Leading Vending Systems Based on State-of-the-Art Wireless Transaction Technology Provide Operators with Rapid Business Growth Opportunities
Scottsdale, AZ, April 28, 2010—Apriva, the leading provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information solutions, today announced the availability of Apriva Vend, a flexible and secure cashless vending solution, tailored for the Canadian market. Apriva along with its partner MEI, the leading global manufacturer of unattended payment systems, will offer Apriva Vend to Canadian bottlers and full line operators to grow revenue, improve operational efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction. The combined solution allows bottlers and operators to utilize both cash and cashless payment technologies within the same machine.
“Cashless vending is gaining increasing attention from bottlers and full line operators across Canada as a viable means to increase revenue, control operating expenses, and build customer loyalty,” said Bill Clark, Apriva’s executive vice president and general manager for North America. “The combined solution from Apriva and MEI enable these businesses to leverage the benefits from cashless vending without incurring significant capital investment or risk.”
This complete cashless solution for unattended POS (point-of-sale) integrates Apriva’s highly-efficient wireless transaction technology with MEI’s state-of-the-art hardware in the vending machine. The system uses the Rogers Wireless network to send the encrypted transaction data for processing through financial services partners. Bottlers and operators can manage and monitor transaction activity with the full-featured Apriva BackOffice reporting system. Designed for cost-effective seamless integration with vending operations, the solution gives operators full control over financial assets and machine revenues.
“Offering a cashless payment option with the demonstrated security and reliability offered by Apriva is a major step forward in serving our Canadian customers.” said Ed Kozma, Canadian Country Manager at MEI. “Based on our experience, offering both cash and cashless options improves consumer satisfaction and can have a positive impact on operator profit.”
Founded in 1999, Apriva is the leading provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information messaging solutions that meet the exacting security and reliability requirements of financial services providers, government entities, and public service sectors. Through its two operating groups, Apriva Point of Sale (POS) and Apriva Information Security Systems (ISS), the company offers customers fully-managed, end-to-end, security solutions that incorporate hardware, software, network infrastructure and management tools. For more information, visit www.apriva.com.
MEI, headquartered in West Chester, Pa., holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling over two billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill acceptors and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transport, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meigroup.com or call 800-345-8215.
Parallel Communications Group