NEN, USAT Pact For ePort Connect On 5,000 Gameroom Machines

Posted On: 11/18/2019

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MALVERN, PA -- USA Technologies Inc. reports that National Entertainment Network LLC  has signed an agreement to expand its relationship with USAT. The agreement provides for the deployment of USAT’s NFC-capable ePort Connect cashless payment system on 5,000 of NEN’s gameroom entertainment and bulk confection vending machines over 12 months, subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement; 1,800 devices have already been shipped. Prior to this agreement, NEN had deployed ePort Connect on 400 of its machines.

Headquartered in Broomfield, CO, NEN describes itself as the largest front-end retail and entertainment vending company in the nation, operating more than 50,000 pieces of amusement and entertainment equipment including skill cranes, kiddie rides, videogame kiosks and customized gamerooms in more than 18,000 of the most popular retail and restaurant locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. NEN’s machines equipped with ePort devices will be able to accept cash, credit/debit cards and contactless payments made using a number of popular methods, including mobile wallet payments such as Google Pay and Apple Pay, as well as with QR codes accepted by QR code readers that support the company’s consumer-facing digital marketing strategies. The technology will be showcased in USAT’s Booth #3433 during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center from Nov. 18 through 22.

“For more than 30 years, NEN has grown its business by bringing the best service and most innovative amusement machines to our customers while keeping pace with the changing needs and preferences of consumers,” said Jim Sevalt, president and chief operating officer of NEN. “We are thrilled to expand our agreement with USA Technologies. Their ability to bring customized solutions that integrate seamlessly with our digital marketing initiatives will enable us to better tailor programs to drive additional traffic to our machines as well as customer’s stores. It also enables us to offer the best, most agile, secure, and proven cashless payment solutions on the market. We are already seeing increasing sales on machines equipped with ePort Connect, and we look forward to further deployment as we lead this growing industry toward a cashless future.”

“Similar to vending and other unattended retail channels, the amusement and entertainment industry has increasingly been evolving toward adoption of cashless payments," said USAT senior vice-president of market development Michael Marett. "Our expanded agreement with NEN, which is one of the largest and most recognized entertainment companies in the country, is a testament to the benefits of ePort Connect, and the power that comes with being able to better capture and understand every transaction. We are proud to help NEN continue its tradition of innovation with our next-generation payment platform. Through ePort Connect, we are not only enabling NEN to more effectively manage its business, but also bringing consumers more personalized engagements, in line with their expectations.”

USA Technologies Inc. is a cashless payments and software services company that provides end-to-end technology solutions for the self-service retail market. With more than one million connections worldwide, USAT is transforming the unattended retail community by offering one solution for payments processing, logistics, and back-office management solutions. The company’s enterprise-wide platform is designed to increase consumer engagement and sales revenue through digital payments, digital advertising and customer loyalty programs, while providing retailers with control and visibility over their operations and their inventory.According to the company, customers ranging from vending machine companies through  operators of micromarkets, car charging stations and laundromats to kiosks, amusements and more, can run their businesses more proactively, predictably, and competitively.

National Entertainment Network (NEN), headquartered in Broomfield, CO, NEN defines amusement vending entertainment with a diverse first-tier entertainment/confection portfolio of products. For more than 30 years, NEN has focused on clients by providing quality entertainment for their customers and patrons.