VANCOUVER — Chinese mobile-payment systems Alipay and WeChat Pay will now be accepted at 35 7-Eleven stores in Canada.
The convenience retailer is collaborating with Citcon — a cross-border mobile-payment company — to offer the service at select locations in Vancouver and Toronto. The company plans to expand the program to additional locations over the 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,” says Gurmeet Singh, Chief Digital Officer and 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.”
“Consumers today are increasingly relying on mobile to meet their needs,” says Wei Jiani, president and COO of Citcon. “The explosion of mobile usage and QR-based mobile solutions offers 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.”