HOUSTON — CITGO and P97 are enhancing the CITGO mobile app with connected car and mobile payment capabilities, both for at the pump and in-store purchases. The changes are being integrated with the chain’s existing loyalty program at more than 4,500 CITGO-branded retail locations in the United States
"Because technology is so integrated into our everyday lives, consumers want it at the pump too," said Kevin Kinney, general manager of brand equity for CITGO, "so we expect this new mobile technology to help drive customers to our retail locations. Our partnership with P97 is just the beginning of other similar ventures."
"We are proud to be working with a great organization like CITGO," said Donald Frieden, founder and CEO of P97. "Rolling out mobile capabilities that will facilitate secure, contactless transactions for their shoppers will be a game changer for the CITGO retail network. Likewise, this partnership will strengthen P97's offer in all the markets we serve."
"Our decision to partner with P97 was based on its ability to deliver the industry's leading mobile commerce platform, our joint vision of the future and the interaction P97 had with the CITGO team," said Kara Gunderson, CITGO manager of payment card operations. "We are excited about the products and programs we will be rolling out to our CITGO marketers and retailers in 2021."
P97 Networks, based in Houston, creates mobile commerce solutions for the retail fueling industry with its cloud-based mobile platform and contextual commerce engine.
Based in Houston, CITGO Petroleum operates three refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,900 locally owned and operated branded gas stations and convenience stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum is owned by CITGO Holding Inc., a unit of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company.