Tesco puts beacons in 270 London stores

The Magnum M-Pulse app helps Londoners track down discounted ice cream treats

UK supermarket giant Tesco has launched its “biggest trial” of Bluetooth beacon technology to date in partnership with consumer goods company Unilever. BLE beacons have been installed in 270 stores across London for the pilot and will be used to send out special offers to promote Magnum ice cream’s Pink and Black marketing campaign.

“Customers who download the Mpulse app will receive exclusive coupons for discounted Pink and Black Magnums when they pass by iBeacons located in 270 Tesco Express stores across London and via push notifications powered by Urban Airship,” Karmarama, the London advertising agency that developed the app, explains.

The pilot will run for three weeks and “no customer data will be collected or provided by Tesco as part of the trial,” the company adds.

“We’re constantly seeking new and exciting ways for our customers to shop with us and receive great offers,” says Tesco director Tony Reed. “With summer on the way, we’re delighted to trial this concept and can’t wait to get our customers’ feedback.”

“We’re fascinated by the potential for new technology to join up the retail journey,” says Lawrence Weber, managing partner of innovation at Karmarama. “Work on this trial with Tesco and Unilever has been a great opportunity to learn about consumer reactions to new types of brand communications.”

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