Arby’s Taps MasterCard PayPass For Speed And Convenience at the Register and Drive-Thru
Fast Food Restaurant Chain Joins Growing List of Merchants Accepting PayPass
Atlanta, GA, May 01, 2006–Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., a leading quick service restaurant chain with more than 3,500 locations, today announced that it plans to accept MasterCard® PayPass™, an innovative contactless payment option, at registers and drive-thrus in its company-owned restaurants in the third quarter of 2006.
“This new technology is one more example of how we’re striving to address our customers’ needs by significantly cutting down on their transaction times,” said Don Zimmerman, senior vice president and chief information officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “Our customers are busy. The speed, ease of use and convenience of MasterCard PayPass at the register and drive-thru will improve their overall Arby’s experience.”
PayPass offers consumers a convenient alternative to cash by completing small ticket purchases quickly, securely and easily. Consumers no longer need to fumble for cash and coins, swipe a card, or sign a receipt for any PayPass purchase under $25 (purchases over $25 will require a signature). Users simply tap their PayPass-enabled card or device on the PayPass reader and they are on their way. Arby’s customers with a MasterCard PayPass card or device can pay for purchases both in-store and at the drive-thru.
“MasterCard PayPass is a great solution for Arby’s because of its emphasis on providing consumers with a fast, hassle-free experience in the restaurant,” said T.J. Sharkey, vice president, U.S. Acceptance, MasterCard International. “Consumers on-the-go appreciate the added convenience PayPass offers, and at the same time, Arby’s is able to increase customer throughput.”
About MasterCard PayPass
MasterCard PayPass is ideal for traditional cash-heavy environments where speed is essential, such as quick serve restaurants, drug stores, gas stations, vending machines, convenience stores, sports arenas, movie theaters, transit systems and parking garages. MasterCard PayPass is currently accepted globally at 30,000 merchant locations, including participating 7-Eleven, CVS, McDonald’s, Regal Entertainment Group theaters and many others. PayPass is also accepted at numerous National Football League and Major League Baseball stadiums. For more information about MasterCard PayPass and a full list of participating merchants, visit http://www.mastercard.com/paypass.
About Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is an Atlanta-based company that is the franchisor of the Arby’s restaurant system, which consists of more than 3,500 restaurants worldwide, and is owner and operator of more than 1,000 restaurants located in the United States. Founded in 1964, Arby’s quick service restaurants specialize in offering slow roasted and freshly sliced roast beef sandwiches as well as its Market Fresh® deli-style sandwiches, wraps and salads with the convenience of a drive-thru. Arby’s offers guests a unique, better tasting alternative to traditional fast food with its one-of-a-kind menu items including the Beef ‘n Cheddar, Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes. Arby’s Restaurant Group also owns and operates the T.J. Cinnamons® brand and is a subsidiary of Triarc Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRY, TRY.B). To learn more about Arby’s unique tastes and franchising opportunities, please visit http://www.arbys.com.
About MasterCard International
MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members’ credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment card brands including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus® and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 105 countries and in 48 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For more information go to http://www.mastercardinternational.com.