UK – Boots takes TSB chief marketing officer, Pete Markey to lead marketing

He joins Boots from TSB after a three-and-a-half year stint with the bank where he was responsible for brand, data, analytics, communications, digital, content and sponsorship

UK – Amazon to reward front-line employees with global recognition bonus

Amazon is to pay a special holiday recognition bonus to its front-line employees globally, in order to demonstrate its appreciation for their work. All front-line staff who are employed by the organisation between 1-31 December 2020 will be eligible for the bonus, which, in the UK, will total £300 for full-time and £150 for part-time employees. In total, Amazon will invest more than $500 million in the special recognition bonus.

Australia – SurfStitch, the Australian based coastal lifestyle platform, has launched their own brand-new app

The new app is in partnership with digital commerce agency Tryzens and appCommerce platform Poq to enhance the experience for their loyal following of customers and support their digital flagship. The new app provides an intuitive experience for customers that is uniquely SurfStitch while also leveraging new features such as shoppable stories and rich content experiences to provide an additional channel for customers to shop and connect with the brand, and all just in time for holiday trade.

US – Skyrocket Studios partners with MoEngage to strengthen digital marketing offerings.

In a bid to strengthen its presence in the ASEAN region, global customer engagement and analytics platform MoEngage has partnered with Manila-based digital marketing agency Skyrocket Studios.

US – Glue raises $8 million to automate customer loyalty programs

Loyalty automation platform Glue today raked in $8 million in series A funding from private investors led by Unicorn Technologies. The startup says that the proceeds will be put toward nudging local businesses to adopt loyalty programs.

UK – WeGift, the ‘incentive marketing’ platform, collects $8M in new funding

WeGift, the London-based startup that has built an “incentive marketing” platform that lets businesses easily issue e-gift cards and other digital rewards to customers, has raised $8 million in new funding.

Dubbed a Series A extension, the round is led by AlbionVC . Existing investors, including Stride.vc, SAP.iO fund and Unilever Ventures, also followed on. Following the fundraise, Ed Lascelles, general partner at AlbionVC, is joining the WeGift board.

US – Essence Royal uses Zinrelo Loyalty to increase repeat purchase revenues by 84%

The Essence Royal Rewards Program offers customers, multiple point earning opportunities with simple actions to create 360-degree engagement with the brand. A customer can earn points by referrals, account creation and purchases across a wide range of cosmetics. To create an emotional-connect, Essence Royal rewards customers with bonus points for their birthdays.

US – 99Minds launch Multi-Currency Gift Card on BigCommerce

Our new BigCommerce partnership, 99Minds, now offers Multi-Currency Gift Card supports 100+ currencies, including USD, CAD, EUR, GBP, KRW, JPY, CNY, and many more! You may find the list of the newly supported currencies.

BigCommerce merchants now can instantly issue 100+ currencies, eGift cards, and Physical Gift Cards from a wide selection of Gift Card designs and themes that we support online globally. Consumers will directly utilize the gift card to purchase goods in their local currency.