Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Google Wallet Adds Coupons, Rewards and More Retail Partners

 
Google Wallet unveiled its first batch of retail partners last week, which included American Eagle Outfitters, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, OfficeMax, and Toys R Us. And today, the company has even more good news for the select few with the NFC-equipped Nexus S 4G, revealing that those retail partners will also begin offering coupons and rewards points exclusively through Google Wallet.


Mobile payment just got easier, with the availability of Google Wallet for a few select Android devices (particularly the Nexus S running Gingerbread). While the device support is limited for now, Google is growing its merchant base, and has announced that Wallet payments are now accepted in more stores and dining establishments.
Google announced that users can now tap-to-pay at these establishments:
American Eagle Outfitters:
  • The Container Store
  • Foot Locker
  • Guess
  • Jamba Juice
  • Macy’s
  • OfficeMax
  • Toys “R” Us.


Discounts and Promos

These establishments will also offer discounts and promos when you buy or pay for items through Google Wallet. Google says you won’t even need to save or print out coupons. The system will automatically implement the discount or promo when you pay.
The app has also been updated so that the Offers tab now shows a Featured Offers section of discounts that are exclusive to Google Wallet. The deals for today include 15% off at American Eagle Outfitters, 10% off at The Container Store, 15% off at Macy’s, and a $2 all-fruit smoothie from Jamba Juice.
New loyalty programs from Foot Locker, Guess, OfficeMax, and American Eagle Outfitters are also on their way to Google Wallet. Instead of having to carry separate loyalty cards, now it’s all tied into your Google Wallet account and you’ll earn rewards points automatically with each purchase.
Additionally, Google Wallet now offers more transaction details with real-time transaction information as well as merchant name, location, dollar value, and time of each purchase. Upcoming new retail partners will include Chevron, D’Agostino, Faber News Now, Gristedes Supermarkets, and Pinkberry.