Yahoo has added cash-back rewards to its recently launched shopping platform powered by Japan's Rakuten. The rewards will be available for about 50 online retailers in the portal. Users of Yahoo's email service will also see alerts in their inboxes intended to push them toward specific high-value promotions in specific areas of the site. Additionally, Yahoo email users now have an embedded tool within their mail app that allows them a dedicated "deals" view that filters all coupons users receive and notifies them of the most valuable offers before they expire, according to an announcement.
The deals view now features a bar that shows users their cash back balance and which retailers are available for the program.
"At Verizon Media we're closing the loop between content and commerce, and providing engaging journeys for our users to help them discover the things they love," said Guru Gowrappan, CEO of Verizon Media. "Since launching our commerce experiences on Yahoo, Yahoo Shopping and Yahoo Mail, we've made it a priority to create a dedicated rewards program. By combining the power of our intuitive email and shopping capabilities with Rakuten's world-class rewards platform, we'll be able to continue delivering deeper value for our consumers and brand partners."
Amit Patel, CEO Rakuten Americas and Rakuten Rewards, noted that the inclusion with Yahoo gives Rakuten access to an entirely new global audience for its rewards offerings.
"Verizon Media houses a myriad of innovative and industry-leading brands which people have come to trust. Together, we're opening more doors for consumers who seek engaging and rewarding e-commerce experiences," Patel said.
The advance goes along with several uprades and updates Yahoo has made to its eCommerce offerings in 2019. Earlier this fall, the shopping hub added video content that allows shopping as well as editorial across its brands, interactive and hotspot images.