Digital Payments

Premiere Food Service Partners With USA Technologies For Cashless Transactions

USA Technologies, a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, announced on Monday (Sept. 18) a strategic agreement with Premier Food Service, a Canteen franchise and food service provider in Kansas.

In a news release, USAT said it is working with Premier Food Service to upgrade hundreds of the company’s machines to its ePort Connect cashless payment system. This will enable USAT to track the acceptance of cash, credit/debit cards and contactless payments, including mobile wallet payments like Android Pay and Apple Pay. Premier Food Service is also working with USAT to connect more than 300 Vendors Exchange (VE) Kiosks with a consumer engagement and loyalty program, the company said in the release.

“As personalization becomes more common in the marketplace, we wanted to be one step ahead of the trend, with customer loyalty and reward programs being at the center of our go to market strategy,” said Gary Kurth, chief operations officer of Premier Food Service, in the press release. “By partnering with best-in-class providers like USA Technologies and Vendors Exchange, we are able to utilize innovative hardware like the VE Kiosk and ePort G-10S and layer on the consumer services that allow us to delight our customers, whether it be by simply allowing them to pay the way they want (via cash, swipe or tap) or by rewarding them at the point of sale for their patronage.”

Premier Food Service, which was established in 1993 and became a Canteen franchise in 2012, is using USAT’s Premier Support Services to deploy new devices in the field, with plans to expand its footprint of Premier Market Card locations. The company will also have access to USAT’s Premier Support Services – which include deployment planning, project management, field installation support, training of staff, comprehensive marketing programs and performance analysis – to ensure a smart, streamlined rollout and fast returns on the investment.



The pressure on banks to modernize their payments capabilities to support initiatives such as ISO 20022 and instant/real time payments has been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 and the compelling need to quickly scale operations due to the rapid growth of contactless payments, and subsequent increase in digitization. Given this new normal, the need for agility and optimization across the payments processing value chain is imperative.