Tully’s Coffee to Accept MasterCard PayPass at All Retail Locations
“Tap & Go” Payment Option Offers Customers a Faster, Easier Way to Pay
Seattle, WA, February 08, 2007–MasterCard Worldwide and Tully’s Coffee Corporation (Tully’s) announced today that all Tully’s corporate owned retail locations will accept MasterCard® PayPass™. MasterCard PayPass is a fast, cashless payment option that will allow customers to pay for their Tully’s purchases by simply tapping their PayPass-enabled MasterCard card or device on a PayPass reader. Tully’s is a fully handcrafted coffee roaster with more than 350 branded locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Arizona. With the help of Chockstone, Tully’s strategic payment processing provider, the implementation of PayPass acceptance at all of Tully’s 90 corporate owned retail locations began in the fourth quarter of 2006 and will be completed by the first quarter of 2007.
“Tully’s is continually looking for ways to reward our customers and make their coffee shop experience even more enjoyable and hassle free,” said John Buller, president and CEO of Tully’s. “We are excited to accept MasterCard PayPass because we know how important efficiency is at the counter and the ‘tap and go’ technology will ensure that our customers are getting the best, most effective service every time.”
With MasterCard PayPass, consumers no longer need to fumble for cash and coins or swipe a card for purchases. Users simply tap their PayPass-enabled card or device on the PayPass reader, which significantly speeds the retail checkout process. With the PayPass option, customers do not have to sign receipts for purchases under $25, which further speeds the payment process. In addition to this new payment option, Tully’s will continue to accept traditional magnetic-stripe payment cards.
“Tully’s Coffee is an innovator that understands the positive impact MasterCard PayPass can have on the quality of the customer experience,” said T.J. Sharkey, Group Head, National Accounts, U.S. Commerce Development, MasterCard Worldwide. “Most consumers want to grab their coffee quickly and MasterCard PayPass at Tully’s will help keep lines moving swiftly so that customers can do just that.”
About MasterCard PayPass
MasterCard PayPass is ideal for traditional cash-heavy environments where speed is essential, and has led the way in bringing contactless technology to consumer categories such as quick serve restaurants, drug stores, gas stations, vending machines, convenience stores, sports arenas, movie theaters, transit systems and parking garages. There are currently nearly 13 million PayPass cards and devices in the market, and PayPass is currently accepted globally at 46,000 merchant locations, including participating 7-Eleven, CVS, McDonald’s, Regal Entertainment Group theaters and many others. PayPass is also accepted at numerous football and baseball stadiums. For more information about MasterCard PayPass and a full list of participating merchants, visit http://www.mastercard.com/paypass.
About Tully’s Coffee Corporation
Founded in 1992, Tully’s Coffee Corporation is a fully handcrafted coffee roaster and a leading specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler, dedicated to small-batch roasting and hand-scooping each and every blend. Through company-operated and licensed specialty retail stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Arizona and its global alliance partner in Japan, Tully’s premium coffees are available at more than 350 branded locations. Tully’s wholesale division also distributes handcrafted coffees and related products via office coffee services, food service distributors, and leading supermarkets located throughout the western half of the United States. Tully’s corporate headquarters and roasting plant are located at 3100 Airport Way S. in Seattle, Wash. For more information, call (800) 96-Tully or visit the Web site at http://www.tullys.com.
About MasterCard Worldwide
MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 14 billion payments each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard Worldwide serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to http://www.mastercardworldwide.com.