Source: ECR Software Corp. | Released April 7, 2014
BOONE, NC -- April 7 -- Micromarket leader Breakroom Provisions Co. (BP), along with technology-partner ECR Software Corp. (ECRS), today announce advanced integration that will enable a single cashless payment and rewards platform across all terminals (kiosk, vending machine, and point of sale) installed throughout a corporate facility.
This integration links ECRS terminals with USA Technologies Inc. (USAT), specifically using USAT's ePort Connect "cashless payment and telemetry service." Vending operators will now be able to offer participants in MORE. -- USAT's loyalty and prepaid program -- the ability to pay and earn rewards throughout the entire facility. This offers added convenience, accountability, and ease-of-use.
"For Pepi, it was pretty simple; we have customers and consumers who have vending machines, micro markets, and dining centers throughout their facility," said president of The Pepi Cos., Vic Pemberton. "They asked for one card that would work in all areas. They asked and we listened. The ECRS development team, the BP team, and USA Technologies stepped up and delivered. This type of collaborative spirit is critical to delivering what the market is demanding. The ECRS developers realized the complexity involved in pulling this integration together, provided the resources needed to make this happen, and we now have the foundation to provide the convenience our customers were requesting. It was exciting when I bought the first product using the Pepi MORE card through a micro market and a vending machine. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more we can do as we focus on creating a convenient refreshment experience for our customers and consumers."
Peter Catoe, president of ECRS, commented, "Vic Pemberton, of The Pepi Companies, was very instrumental in this integration effort. Allowing vending operators to expand into micromarkets while fully integrating with their existing investment in vending machines was Vic's vision, and we agreed that this was needed within the industry. A fully integrated system, allows the vending operator to install micro-markets, manual food service point of sales (POS) and vending machines, linking them together via the USAT payment mechanism. It means one card, one processor, one rate, one platform, and one accountability source. It's a simple yet powerful use of technology that provides the vending consumer with more convenience and choice. We are looking forward to bringing these new capabilities with USAT to our many micromarket customers."
"USAT's ePort Connect service is deeply rooted in the vending marketplace, and our customers have been asking to integrate their cashless systems, support and reporting to get a 360-degree view of their customer accounts," said Kevin Bailey, president of Breakroom Provisions. "In addition, the ability to offer a loyalty and prepaid program through USAT's MORE., including the ability for MORE. users to replenish their accounts right at one of our micro market kiosks, is a market-leading feature that's a bonus for everyone involved."
About ECR Software Corp.: ECR Software Corp. is a specialized private company dedicated to serving high-volume retail enterprises with complex transaction sets, ranging in size from local independents to national chains. ECR Software Corporation offers end-to-end automation with a comprehensive solution suite, ranging from point-of-sale to bi-directional supply chain management, automated inventory replenishment, integrated customer marketing, and consulting services. Delivered directly and by its global partner network, ECR Software Corporation products can be found in over 13,000 retail establishments across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
About Breakroom Provisions: Breakroom Provisions (BP) principals have been involved in the unattended, self-checkout business, as it applies to the vending industry, since 2005. Breakroom Provisions has quickly gained the reputation of having the most stable, reliable and integrated micromarket solutions in the industry. BP's private network business model provides its progressive operators the freedom to own their data, directly collect credit card funds and pay no percentage of sales fees. These factors, along with nationally recognized support, an impressive record of innovative development and PCI PA-DSS bankcard security, make Breakroom Provisions an industry leader.
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