7-Eleven Becomes First Convenience Retailer Chain in Canada to Accept Alipay and WeChat Pay
7-Eleven Inc. recently announced that participating stores in Canada will now accept Chinese mobile payment systems Alipay and WeChat Pay. The world’s largest convenience retailer is collaborating with cross-border mobile payment company and market leader CITCON. Alipay and WeChat Pay will now be available at 35 select locations in Vancouver and Toronto, with plans for expansion in next few months.
“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, Chief Digital Officer & Chief Information Officer of 7-Eleven. “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. 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.”
Wei Jiang, President and COO of CITCON, explains, “Consumers today are increasingly relying on mobile to meet their needs. The explosion of mobile usage and QR-based mobile solutions offer opportunities for retailers to provide an engaging and new retail experience. We are thrilled to collaborate with 7-Eleven in a joint effort to redefine convenience in Canada.”
In an increasingly digital world, 7-Eleven continues to push for solutions that elevate their customers’ experience. For Chinese consumers, mobile payments are the norm—cash and even bank cards are a thing of the past. By implementing Alipay and WeChat Pay, China’s leading mobile payment platforms, 7-Eleven is providing residents and tourists with an easy and familiar way to complete transactions abroad and setting a new standard for Canadian retailers.
“7-Eleven is no stranger to firsts,” said Doug Rosencrans, VP and General Manager of 7-Eleven Canada. “7-Eleven has always sought out innovative ways to provide customers with convenience how they like it, and when they like it. Alipay and WeChat Pay are just another way we are enhancing the customer experience.”
Mobile is shaping the future of convenience, and 7-Eleven is working to stay ahead of the curve by focusing their services around mobile pay apps and other innovative convenience solutions. Facilitating transactions through mobile technology will provide an enhanced convenience experience for 7-Eleven Canada’s customers.
“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. We are extremely excited to be part of this activation and look forward to collaborating with 7-Eleven and Citcon,” said Yulei Wang, General Manager, Alipay North America.