JC Penney Adds More Mobile Holiday Shopping

Posted by at 12:01 pm on November 24, 2010

JCPenney has recently launched new mobile initiatives, including a mobile commerce site, location based check-in offers, enhancements to its mobile apps, and an exciting mobile experience via Apple’s iAd platform. Building on the Company’s successful mobile coupon program, these new mobile initiatives aim to bring the retailer’s style, quality and prices directly to customers’ fingertips.

“As new technology continues to deploy in the marketplace, we are constantly on the forefront, investing in the latest opportunities to reach our customers,” said Tom Nealon, group executive vice president of JCPenney. “We have always been committed to offering relevant shopping experiences to our customers. As smart phone, text messaging, and mobile web browsing usage continue to grow, mobile is quickly becoming the next frontier in online shopping. We’re focused on continually developing mobile experiences that engage our customers and allow them to easily make purchases directly from their mobile device.”

Making Mobile Pay Off With New Products

JCPenney’s mobile initiatives are part of the Company’s investment in its overall digital platform, which also includes jcp.com, social media and its in-store FindMore smart fixture. The smart fixture integrates the retailer’s online and offline stores by providing customers an interactive touch screen experience that allows them to view and purchase items from jcp.com while in a JCPenney store. JCPenney’s mobile initiatives include:

  • Mobile commerce site -“ m.jcp.com   In addition to full m-commerce capabilities, unique features included in the JCPenney mobile site include a store locator with a “Find Near Me” button that uses a phone’s GPS to provide driving directions to nearby retail locations.
  • Location based check-in offers -“This season, when customers “check-in” to any of JCPenney’s more than 1,100 locations on their smart phone using Foursquare, Brightkite or Facebook Deals via Facebook Places, a special $10 off $50 purchase will be delivered directly to their phone.
  • Mobile app enhancements -“ Using JCPenney’s free mobile apps available on iPhone, iPad and Android, customers can browse the latest weekend sales circular; create a “portabl”shopping list within the application by saving items as “favorites;” find the nearest store to either their current GPS location or to a zip code/city name; access interactive jcp.com experiences; and sign-up for mobile coupons. New features launching this season include the option for customers to make purchases directly from the app and also the ability to view their JCP Rewards account, where they can check their points and access their $10 reward coupon.
  • iAd -“ JCPenney is among the first companies to connect with consumers through Apple’s new iAd platform with a rich, interactive mobile ad reaching millions of iPhone and iPod touch users right in their favorite apps. The Company has launched an iAd this holiday season featuring a gift hunting game, encouraging users to find a $10 off $50 coupon as they explore an assortment of JCPenney gifts. Users can also text lists of gift items to themselves or friends for easy reference when Christmas shopping in store or via JCPenney’s mobile commerce site. Users can also access a convenient store locator tool and download the JCPenney iPhone app.
  • Mobile coupons -“ The first home and apparel retailer to offer mobile coupons, JCPenney launched mobile coupons earlier this year, allowing customers to opt in to receive weekly coupons sent via text to their mobile phones. Customers simply show the code on their mobile phone to a JCPenney associate for in-store purchases or enter the online code when shopping on jcp.com. Customers can text JOIN to 527365 (JCP365) to sign-up for mobile coupons or sign-up via jcp.com. Customers can also access current coupons anytime on their iPhone or Android phone if they have loaded the JCPenney app.

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