7-Eleven the First Retailer in Canada to Support Alipay and WeChat
2018-12-17 10:24 Monday
Though Alipay and WeChat Pay are earnestly striving for overseas growth, they still remain largely unknown outside of China. However, recent developments have increased the exposure of both payment platforms. American convenience store chain 7-Eleven announced a partnership with mobile payment company Citcon, which will make Alipay and WeChat Pay available to customers in Canada. This marks the first time that a Canadian retailer will accept WeChat Pay and Alipay at a national level. 7‑Eleven currently operates more than 67,000 7-Eleven stores across 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.
According to the agreement, approximately 35 select 7-Eleven stores in Vancouver and Toronto will now accept payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay. The retailer promises to expand the service to more locations in the coming months. More payments options will offer residents and tourists an easy way to complete transactions in Canada, thereby improving the customer experience.
Digital Payments are on the rise and consumers across the world are embracing them for convenience. 7-Eleven is redefining convenience for our customers across the globe which includes providing mobile payment solutions, said Gurmeet Singh, the Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer for 7-Eleven .
"7-Eleven is the first convenience retailer to provide Alipay and WeChat Pay mobile payment solutions in Canada, and we continue to drive digital transformation with the latest in consumer-facing mobile technology. With 67,000 stores worldwide, Alipay and WeChat Pay are just one of many solutions that we provide our global consumers so they can enjoy a frictionless experience in our stores", he further noted.
Alipay North America's General Manager placed the partnership within the context of Alipay's strategic plans, saying: "Alipay looks forward to supporting 7-Eleven in providing a seamless experience for Chinese consumers as they visit North America and offering further convenience in the food and beverage space along their routes so they can travel with ease. And we are extremely excited to be part of this activation and look forward to collaborating with 7-Eleven and Citcon."