Shoprite Has Announced A New Mobile Network K’nect That Offers Free Airtime And Data. Shoprite is the latest retailer to offer a mobile service and has launched its new cell phone network, K’nect, which will begin operating next month. The mobile network will give rewards such as additional airtime and data to its customers across the group’s Shoprite, Checkers and Usave stores. XstraSavings card holders will also get extra rewards.
The mobile network’s users will enjoy many benefits when they register with the network as many of its sites will be zero rated on the mobile network, sites such as the Money Market Account, the Computicket website and Shoprite’s jobs portal will be free on the mobile network. Shoppers will also receive benefits such as being able to access Computicket events early as well as 100MB per month for three months.
According to Business Insider, its closest competitor, Pick n Pay, launched its own network in 2020 and charges R1.49 per minute for calls across all networks and 20 cents for each megabyte. The retailer has a tier-based rewards systems for its users, which is determined by monthly in-store spend.
Shoprite also has a K’nect store which is the Group’s latest stand-alone store format which sells cellular products and related services and offers entry-level financial services and products to consumers across all income sectors. The first store was opened in Delft Mall, Cape Town, on 27 May 2019, representing the Group’s entry into the tech-sphere. K’nect stores aim to meet customers’ needs when it comes to airtime bundles, a data top-up or even a brand-new electronic device such as a cell phone, remote or flash drive.
“K’nect mobile is part of our ever-growing suite of fintech products designed to better serve our customers. We’ve spent a lot of time understanding how a mobile network can add value to our customers’ lives, and our solution is an easy to understand network that offers straightforward call and data rates as well as tangible rewards.” Jean Olivier, Shoprite’s general manager for financial services told Business Insider.