require cashier assistance. The service works on both Android and iOS devices, and all payment transactions can be made securely through debit and credit cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

“More people are on the go and looking for faster, easier ways to shop than ever before. 7-Eleven continues to redefine convenience with frictionless experiences like Mobile Checkout. Our customers use their smartphone for all kinds of activities that save them precious time,” said Gurmeet Singh, executive vice president, chief digital, information and marketing officer at 7-Eleven. “Now with the Mobile Checkout feature, customers can control their entire 7-Eleven shopping experience. Not only that, but customers can earn and redeem points on a variety of products when using Mobile Checkout.”

The New York City launch of Mobile Checkout follows a test of Scan & Pay, a mobile self-checkout platform, at 14 Dallas-area c-stores in 2018, as previously reports by CSNC sister publication, Convenience Store News.

To use Mobile Checkout through the 7-Eleven mobile app, customers should:

  • Update to the latest version of the 7-Eleven mobile app to ensure it has Mobile Checkout capability;
  • Open the app in a participating store and tap “Get Started” on the home page;
  • Scan the barcodes of products to add them to the basket, with discounts and promotions applied automatically;
  • Pay for purchases using Apple Pay, Google Pay or a traditional debit or credit card; and
  • Scan a QR code, which appears in the app once payment is made, at the confirmation station to confirm the purchase. A tone lets cashiers know that a customer has used the Mobile Checkout feature to make a purchase.

According to 7-Eleven, it is the first c-store chain to develop proprietary technology for a full frictionless payment experience.

“Customers are given lots of options when they walk into a 7-Eleven store, from product assortment and customization all the way to payment methods,” Singh said. “Mobile Checkout is just one more way we can make someone’s day a little easier and give 7-Eleven customers a convenient checkout alternative to waiting in line during a store’s busiest times of day. It’s another reason to say, ‘Oh thank heaven for 7-Eleven.'”

Irving-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 68,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.

Originally published at Convenience Store News.


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7-Eleven debuts private label sports drink

7-select-replenish7-Eleven Inc. expanded its private label offerings with its first sports drink, 7-Select Replenish.

The isotonic beverage is available in four different flavors: lemonade, orange mango, cucumber mint, and guava splash. It contains no artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup.

The new sports drink is sweetened with stevia and real sugar and contains 100% of the daily values of vitamins A, E, Niacin (B3), B5 and Pantothenic Acid (B6) per 12-ounce serving. 7-Select Replenish also has 15 grams of sugar and 60 calories per serving, or 150 calories per 28-ounce bottle.

Isotonic drinks may help to replace electrolytes and minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium lost during exercise or strenuous activity, 7-Eleven said. 7-Select Replenish contains all four.

“As with all 7-Eleven private brand products, we wanted to make sure our new sport drink would stand out in quality, taste, uniqueness and value,” said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “We benchmarked against the best and added differentiated attributes that we know our customers are seeking.”

The addition of 7-Select Replenish follows the recent introduction of Quake, a line of private label energy drinks.

“7-Eleven is one of the leading beverage retailers for a reason,” said Tim Cogil, 7-Eleven senior director of private brands. “We listen to our customers, stay ahead of the latest trends and offer refreshing drinks you can’t find anywhere else. 7-Select Replenish has received great reviews and is an effective thirst-quencher whether recovering from a tough workout or just needing to cool down on a hot summer day … or any day.”

Irving-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 68,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.

Originally published at Convenience Store News.


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7-Eleven’s parent company sees opportunities for fresh foods

7-eleven-logo-500x4007-Eleven Inc.’s parent company Seven & I Holdings Co. Ltd. is giving two thumbs up to the convenience store’s efforts in fresh food.

On July 18, the Japanese company announced that 7-Eleven’s U.S. operations reported the highest operating income in its history, and saw a 3.4% comparable store sales increase during the first quarter of 2019, with fresh food and 7-Select private brand products driving results, reported the Dallas Morning News.

Looking forward, the company intends to continue down this path and lend some of Japan’s strengths to the United States branch.

