Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor, has teamed up with eMobilePOS, a pioneer in mobile POS and cloud-based software-as-a-service, and LevelUp, a leader in mobile loyalty payments, to launch an integrated solution that allows Fresh Micro Market operators to process mobile payments and build loyalty direct from the unit’s Apple iPad® POS system, an innovation for the healthy vending industry.
With this new integration, the eMobilePOS system provides the full functionality for self-checkout at any Fresh Micro Market using tablets programmed with QR code and credit card readers.
"Fresh Healthy Vending and Reliable Contractors have been working on this launch for almost a year, watching both LevelUp and eMobilePOS make tremendous advances implementing their programs in the retail space,” said Nick Yates, founder of Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. “Now, we’re taking our state-of-the-art fresh micro market and enhancing both the consumer and merchant experience; introducing an entirely new standard for the healthy vending industry.”
The Fresh Healthy Vending mobile app, developed and supported by LevelUp, allows merchants to accept payments and distribute custom news, rewards and product information to any smartphone user, on Android™ or Apple iOS®, with the downloaded app.
"We are excited to partner with Fresh Healthy Vending to provide simple and speedy mobile payments and loyalty. The fresh micro market is an incredibly innovative approach to vending,” said Kayhan Ahmadi, senior enterprise sales executive at LevelUp. “Today's customers demand healthy food options and technology that makes their shopping experience simple and rewarding. The combination of healthy food options at the Fresh Micro Market with a mobile payment and loyalty app for customers, makes smart eating choices easy!"
Along with real-time, web-based reporting capabilities from multiple fresh micro market units, the eMobilePOS system offers vast reporting options, as well as delivery and inventory-management capabilities, through a companion application, for operators using a mobile device.
“While it may not totally take over fixed position systems, mobile is certainly expected to become the dominant customer-engagement platform in physical shopping environments for enhanced consumer-payment capabilities and efficient merchant operating,” said Matthew Inan, director of business development and sales operations for eMobilePOS. “In an unstaffed, fully-automated store, like the Fresh Micro Market, the mobile devices consumers are already familiar with can now be used as an engagement tool for loyalty and information delivery.”
In addition to mobile payments and loyalty, the new app will provide customers with a unit-specific menu of micro market products, real-time in-app receipts, transaction history and personalized email notifications.
“Having all payment transactions and marketing campaign data seamlessly filter into one system will ultimately allow our fresh micro market franchisees to make smarter business decisions and forge deeper connections with their customers,” said Nick Yates.
To learn more about the new Fresh Micro Market system, visit http://www.freshmicromarket.com.
For more information on Fresh Healthy Vending, the franchise program, or to receive a free healthy vending machine in your school or business, visit http://www.freshvending.com or call toll free 888-902-7558.
About Fresh Healthy Vending
Fresh Healthy Vending, based in San Diego, California, is North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor. Fresh Healthy Vending pioneered the concept of vending machines stocked with tried-and-tested fresh, healthy snack options and capitalizes on a growing market of health conscious consumers. The Company has more than 195 active franchisees throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, and actively looks to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs whom share its vision.
The Company offers three different vending options: (i) the Healthy Vending Combo snack and drink machine, (ii) the Healthy Vending Touch - a 46” 3D interactive touch screen vending machine, and (iii) the Fresh Micro Market.
The Company has booked over 2,500 machines for placement in schools, universities, hospitals, community centers, military bases, airports, fitness facilities, YMCAs, libraries and many other locations.
Fresh Healthy Vending believes that it is currently the only vending company providing a comprehensive integrated business model that:
1. Has an integrative focus on securing qualified locations for vending machine placement on behalf of franchisees;
2. Has an in-house products department which creates specialized menus specific to each location;
3. Has a corporate owned machine division to provide an independent revenue stream separate from franchise sales;
4. Provides franchisees with best practices obtained and enhanced by experience of directly operating machines and managing routes;
5. Delivers a one of a kind franchise-coaching program to assist franchisees with developing their healthy vending business using the company’s Steps to Success Program.
Fresh Healthy Vending’s stock is traded through the OTC Markets, Symbol: VEND .
For more information on Fresh Healthy Vending, the Franchise Program, or to receive a free healthy vending machine in your school or business, visit http://www.freshvending.com or call toll free
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