USA Technologies (USAT), a payment technology service provider of integrated cashless and mobile transactions in the self-service retail market, announced Monday (Oct. 24) it has added minuteKEY, which is believed to be the world’s first self-service key duplication kiosk, to its growing list of ePort Connect customers committing to a fully connected operation. Through the three-month deployment, USAT has migrated 3,400 of minuteKEY’s kiosks to USAT’s Quick Connect — a secure API that enables the company to quickly and securely process cashless transactions, track the acceptance of cash, credit/debit cards and mobile wallet payments, such as Apple Pay and Android Pay, and meet the payment needs of its customers, while benefiting from USAT’s Premium Support Service and gaining access to USAT’s extensive suite of services ranging from cashless to loyalty programs.
USAT believes that minuteKEY represents the next generation of smart machine technology in unattended retail. Launched in 2008, minuteKEY kiosks utilize robotics, an intuitive user interface, small footprint and remote diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities. The minuteKEY kiosks can be found in locations such as Lowe’s Home Improvement centers and Walmart stores nationwide, and the company has stated that it has plans to expand to other high-traffic locations, like grocery stores and convenience stores, in the coming months.
“As retailers are looking to get the most value from employee spend, processes like key cutting that once took time and attention away from high-value items are increasingly being automated,” said Scott K. Moore, senior vice president of IT at minuteKEY, in a press release. “By partnering with USA Technologies, we are making sure everyone that makes a key at one of our kiosks is able to pay with their preferred payment method, whether it be cash, card or mobile phone.”
USAT’s Quick Connect enables manufacturers and resellers of kiosks to quickly connect their machines to the ePort Connect service for processing, reporting, loyalty and more. And as a USAT Premium Support Service customer, minuteKEY gained access to a full range of services that include project management and the marketing of cashless capabilities, mobile payment and loyalty programs, as well as funding support to ensure a smart, streamlined rollout and fast returns on the investment.