Group C Partners With Yoke Payments To Install 500 Cashless Micromarkets By 2020

Posted On: 8/1/2019

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MT. VERNON, NJ -- Group C, formerly CC Vending, which stakes its claim as the largest independent vending company in the tri-state New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, has partnered with Yoke Payments for the design and installation of 500 Yoke micromarkets by 2020. The companies said the partnership will allow Mt. Vernon, NJ-based Group C to quickly expand its micromarket offerings and create custom market solutions for its vast client base.

Currently, Group C is operating 100 newly opened markets with Yoke's technology and point-of-sale system in place, with another 150 markets scheduled to open by the end of 2019. The companies expect an additional 250 markets to open by the fourth quarter of 2020.

The partnership allows Group C to better serve its client base by making it profitable to replace standard vending with a small market on every floor of every building. In the past, there were limited options at locations with under 150 people, but now Group C now says micromarkets are its lead product for locations of any size.

"For every one micromarket with other solutions, we can have 10 Yoke markets because it is just that cost effective," explained Group C partner Mike Cascione Jr. "The whole program that Yoke has built and their vision with the mobile app is bar none. For me, they are the future of this industry."

A key driver of success for the partnership is Yoke's ability to integrate with Cantaloupe System's Seed Pro, now part of Malvern, PA-based USA Technologies, the vending management system used by Group C. Available on both desktop and mobile devices, Seed Pro allows Group C to track and manage inventory, predict its routes, and run reports and analytics for its entire business: vending, markets and coffee. These operational efficiencies combined with Yoke's ability to engage customers has greatly increased its bottom line and customer satisfaction. End users of the payment solution are asked to simply: Scan. Pay. Enjoy. The self-checkout point-of-sale system uses a tablet or mobile device and allows users to quickly and efficiently grab their desired items and checkout with no wait.

"At Yoke, we've created a scalable and affordable solution that is extremely robust and allows Group C to roll these micro markets out very quickly," said Yoke chief executive and cofounder Michael Johnson. "Our system is completely cashless which has increased sales and improved their operational efficiency at each location."

Founded in 1989 as CC Vending, Group C is a technology-based company with business units that provide unattended retail markets, coffee, pantry and vending services.

CHECK IT OUT: Above is a sampling of Group C’s micromarketslocated throughout the greater New York City tri-state area. Group C has 100newly opened markets up and running with Yoke’s technology and point-of-salesystem, with another 150 markets scheduled to open by the yearend and anadditional 250 joining the ranks by the fourth quarter of 2020.