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USA Technologies Inc. announced today it will deliver its cashless and telemetry service to retailer, The Cuyahoga Group. Its solution, known as ePort Connect, is designed to enable and record acceptance of cash, debit/credit cards and mobile wallets, according to the press release.
The retailer will purchase 3,000 of the ePorts for their vending kiosks, office coffee and self-service market locations in central Ohio and across the northeastern United States. All of the ePorts are designed to be capable of near field communication.
"For the past 25 years, we have built our company name on providing outstanding customer service, operating 95 full-service vending routes, servicing approximately ten thousand machines. With consumers demanding card and mobile payment technology, it was critical that we make the transition to cashless," said Vince Variglotti, vice president of operations, The Cuyahoga Group. "USAT is the perfect partner as it not only helps us upgrade the technology in our current machines, but also provides full support from purchase to deployment."
USAT's goal with this deployment is to increase consumer adoption through targeted marketing and strategic deployment, according to the release. The Cuyahoga Group chose USAT because it saw an increase in demand for cashless options from consumers and its own customers.
"We anticipate that paper money will, in the future, become obsolete. Therefore, the transition to cashless and mobile payments makes perfect sense," said Jim Turner, vice president of deployment services, USA Technologies. "We believe large scale ePort installations like this are driven in part by the introduction and expansion of our premium services, and are representative of a paradigm shift in the unattended retail marketplace. Both industry trends and accelerated adoption rates by industry thought leaders like The Cuyahoga Group, lead us to believe that 'smart' machines equipped with telemetry, cashless and NFC acceptance are rapidly becoming the rule rather than the exception for the self-serve industry."