“The development and improvement of fast food items is important and something which we will be doing going forward,” Tokyo-based Seven & I Holdings wrote in its Q1 report. “We also believe changing public perceptions of 7-Eleven in the United States to be important. In order to change public perception when it comes to buying food products at 7-Eleven, like is common in Japan, we will be strengthening store cleanliness and improving customer service.”

7-Eleven’s recent efforts include the opening of a lab store and experiential testing ground in Dallas. Highlights of the lab store include made-to-order smoothies and aguas frescas, street tacos with handmade tortillas, baked-in-store cookies and croissants, a growler station that pours local craft beers, and both patio and in-store dining areas, as Convenience Store News previously reported.

These solid results continued into the second quarter. Same-store sales at U.S. 7-Eleven stores were up 5.2% in April and 2.8%. Additionally, the 7Rewards loyalty program and introduction of 7-Eleven private label products at the c-stores it acquired from Sunoco in 2018 increased profit margins, according to the company.

Looking ahead, the retailer plans to continue renovating U.S. stores and testing a scan and payment system that enables customers to pay using their smartphones. The latter is part of the company’s personnel-saving efforts and designed to increase profitability.

Seven & I Holdings also reported that 7-Eleven’s U.S. operating income reached $161 million during the quarter, up $31 million from the previous year, allowing the parent company to post profits exceeding its guidance for the three months ending March 2019.

Irving-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 68,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.

Originally published at Convenience Store News. 


7-Eleven redefines convenience with delivery app

7-Eleven-7NOW-delivery-teaser_37-Eleven Inc. is making it easier than ever for 7NOW delivery smartphone app users to order their favorite products and get it delivered to anywhere they are.

With the latest app update, the convenience store retailer set up thousands of locations called 7NOW Pins that enable customers to receive delivery where it’s convenient for them. This proprietary technology allows customers to order the delivery service to parks, beaches, sports fields, entertainment venues and other public locations that may not have traditional addresses.

“Our mission is to redefine convenience by becoming a customer obsessed, digitally enabled company,” said Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven chief digital, information and marketing officer. “7NOW Pins makes convenience more convenient, by keeping customers in the moment, whether at a game, in the park or enjoying the sun on the beach. Our customers asked for it and we are delivering!”

When ordering items through 7NOW Pins, customers can choose from a wide variety of: beverages; fresh and hot foods; beer and wine in participating markets; snacks; cosmetics; home goods; and thousands of other products available for purchase.

7NOW mobile app users also have the ability to view their last order and simply click reorder to add all their favorite items to their cart.

“Sometimes things can get inconvenient away from home. It could be running out of ice and charcoal at a picnic or a hungry Little League team demanding pizza and Slurpee drinks after a big game,” said Raghu Mahadevan, 7-Eleven vice president of delivery. “We continuously challenge ourselves to find even more ways to offer convenience and value to our customers — when and where people need it most. 7NOW makes ordering and getting delivery in about 30 minutes a reality for customers whether they’re at a park, a ballfield, arena, venue, and of course, at home.”

Here’s how it works:

  • To order delivery to a 7NOW Pin, shoppers simply open the app, which will auto locate their current location or show the nearest 7NOW Pin on the app’s interactive map.
  • Each 7NOW Pin corresponds to a public place or space where users can receive the delivery.
  • A courier will pick up the order from the nearest participating store and deliver it to the selected 7NOW Pin location or specified address in 30 minutes or less on most occasions.

7-Eleven introduced delivery in late 2017 when it began testing the app-based service at select stores in Dallas. Today, 7NOW is available in 27 major metropolitan areas across the United States, with more than 200 cities and serving more than 23 million households.

For a complete list of the markets 7NOW delivers to, click here.

The 7NOW delivery app is one of several new services implemented by the 7-Eleven digital team as part of a companywide commitment to give value and delight for every customer experience, in and out of the store, according to the convenience retailer.

The 7NOW and 7-Eleven apps are available from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Based in Irving, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 68,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.

Originally published at Convenience Store News.