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Loyalty360 Reads: June 15 | Meijer Planning New Grocery Store Format; Booking Holdings Expands Loyal




Meijer Planning New Grocery Store Format
GroceryDive.com says Meijer has received local planning commission approval to build a new store in Orion Township, Michigan, that would be less than half the size of the retailer's typical location.

The proposed new store, which a Meijer spokesperson said in an email is "still very early in the process," would occupy approximately 90,000 square feet and primarily carry food, according to the minutes of a public hearing on April 21 conducted by the township's planning commission.
Booking Holdings Expands Loyalty Program to Priceline, Kayak and Agoda
Skift.com reports that after five years of operating its Genius loyalty and discount program on Booking.com, parent company Booking Holdings is expanding the scheme to sister brands, including Priceline, Agoda and Kayak, Skift has learned.

Travelers who log into these sites will be able to access these rates and perks, such as room upgrades, thus expanding the program’s reach, a Booking Holdings spokesperson confirmed. Booking Holdings did not announce the expansion. The move by Booking is clearly designed to expand its customer base and take more share from the big hotel chains.
Hy-Vee and Google Cloud Partner to Enhance Retailer's Digital Capabilities
Hy-Vee, Inc. has signed a multiyear partnership with Google Cloud to stay on the cutting edge of digital technology and drive new and unique innovation for its customers – both in store and online.

The company is utilizing a suite of services powered by Google Cloud to make online shopping easier for customers who use its Hy-Vee Aisles Online services, to integrate Hy-Vee’s virtual dietitian services, and to enable customers to schedule vaccinations online including the COVID-19 vaccine, among other offerings.
Google pledges to work with UK regulator in plan to remove browser cookies
Reuters.com reports that Alphabet Inc's Google would not be able to eliminate user-tracking technology that is important to advertisers from its Chrome browser without sign-off from Britain's competition regulator under a proposal released on Friday.

The company said it had welcomed the opportunity to work with the regulator on its initiative to reconcile privacy and competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority in January began reviewing Google's plan to cut support for some cookies in Chrome as early as next year.
Amazon Faces Possible $425 Million EU Privacy Fine
The Wall Street Journal says a European Union privacy regulator has proposed a fine of more than $425 million against Amazon.com Inc., AMZN -0.08% part of a process that could yield the biggest-yet penalty under the bloc’s privacy law, people familiar with the matter said.

Luxembourg’s data-protection commission, the CNPD, has circulated a draft decision sanctioning Amazon’s privacy practices and proposing the fine among the bloc’s 26 other national authorities, the people said. The CNPD is Amazon’s lead privacy regulator in the EU because Amazon has its EU headquarters in the Grand Duchy.
7-Eleven Celebrates 94th Birthday the Entire Month of July
You might think after 94 years, anyone would know that a birthday lasts for only one day – and that you are supposed to get gifts on that day. But not 7-Eleven. Once again, the iconic brand will start giving things away for its birthday. And not just on the actual date, July 11 (aka 7/11 aka "7-Eleven Day"). No, 7-Eleven, Inc. will party all month long this July to mark its 94th birthday and its invention of convenience retailing.

Whether it's appropriate for a 94-year-old brand to get up to these kinds of shenanigans or not, 7-Eleven doesn't seem to care. A year older than both Mickey Mouse and the YoYo, 7-Eleven continues to buck standard birthday traditions by insisting on giving gifts rather than getting them. Although the brand says that, just like last year, it's spreading out the birthday celebration to avoid having millions of Americans crowded around Slurpee machines on a single day, it's obvious that they also just love to party for days.


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