Pinkberry partners with Micros Systems to implement Google Wallet
Columbia, Md. — Micros Systems, a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, has partnered with yogurt retailer Pinkberry to implement Google Wallet. The system, which allows Pinkberry customers to tap their device on an NFC (Near Field Communications) reader to quickly make their purchase and simultaneously redeem coupons and receive discounts, is now live in 69 Pinkberry locations in the United States.
In addition to Google Wallet, Micros’ other technology solutions that are installed at all of Pinkberry’s U.S. locations include the fully integrated Micros point-of-sale solution and the MicrosPCWS 2010 state-of-the-art POS terminals.
“At the core of everything we do is our commitment to exceptional customer service,” said Tony DiCenzo, SVP IT, Pinkberry, which has more than 175 stores worldwide. “The rollout of Google Wallet underscores our goal of using innovative technology to enhance our customers’ experience. Now, with just a swipe of a smartphone, consumers can purchase Pinkberry products.”
“We are thrilled to have been selected as Pinkberry’s preferred POS technology partner and are greatly pleased to have watched Pinkberry expand and grow its concept so rapidly,” stated Ed Chapel, SVP Micros North America Distribution. “Micros understands Pinkberry’s need to provide superior service with highly efficient operations. We have worked together to create solutions that will benefit both Pinkberry as an organization as well as its customer base.”
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Alliance Data in new multi-agreement with Canada’s Toys ‘R’ Us
Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp. announced that its Canadian coalition loyalty business has signed a new multi-year agreement with Toys “R” Us, Canada to issue air miles reward miles in its 73 stores across Canada effective March 23, 2012.
The Air Miles Reward Program is Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, with approximately two-thirds of Canadian households actively collecting reward miles.
“This partnership further strengthens our presence and impact in the important specialty retail sector,” said Bryan Pearson, president of LoyaltyOne. “Coupled with a number of Air Miles specialty retail partnerships announced in 2011, we continue to pursue growth in this category given its positive issuance potential and broad consumer appeal within Canada.”
Following a 2011 pilot in which select Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores issued Air Miles reward miles, this new agreement provides for reward miles issuance in all Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us locations across Canada.
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List details world’s ‘most ethical’ companies; 15 retailers make cut
Austin, Texas — Target Corp., Costco Wholesale Corp., Safeway, Gap Inc. and Whole Foods Market are among 15 retailers recognized on the Ethisphere Institute’s 2012 "World’s Most Ethical Companies" list. The other retailers honored were Starbucks Coffee Co., Patagonia, Wegmans, Marks and Spencer, Best Buy, eBay, Timberland, Office Max, Petco, and Ten Thousand Villages.
Ethisphere evaluates hundreds of companies, naming only those that surpass their industry peers to the "World’s Most Ethical Companies" (WME) list. The 2012 list features 145 companies in more than three dozen industries that show leadership in promoting ethical business standards., including 40 companies headquartered outside the United States. There have been 23 companies that have been honored each of the six years the WME has been awarded, including Aflac, American Express, General Electric, Patagonia, Starbucks, among others.
The methodology for the WME ranking includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories, evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices, looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship, and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.
Click here www.ethisphere.com/wme to view the complete list of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies, past lists, and to read the methodology behind it.
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