Dunkin' Brands And The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation Donates $200,000 To Help People Affected By Hurricane Sandy

Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. To further support those who have been impacted by the hurricane, The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) also announced a $100,000 grant to Feeding America®, the country's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation will be distributed among numerous food banks in areas hardest hit by the hurricane.

"As those affected continue to feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy, our goal is that the company's donation to the American Red Cross will help provide assistance to the millions of people who have been displaced by the storm," said Karen Raskopf, co-chair of the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins community foundation and chief communications officer at Dunkin' brands, in a prepared statement. "Food banks also now face great challenges, and their needs will only increase as the holidays draw closer. We hope The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation's donation to Feeding America will help local food banks support our communities during this difficult time."

In the days following Hurricane Sandy, Dunkin' Brands franchisees have worked to keep local communities throughout the region running, including sending trucks out into the communities to serve free coffee and hot chocolate to relief workers and residents.

The DDBRCF has had a national partnership with Feeding America since 2007 and has donated nearly $1 million to support local food banks. Over the past five years, The DDBRCF has addressed the issue of hunger relief through both national and local efforts. Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees have led food drives in the communities they serve and have organized volunteer days at their local food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious snacks for children.

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wmargin?bS@? ? : “Based on our own experience, consumers appear to have accepted two-tier pricing because of the convenience it offers,” said Lisa Leuchter, founder and co-owner of Snackworks, with well over 1,000 vending and coffee machines in Florida. “Adding USAT’s Two-Tier Pricing Program as one of our cashless payment options has helped us to be more flexible and competitive, and is bringing in enough additional pre-tax profit to pay for our card processing and one-third of our ePort Connect service fees. The program has made installing cashless payment more viable with a broader base of customers," she said.

 

The Rawls Distributing Co.: “We are continually adding new technology and services to improve operations and the customer purchasing experience,” said Robin Rawls, founder and owner of Rawls Distributing Co., with 1,200 vending machines in Georgia. “I was prompted to try USAT’s Two-Tier Pricing Program when I learned about the positive findings in their latest study of two-tier deployments. Now, we try to get two-tier pricing on all of our machines as existing contracts run out with some of our more intractable clients. Their employees want the service and are willing to pay for it,” he said.

CNC Vending: CNC Vending, Houston, Texas, owner/operator, Chuck Olson, acknowledges that consumers are spending more at CNC machines when they can pay with their debit or credit cards instead of cash—on multi-vends and on higher priced items. “Every CNC vending machine that goes out now has an NFC-enabled card reader, giving our consumers more convenience, ease of use and speed of transaction, adding so much more value to their shopping experience. This was another reason for going with USAT’s Two-Tier Pricing Program. We can offer every payment option and open up new streams of revenue,” he said.

“We continue to enhance the value of every connection for our customers, and for USAT,” said USAT’s Turner. “Our Two-Tier Pricing Program is a great example of that; we are extremely pleased that we have attracted 11,000 ePort Connect locations to our Two-Tier Pricing Program in just nine months. Operators of our self-serve retail locations, particularly in vending, are now realizing that USAT’s Two-Tier Pricing Program can help them to quickly scale their cashless deployments while also enhancing their business returns,” concluded Turner.

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