In today’s connected economy, Ford is stepping up its connected services in an effort to create “always on” relationships with drivers, while Citi is unveiling a new card program with CVS. Additionally, esports company Unified is launching a partnership with payment service Tipalti
Ford turns to connected services and e-commerce to build ‘always-on’ relationships with drivers
Ford has formed a unique organization with authority over the automaker’s in-car digital experiences, interfaces, displays and controls, and it uses its centers in places like Silicon Valley to appeal to software engineers and tech specialists. . “Hardware will always be important, but software and in-vehicle systems will define the next generation of our vehicle experiences,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. These experiences are complemented by over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
Citi Unveils Points Partnership with CVS
Citi unveiled a “Shop With Points” partnership with CVS, which allows cardholders to redeem points at the drugstore chain’s more than 8,200 U.S. locations. Through the program, cardholders can redeem points for $10 of eligible purchases at participating CVS stores. Cardholders simply shop at a CVS and start paying, paying with an eligible Citi credit card for a purchase over $10.01.
Esports company Unified turns to FinTech Tipalti for payments
The eSports company Unified works with the payment service Tipalti to handle payments to players in Unified tournaments. The companies said the solution benefits both parties and will streamline the time it takes to release funds to cash prize contest winners. Paco Suro, Managing Director of Global Partner Payments at Tipalti, said his company would help “provide a user-friendly experience with better visibility and structure that lights the way to becoming a professional gamer.”
Sightline Payments introduces Mobile Loyalty powered by IGT at Sky Casino in Oklahoma
Indigo Sky Casino and Resort punters will have access to a mobile app offering loyalty rewards and other tools to enhance their experience. Sightline Payments launches its JOINGO loyalty platform with IGT Advantage’s casino management system, offering Eastern Shawnee Tribe Casino in Wyandotte, Oklahoma a branded app for Android and iOS devices.